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Used Hyundai i20 review: 2010-2014

EXPERT RATING
7
Competent rather than thrilling, the i20 is a popular town commuter car. New With our cities becoming more and more clogged with traffic it's not surprising that smaller cars, such as the Hyundai i20, are gaining favour with buyers Hyundai launched the i20 in 2010, following in the small car tracks of the Excel and

Competent rather than thrilling, the i20 is a popular town commuter car.

New

With our cities becoming more and more clogged with traffic it's not surprising that smaller cars, such as the Hyundai i20, are gaining favour with buyers

Hyundai launched the i20 in 2010, following in the small car tracks of the Excel and Getz, and its primary role was in the city as an A-to-B car for commuters.

The range kicked off with the Active, which could be had in three and five-door hatch versions, the mid-ranger was the Elite five-door and the top model was the five-door Premium.

For a small car the i20 could accommodate four adults in reasonable comfort, though the front passenger might cede some legroom.

It also had decent boot space for the size of car and split-folding rear seats increased the space for carrying bigger items.

The standard engine was a 1.4-litre four-cylinder and the Premium had a 1.6-litre job, which could also be optioned into the mid-range Elite.

The i20 handled well and the ride was comfortable.

Most buyers opted for the 1.4, which performed manfully against most models in the class but was pushing into the wind against the leaders in the segment.

Transmission choices were a five-speed manual gearbox and four-speed automatic, the latter being the more popular.

The manual was replaced by a more user-friendly six-speeder in 2012 but buyers in general stuck with the auto, even though its wide gear spacing wasn't terribly well suited to the small engine.

On the road, the i20 handled well and the ride was comfortable. It was competent rather than thrilling.

All models had electronic stability control but the first i20 Actives were rated at four stars by ANCAP as they lacked the side and curtain airbags of the five-star Elite and Premium. That changed in October 2010 when the Active matched the safety features of the other models and was upgraded to five stars.

Now

Few owners have anything but praise for their i20s. There are some complaints but those suggest build issues rather than abiding flaws that should put potential buyers off.

The i20, clearly built as a town commuter car, can be found wanting a little on the open road. Driven with that limitation in mind, it can still do the job on a long-distance jaunt.

It's worth checking the history of any second-hand i20 as plenty of them were used as renters. That shouldn't rule them out completely but you need to check these examples more carefully than one from a private seller.

Checking the car's service history is also very important. At the cheap end of the market, some buyers are inclined to push the envelope when it comes to service in the hope of saving a few bucks along the way.

It's not a good strategy as skipping services is risking damage that could end up being more expensive than the missed services. Walk away if you suspect a car has been neglected — there are plenty more out there that have been lovingly maintained by caring owners. Recommended service intervals are 12 months/15,000km.

Pricing

Year Price From Price To
2014 $4,300 $10,450
2013 $3,800 $9,130
2012 $3,100 $9,350
2011 $2,600 $7,810
2010 $2,300 $7,040

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Range and Specs

VehicleSpecsPrice*
Active 1.4L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $2,400 – 4,180 2010 Hyundai I20 2010 Active Pricing and Specs
Elite 1.6L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $2,800 – 4,840 2010 Hyundai I20 2010 Elite Pricing and Specs
Premium 1.6L, ULP, 4 SP AUTO $3,800 – 6,160 2010 Hyundai I20 2010 Premium Pricing and Specs
EXPERT RATING
7
Graham Smith
Contributing Journalist

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