2016 Hyundai i20 SE 1.0 t-gdi 3 cylinder petrol from UK and Ireland
The turbo engine makes all the difference
This is my third i20, having owned two diesels and now a petrol. All had mid-level trim, with this being the SE spec. In the UK the cheapest SE spec car uses the fairly old 1.2 four cylinder petrol engine. Having driven this example in a test drive, I opted to go for the 1 litre 3 cylinder turbo engine. The difference transforms the car as the turbo means you can keep up with traffic without the need to plan ahead. The 1.2 just isn't as flexible. The 1.2 is slightly more fuel efficient, but with light footed driving the turbo returned 45 MPG during my ownership.
SE spec provides lots of kit as standard and Hyundai still provide a five year unlimited warranty. Service intervals are every 10,000 miles and the pre-paid service plans save money (although it has risen in recent years and you can no longer see pricing on the website). You even get AA cover for the duration as long as you keep the car serviced in the Hyundai network.
Never had any issues with the car. Never failed to start. My only query was with the stop / start system and whether this is a reliable feature longer term on a turbo car.
The turbo comes into play from 1500 RPM and is useful up to 3000 RPM. No point revving any higher. Tall gearing means at 70 mph in fifth gear the car is revving at 2500 RPM.
Sound proofing in the car is good. Engine noise is not intrusive at all.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th March, 2019