2014 Hyundai i20 Active Blue Drive 1.4 CRDi diesel
A value for money car with a good warranty
I owned this car for 15 months and clocked up just over 18,000 miles. Primarily used to commute to and from work over a return distance of 75 miles; the car regularly returned 55mpg at 70 mph.
The Active Blue Drive trim includes Hyundai's Intelligent Stop and Go system which took me nearly eight months to activate. Many forums discuss whether the system works and I found mine would work at any time as long as the fan blower was off. It works based on a combination of factors including outside temperature, electrical load, and battery charge state.
The vehicle never failed to start, never let me down, and I was sorry to see it go - but I traded it for a new shape i20 which has proved even better.
The price paid for the vehicle was low as it was an ex driving school car and at a year old had done nearly 37,000 miles. Despite all the hard driving it had endured previously, it was faultless.
If you're not a badge snob and want a car with a good warranty then I would recommend it. It's not the fastest of vehicles and doesn't have handling as good as class leaders, but it has plenty of safety kit and dealer prices for serviceable parts are fair. I had tyres replaced by the dealership that were less than online tyre companies.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 25th April, 2017
25th Apr 2017, 21:41
Good review. Hyundai (and Kia) have really stepped up their game in the last 5 years or so. I think long term reliability, comparable to other cars, remains to be seen though - will these cars still be going after more than 10 years and 150,000 miles? By that I mean there should be no serious engine or transmission issues if looked after, and no rust.
And how reliable are features (on most modern cars) like keyless entry/hill start assist/stop start technology, etc., over long term? As you said, they definitely work, but I bet they would be expensive to fix if they went wrong, but maybe you could just ignore it and drive the car normally without such features when they get older...