2017 Hyundai i20 Review

OVERALL RATING 3.9 of 5.0
  • Performance
    3.8 of 5.0
  • Cost of Ownership
    4.6 of 5.0
  • Interior
    3.9 of 5.0
  • Reliability
    3.5 of 5.0
19 Oct 2016
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The Hyundai i20 is a cute little car that is ideal for anyone looking for a decent car to get around in. The i20 was completely redesigned in 2014, with the exterior getting a slightly more spicy makeover. The interior was also completely redone, and it now looks much more modern. In terms of technology, the car has also advanced a few notches. Overall, it made the i20 a more than satisfactory driving experience. The i20 did get new engines, but they weren’t game changers. As a result, Hyundai is now offering an updated powertrain in the i20. In addition, the 2017 Hyundai i20 Turbo Edition received some minor exterior and interior changes to make it more appealing.

Despite being labeled as a special edition, the Turbo Edition is identical to the i20 SE model on which it is based. The only distinguishing feature is a set of 16-inch alloy wheels, which are larger than the standard rollers included with the SE trim. Finally, if the i20 Turbo Edition isn’t quite your cup of tea, there’s always the compact, best-selling 2017 Hyundai i30.

Exterior design

To begin, the exterior of the i20 Turbo Edition is largely unchanged from the regular Special Edition i20. There are six exterior colors available in the United Kingdom. This is two fewer than on the SE i20. Unfortunately, the Turbo i20 does not receive the fiery Mandarin Orange color, which is a real shame. That color would really highlight the i20’s more powerful engine.

There is also the i20’s standard exterior. With a relatively large grille and fancy fog lights, the car appears sturdy and modern. The 16-inch alloy wheels are new and exclusive to the 2017 Hyundai i20 Turbo Edition.

The Turbo Edition is available in six exterior colors: Polar White, Aqua Sparkling, Sleek Silver, Stardust Grey, Phantom Black, and Red Passion. These colors are the same as those found on the regular i20 SE. The distinction is that the standard model is also available in Iced Coffee and Mandarin Orange.

Overall, we’re not convinced that the i20 Turbo Edition is such a good buy. Also, because it is only available in the United Kingdom, great alternatives for this car include the high-performance hatchback Ford Fiesta ST200 and the stunning and especially fun Chevrolet Sonic.

Interior design

There haven’t been many changes to the interior either. The Turbo Edition comes standard with the same features as the i20 SE, including Bluetooth, cruise control, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and phone controls. Then there’s the 7-inch infotainment touchscreen, which is also available on the Turbo Edition. Overall, these features are a significant step up from the i20 base model.

The car’s seats, like those on the Special Edition i20, are made of cloth. However, the Turbo Edition’s color scheme is Black and Grey rather than Grey and Blue. It’s amazing how much a color scheme can change the dynamics of a room. However, we believe that the Turbo Edition’s interior is more appealing.

Engine specs

Hyundai put their new 1.0 liter three-cylinder engine to the test in the 2017 i20 Turbo Edition. It has 100 horsepower and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 10.4 seconds. Fast for a one-liter three-cylinder! The engine is paired with a five-speed manual transmission and includes the Energy Regeneration System (ERS). When a car brakes, the kinetic energy produced is converted into electricity and stored in the car’s battery.

Tech specs

In terms of technology, the 2017 Hyundai i20 Turbo Edition performs similarly to the Special Edition. That means Bluetooth, a digital radio, a backup camera, and automatic high beams with a dusk sensor. The car comes with satellite navigation and a seven-year subscription to TomTom Live Services. This system can provide traffic information, speed camera alerts, weather information, and Live Points of Interest alerts.

Price and release date

The 2017 Hyundai i20 Turbo Edition is now available in the United Kingdom, and only in the United Kingdom. As such, this country is the only one that receives the Turbo Edition option. Other European countries have received some updates, such as 16-inch alloy wheels on higher trim levels of the i20. Overall, the Turbo Edition’s market was probably a little less convenient there.

In any case, the Turbo Edition starts at £12,975. The regular i20 can be configured to be exactly like the Turbo Edition, but the price will then rise to £14,025. That means the Turbo Edition represents a £1,050 savings and more than justifies its release.