Hyundai i20 Blue

New Hyundai i20 sets new standards for efficiency, with 88.3mpg and 84g/km

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.0 out of 5

The Hyundai i20 CRDi Blue is an excellent car that delivers economy and a good drive in a well polished package. It has plenty of equipment and feels solid and stable on the road for such a small car. Yes, it lacks the character and style of some competitors, but it’s not short on talent around town – and that’s where it’s meant to be driven.

The new Hyundai i20 CRDi Blue is set to be the most efficient non-electric, non-hybrid car on the market, with its 74bhp 1.1-litre three-cylinder turbodiesel emitting only 84g/km of CO2.

This pips the former best of 85g/km in the Kia Rio, which features a less developed version of the same engine. The i20 also offers class-leading 88.3mpg economy.

The production car will be based on the Classic trim, which means 15-inch alloys, remote central locking, air-con, electric front windows and six airbags are standard. It also adds stop-start, as well as energy-saving tyres.

It still sounds like a diesel, but the i20 is remarkably refined. Unlike some rivals there’s little vibration at idle, and you won’t hear the turbo, which has variable geometry to increase efficiency and boost throttle response.

The car isn’t fast yet it’s quite at home in town, as it has plenty of poke and changes gear smoothly. Add in light steering plus strong brakes, and the i20’s easy to drive.

Short, economy-focused gearing means you’ll need to change ratios mid-manoeuvre during overtaking, but the engine is a gem. It lacks the verve of the VW up!’s three-cylinder, yet is more efficient and feels more substantial on the road.

The CRDi Blue goes on sale for £11,795 around a month after the new i20’s 7 May release.

Most Popular

'The best car in the world is Korean'
Opinion Mike Rutherford

'The best car in the world is Korean'

Mike Rutherford praises Hyundai and Kia's joint win in Best Cars of the Year
16 Jan 2022
Kia EV6 vs Volkswagen ID.4 GTX: 2022 group test review
Kia EV6 vs VW ID.4 GTX - main
Volkswagen ID.4 SUV

Kia EV6 vs Volkswagen ID.4 GTX: 2022 group test review

The Kia EV6 and Volkswagen ID.4 GTX deliver sportiness to the electric SUV sector - but which does it best?
15 Jan 2022
Top 10 best hybrid cars to buy 2022
Best hybrid cars - header image
Hybrid cars

Top 10 best hybrid cars to buy 2022

Hybrid power is the way forward if the car industry is to be believed so we've found the top 10 best hybrid cars to buy now...
2 Jan 2022