The Hyundai i20 is one of the more popular cars from the Korean brand and it has been facelifted for 2018.

With almost 90 000 units sold in SA, the Hyundai i20 has been a success story for the Korean brand. Hyundai South Africa recently introduced a facelift for this model which brought along some changes, both visually and in terms of specification. The facelifted Hyundai i20 plays in an ultra-competitive space, with many products vying for a slice of the compact hatchback pie.

The Hyundai i20 1.2 Motion is powered by a 1.2-litre, naturally-aspirated four-cylinder motor. It offers out 61 kW and 115 Nm, with power driving the front wheels via a 5-speed manual transmission. A 4-speed automatic is available for those who don’t wish to change gears themselves.

The 5-speed gearbox is more than up to the task of sliding through the cogs. It’s refreshingly light in action, which helps in heavy traffic and makes the constant clutch-in, clutch-out motion a cinch. It’s easy to use, which is a good thing as you’ll be using it often if you’re in a hurry or wanting to overtake on a highway.

The Hyundai i20 rides on 16-inch alloy wheels which offer reasonable levels of comfort. 

The clutch/gearbox and steering wheel action are light to operate but we did note that the i20’s electronically-assisted steering is not the most generous when it comes to feedback. There’s a fair degree of body roll when you’re pressing on, but there’s an air of easiness and simplicity, which will please owners who are after a sensible set of wheels. Levels of grip are high and the vehicle feels stable and composed, irrespective of speed. Hyundai SA claims to have reworked the front and rear suspension, and we found the ride comfortable with a touch of firmness on bumpier roads.

The Hyundai i20 has a generous boot and is surprisingly practical. 

Despite the Hyundai i20 being a B-segment hatchback, cabin space is surprisingly good. It feels roomy with good personal space between the driver and passenger. Taller drivers will appreciate the height-adjustable seat that improves the headroom in a small car. The steering wheel is adjustable for rake and reach, meaning you can attain that perfectly comfortable driving position. Sitting behind yourself is a sure way of testing rear passenger comfort and the Hyundai i20 passed this test, with a 6ft1 driver (185 cm).

Rear passengers should be comfortable in the back of the Hyundai i20, but headroom is a squeeze for taller folk. Boot space is rated at 285 litres which is on par for the segment. With the rear seats folded in the 60/40 split, you can access just over 1 000 litres, or one 29-inch mountain bike carried with ease. For the front passengers, there are numerous cupholders and storage bins for keys and phones.

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