TopGear.com11 August 2014

This is the new Hyundai i20

South Korea’s ‘European’ Fiesta rival revealed. Has lots of space for humans and luggage

This is the all-new i20, a supermini described by its South Korean manufacturer as ‘confirming Hyundai's position as a truly European automaker'. Whuh?

Turns out this isn't a case of extreme geographic confusion. Instead, Hyundai tells us its new Fiesta/Polo/Corsa rival has been designed and developed in Europe to ‘meet the needs of European consumers'. European consumers and their fat fingers.

The i20 will be formally unveiled at the Paris show in October before going on sale in chubby-digited Europe thereafter. With its blacked-out C-pillar and glitzy LED running lights, we reckon it looks pretty tidy. Even in brown.

The second-gen i20 sits on a fresh platform, larger than that of the car it replaces. Wheelbase stands at 257cm while total length is 404cm, growth of 4cm and 5cm respectively on the current i20. That makes it slightly longer than both the Fiesta and Polo, with Hyundai claiming class-leading legroom and bootspace.

The i20 also gets a full length panoramic sunroof, a first for the sector.

No word on engines yet, but we'd predict sensible four-cylinder diesels and petrols to dominate. The i10's 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol could make an appearance, too.

Prices will be announced closer to launch, but we'd expect a small premium on the current i20, which starts just north of £10,000.

We've said it before, and we'll say it again. You've conquered the mass market, Hyundai: now - especially considering the i20's involvement in the whole rally-thing - isn't it time to get stuck into the hot hatch competition, too?

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