► New 2020 Hyundai i20
► Slick new supermini
► Sporty-looking N Line confirmed
The Koreans have slowly but surely renewed their entire range in recent years - and the pace of change shows no signs of slowing up: the new 2020 Hyundai i20 supermini brings a dash of style to the lower echelons of the brand's good-value line-up.
It ushers in what Hyundai calls its new Sensuous Sportiness exterior design language, which shows just how slavishly car manufacturers pursue athleticism in their products. It also reinforces just how Eurocentric Hyundai now is - this model is positively dripping with overtones of VW and PSA group hatchbacks.
We were due to see the new Hyundai i20 at the Geneva motor show in March 2020, but Coronavirus had other ideas and the event was cancelled.
New Hyundai i20: the headline news
The new i20 follows a tried-and-tested modern supermini formula: large, multi-pointed grille engorging the whole front end, bejewelled headlamps, contoured bonnet, full-width rear light bar, kicked-up chromed D-pillar and huge model-name typeface. It looks neat, modern and very on-trend in a competitive marketplace.
Despite a range of engines being available on the Continent, the UK market will only take the 1.0-litre petrol - with mild hybrid skills - in 98bhp and 118bhp outputs; overseas buyers can choose a lower-powered 1.2-litre four-cylinder developing 82bhp.
The mild hybrid tech uses a 48-volt system and Hyundai claims a 3-4% reduction in CO2 and fuel consumption, as the hardware allows greater coasting and energy recuperation at low speeds. Impressively, the new i20 is also 4% lighter than its predecessor.
Buyers can choose between a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and a six-speed manual.
Sportier N Line trim confirmed
Up front, the tweaked front bumper design joins the two foglight housings with a thin cut-out running parallel beneath the grille to give it a slightly more aggressive nose. Or like a pencil moustache.
The grille itself has a chequered pattern and its own N Line badge, while the rear bumper comes with a triangular foglight in the centre and faux vents on the outer edges. A pair of twin exhaust pipes and 17-inch wheels finish off the look.
You can choose the N Line in black, grey white and brass, as well as opting for a black roof as pictured here.
Inside the cabin
The Hyundai i20 cabin is quite a departure for the Koreans: revealing a very Volkswagen-influenced interior, whose horizontal strakes call to mind the Touareg SUV cabin.
Note also the twin 10.25-inch digital screens, a reminder of how digitisation isn't the preserve of expensive German car brands these days.
Hyundai also promises class-leading safety systems, including Forward Collision Avoidance Assist that is claimed to spot pedestrians and cyclists in the car's path and be able to avoid them.
N Line models come with sports seats and red highlights dotted around the cabin, along with metal pedals and an N-branded gearknob.
Prices and specs are yet to be confirmed, but the i20 is expected to be available to order by the end of 2020. The N Line will be available from Spring 2021.
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