Hyundai i20 - MPG, CO2 and running costs
Single engine option provides decent, but not class-leading fuel economy and emissions
The 1.0-litre petrol engine in the Hyundai i20 is respectably frugal, with both manual and automatic versions managing the same combined figure of 51.3mpg. That, unfortunately, is less than before – probably not helped by the loss of mild-hybrid technology.
That’s a shame because the Peuegot 208 and Vauxhall Corsa have just added this technology; plus there are a few full-hybrid alternatives that are even more efficient, such as the Toyota Yaris, which gets up to 68.9mpg.
The emissions for the i20 are also slightly higher than before, with the best being the manual at 124g/km, while the automatic puts out 126g/km.
The numbers affect Benefit-in-Kind (BIK) rates for company users, with manual i20s in the 29 per cent band and auto ones falling into the 30 per cent segment. That’s a fair amount higher than the 25 per cent band the Yaris is in, plus there are a host of all-electric alternatives in the form of the MG4, BYD Dolphin, Peugeot E-208, and Vauxhall Corsa Electric that all have significantly lower running costs for company car drivers.
The i20 should be a fairly cheap car to insure by class standards, with the entry-level Advance model being in group 13, while the top-of-the-range Ultimate goes up to group 14. These are all similar groups to the Toyota Yaris.
However, the Volkswagen Polo starts in insurance group three for the entry 1.0-litre petrol engine, while our preferred 94bhp 1.0-litre TSI model only goes up to group nine.
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The i20 will hold its value better than rivals like the Corsa. According to our experts, after three years and 36,000 miles, the i20 should retain between 50-52 per cent of its original value when new, with the entry-level Advance performing the best.
If you’re after rock-solid residuals, you might want to consider the Audi A1, because in 30 TFSI Sport form, it is expected to hold on to 61 per cent of its value over the same period.
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In this review
- 1Hyundai i20 reviewIt's not flawless, but the latest Hyundai i20 is the firm’s most competitive entrant into the supermini market yet
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe latest Hyundai i20 is more capable than its predecessor and now offers a dose of driving fun.
- 3MPG, CO2 and running costs - currently readingSingle engine option provides decent, but not class-leading fuel economy and emissions
- 4Interior, design and technologyLet down by some subpar materials, but the Hyundai i20 is well equipped, and the infotainment is logical to use
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spacePracticality is one of the Hyundai i20’s strongest suits, and it’s boot volume is near the top of the class
- 6Reliability and safetyA long warranty and well-priced service plans should make ownership painless, while reliability should be strong