The new i20 looks much more distinctive than the original worthy-but-drab machine, and gains turbocharged 1.0-litre petrol engines – offering 100hp and 120hp – which provide added fleet appeal thanks to BIK charges from 14% and economy of up to 65.7mpg. Hyundai has also introduced the i20 Active – a jacked-up version with 4×4-esque design details and 20mm higher suspension.

All models bar entry-level S versions are stuffed with equipment too. SE models, as tested here, feature aircon, Bluetooth, a digital radio, rear parking sensors, and cruise control with a speed limiter.

The i20 doesn’t profess to be sporty and isn’t fast, but the turbocharged 100hp engine punts it along with enthusiasm, offering the same sensation of speed as the less economical 120hp unit.

Even at lower engine speeds the 100hp motor responds quickly to the throttle, while the slightly firm but still comfortable suspension makes the i20 agile around corners. The direct steering, responsive brakes and slick gearbox, meanwhile, mean the i20 is very easy to drive. Refinement levels are high too, with just a little wind and road noise audible inside at speed.

The cabin might not be as stylish as models including the Mazda 2, Vauxhall Corsa and Skoda Fabia, but it feels solid and high quality, focusing on function over form, which makes it very easy to navigate.

Comfort levels are impressive too, with unusually supportive seats, even in the rear, which are more than spacious enough for adult passengers. Additionally, the boot is usefully large, outsizing most rivals.
Running costs are also competitive, with the i20 1.0T 100 SE weighing in at 34.3ppm compared with 35.1ppm for the equivalent Ford Fiesta, 34.4ppm for the Vauxhall Corsa, 35.3ppm for the Mazda 2 and 35.0p for the Seat Ibiza. The Skoda Fabia and Audi A1 are cheaper, however, at 32.7p, while the Mini One is 32.9p. None can beat the i20’s £33/£65 BIK costs, though.

The i20 may not be the absolute best-value supermini for business users, but it puts a very strong case forward for those after an affordable, nippy, comfortable and well-equipped machine.

Hyundai i20 1.0 T 100 SE

Model price range £10,995-£17,700
Residual value 30.4%
Depreciation £9720
Fuel £4235
Service, maintenance and repair £1784
Vehicle Excise Duty £0
National Insurance £925
Cost per mile 34.3p
Fuel consumption 65.7mpg
CO2 (BIK band) 99g/km (14%)
BIK 20/40% per month £33/£65
Warranty 5yrs/unltd miles
Boot space (min/max) 326/1042 litres
Engine size/power 998cc/100h