The Hyundai i20 was released in 2007 as a replacement for the Hyundai Getz and to fill the gap between the i10 and i30. For 2015, Hyundai ushered in a new generation of the i20, featuring a number of enhancements over the previous model. Highlights include a larger trapezoidal grille that sits higher than before, leaving room for a small lip at the bottom of the fascia and new headlights that are connected via a small air inlet at the end of the hood. The side profile of the i20 carries on relatively unchanged, but the rear end got new taillights that wrap around the rear quarters and extend onto the rear hatch. The rear fascia also got a sportier look to round out the exterior. Overall, the i20 has a wheelbase that is 1.5-inches longer than the outgoing model, which means there is improved legroom in the front and rear. On top of that, the dashboard got a completely new layout. The i20 came available with a number of gasoline and diesel engines that range anywhere between 73 horsepower and 98 horsepower.

Of course, cars in the supermini class don’t get a lot of love here in the U.S. – in fact outside of models like the Smart Fortwo; there is almost no competition here. With that said, it should come as no surprise that the i20 isn’t making it across the drink to the U.S. There is, however, plenty of competition in the European market with models like the Volkswagen Polo and Ford Fiesta climbing the ranks as the rest of the world continues to indulge in the subcompact or supermini market. To see how well the new Hyundai i20 competes, check out our full review below.

Continue reading to find out more about the 2015 Hyundai i20.

  • 2015 Hyundai i20
  • Year:
    2015
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    73 @ 5500
  • Torque @ RPM:
    89 @ 4000
  • Displacement:
    1.2 L
  • 0-60 time:
    13.6 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    99 mph
  • Price:
    10995
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  • car segment:
  • body style:

Exterior

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The new exterior is a huge step forward from the first-gen i20. Influenced by the brand’s already familiar Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design, the styling is bold and modern. A large trapezoidal mouth occupies most of the bumper, while a thin grille connects the headlamps together. The units, which extend into the fenders right above the wheel arches, include bi-function projection headlamps, LED daytime running lights and LED positioning lamps. A set of broad foglamps are mounted in the lower apron, part of a third, nicely sculpted inlet that runs across the bumper.

Around back, a par of redesigned, boomerang-shaped taillights complement the reshaped tailgate and fenders. The scenario is completed by a revised bumper and a new spoiler mounted atop the tailgate. From the side, the i20 is highlighted by mildly sculpted body panels and a crisp waistline running between the headlamps and taillights. The black side moldings fitted at the base of the doors and the new set of eight-spoke alloy wheels add a touch of premium to the shell.

Overall, the car’s compact exterior dimensions have changed very little, as the new i20 measures 4,035mm (158.8 inches) in length, making it only 40mm (1.5 inches) longer than the outgoing model.

Exterior Dimensions

Overall length 4,035 MM (158.85 Inches)
Overall width 1,734 MM (68.26 Inches)(excluding door mirrors)
Overall height 1,474 MM (58.03 Inches)
Wheelbase 2,570 MM (101.18 Inches)
Ground clearance 140 MM (5.51 Inches)
Front overhang 815 MM (32.08 Inches)
Rear overhang 650 MM (25.59 Inches)
Front track 1,520 MM (59.84 Inches) (185/65 R15) / 1,514 MM (59.60 Inches) (195/55R16)
Rear track 1,519 MM (59.80 Inches) (185/65 R15) / 1,513 MM (59.56 Inches) (195/55R16)

Interior

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The redesigned interior boast numerous improvements over its predecessor. The 2,570mm (101.1 inches) wheelbase — 40mm (1.5 inches) longer than its forerunner — translates into enhanced cabin space, and improved front and rear legroom. The Koreans even claim the i20 offers best-in-class front and rear legroom combined at 1,892mm (74.4 inches). Luggage capacity with the rear seats upright is also claimed to lead the segment at 326 liters (11.5 cubic feet).

The new cabin is also a significant departure from the previous model. Although the dashboard still looks plasticky, drivers will enjoy a completely new layout. The unit incorporating the A/C and radio controls sits further above the center console, which is also new and features new buttons and switches. There’s also a new steering wheels and instrument cluster, as well as redesigned door panels with easier to use buttons.

Though there’s nothing too fancy about the new interior, the i20 does benefits from a class-exclusive panoramic sunroof. Available as an option, the sunroof covers more than half the roof, a feat that can’t be had from Ford, Volkswagen or Renault. A rearview camera and front and rear LED lighting are also available on the brand-new supermini, along with a wide array of high-tech and comfort-enhancing features.

Interior Dimensions

Front Rear
Head room 1,038 MM (40.86 Inches) 978 MM (38.50 Inches)
Leg room 1,098 MM (43.22 Inches) 794 MM (31.25 Inches)
Shoulder room 1,365 MM (53.74 Inches) 1,350 MM (53.14 Inches)
Hip room 1,301 MM (51.22 Inches) 1,252 MM (49.29 Inches)

Drivetrain

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Much like its predecessor, the second-generation i20 is available with a wide array of gasoline and diesel drivetrains. The petrol range begins with a 1.2-liter four-cylinder rated at 73 horsepower and 89 pound-feet of torque. These figures come with a 0-to-62 mph sprint of 13.6 seconds and a top speed of 99 mph. The exact same engine can be ordered with 82 horses, which improves 0-to-62 mph sprints by a half-second and top speed by six mph. The third gasoline engine is a 1.4-liter four-banger generating 98 horsepower and 98 pound-feet. When equipped with the manual, this version sprints to 62 mph in 11.6 seconds and up to 114 mph. The automatic model is slower, needing 13.2 ticks to hit 62 mph. Top speed sits at 105 mph.

On the diesel front, customers also get three options. First up is the 1.1-liter three-pot with 73 horses and 132 pound-feet of twist. If you thought the base gasoline model was slow, then you should know this one takes 16 seconds to reach 62 mph. The same engine is available with Blue Drive technology, which makes it about 40 percent more fuel efficient in the city. Power rating are the same. More oomph comes from the range-topping 1.4-liter four-pot, which delivers 88 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. This model needs 12.1 seconds to hit 62 mph on its way to a top speed of 108 mph.

Drivetrain Specifications - Petrol Engines

1.2-litre 75 ps 1.2-litre 84 ps 1.4-litre 100 ps
Type Kappa, 4 cylinders in line, DOHC, with dual CVVT Kappa, 4 cylinders in line, DOHC, with dual CVVT Kappa, 4 cylinders in line, DOHC, with dual CVVT
Capacity 1,248 cc 1,248 cc 1,368 cc
Bore x stroke 71.0 x 78.8 mm 71.0 x 78.8 mm 72.0 x 84.0 mm
Compression ratio 10.5 10.5 10.5
Power 73 HP @ 5,500 RPM 82 HP @ 6000 rpm 98 HP @ 6000 rpm
Torque 89 LB-FT @ 4000 RPM 89 LB-FT @ 4000 rpm 98 LB-FT @ @ 3500 rpm
Top speed 99 mph 105 mph 114 mph (MT) / 105 mph (AT)
0-62 mph acceleration 13.6 seconds 13.1 seconds 11.6 seconds (MT) / 13.2 seconds (AT)
Urban mpg (l/100km) 47.1 (6.0) 42.8 (6.6) 39.2 (7.2) (MT) / 30.7 (9.2) (AT)
Extra urban mpg (l/100km) 68.9 (4.1) 67.3 (4.2) 61.4 (4.6) (MT) / 53.3 (5.3) (AT)
Combined mpg (l/100km) 58.9 (4.8) 55.4 (5.1) 51.4 (5.5) (MT) / 42.2 (6.7) (AT)
C02 Emissions (g/km) 112 119 127 (MT) / 155 (AT)

Drivetrain Specifications - Diesel Engines

1.1-litre 75 ps 1.1-litre 75 ps Blue Drive 1.4-litre 90 ps
Type U-II, 3 cylinders in line U-II, 3 cylinders in line U-II, 4 cylinders in line
Capacity 1,120 cc 1,120 cc 1,396 cc
Bore x stroke 75 x 84.5 mm 75 x 84.5 mm 75 x 79 mm
Compression ratio 16,0 16,0 16,0
Power 73 HP @ 4000 rpm 73 HP @ 4000 rpm 88 HP @ 4000 rpm
Torque 132 LB-FT @ 1750 - 2500 rpm 132 LB-FT @ 1750 - 2500 rpm 177 LB-FT @ 1500 – 2500 rpm
Top speed 98 mph 98 mph 108 mph
0-62 mph acceleration 16.0 seconds 16.0 seconds 12.1 seconds
Urban mpg (l/100km) 57.6 (4.9) 80.7 (3.5) 57.6 (4.9)
Extra urban mpg (l/100km) 83.1 (3.4) 94.2 (3.0) 80.7 (3.5)
Combined mpg (l/100km) 70.6 (4.0) 88.3 (3.2) 68.9 (4.1)
C02 Emissions (g/km) 103 84 106

Safety

Also upgraded in the safety department, the new i20 comes with six airbags (front, front side, and full length curtain), child seat anchors, Lane Departure Warning, Vehicle Stability Management, Electronic Stability Program, Anti-Lock Brakes, and Hill-Start Assist.

Prices

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Pricing for the i20 starts from £10,995 (about $17,070), for which you get the least powerful gasoline version. The diesel range retails from £12,745 (around $19,790). At the other end of the lineup, the 1.4 gasoline model with the automatic transmission costs £17,200 (about $26,720) before options, while the range-topping diesel model fetches at least £17,700 (around $27,460).

UK Prices

New Generation i20 CO2 Emissions (g/km) Insurance Group (1-50) VED Band Recommended On The Road Price
S
1.2 75PS 112 5E C £10,995.00
S Air
1.2 75PS 112 5E C £11,745.00
S Blue
1.1 CRDi 75PS 84 6E A £12,745.00
SE
1.2 84PS 119 6E C £13,025.00
1.4 100PS 127 10E D £13,625.00
1.4 100PS Auto 155 10E G £14,525.00
1.1 CRDi 75PS 103 6E B £14,525.00
1.4 CRDi 90PS 106 11E B £15,025.00
Premium
1.2 84PS 119 7E C £14,025.00
1.4 100PS 127 10E D £14,625.00
1.4 100PS Auto 155 10E G £15,525.00
1.4 CRDi 90PS 106 12E B £16,025.00
Premium SE
1.2 84PS 119 7E C £15,025.00
1.4 100PS 127 10E D £15,625.00
1.4 100PS Auto 155 10E G £16,525.00
1.4 CRDi 90PS 106 12E B £17,025.00
Premium Nav
1.2 84PS 119 TBC C £14,700.00
1.4 100PS 127 TBC D £15,300.00
1.4 100PS Auto 155 TBC G £16,200.00
1.4 CRDi 90PS 106 TBC B £16,700.00
Premium SE Nav
1.2 84PS 119 TBC C £15,700.00
1.4 100PS 127 TBC D £16,300.00
1.4 100PS Auto 155 TBC G £17,200.00
1.4 CRDi 90PS 106 TBC B £17,700.00

Competitors

2015 Volkswagen Polo

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The Volkswagen Polo is currently one of the best-selling superminis in Europe and one of the most important competitors to the Hyundai i20. Available with a bevy of gasoline and diesel engines, the Polo can be both a fuel-sipping compact and a nippy city ride. In its mildest trim, the small hatch benefits from a 1.0-liter three-cylinder that generates 59 horsepower and 70 pound-feet of torque. At the other side of the lineup lies a 1.4-liter TSI that delivers no less than 148 ponies. A powerful 1.4-liter TDI oil burner with 89 horses and 170 pound-feet on tap is also up for grabs.

Like most Volkswagens, the Polo comes with the latest in terms of convenience and safety features, outgunning most of its rivals. That’s why the Polo is also more expensive compared to its competitors, with a sticker sitting at £11,100 ( about $17,220) in Britain. The range-topping model begins from £17,710 (around $27,480).

Read our full review here.

2014 Ford Fiesta

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Also available in the United States, the Fiesta is a hot seller in Europe too. Unlike the U.S.-spec hatch, the European Fiesta can be had in two body styles, with three and five door, respectively. No less than five engines are available on most markets, including the naturally aspirated 1.6-liter four-banger, the 1.0-liter EcoBoost, and the 1.5-liter TDCi diesel. Output ranges from the 79 ponies churned by the 1.0-liter three-pot to the 123 horses cranked out by the turbocharged, 1.0-liter EcoBoost. The 1.6-liter four-cylinder generates 104 horsepower, while the 1.5-liter diesel is rated at only 74 ponies.

Available in numerous trim levels, the 2014 Ford Fiesta retails from £9,995 (about $15,510) in the United Kingdom. The sticker increases to £16,145 (around $25,050) once the Titanium X trim is selected and blows past the £17,250 (about $26,765) mark for the high-performance ST version.

Read our full review here.

Conclusion

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Granted, the i20 sees notable improvements as far as exterior styling and interior amenities go. With vehicles such as the Ford Fiesta and the Volkswagen Polo highly popular in Europe, the redesigned Hyundai i20 will have a hard time establishing itself as a worthy competitor and it remains to be seen whether it will succeed or not. However, the second-generation model stands a better chance at bringing new customers into Hyundai dealerships than its dated predecessor.

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Press Release

With the launch of its latest model, the New Generation i20, Hyundai Motor is continuing its successful presence in the B-segment, highlighted by just under 150,000 UK sales since 2002. The popularity of the original i20 has made it one of the company’s best-selling cars in the UK. The key aims of the new model are to open Hyundai to an even wider audience, further develop perceptions of the brand and confirm Hyundai’s strategic focus on the Europe region.

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The New Generation i20 has been designed and developed in Europe, and three key attributes in particular underline how it meets the specific needs of European consumers: class-leading interior space, high levels oftechnology, such as Lane Departure Warning, comfort-enhancing features, and clean, refined design.

Hyundai’s third-generation B-segment vehicle highlights a significant step forward for the company since 2002, when Getz was first introduced to the UK. The New Generation i20 remains true to the principles of delivering value beyond expectations, exemplified by models including New Generation i10 and New ix35. The launch of this latest vehicle also means every Hyundai model on sale in the UK has been renewed in the last five years.

Having made its debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show in October and entering production during the same month, the New Generation i20 will go on sale throughout the UK in January 2014.

Longer, lower and wider than the previous model, New Generation i20 was penned at Hyundai Motor’s European Technical Centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany. The new model’s character is inspired by the company’s Fluidic Sculpture design philosophy, with elegant lines and a sculptured profile giving it a bold and sophisticated appearance. On the New Generation i20, Hyundai Motor’s key design element - the hexagonal grille - flows into stylish bi-function headlamps with LED daytime running lights.

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Key styling cues are echoed inside the spacious cabin. Sitting on a new platform, the wheelbase has been extended by 45 millimetres to 2570 mm creating more space for occupants. Class-leading interior space – 1892 mm combined front and rear legroom – makes the New Generation i20 a true five-seater, while outstanding boot capacity of 326 litres heightens the vehicle’s versatility.

Designed to transport the driver and passengers in great comfort, the cabin features extensive use of soft-touch materials, as well as subtle piano black inserts and chrome detailing, to create a modern and sophisticated interior package.

The vehicle has also been fitted with a number of new technologies that provide levels of comfort and convenience normally associated with large-vehicle segments. For example, the inclusion of front and rear parking sensors, heated steering wheel, cornering headlamps and automatic defog system are firsts for Hyundai B-segment vehicles. Additionally, the Lane Departure Warning System is another innovative feature, normally found in higher segments. The first-in-class panoramic sunroof, able to both tilt and fully open, enhances the comfort and the sense of space for occupants, filling the cabin with natural light and fresh air.

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Customers of the Premium Nav and Premium SE Nav models will also benefit from Hyundai’s integrated satellite navigation with 7” touchscreen, DAB radio and Rear View Camera.

The New Generation i20 is available with a choice of three Hyundai ‘Kappa’ petrol and two ‘U-II’ diesel power units. Proven powerplants have been carried over from the previous-generation model with a number of improvements to enhance driveability and ensure compliance with new Euro 6 emission regulations.

A new Kappa 1.0-litre T-GDI downsized and turbocharged petrol engine will further enhance the New Generation i20 engine line-up in 2015. The new engine is the first of a new generation of downsized turbocharged petrol engines, offering enhanced performance, driving pleasure and efficiency. The 1.0 litre T-GDI engine, which was developed in Hyundai’s European Technical Centre in Rüsselsheim, is able to produce up to 120 PS and 172 Nm of torque.

The New Generation i20’s driving experience has been fine-tuned to ensure suitability for European roads following rigorous ride and handling testing in alpine mountain areas, hot summer evaluation in southern Europe and cold winter testing in Scandinavia. During testing, New Generation i20 was tested at altitudes as high as 2500 metres and subjected to temperatures ranging from +40 Celsius down to -35 Celsius. The extensive use of lightweight high-strength steel in the platform and bodyshell has yielded a reduction in core weight of the vehicle. Even though the exterior dimensions have grown, the New Generation i20 is still among the lightest vehicles in the segment. Furthermore a significant improvement has been made in torsional rigidity, which has reduced vibrations when on the move and enhanced handling performance.

Hyundai Motor’s confidence in its build quality means every New Generation i20 comes with the company’s industry-leading Five Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty, as standard. This industry-best support package also includes five years of roadside assistance and five years of vehicle health checks.

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100% of New Generation i20 production will take place at the recently-expanded Hyundai Assan Otomotiv Sanayi (HAOS) plant in Izmit, Turkey.

The New Generation i20 is the third car to be launched as part of ‘Product Momentum 2017’, an initiative that will see Hyundai launch 22 new models and derivatives in Europe by 2017. New products and new technologies will further Hyundai’s regionalisation strategy of designing, engineering and producing cars for Europe, in Europe.

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