The all-new 2015 Hyundai i20 supermini has broken cover for the first time, ahead of the new car’s official debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show later this year. It’s likely to go on sale in the UK early next year, priced from around £10,000.
Just like the new Hyundai i10, the Hyundai i20 builds on the firm’s traditional reputation of offering strong value for money and excellent reliability, bringing with it all the traits we’ve come to expect from a modern Hyundai: style, performance, ride and handling, efficiency and practicality.
Majoring on that last point, the new Hyundai i20 has been created around the concept of class-leading interior space.
The all-new platform that underpins the car is 4.5cm longer than its predecessor, which means even more stable handling and extra room inside the passenger compartment, improving comfort and practicality.
Just like the i10, a number of efficient packaging features mean the new Hyundai i20 can accommodate five adults with ease.
Combined front and rear legroom is the best in its class, while the 326-litre boot – that’s with the rear seats in place – also shows the competition a clean pair of heels.
Furthering the feeling of space inside the all-new Hyundai i20’s cabin is an optional panoramic sunroof, letting light flood the interior to highlight the high-quality materials inside. It’s able to open fully, too, so you can also have the outside in when you’re on the move.
Aping its i30 big brother, the Hyundai i20 will also feature a reversing camera to aid manoeuvring in tight spaces and parking in city streets or busy car parks – another neat gadget to help improve the experience for its owners.
Coupled to these convenience features, the 2015 Hyundai i20 is a car you’ll actually want to own, as the Korean firm has really struck gold with the styling.
Employing the brand’s “Fluidic Sculpture 2.0” the all-new Hyundai i20 is a stunning-looking compact hatchback.
From the upright chrome hexagonal grille, which has been lowered to create the impression of even more width, and the slick headlamp clusters, this is a very grown-up, refined looking car.
There are LED running lights, while the lower portion of the grille houses the i20’s fog lights and gives the car a solid stance.
The same is true at the rear, with a black C-pillar that creates the illusion of a floating roof, while the wraparound LED brake lights work well with the taut tail. The side body mouldings on the door inject another dose of style and give the new-for-2015 Hyundai i20 a very elegant appearance in profile.
As yet, there’s no official information on engines, but expect a similar range of impressively efficient 1.4- and 1.6-litre petrol and turbodiesel units as used in the Hyundai i30.
However, in a smaller, lighter car, and with a few more tweaks to improve refinement and fuel economy, we should see even more efficiency. What’s not to like?
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