What is it?
The new Hyundai i20 replaces the ageing Getz. Hyundai hopes its new baby will be able to capitalise on growing demand for small cars and superminis, with the i20 claimed to prove that the company can create successful products for the specific demand of the European market.
What’s it like?
Considering its importance to Hyundai, you may be slightly disappointed when you first clap eyes on the i20. This can fairly be described as a conservative-looking car that does without the panache of funkier segment rivals.
The i20 is certainly no fashion object, but the relatively high roofline has practical benefits and the shape is elegant enough.
Hop into the cabin and you’re greeted by a more contemporary interior than we’ve seen from Hyundai thus far. The top-spec Style gets a leather steering wheel, gearknob and handbrake handle, but even lesser i20s will have generous standard equipment. Vibrant two-tone seats jazz up the interior, but there are still some old-fashioned, cheap-looking plastics – and the fragile-feeling switchgear is a let-down.
However, those minor niggles don’t detract from the amount of space available - there’s decent headroom and knee room in the back, and the luggage area is reasonable too.