Hyundai i20 review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
Long wheelbase boosts versatility, and i20 is one of the roomiest superminis on sale
As the i20 has significantly grown in size over the outgoing model, it’s no surprise the second-generation supermini is one of the most practical and spacious in its class.
It’s longer, lower and wider than before, with 45mm added to the wheelbase. There’s plenty of room in the rear and there’s only a small hump in the middle of the floor, so while it’s a slight squeeze with three adults in the back, it’s still above average for cars in this class.
The i20 was the first car in the class to feature a full-length panoramic glass roof. It's standard on top spec Premium SE models, and while it does slightly encroach on headroom, this model still rivals the Ford Fiesta for head space.
The Hyundai Mk2 is 4,035mm long and has a 2,570mm wheelbase. This makes it one of the largest superminis in the market, while a width of 1,734mm creates plenty of interior room, and a roof height of 1,474mm boosts headroom.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
The i20 is roomy in the rear, and even taller adults should have enough knee room to the seat in front, which is impressive given the boot space on offer. However, the i20’s tapering roof line means there's less headroom than in some rivals. There’s adequate space, but taller passengers might find it tighter than in a Volkswagen Polo, for example. Width across the rear bench is good, though.
The 301-litre boot is huge and one of the the biggest in the class. A false floor can be removed and stowed away to further increase space and the standard 60:40 split rear bench folds flat, freeing up 1,042 litres of space.
Inside there are trinket trays in the doors, and large bins that can hold a large bottle. A tray in front of the gear lever is large enough for a smartphone, and there’s two big cup-holders beside the handbrake. Some models get a lidded bin that doubles as an armrest make up the storage in the front, but the glove box, though reasonably sized, is taken up by the huge owner’s manual. Overall though, the i20 is on par with its competitors when it comes to stowage solutions.
In this review
- 1Hyundai i20 reviewThe Hyundai i20 is a spacious supermini that takes on the Ford Fiesta and VW Polo
- 2Engines, performance and drivePunchy turbo petrols are the ones to go for, as the revvy 1.2 feels slow in comparison
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsBoth engines are frugal enough in the real world, but the 1.0-litre has more competitive CO2 figures
- 4Interior, design and technologySmart on the outside, plain on the inside, but the infotainment system is among the best in the class
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingLong wheelbase boosts versatility, and i20 is one of the roomiest superminis on sale
- 6Reliability and SafetyFive-year warranty gives peace of mind, but Hyundai doesn't do well as a manufacturer in Driver Power