2016 Hyundai i20 SE 1.0 t-gdi 3 cylinder petrol from UK and Ireland

Summary:

The turbo engine makes all the difference

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

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

2014 Hyundai i20 Active Blue Drive 1.4 CRDi diesel from UK and Ireland

Summary:

A value for money car with a good warranty

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

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...