Hyundai I20 variants
Total price
Monthly payment
Figures are based on a 20% deposit

Finance representative example (PCP)

Total cash price £10,499. Borrowing £8,399 with a £2,100 deposit at a representative APR of 12.9%.

49 monthly payments
£162.35
Fixed interest rate
12.9%
Total amount payable
£13,595.81
Cost of credit
£3,096.81
Optional final payment
£3,703.00
Annual mileage limit
6000 miles

Hyundai makes the i20 in a selection of different trims, with a choice of engines under the bonnet. Read on to learn more about each choice so you can pick the best i20 for you.

Hyundai i20 buying guide

What Hyundai i20 trim levels are there?

The i20 range opens with SE Connect trim. This gets alloy wheels, digital driver's dials, automatic emergency braking, rear parking sensors, a reversing camera, automatic high beams, and an infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Next up is Hyundai’s sporty N Line trim, similar to Audi’s S Line. This adds larger alloy wheels, climate control, a sporty-looking body kit, cabin ambient lighting, LED brake lights, tinted rear windows, a black contrast colour roof, and a larger screen and built-in sat-nav for the infotainment system.

Premium includes most of the same benefits as N Line but forgoes the sporty body kit. In its place, Premium trim adds heated front seats and a heated steering wheel.

Ultimate is the top-level i20 trim and gains blind-spot monitoring, an upgraded Bose stereo, enhanced automatic braking with junction function, keyless entry and a wireless phone charging pad.

N trim is reserved for the i20 N hot hatch. This version gets a wealth of interior tech along with high-performance alloy wheels, upgraded suspension and beefed-up brakes. It also gains an even more aggressive body kit to terrify lesser i20s into submission.

Hyundai i20 interior and technology

Hyundai’s cabin design has gone from strength to strength over the years and the i20 can now compete toe-to-toe with the best in this class. Material quality is high and you won’t find any squeaks or rattles from the cabin. The interior design of 2020-and-newer i20s is neat and tidy, with the infotainment screen prominently featured on top of the dashboard. Physical controls for the heater and air conditioning remain in place, which make them easier to use than some rivals that put them in the infotainment screen. Pre-2020 i20s are similarly well screwed together, although the design inevitably doesn’t feel as up to date.

We have few complaints about Hyundai’s infotainment system – it’s easy to understand, includes most of the functions you’d expect as standard, and is responsive to the touch. All 2020-and-newer i20s include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard allowing you to use your own music and navigation apps through the car’s screen.

The i20 is a small car designed to work well in tight urban areas, so you can’t expect it to have van-like storage. Despite its compact size, however, the i20 is impressively practical for this class, with enough passenger room to sit four full-size adults in relative comfort and five at a push for shorter journeys. Boot space is also at the top end of the class, with a usefully square load area and a low boot lip.

Hyundai i20 engine range explained

Hyundai i20 1.2 MPi 75/84

This is the entry-level engine offered on older, pre-2020 i20 models. It’s a 1.2-litre four-cylinder non-turbo petrol engine making either 75 or 84hp depending on the trim level its fitted to. Neither version can cover the 0-62mph run in less than 12 seconds so both will feel a little strained when overtaking on the motorway.

Hyundai i20 1.0T GDi 100

Later on in the pre-2020 i20’s life, Hyundai added a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine as an option. This is also the entry-level engine for 2020-and-newer i20s. The turbo boost helps this version feel much more relaxed at speed, with 100hp on tap and a 0-62mph time to 10.4 seconds. This engine is optionally available on newer i20s with an automatic gearbox.

Hyundai i20 1.0T GDi 120

For 2020-and-newer i20s, N Line and other upgraded trim levels get the option of a slightly more powerful engine. This uses the same 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine but boosts power to 120hp, dropping the 0-62mph time to 10.1 seconds, helping it feel even more comfortable at motorway speeds. This engine also features an optional automatic gearbox.

Hyundai i20 N 1.6T GDi

This engine is exclusive to the i20 N hot hatch. It’s a 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with 204hp. All that power in such a small car nets you a rapid 6.7-second 0-62mph time, and the grippy, planted chassis gives you the confidence you need to put that power down on the road.

Hyundai i20 FAQs

Hyundai makes the i20 in one form only – a five-door hatchback.

If you’re in the market for a nearly new i20, you’re likely to encounter older pre-2020 models and current-generation 2020-and-newer versions. While the two cars share the same hatchback format, the newer model is substantially overhauled, with sharper styling, more powerful engines and a more premium interior.

Despite being slightly older, however, pre-2020 i20 cars still have plenty of strengths and are noticeably more affordable than the current-generation model. Some pre-2020 models were sold early into the 2020 model year so double check with a Motorpoint representative if you’re not sure which version you’re looking at.

The i20 is a small car designed to work well in urban environments. As such, it measures in at a little more than four metres long – the exact same length as a Ford Fiesta, and a few millimetres shorter than a Volkswagen Polo, Peugeot 208 or Renault Clio. The i20 is also a few millimetres shorter than its sister car, the Kia Rio.

Engine options for the i20 are now exclusively petrol powered and this suits the car’s likely use case as an urban and suburban runabout. All engines offered on 2020-and-newer i20s are turbocharged and feature a 48V starter-generator in place of a conventional alternator and starter motor to reduce fuel consumption.

Yes, there's lots of reasons to recommend the i20. For starters, it has one of the largest interiors in its segment, outclassing the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa, and only beaten by the Tardis-like Honda Jazz.

On top of that the interior and exterior styling is several cuts about dull Hyundais of old, with sharp lines and bold shapes defining its look. The cabin is nicely trimmed in addition to being spacious, with judicious use of soft-touch materials and an infotainment system that's more up to date than some of the Hyundai's rivals.

Buyers searching for ultra-sporty handling or the most outright practicality in this class might want to look to something else but, for most buyers, the i20 is a great all rounder.

Most reliability surveys give the i20 strong marks for dependability. Plus, with most engines and parts widely shared between other Hyundai and Kia models, you won't struggle to find any replacements you might need.

The car is also backed up by Hyundai's five-year factory warranty, which is two years longer than most of its direct rivals.

Once that factory warranty runs out, you can add an extended warranty for extra peace of mind in the event of mechanical or electrical failures further down the line.

The i20 is a small, light car so isn't the best choice for towing unless you're hauling a very lightweight trailer. All versions are rated to tow a braked trailer weighing 1,100kg. That said, it's safest to avoid towing a trailer that weighs more than 85% the weight of your car.

Yes every petrol-powered Hyundai i20 ever made is compatible with E10 fuel (10% ethanol). So you can fuel up without worrying whether your car is compatible.