Updated: Hyundai unveils bigger, sharper-looking new i20
26 February 2020
Author: Illya Verpraet
Hyundai has presented the third generation of its Fiesta rival. The i30 has grown quite considerably, and features sharp new styling and optional mild hybrid powertrains.
The new i20 is 30mm wider, 24mm lower and 5mm longer, with a 10mm longer wheelbase. This results in 25 litres more boot space, for a total of 351 litres.
The engine line-up consists of three options. The entry-level choice is a 1.2-litre four-cylinder with 84hp and a five-speed manual gearbox. There is also a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo engine with mild hybrid assistance and a choice of 100hp or 120hp. Both 1.0-litres are available with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
The six-speed manual gets a nifty new feature to make the most out of the mild hybrid system: when the driver releases the accelerator, the transmission can decouple the engine to enter into a fuel-saving coasting mode.
Inside, the new i20 gets all the fashionable modern tech. There's a choice of an 8in or 10.2in central display with Android Auto and wireless Apple Carplay. Optionally, the driver gets a 10.2in digital instrument cluster.
In terms of safety, the i20 is brought fully up to date as well, thanks to a raft of new systems, such as speed limit assistance, lane keep assist, blind spot collision-avoidance assist, forward collision-avoidance assist, parking collision assist and rear cross-traffic collision assist
Prices and emissions figures will be announced later, probably when the car is officially unveiled at the Geneva motor show next month. In Geneva, Hyundai will also show the facelifted i30 for the first time.
Updated: Hyundai has now released an interior image of the new i20 which shows the new screens and a more horizontal design with a full-length 'air vent'.