When Hyundai first showcased the heavily redesigned 2015 Hyundai i20 in August 2014, little did we know the hatchback was slated to receive to additional versions (not counting the 2016 Hyundai i20 WRC rally car). In only 12 months, Hyundai expanded the i20 lineup to include two new body styles — a perched, crossover-like model and a three-door. But while a three-door version is far from surprising given the first-gen car had one two, the new model is actually more of a coupe than a traditional three-door hatch. It’s probably why Hyundai launched it as a separate model and named it the i20 Coupe.

Although the i20 doesn’t benefit from the notoriety of its main European rivals, the Volkswagen Polo and the Ford Fiesta, it’s quite astonishing that it has evolved into a full lineup of cars in only seven years on the market. Not to mention that it’s also the base of a race car with increasingly better results in the World Rally Championship.

The fact that the i20 Coupe was developed as a smaller proposition to the 2016 Hyundai Veloster rather than a three-door hatch is also surprising, but it seems Hyundai isn’t kidding when it comes to tackling more and more car niches. But is the i20 Coupe good enough to give the three-door Volkswagen Polo a run for its money? Come find out in my review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2015 Hyundai i20 Coupe.

  • 2015 Hyundai i20 Coupe
  • Year:
    2015
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    82 @ 6000
  • Torque @ RPM:
    89 @ 4000
  • Displacement:
    1.25 L
  • 0-60 time:
    13.1 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    105 mph
  • Price:
    13025 (Est.)
  • Price:
  • car segment:
  • body style:

Exterior

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Although I found the previous i20 to be rather dull and... well... too Asian looking for the European market, I think that the new hatch is one of the better looking models in its class. If I were in the market for a subcompact right now I’d find it hard to choose between the i20 and the Fiesta, but I’d definitely take the Hyundai over the Polo.

We're looking at a raked roofline, a significantly smaller rear glass, and a pair of seriously flared rear fenders (for a subcompact, obviously).

It’s that good (to my eyes) and the coupe treatment makes it that much better.

The best thing about it is that the "Coupe" in its moniker is more than just a name or a marketing scheme. As I previously mentioned, the i20 Coupe is not a shorter, three-door version of the standard hatch. Nope. We’re looking at a raked roofline, a significantly smaller rear glass, and a pair of seriously flared rear fenders (for a subcompact, obviously). And that’s on top of the redesigned front intake and bumpers.

The intake is bigger and more aggressive, the i20’s standard grille has been narrowed to a thin stripe, while the bumper has been reshaped into a sportier element. The rear haunches are pretty big for a car this size, making the i20 Coupe nearly as aggressive as the Veloster when seen from the back. The slightly beefed-up side skirts are also a sign that Hyundai wanted to give its customers an affordable coupe with sporty features rather than yet another three-door hatch.

In today’s market, when almost everyone is busy reducing costs by sharing everything, Hyundai did the exact opposite. Well done!

Exterior Dimensions

Overall length 4,045 MM (159.25 Inches)
Overall width 1,730 (excluding door mirrors) MM (68.11 Inches)
Overall height 1,449 MM (57.04 Inches)
Wheelbase 2,570 MM (101.18 Inches)
Ground clearance 140 MM (5.51 Inches)
Front overhang 815 MM (32.08 Inches)
Rear overhang 660 MM (25.98 Inches)

Interior

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Not the same can be said about the interior though, as the Coupe is identical to the hatchback from the B-pillar onward. But that’s not surprising and as far as I’m concerned not an issue. That’s because the i20’s cabin is a significant improvement over the previous model, sporting improved plastics, a modern layout, and better placed buttons and controls.

Sure, the rear seat is a bit cramped compared to the hatchback’s with less legroom and shoulder room, but, other than that, anything you get in the i20 can be had in the Coupe. Highlights include a heated steering wheel, a rear-view camera, automatic windshield defogging, Lane Departure Warning, and a big sunroof.

Hyundai says that the new rear end design allowed it to increase the i20’s boot capacity by 10 liters (0.35 cubic feet), giving the Coupe a class-leading capacity of 336 liters (11.8 cubic feet). At least there’s a bright side to the cramped rear seats.

Interior Dimensions

Front Rear
Head room 1,015 MM (39.96 Inches) 940 MM (37.00 Inches)
Leg room 1,098 MM (43.22 Inches) 794 MM (31.25 Inches)
Shoulder room 1,377 MM (54.21 Inches) 1,337 MM (52.63 Inches)
Hip room 1,324 MM (52.12 Inches) 125 MM (4.92 Inches)

Drivetrain

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Motivation for the i20 Coupe comes from two engines, both shared with the i20. First up is the gasoline, 1.2-liter, four-cylinder rated at 82 horsepower and 89 pound-feet of torque. With this unit under the hood, the coupe needs 13.1 seconds to hit 62 mph from a standing start and reaches a top speed of 105 mph. Far from impressive.

The second mill is a 1.4-liter diesel also displacing four cylinders. Output sits at 88 horses and 177 pound-feet of torque, returning a 0-to-62 mph sprint of 12.1 seconds and a top speed of 108 mph. Both engines mate to either five- or six-speed manual transmissions, meaning there’s no automatic option like on the i20 hatch.

While it won’t receive the hatchback’s 98-horsepower, 1.4-liter gasoline engine, the i20 Coupe will benefit from Hyundai’s new 1.0-liter, three-cylinder later in 2015. The turbocharged three-banger will be available in two power outputs — a 98-horsepower and 126-pound-feet version aimed at maximizing fuel efficiency and a 118-horsepower variant for more spirited driving. The latter should enable the coupe to hit 62 mph in a little over 10 seconds and charge toward a top speed of 114 mph.

Drivetrain Specifications

1.25-litre 84 ps 1.4-litre 90 ps
Type Kappa, 4 cylinders in line, DOHC, with dual CVVT U-II, 4 cylinders in line
Capacity 1,248 cc 1,396 cc
Bore x stroke 71,0 x 78,8 mm 75 x 79 mm
Compression ratio 10,5 16,0
Power 82 HP @ 6,000 RPM 88 HP @ 4,000 RPM
Torque 89 LB-FT @ 4,000 RPM 177 LB-FT @ 1,500 – 2,500 RPM
Maximum speed 170 KM/H (105 MPH) 175 KM/H (108 MPH)
0-to-100 km/h acceleration 13.1 seconds 12.1 seconds

Safety

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The i20 Active comes with the same safety features as the standard i20, meaning it sports six airbags and driving aids such as Lane Departure Warning, Vehicle Stability Management, Electronic Stability Program, Anti-Lock Brakes, and Hill-Start Assist.

Prices

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In the United Kingdom, prices for the i20 Coupe start from £13,025 (about $20,200) for the gasoline model and from £15,025 (around $23,300) for the diesel version, which is identical to the i20 hatch in the same market. For the Sport trim with navigation the sticker climbs to £14,700 (about $22,800) and £16,700 (around $25,900), respectively.

UK Prices

Model CO2 emissions (g/km) VED Band On-the-road price
SE 1.2 Petrol (84PS) 119 C £13,025
SE 1.4 CRDi (90PS) 106 B £15,025
Sport 1.2 Petrol (84PS) 119 C £14,025
Sport 1.4 CRDi (90PS) 106 B £16,025
Sport Nav 1.2 Petrol (84PS) 119 C £14,700
Sport Nav 1.4 CRDi (90PS) 106 B £16,700

Competitors

2015 Volkswagen Polo

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The car to beat in this segment, the Polo is available with a variety of gasoline and diesel engines, starting with a 1.0-liter three-pot rated at 59 horsepower and 70 pound-feet of torque. At the other end of the lineup is a 1.4-liter TSI that cranks out 148 horses. A 1.4-liter TDI diesel with 89 horses and 170 pound-feet delivers more torque and better fuel economy. The German hatch starts from £11,300 (about $17,525) in the U.K. and costs £18,900 (around $29,310) before options in the sporty GTI trim.

Find out more about the Volkswagen Polo here.

2014 Ford Fiesta

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The 2014 Ford Fiesta is like Ford’s wolf in sheep’s clothing. It looks rather pedestrian when you first glance at it, but once you understand its all-around potential, you’re going to realize why it’s such a special car. Especially the three-door version. No fewer 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 to 123 horses. The Fiesta retails from £10,145 (about $15,735) in base trim and fetches as much as £16,445 (around $25,500) with the Titanium X package. A well-equipped version of the performance-oriented ST can cost around £20,000 (about $31,015).

Read more about the Ford Fiesta here.

Conclusion

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I don’t say this too often about a Hyundai, but the i20 Coupe is a cool car. I just love how Hyundai managed to turn the five-door hatch into a proper coupe and bring something different to the market in a rather bold move to tackle the popular Polo and Fiesta. My only beef is that the i20 Coupe isn’t as quick and aggressive as its design suggests, but the upcoming turbocharged three-cylinder should give it the extra oomph it needs. A performance-oriented version wearing the "N" badge would make it that much better, but I don’t see it happening too soon. If you’re in the market for a supermini that’s different than the rest, the i20 Coupe is the way to go!

  • Leave it
    • Competitive segment
    • Deserves a performance-oriented version
    • No automatic transmission

Press Release

Hyundai Motor has introduced the New Generation i20 Coupe, expanding the product range with distinctive sporty and dynamic design.

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For the first time, Hyundai has created a three-door B-segment car that is significantly differentiated from the five-door model. Its dynamic exterior and striking interior design are intended to attract young, lifestyle-oriented consumers, further enhancing the appeal of the New Generation i20.

2. Design

Unique silhouette of New Generation i20 Coupe with differentiated A-, B- and C-Pillar
Reverse hexagonal grille emphasises dynamic character
New rear design creates unique athletic presence

New Generation i20 Coupe offers a unique silhouette in the B-segment. The A-, B-, and C-pillars differ between three- and five-door models, each is more raked providing the Coupe with its own dynamic profile thanks to a stylish sloping roofline, 25mm lower than its five-door sibling. Interpreting the New Generation i20’s distinctive floating roofline, the Coupe features a slim black C-pillar application that further emphasises its unique rear design.

New Generation i20 Coupe has been styled with an reverse hexagonal front grille, redesigned frontbumpers, matching new side sill mouldings and a sporty rear spoiler. A muscular character line dominates the rear of New Generation i20 Coupe leading into the a new rear bumper design and creating an athletic presence on the road.

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Eduardo Ramirez, General Manager of Hyundai Motor’s Design Centre Europe, said: “The front of the New Generation i20 Coupe features a reverse hexagonal grille that, framed by iconic side bumper features, lowers the visual stance and emphasizes its road-hugging character. We gave the car a sleeker looking side profile and a more appearance, while retaining generous space of rear passengers. The strong feature over the rear wheels emphasizes the shoulders and directs the attention to the striking horizontal rear lights. Together they underline the sport-oriented image of the car.”

The sophisticated relationship between design and functionality continues around to the rear with new tail lamps. 17-inch alloy wheels are unique to the Coupe model, enhancing its sporty character. The stylish touches also include unique Tangerine Orange exterior paintwork carried through to a matching fashionable orange interior trim with orange decals found exclusively in the Coupe interior.

3. Comfort and convenience

Outstanding quality of five-door model carried across without compromise
Best-in-class boot capacity - 336 litres
Easy-entry front seats with memory function offer high comfort and convenience for all occupants

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The New Generation i20 Coupe offers exclusive features, enhancing its appeal as a stylish package that provides interior comfort and all-round quality. An extended sunroof opens up the interior to natural light, enhancing the sense of relaxation and well-being created through an ergonomic driver-orientated interior design.

With a new rear end design, Coupe increases the already outstanding bootcapacity of the 5-door model by 10-litres to class-leading 336-litres. Easy entry front seats, with a memory function, offer class-leading comfort and ease-of-use for occupants, while low levels of NVH mean New Generation i20 Coupe is a pleasant place to be.

In addition, New Generation i20 Coupe carries the same range of extensive comfort and safety features as seen on the five-door version. Depending on model and market specification, New Generation i20 can be equipped with features including a heated steering wheel, automatic-windscreen-defog and the Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), while retaining the five-door’s excellent leg, head and shoulder room.

4.Engines and transmissions

Engine line-up tuned for day-to-day driveability
1.0-litre T-GDI engine to expand engine line-up in 2015

New Generation i20 Coupe has an engine line-up tuned and optimised for day-to-day driving. The 1.25-litre 84 PS ‘Kappa’ petrol engine and 1.4-litre with 90 PS, from the ‘U-II’ diesel family complete the engine line up. The choice of engines has been enhanced to offer outstanding choice, each compliant with new Euro6 emission regulations. Engines are mated to either of five or six speed manual transmission.

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Enhancing the engine line-up of New Generation i20 Coupe, a newly developed 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine will be introduced in 2015. This new Kappa 1.0-litre T-GDI is the first of a new generation of small turbocharged petrol engines, offering enhanced performance, driving enjoyment and efficiency.

The 1.0 litre T-GDI engine will be available in two power outputs. The standard-power 100 PS version is aimed at maximising fuel efficiency, while the high-power 120 PS unit has been developed with driving enjoyment in mind. “The new turbocharged engine carries various enhancements and new technologies like direct petrol injection and a small, single-scroll turbocharger,” explains Jürgen Grimm, Head of Powertrain at Hyundai’s European Technical Center in Rüsselsheim.

5.Made in Europe for Europe

i20 Coupe is part of Hyundai’s ‘Product Momentum 2017’ initiative
i20 Coupe supports additional growth in European B-segment
Built at HAOS plant in Izmit, Turkey

New Generation i20 Coupe is one of the many models that Hyundai will introduce under its Product Momentum 2017 programme, supporting the future growth of the brand, especially in the B-segment, which is the largest in Europe and still growing.

Total European B-segment sales reached 2.86 million in 2013 while 3.25-million sales are forecast for 2017. Hyundai has unified New Generation i20 production at its recently-expanded Hyundai Assan Otomotiv Sanayi (HAOS) plant in Izmit, Turkey and expects the New Generation i20 family to account for 100,000 units annually.

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6.Pricing and specification

Prices range from £12,725 to £16,400 on-the-road (OTR)
Available in three generous trim levels: SE, Sport and Sport Nav

Prices start at £12,725 for the entry level SE trim, which includes standard features such as: 16” alloy wheels; Bluetooth® connectivity; cruise control with speed limiter; rear parking sensors; and rear spoiler. Priced from £13,725, customers choosing the Sport derivative benefit from: 17” alloy wheels; automatic lights; auto dimming review mirror; climate control with auto defog; and privacy glass.

The range-topping Sport Nav model adds integrated satellite navigation with 7” touch screen, Rear View Camera and DAB radio for £14,400.

Hyundai’s European design team has taken a different approach with the brand’s characteristic grille design, with New Generation i20 Coupe featuring the striking reverse hexagonal front grille on a newly-designed front bumper.

To set the New Generation i20 Coupe apart from the rest of the range, Hyundai has introduced a new stylish exterior colour: Tangerine Orange. The new colour comes with a black interior with orange inserts, further adding to its bold aesthetic. Despite its sportier appearance, New Generation i20 Coupe still offers best-in-class boot space of 336-litres.

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Designed, developed and built in Europe, production of the New Generation i20 Coupe will take place at Hyundai’s Turkish manufacturing plant in Izmit, alongside the New Generation i20 five-door.

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