Hyundai i20 brings Korean mini bang up to date

Published: 19 February 2020

► New 2020 Hyundai i20
► Slick new supermini
► See it at Geneva show

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'll see the new Hyundai i20 at the Geneva motor show in March 2020. 

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 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 99bhp 1.0-litre petrol with mild hybrid skills; overseas buyers can choose the same engine with 118bhp.

New 2020 Hyundai i20 supermini

Hyundai claims a 3-4% reduction in CO2 and fuel consumption, as the battery tech 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.

Inside the cabin

The Hyundai i20 cabin is quite a departure for the Koreans: only this one sketch has been issued so far, revealing a very Volkswagen-influenced interior, whose horizontal strakes call to mind the Touareg SUV cabin.

Interior of new 2020 Hyundai i20 showcases double 10.25-inch digital displays

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.

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By Tim Pollard

Editorial director of CAR's digital publishing arm. Motoring news magnet