Price, fuel economy, range and depreciation

The i20 comes with Hyundai’s five-year Triple Care package, which offers five years of unlimited-mile warranty, RAC roadside assistance and annual health checks. It will be cheap to service and insure, with group ratings starting at group eight, and our test average of 44.0mpg in the 1.2 model is respectable.

Not all engines are available in all trims or in both three- and five-door configurations, so if you're buying an i20 purely as a way of getting from A to B, you'll need to work out what is most important to you: a low list price, improved economy, practicality or performance. This makes choosing a lot harder than usual.

The two main limits on pace on our track are a lack of front grip and remote-feeling steering

Broadly speaking, the 1.2-litre petrol makes the most sense with an official combined fuel consumption figure of 57.6mpg and emissions of 114g/km. Spend a little more for the 1.4-litre petrol and consumption increases to 54.3mpg and emissions to 122g/km. Pick the automatic versions and running costs escalate quickly.

The 1.1-litre diesel returns 74.3mpg, or 88.3mpg if you choose the Blue Drive variant. Carbon emissions are 99g/km and 84g/km respectively, but such is the vigour with which the engine needs to be driven, those figures sound a little optimistic.

In Blue Drive guise, the 1.4-litre diesel emits a tax-free 96g/k of CO2 and 76.3mpg on the combined cycle, while the standard engine records 65.7mpg and 100g/km

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Equipment levels are good for the money. The sub-£10,000 entry-level has air-con, electric front windows, six airbags, ESP and an aux-in stereo connection. The more expensive Blue Drive models gain stop-start technology and low-roll resistance tyres, but lose the air-con - and it's not even offered on the options list. More upscale models gain Bluetooth, various automatically-activated controls and bits of leather trim.