After revealing the facelifted i20 at the Geneva Salon last month, Hyundai is now getting ready to roll out the supermini across Europe. In the UK, the i20 hatchback will be available in showrooms on 7 May with on-the-road prices ranging from £9,995 for the three-door 1.2 petrol Classic to £14,295 for the 89hp 1.4 CRDi Style model.
The revamped Korean supermini sports Hyundai’s new face with the hexagonal front grille, while you’ll also find changes at the rear with the redesigned bumper and taillights. Inside, Hyundai says it has improved the quality with soft-touch plastics, plus a revised center console along with updated seat trims.
Under the skin, the new 1.2-litre petrol engine is not only cleaner but also more efficient and powerful than the model it replaces. Peak output reaches 84hp (85PS) instead of 78hp (79PS) while fuel economy has improved from 55.4mpg to 57.7mpg UK on the combined cycle and CO2 emissions have dropped from 119g/km to 114g/km.
The most fuel efficient model in the range is the Blue variant, which is powered by a new 1.1-litre “U-ll” three-cylinder diesel engine combined with Intelligent Stop and Go and low rolling resistance tyres. It emits only 84g/km and is capable of returning 88.3mpg UK on the combined cycle.
The latest i20 is offered in three main trim levels. Beginning with the Classis, it includes remote central locking, six air bags, air conditioning, ESP and, for the first time on the i20, Vehicle Stability Management as standard.
Moving up to the Active grade adds 15-inch alloys, Bluetooth with voice recognition, electric/heated door mirrors, front fog lights, leather steering wheel and gear knob and electric rear windows for the five door models.
Finally, the top of the range Style trim is equipped with 16-inch wheels, automatic headlights, rain sensing front wipers, climate control along with an automatic dimming rear view mirror with an integrated reversing camera.