Hyundai i20 Blue

9 Sep, 2011 1:08pm Paul Bond

Our verdict on efficient, new baby that cuts running costs to a minimum


The i20 continues to challenge the class best, and this Blue version adds another string to its bow. It’s efficient, yet doesn’t feel hampered by its eco credentials. The interior is a little drab, but it’s roomy and very well equipped. One of the cheapest sub-99g/km superminis to buy, the i20 Blue will also cost very little to run. It’s definitely worth a look.
As Hyundai’s greenest model ever, the new i20 Blue boasts the kind of low running costs that should put it on any supermini buyer’s shopping list.

We’ve been impressed by the standard car’s blend of value and practicality, and all those qualities have been carried over for this new eco-friendly i20, which is based on the mid-spec Comfort version.

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That means it gets air-con, electric windows and 15-inch alloys, and also uses the original model’s 89bhp 1.4-litre CRDi diesel engine – yet emissions have fallen from 111g/km to 98g/km, making it tax-exempt.

That figure is thanks to a set of low-rolling-resistance tyres, automatic stop-start and aero tweaks designed to make the i20 as efficient as possible.

They may be subtle, but these updates stretch the combined economy to 76.4mpg, giving the i20 Blue a theoretical range of 755 miles. What’s more, it is far less compromised to drive than some eco rivals.

It can’t quite match the Ford Fiesta ECOnetic’s sharp handling, but it’s £1,300 cheaper to buy and rides in a very comfortable manner. With 220Nm of torque, the diesel pulls strongly and although a little rough at idle, it’s refined at speed. Cabin quality is behind a Fiesta, Vauxhall Corsa and VW Polo, but the low price makes up for that. On the whole, this is frugal transport at its best.

Key specs

* Price: £13,195
* Engine: 1.4-litre 4cyl turbodiesel
* Power/torque: 89bhp/220Nm
* Transmission: Six-speed manual, front-wheel drive
* 0-62/top speed: 13.5 secs/108mph 
* Economy/CO2: 76.4mpg/98g/km
* Equipment: 15-inch alloys, air-con, Bluetooth, multifunction steering wheel, electric windows, CD, USB, heated door mirrors, ESP, trip computer, gearshift indicator, stop-start, low-rolling-resistance tyres
* On sale: Now