2015 Hyundai i20 Automatic - Quick Review

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The Hyundai i20 is a very popular car in South Africa, a feat it has achieved in spite of being quite dull to look at. But the new one is a huge leap forward.

There are some things in life that are only going to get worse. Eskom tariff hikes, traffic, the size of Cadbury chocolate slabs, and traffic.

There’s not much we can do about any of that, but when it comes to traffic, an automatic gearbox goes a long way to soothing the frustration of sitting in stop-start traffic. In fact, in a statistic I’ve just made up, an automatic gearbox can add three years to your life expectancy.

The problem of course is that there are precious few small automatic cars on the market, and even fewer with auto’boxes that are any good. And so when I heard that a version of the sharp-looking new Hyundai i20 was available in automatic, I was very keen to have a go.

The Hyundai i20 is a very popular car in South Africa, a feat it has achieved in spite of being quite dull to look at. But the new one is a huge leap forward. Sure, it apes the Audi A1 a bit, but that’s not a bad thing, is it? It’s a properly grown up design, and I feel it’s one of the best in the busy B-segment.

And so we wanted to find out, what’s it like to drive, and to live with? In this quick review, we drove the top of the range Hyundai i20 1.4 Fluid Auto, in a fetching bronze colour.

We also compared the Hyundai i20 automatic to the equivalent Volkswagen Polo, and new Opel Corsa, full specs for which you will find below.

Hyundai i20 Automatic Quick Review

Hyundai i20 Auto vs Volkswagen Polo Auto vs Opel Corsa Auto

Hyundai i20 1.4 Fluid Auto Opel Corsa 1.4 Enjoy Auto
Price R223 500 R216 500
Engine 1.4 litre 4-cyl naturally aspirated 1.4 litre 4-cyl naturally aspirated
Power 74kW 66kW
Torque 133Nm 130Nm
Gears 4 6
0 – 100km/h 13.2 seconds 13.9 seconds
Fuel economy 7.5 litres/100km 6.0 litres/100km
Boot space 294 litres 285 litres
Airbags 2 6
Stability Control No Yes
USB Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
 
Hyundai i20 1.4 Fluid Auto VWPolo 1.2TSI Highline Auto
Price R223 500 R262 200
Engine 1.4 litre 4-cyl naturally aspirated 1.2 litre 4-cyl turbo petrol
Power 74kW 81kW
Torque 133Nm 175Nm
Gears 4 7
0 – 100km/h 13.2 seconds 9.3 seconds
Fuel economy 7.5 litres/100km 5.1 litres/100km
Boot space 294 litres 280 litres
Airbags 2 4 (opt 6)
Stability Control No Yes
USB Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
 

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