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Hyundai has high hopes for the new i20, with more space, equipment and the offer of a keener drive

Company Car Review of the Hyundai i20 1.4 100 PS SE

What is it?

You’re looking at Hyundai’s new i20, a completely refreshed supermini due in UK showrooms as of January 2015.

While the outgoing i20 was a car that did decent enough business for Hyundai, the company has greater ambitions for this more distinctive, new gen model.

Designed and developed in Europe and spun off an all new B-segment or supermini platform, that’s bigger than a city car, but smaller than a small family car.

This latest i20 ups the ante with a stronger mix of space and equipment and, as it turns out, keener chassis dynamics.

Looking back, Hyundai is honest enough to admit that a good number of i20 purchases to date were based around value (“it was a good deal.”)

Now, the target is more aspirational and a higher transaction price. The i20 model range is wider and more sophisticated, spanning six model grades and with four engine choices (two diesel, two petrol) spanning 1,1-1.4-litres.

The all-important CO2 emissions kick off at 84 g/km.

For the company car buyer with a keen eye on the bottom line, it may be that the 1.1 CRDi, 75 ps S Blue diesel with that headline C02 figure of 84 g/km (equalling low company car taxes) will hove first into view.

However, Hyundai expects the higher 120 SE grade to be the volume seller and while you can combine that with the base three cylinder 1.1 diesel, on the road this 1.4 petrol (100 ps) edition is certainly smoother and more driver-centric

With a P11D of £13,270, it sits just below mid-way in the new i20 range, and is just £880 off that entry-level diesel.  So in the new i20 family, is this 1.4 SE the one?



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