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The Hyundai i20 supermini has been a subtle success story, quietly selling in reasonable numbers, without ever getting too much attention for itself. This is no bad thing however, and this simple car gives supermini buyers a machine that is very easy to live with and doesn’t try too hard to offer millions of personalisation options like some ‘trendy’ rivals.

The new model however should garner a bit more attention thanks to its sharp lines and a much more contemporary feel, inside and out. It should remain just as sensible at heart as its predecessor though, with three petrol engines and two diesel motors on offer.

Petrol engines available consist of two 1.2-litre units with 74bhp and 83bhp along with a 99bhp 1.4-litre motor. 1.1-litre and 1.4-litre diesel engines will also be available, offering 74bhp and 89bhp respectively. 

All of these powerplants have been tuned for easily accessible punch low-down in the rev range for easy driving around town with the petrol models coming with five-speed manuals and the diesels six-speed gearboxes. The most powerful petrol engine is available with a four-speed automatic gearbox too. 

The new i20 should offer a greater level of refinement than the current model along with increased interior space. Thanks to a 4cm increase in length the new car offers front seat passengers more head, leg and shoulder room. There is also space for three adults in the back according to Hyundai. The new i20’s interior should feel much more upmarket than its predecessor with soft touch dashboard inlays and lots of colour options. A panoramic sunroof will also be available.

Comfort on the move should be improved too with the suspension setup focused on providing a smooth ride rather than taut handling around corners.

The new model will make its world premiere at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.

Author: Christofer Lloyd


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