Hyundai i20

Hyundai’s Fiesta beater

01 July 2018

HYUNDAI has announced that its new Fiesta-beating i20 range will cost from just £13,995 despite gaining a host of new features.

There are a number of new connectivity and safety features to the range, plus exterior styling changes to create a stronger Hyundai family identity.

These include the adoption of the new Hyundai grille, redesigned front and rear bumpers, new front fog lamps and a new design tailgate with different tail lamps.

All models also get a seven-inch display audio system with DAB radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a rear view camera, Bluetooth connectivity with steering wheel controls and automatic headlamps. The i20 five-door gains significant safety enhancements including Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist, Driver Attention Alert and High Beam Assist on all models from the SE upwards.

Efficiency is improved with the introduction of a seven-speed dual clutch transmission on the one-litre turbocharged 100bhp petrol  engine, which replaces the automatic transmission of the previous model. Intelligent Stop and Go features across the range, with Michelin low rolling resistance tyres on all models fitted with 15-inch and

16-inch wheels.

Prices for the i20 S five-door 1.2-litre 75bhp five-speed manual start from £13,995. The new specification also includes remote central locking, electric front windows and electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors.

From £15,495, the i20 SE five-door 1.2-litre 84bhp five-speed manual builds on the S trim level and also gains new 15-inch alloy wheels, front fog lamps, LED daytime running lamps, projector headlamps, rear parking sensors, cruise control with speed limiter function and electric rear windows. Trim additions include a leather steering wheel and gear knob. The SE version is available with the 1.0-litre turbocharged 100bhp petrol engine, with either a five-speed manual gearbox or seven-speed dual clutch transmission.

Raising the specification further, the i20 Premium Nav five-door starts at £16,245 for the 1.2-litre 84bhp five-speed manual. Premium Nav trim includes new design 16-inch alloy wheels, a dark grey front grille, LED rear lamps, front and rear parking sensors, rear view camera, climate control, privacy glass, power folding mirrors, seven-inch touchscreen navigation with DAB radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, automatic wipers, auto dimming rear view mirror and front centre arm rest. The New i20 Premium Nav is available with the one-litre turbo engine, with either a five-speed manual gearbox or seven-speed dual clutch transmission.

The flagship i20 Premium Nav SE five-door costs £17,295 for the 1.2-litre five-speed manual model, adding smart key with push button engine start/stop, panoramic sunroof, heated front seats and steering wheel to the Premium Nav specification.

There are eight paint finishes, including a new tomato red, plus metallics costing an extra £550.

Curiously, the company makes no mention of the significant fact that diesels have quietly disappeared from the range.