The three-cylinder diesel engine in the Hyundai i20 supermini is not the most refined of units, but it makes up for its clattery and vibration-inducing idle with a truly miserly thirst. Fortunately the engine settles down to more refined behaviour once you’re on the move, and its supreme efficiency will definitely put a smile on your face.
Unless you’re in a hurry of course, when the 16 second 0-62mph time might be a cause for frustration. There’s not much else to complain about though, at least in the context of the budget supermini. Yes the ride is a little fidgety at times and the drive is a little bland in spite of stable handling, but the light steering and controls make the i20 a breeze to drive around town.
A relatively tall body design means the i20 offers a spacious interior with loads of room for your shopping or luggage. There’s a generous 326-litre boot, and passenger space on the back seat is best in class.
With generous equipment levels at every price-point, the i20 is definitely worth considering if running costs are an issue. The Blue model features stop-start technology and low rolling-resistance tyres to save fuel, and as a result can manage a heady 88.3mpg on the official test regime.