New Hyundai i20 (2020) test: anticipated sequel

New Hyundai i20 (2020) test: anticipated sequel

Hyundai i20 1.0 T-GDi hybrid 48V

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Hyundai i20 1.0 T-GDi hybrid 48V

After having sold 35,000 units in France since 2015, the Hyundai i20 passes the baton to a third generation, converted to hybridization.

Essai 2020 Hyundai i20- New game, new balls. The third generation of i20 appears as its predecessor displays only five years on the clock: it is the current operation of Hyundai, which renews its models faster than the others.

But in this very specific health context, these tests initially organized in Germany, then postponed and reprogrammed in Périgord, will finally take place in the Paris region with newer than new cars: our i20 displays 10 kilometers on the odometer when we exit the parking lot …

We therefore carry out a test with a break-in. Like a “real” customer.

Like him, we therefore discover this body style now asserted, really, as well as this new dashboard, elegantly presented, seriously crafted and strong in appearance, but made of plastics that are hard to the touch. In the field, European rivals such as Renault Clio and Opel Corsa do better.

However, there is no lack of space anywhere, taking advantage of generous habitability ratings and even a significant headroom at the rear. The only disappointment, common to all cars in this segment: it is not good to travel to the rear central seat, where the seat and the backrest remain too stiff.

Hyundai i20 1.0 T-GDi hybrid 48V

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Hyundai i20 1.0 T-GDi hybrid 48V

The trunk, on the other hand, cube 352 liters and it benefits from folding 60/40 files which, when folded, leave a flat surface.

The good news comes from the equipment. Our high finish called Executive embeds everything you would expect from a versatile city car, and even a little more, like thedigital instrumentation, adaptive cruise control and active keeping in the lane.

As for the access version Initia, displayed from € 15,950 with the basic engine (1.2 liter 84 hp), it already benefits from the four electric windows, Bluetooth, cruise control, air conditioning and autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection.

Putting into action the brand new pistons, just deburred, and movement of the lever of the robotized DCT gearbox with double clutch and 7 gears (+ € 1,300): it rolls, it’s magic. This 100 hp petrol engine, already encountered under the hood of the small i10 N Line, has offered the services of a micro-hybridization.

The 1.0 T-GDi composes here with a 48V system, which stores kinetic energy in certain deceleration phases, amplifying the slowdown in the process, to power its tiny 0.46 kWh battery. Thus, the system can provide up to 10 kW additional on the front wheels when relaunching.

Hyundai i20 1.0 T-GDi hybrid 48V

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Hyundai i20 1.0 T-GDi hybrid 48V

But the interest remains above all economic, as evidenced by the “freewheel” mode which separates the transmission from the engine during deceleration, only under the driving program called Eco.

And all tends to reduce consumption, announced at 5.3 l / 100 km on average according to the WLTP approval cycle. In fact, we will rather circulate around 6.2 l / 100 km on our route combining city, expressways and departmental roads. For a brand new car that has not been broken in, that’s fine!

Smoothly and smoothly, with pleasantly quiet operation in urban areas, this new engine keeps its promises. The performance corresponds to what you would expect from a small 100 hp car.

But the Korean loses its status once launched on the expressways: its soundproofing does not seem as neat as on board a Clio and its damping, which nevertheless seems flexible in the bends, does not manage to erase the imperfections of the pavement.

Finally, still in terms of road services, this i20, which is based on an evolution of the platform of its predecessor (also used by the Kia Rio), lack of dynamism. Not liking to be heckled, she calmly widens the trajectory when the pace increases, then letting her electronic aids operate. Nothing alarming but, on this point too, the stars of the segment are doing better too.

New Hyundai i20 test: our opinion

Overall pleasant and versatile, the Hyundai i20 however offers nothing more than its competitors and does not really stand out, either, on the price side. But its rich equipment and its 5-year / unlimited mileage warranty remain good arguments.

Hyundai i20 1.0 T-GDi hybrid 48V

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Hyundai i20 1.0 T-GDi hybrid 48V

WE love

  • Habitability and presentation
  • Approval of the DCT-7 box
  • Sobriety
  • Equipment

We like less

  • Lack of dynamism
  • Hard materials on board
  • Damping filtration

Technical sheet (Hyundai i20 1.0 T-GDi 100 DCT-7 hybrid 48V)

  • Engine: front, chain distribution, 3-cylinder in-line, petrol, turbo, direct injection, 12 valves, stop & start, FAP, 998 cm33
  • Transmission: traction, robotic, 7 speeds
  • Power (hp @ rpm): 100 to 4,500
  • Torque (Nm at rpm): 172 to 1,500
  • Empty weight (kg): 1,115
  • Long.xlarg.xhaut. (m) : 4,04×1,78×1,45
  • Wheelbase (m): 2.58
  • Turning diameter (m): 10,2
  • Tank (l): 40
  • Max speed (km / h): 185
  • 0 to 100 km / h (s): 11.4
  • Standard tires: 215/45 R 17
  • Test tires: Hankook Ventus Prime 3
  • Conso. combined WLTP (l / 100 km): 5.3
  • Conso. during test (l / 100 km): 6.2
  • CO2 (g / km): 121
  • Malus : 0 €
  • Front / rear elbow width (cm): 146/144
  • Rear legroom (cm): 72
  • Chest 5/2 (l): 352 / 1,165
  • Country of production: Turkey
  • Warranty: 5 years / unlimited mileage
  • Fiscal power: 5 CV
  • Base rate: 21,300 €
  • Price of the tested version: 25,300 €

PROPOSED RANGE (Hyundai i20)

Gasoline, from 84 to 100 hp, from € 15,950 to € 25,300


  • Contrasting roof and mirrors: 400 € (standard on Executive)
  • Metallic paint: 550 €


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