Hyundai i20 review - Practicality, comfort & boot space
Practicality is one of the i20’s strongest suits, with good cabin space front and rear and a boot volume that’s near the top of the class
Hyundai’s supermini has had a growth spurt over the last couple of generations and the latest model is no exception, growing in every dimension apart from height, with its slightly lower profile combining with greater width to lend the car its sporty proportions. Most importantly there’s been a small increase in wheelbase to improve cabin room, and general improvements to the cabin design make this the most accommodating i20 yet.
The usual suite of cubbyholes makes it easy enough to stash stuff around the i20’s cabin, though no better or worse than the class average. The cubby ahead of the gearlever is more than suitable for a mobile phone or two though, and in Ultimate models the pad within it can be used to charge your device.
The i20 is right in the supermini ballpark, with a length of just over four metres, at 4040mm. It’s also 1775mm wide excluding mirrors, and 1450mm high, with a 2580mm wheelbase, 10mm greater than its predecessor. For comparison those figures are within a few centimetres of a Volkswagen Polo in terms of length, marginally wider and around the same height, while it’s identical to a Fiesta in length but a touch wider and lower.
Legroom, headroom & passenger space
Being among the larger superminis the i20 can comfortably accommodate four adults – you might even squeeze four six-footers in there, so carrying a couple of children around is no issue at all.
At 352 litres, the i20’s boot is among the largest in its class. It bests the Fiesta’s 292-litre space quite significantly and has the measure of the Peugeot 208’s 311-litre hold too – only Volkswagen’s Polo can claim similar space, with an insignificant one-litre difference at 351 litres. Even then, the Hyundai’s 1165-litre seats-down volume is 40 litres greater than that of the Volkswagen.
- 1VerdictIt's not flawless, but the latest Hyundai i20 is the firm’s most competitive entrant into the supermini market yet
- 2Engines, performance and driveMore capable than its predecessor and now a proper Fiesta rival for fun. Smooth engine and effective mild-hybrid system are impressive, too
- 3MPG, CO2 and running costsSingle engine option is no barrier to economy, with low fuel consumption and emissions.
- 4Interior, design and technologyIt’s let down by some subpar materials and a staid design, but i20s are well equipped and the infotainment is logical to use
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingPracticality is one of the i20’s strongest suits, with good cabin space front and rear and a boot volume that’s 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.