AT A GLANCE
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.
My Active manual drives OK, has a tiny turning circle, the steering is great and it accelerates quite quickly. My only problem has been with the front windows coming out of their tracks.
I’ve been driving my i20 for over a year and it is a great little car. I’m tall and have no trouble in the cabin.
My husband bought me an i20 Active threedoor in 2010. It’s a great little car, it goes well and has good fuel economy. With one child, the three-door is fine for me.
I am disappointed with my i20 Active. The radio volume
HYUNDAI i20 2010-14
$16,990-$23,490 Active $6000-$13,500, Elite $7500-$14,000, Premium $9000-$12,000 5 stars (from Oct 2010) 1.4-litre 4-cyl, 74kW/136Nm; 1.6-litre 4-cyl, 91kW/156Nm
4-speed auto, 5-speed man; FWD 6.0L-6.5L/100km changes up or down on its own, the clutch is noisy when depressed and the airconditioning is terrible.
We love our i20. It’s attractive, comfortable and economical with the six-speed gearbox. It’s a little noisy on the highway but perfect around town.
Reliable little car ideal for the daily commute.
Most buyers opted for the 1.4, which performed well 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 sixspeeder 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.