New Hyundai i20: B-segment hatch gets updated styling and safety tech

Published: 24 April 2018

► The i20 gets new styling and safety tech
► Coming this year
► Will have a slight uplift price

Hyundai has refreshed the i20 as it looks to keep pace with B-segment rivals such as the new Ford Fiesta, new VW Polo and Nissan Micra. Alongside a refreshed engine line up, the refreshed i20 also benefits from tech and safety upgrades, new colour options and slightly tweaked styling.

As for the price? We’re not sure yet, but given the raft of added features, we’re expecting the new i20 to cost a little more than the old one when it goes in sale in June.

New Hyundai i20: design

From the outside, the new i20 gets a modest tweak , with both five-door and three-door models getting a new ‘cascading grille,’ a two tone roof and slightly changed rear. It’s pretty hard to notice the difference, but the updated car does look a little more handsome than its predecessor. The five-door i20 also gets the option of new 15” and 16” alloy wheels to add to its more robust styling.  

Hyundai is offering the new i20 in three colours too, including the rather mundane-sounding Tomato Red. That brings the total amount of hues you can choose from five to eight.

New Hyundai i20: engines and transmissions

The new i20 comes with a choice of offers a choice of two petrol powertrains, although they’re available in a total of four flavours in total. An entry-level 1.0-litre T-GDI comes with either 98.6bhp and five-speed ‘box, or a 118bhp iteration and a six-speed ‘box.

In the same way, a 1.2-litre engine is available in with 74bhp mated to a five-speed transmission, or a 84PS guise mounted to the same gearing.

Hyundai says also introducing a seven-speed DCT will also be available.

New Hyundai i20: safety tech

The new i20 also comes with Hyundai SmartSense, which essentially means it’s available with all the semi-autonomous safety tech you’d expect in 2018. That mean AEB, lane departure warning, high beam assist, and also even driver attention warnings are all standard on the SE trim and above.

New Hyundai i20: interior tech

Hyundai has refreshed the interior of the i20 too, and all that it looks largely the same, there’s some useful tech-focused editions. Customers will now be able to spec up to a seven-inch infotainment system with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto – and there’s also a USB charger to top-up your phone.

We’ll update this article more when we find out other details and the exact UK price of the new Hyundai i20.

By Curtis Moldrich

CAR's online editor and racing-sim enthusiast