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Hyundai i20 1.2: Polo competitor sits the short test

In order to win greater market share, the second edition of the Hyundai i20 must now get it just right. The test reveals how the Polo competitor's chances look.

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While the bright red Hyundai i20 rushes through this test, hopefully many readers, and certainly the managers at Hyundai, will take their time to browse through the last edition ofauto motor und sportat their leisure. In that edition, the smallest Hyundai, the i10, once again managed to win a comparison test. Its defining features: simple operation, plenty of space, uncomplicated design, a comfortable chassis and a refined engine.

Sufficient space

With the new edition of the Hyundai i20 now comes the second wave of the "Product Momentum" offensive. Naturally, Hyundai is relying on the same tactics here. Likewise the i20, which has grown in length by 40 millimetres taking it to over 4 metres, can be controlled with superb simplicity, features a host of large storage compartments, for example for water bottles or mobile phones and offers passengers plenty of space all-round.

The Hyundai i20 doesn't even lack storage space. With a capacity ranging from 326 to 1,042 litres, the i20 is up there with the Skoda Fabia (330–1,150 litres) and easily beats the VW Polo (280–952 litres).

The Hyundai i20 produces 83 HP

However,in contrast to these top-sellers, the comfortably tuned four-door car doesn't have turbo beneath the hood. There lies a quieter, lower-vibrtaion and appealing four-cylinder petrol engine with a 1.2-litre capacity. The 83 HP produced by the Hyundai i20 is only reached at 6,000 rpm, and the 122 Newton metres of torque from 4,000 rpm. Therefore those who want to live life in the fast lane have to get the engine revving – and move quickly through the gears. This is no problem, since the first four gears of the transmission are beautifully short, the fifth rather long but still with an alright ratio.

Other irritants? With the exception of the bumpiness over transverse joints – none. And because, in spite of the good range of equipment, the Hyundai i20 remains affordable at 15,150 Euros, it has no reason to fear the competition. Whether or not it will follow the i10 and bring its developers similar success?


Hans-Dieter Seufert


3 May 2015
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