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Hyundai i20: test of the designer piece

After six years of construction, the Hyundai i20 was renewed. The small car is now state-of-the-art in terms of safety and technology - and has also become a small designer piece. ADAC test of the mild hybrid gasoline engine, data, prices.

  • Base price from 13,990 euros for the 84 hp version

  • The Hyundai i20 is also available with 48-volt hybrid technology

  • Lots of assistance systems, good connectivity

Anyone who thinks that all modern cars look the same should be proven wrong by the current Hyundai i20. At least the rear of the small car comes with a continuous strip of lights very independent therefore. There are also nice details such as the tank cap, which forms a unit with the cover glass of the rear light that is pulled around the corner. The i20 also clearly stands out from its corporate brother Kia Rio.

At the front, however, the Korean is a bit more inconspicuous, but is overall three centimeters wider and a good two centimeters shallower than before, which makes it look a bit sportier. With a length of 4.04 meters, the i20 is still on par with the Opel Corsa, VW Polo and Ford Fiesta.

Engines: There are only gasoline engines

If you disregard the 204 hp "N" version, which is already in the starting blocks (it is promised "from spring 2021"), the new i20 is more down-to-earth than too sporty when it comes to motorization. The The model range starts with the 84 hp 1.2-liter four-cylinder for 13,990 euros and currently ends with the 1.0-liter turbo with 120 hp and dual clutch transmission, which costs 24,590 euros.

Customers with a limited budget and a potential interest in the Basic version called "Pure", however, be forewarned: Although Hyundai offers this cheaply, the vehicle is, for example without air conditioning delivered and cannot be equipped with it, even for an additional charge. Only the "Select" equipment line, which is almost 2500 euros more expensive, not only offers the option of cooling down the interior, but also features such as digital radio and Bluetooth hands-free equipment.

48-volt hybrid with savings potential

For 1000 euros more you get more modern engine technology in the form of a supercharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder with 100 hp and six-speed gearbox it also with 48 volt system including belt starter and sailing function (again 1000 euros extra). Here, a small electric motor boosts a few additional Newton meters on the crankshaft in order to eliminate the slight delay in the turbo when starting up hard - and to save fuel.

In the ADAC test, the 100 hp engine proved to be quite up to the task. From 1500 rpm it pushes a decent 172 Nm onto the crankshaft, the performance of the
Small cars are accordingly reasonably fast. In the ADAC measurements, the i20 needed a respectable 6.3 seconds for the sprint from 60 to 100 km / h. According to the manufacturer, with the dual clutch transmission, 100 km / h can be reached in 11.4 seconds, the top is specified at 185 km / h.

The engine reacts to the demand for power with a robust to grumpy sound and becomes a little louder when it is turned off. His He develops his performance with vigor, where he always has to take a short moment of breath until he pulls through - this is where the
low displacement in combination with high turbocharging.

And what about the for in town promised Fuel savings of one liter per 100 kilometers thanks to the 48-volt technology? Well, practice in the form of the strict ADAC Ecotest does not necessarily substantiate this claim. The test car consumed 6.4 in urban areas, 5.6 in extra-urban areas and a comparatively high 7.3 super liters per 100 kilometers on the motorway. The Average consumption in the ADAC cycle is 6.3 liters, this is not a particularly good value for a small car these days.

The standard Otto particle filter (OPF) reduces the Particle emissions, nevertheless they remain in all measuring cycles above the ADAC Ecotest limit values, that gives point deductions. In addition, during the motorway cycle, which is demanding due to the high proportion of full load, the engine becomes very rich, which is reflected in a high CO value in emissions. The bottom line is that the candidate just manages to get the fourth out of five stars.

Hyundai i20: The driving dynamics are fun

The i20 drives safely and agile. Ruts and lane faults only have a slight influence on directional stability. It reacts to load changes in curves with a noticeable tendency to oversteer, the ESP steps in and keeps the Hyundai on course. This tendency to oversteer is also evident in the ADAC evasive test, but overall the small car, accompanied by the ESP interventions, drives absolutely safely through the course. Only the coarse but effective ESP regulation is unsupervant.

Under driving dynamics aspects Is the i20 really fun, on this side of the ESP regulations, the front axle follows the steering commands with commitment, the rear axle pushes slightly outwards, that's the one Small car formula for driving fun. In addition, the transmission control usually selects the right gear at the right time, and the three driving modes from Eco to Sport can be used to clearly influence the desired speed level. The gear changes are, however, atypical for a dual clutch transmission, rather leisurely. Good: The start-stop system starts the gasoline engine in no time thanks to the 48-volt system with integrated starter generator, the clumsy engine start of earlier systems is history here.

The trunk is smaller in the hybrid versions

And what about that Space available? As with the predecessor, this is very neat. In the front seats there is enough space for people up to 1.95 meters, the headroom is even enough for significantly more. It's tighter in the back seat, but still for a small car surprisingly spacious to. If the front seats are set for people who are 1.85 meters tall, the knee area behind them is only tight when they are around 1.95 meters tall. The headroom is limited to around 1.90 meters.

Who value a maximum large Trunk should refrain from the 48-volt versions. The drive batteries reduce the capacity noticeably, so that according to ADAC measurements only 205 to 1005 liters left over. The loading sill is 73 centimeters high above the road.

The Koreans have properly upgraded in terms of things infotainment. In any case, the higher-end versions impress with their 10.25-inch display (instrument cluster) along with an eight-inch central touchscreen and optimal smartphone connection via Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Smartphones can now also be charged wirelessly, "Live Services" provide information about free parking spaces, the weather or locate the car if the driver can no longer find it in a strange city. The route guidance on the smartphone can be continued via "Last Mile Navigation" if the destination is in a pedestrian zone, for example. The i20 now also has natural voice control on board.

Many assistance systems, five-year guarantee

The service the i20 is quite easy to do; on the one hand because the standard functions are not hidden in submenus, on the other hand because Hyundai is comparatively large and clear
Buttons sets. The usual functions are well under control, even if a few details such as the light switch in the left steering column stalk are not optimal. The digital instruments from the trend equipment onwards are clearly drawn and easy to read; all necessary information will be
displayed or can be called up via the on-board computer.

The i20 has the electronic stability program (ESP) and indirect tire pressure control as standard. In the tested equipment trend are also a radar-based emergency brake assistant with collision warning including turning assistant, lane keeping system with steering intervention, cruise control with speed limiter, traffic sign recognition and drowsiness warning on board.

In the surcharge list there is also a blind spot warning included Cross traffic detection when reversing. Only in the higher equipment Prime does the i20 brake automatically when cross-traffic is detected, and the cruise control, including the adoption of the speed limit detected by the front camera, is reserved for the Prime. Still commendable: Hyundai also offers a five-year guarantee for the i20.

Read the detailed review of the Hyundai i20 1.0 T-GDI 48V Hybrid Trend DCT as a PDF here
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Hyundai i20: Technical Specifications

Technical data (manufacturer information)

Hyundai i20 1.0 T-GDI 48V Hybrid Trend DCT

Motor / drive

Three-cylinder gasoline engine, 998 cm³, 74 kW / 100 PS, 172 Nm at 1500 rpm


11.4 s to 100 km / h, 185 km / h top

Consumption (WLTP)

5.6 l super / 100 km, 128 g CO₂ / km


L 4.04 / W 1.78 / H 1.45 m


262 - 1075 l

Empty weight / payload

1190/460 kg

Trailer load (unbraked / braked)

450/1100 kg


5 years


from € 21,790, series from € 13,990

ADAC measured values

ADAC measured values ​​(excerpt)

Hyundai i20 1.0 T-GDI 48V Hybrid Trend DCT

Overtaking process 60 - 100 km / h

6.3 s

Braking distance from 100 km / h

33.5 m

Turning circle

11.1 m

Consumption / CO₂ emissions ADAC Ecotest

6.3 l super / 100 km, 176 g CO₂ / km (well-to-wheel)

Rating ADAC Ecotest (max. 5 stars)



635 km

Interior noise at 130 km / h

70.6 dB (A)

Empty weight / payload

1210/440 kg

Trunk volume normal / folded / roof-high

205/595/1005 l

ADAC test result

ADAC test result

Hyundai i20 1.0 T-GDI 48V Hybrid Trend DCT

Body / trunk


inner space




Motor / drive


Driving characteristics




Environment / Ecotest


Overall grade


The chapters on safety and the environment are rated twice

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