Hyundai i20 review - Reliability and Safety
Five-year warranty gives peace of mind, but Hyundai doesn't do well as a manufacturer in Driver Power
In recent years, Hyundai has gained a reputation for building durable cars, Even so, it suffered a disappointing showing in our Driver Power 2016 satisfaction survey results - the brand placed 30th out of 32 brands, and the i20 didn't even make the top 100 best cars to buy.
That said, its i10 city car finished a decent 38th overall in the same poll, and it shares many of its mechanical components and systems with the i20, which should mean trouble-free motoring. In fact, the i10 also took second place out of the most reliable small cars to own in 2016. Of course, if anything does go wrong, you’ve also got the peace of mind that comes with Hyundai’s unlimited-mileage, five-year warranty and breakdown aftersales package.
Euro NCAP tested the i20 in 2015 and awarded it a four-star rating. It lost out on a fifth star due to the lack of any autonomous emergency braking systems – you can’t even specify this gear as an option. Still, look past this and you’ll discover the i20 comes loaded with standard safety kit, including six airbags, stability control and lane departure warning.
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 spaceLong wheelbase boosts versatility, and i20 is one of the roomiest superminis on sale
- 6Reliability and Safety - currently readingFive-year warranty gives peace of mind, but Hyundai doesn't do well as a manufacturer in Driver Power