The Hyundai i20: why the latest ‘small car’ has had a makeover

5th Aug 2020

The Hyundai i20: why the latest ‘small car’ has had a makeover

The Hyundai i20: why the latest ‘small car’ has had a makeover

Having recently been spotted at the Nürburgring racetrack in Germany, the release of the Hyundai i20 feels closer than ever.

Dubbed a rival to the latest Ford Fiesta, the third generation i20 has a shiny new look and an impressively low carbon footprint to boot – making it the ideal leasing option for business and personal use.

What’s new with the Hyundai i20?

Set for general release in September, the i20 has been upgraded to a ‘mild hybrid’. Paired with a dinky 1-litre 99BHP engine, you’ll find a small electric motor. This leads to emissions savings of 4% when the engine is not required. It doesn’t sound like much, but it adds up when we consider road or Benefit in Kind tax.

A funky new design

Beyond the innovative new engine, we’re also seeing some real design flair. Hyundai claim the design speaks the “Sensuous Sportiness design language”, which means it’s got prominent front and rear bumpers, plus a new radiator grille.

In the N Line model, you’ll also find a new mesh design, LED headlights and all-new V-shaped, integrated daytime running lights. This gives it that nippy, sporty look, which is matched by the specs.

Sportier dimensions

The newest model may have a wider and longer body, but its speed is actually improved thanks to new lightweight materials, making it up to 4% lighter depending on the model. With slick panels and a wide range of metallic finishes, it’s one of the coolest looking eco-friendly cars out there.

Safety first

Sport and safety don’t traditionally go hand in hand, but the Seoul-based team have managed to nail both. The Hyundai SmartSense safety package offers a number of features including:

• Forward collision avoidance

• Cyclist detection

• Lane keep assist

• High beam assist

• Driver attention warning

These aren’t just fancy extras – they’re included as part of the package in every model. With built-in emergency braking and a blind spot monitoring system, the i20 takes driver assurance to the next level.

What it’s like on the inside

In car functions are operated easily thanks to two interior digital screens, measuring up to 10.5 inches. The i20 features wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity, plus a number of added bonuses including wireless charging and a rear passenger seat USB port.

Add to that a Bose sound system and ambient lighting, and you’ve got yourself a party bus. For a pokey vehicle, it’s not bad on storage room either. The new width dimensions offer boot storage space of up to 326 litres, or up to 1,042 with the seats folded down.

Ready for a test drive?

The Hyundai i20 is available at Car Lease Agent from September 2020, with personal lease prices starting at £169.27 per month, or business deals starting at £141.06.

Featuring a varied range of petrol models in manual and automatic, the i20 is the ideal run-around for eco-conscious drivers who love a good deal. Contact us to get the best deal today.