Hyundai’s new city car does it well except for ride quality
Even we find it hard to pick apart the city car segment. Ignore that most are coloured like lollies and cost less than $20K, though, and differences emerge. Hyundai’s i20 provides value plus, but can it cut it on the road?
SHOPPING trolleys aren’t renowned for steering, ride quality and comfort or features.
Neither are the cars that share – rather unkindly – that same monicker, but recent offerings have raised the bar.
Ford and Mazda contribute models that show dynamics aren’t beyond the reach of light-car buyers.
Hyundai’s i20, however, the Indian-built five-door hatch model, has a bit of a job ahead of it to match the Fiesta and Mazda2. It seems more like teen-priced A-to-B transport.
The i20 we’ve been piloting is the 1.4-litre five-door Active manual, the entry-level fivedoor priced from $16,490.
For that, the features list is surprisingly good – automatic remote central-door locking, an alarm, two-way adjustable steering, air conditioning, a 60/40 split-fold rear seat and a four-speaker sound system with 3.5mm auxiliary jack and a USB port. The sound system also offers a Bluetooth phone link— which is something many cars twice the price have yet to manage.
This end of the market isn’t going to offer high-end technology such as night vision or active cruise control, but the safety list and the aforementioned connectivity will appeal to the younger firstcar buyers shopping in this segment. This i20 didn’t like to have the iPhone plugged in to the USB, refusing to acknowledge the presence of a music player within the phone – it’s not the only car to baulk at the double-act either.
A little prettier than some of the reps in this segment, it falls short of knocking the Fiesta out but could
Honest: The newHyundai i20 still has a way to go