- High-grade materials and design enhance levels of perceived quality
- Class-leading levels of interior space thanks to longer wheelbase
- Outstanding maximum boot capacity: 326 litres
- Hyundai Motor introduces several new technologies to the B-segment
- NVH refinement creates one of the quietest cabins in the class
- Class leading levels of equipment, usually found in C-segment cars and higher
- With a large cabin and a generous list of standard technologies, including some firsts for the European B-segment, the i20 offers a sophisticated occupant environment.
With a large cabin and a generous list of standard technologies, including some firsts for the European B-segment, the i20 offers a sophisticated occupant environment that will appeal to a younger demographic.
The new, larger platform on which the i20 5-door is based has a wheelbase that is 45 mm longer (now 2570 mm), providing greater interior space to match the exterior look.
Thanks to its increased dimensions and ergonomic cabin packaging, the i20 5-door is one of the most competitive cars in its class for interior spaciousness. It is longer, wider and lower, providing Hyundai's designers with more space to create a genuine five-seater and substantially more cabin space.
The i20 offers combined front and rear legroom of 1892 mm, a class-leading figure and comparable with the space of a C-segment vehicle. Despite its lower roofline, the more substantial footprint and lower seat position enhance interior dimensions, allowing five adults to travel in comfort.
Compared with the previous model, i20 5-door front-seat occupants enjoy 33 mm greater headroom (1038 mm), more legroom (+24 mm to 1098 mm), a 6 mm increase in the hip room (1301 mm) and 15 mm more shoulder space (1365 mm). In the rear of the cabin, headroom of 978 mm, legroom of 794 mm and shoulder room of 1350 mm allow three adults to be seated in comfort.
Additional legroom was created in the front by raising the height of the dashboard and moving the glovebox and surrounding components forward - made possible due to the longer bonnet.
Cargo capacity has also been enhanced, making the vehicle one of the most accommodating in the segment. The boot volume has increased by 10% to a maximum of 326 litres (previously 295 litres) with the rear seats upright, making it one of the most competitive in the B-segment.
Thanks to clever packaging, the rear bench can fold fully flat, meaning boot space is boosted to a maximum of 1042 litres - ideal for young families and those carrying larger items. A two-stage luggage floor board can be moved up or down to conceal items and create additional storage options.
To emphasise the generous interior proportions and create an open and airy cabin, the i20 features a full-length panoramic sunroof that floods the cabin with natural light. The panoramic sunroof can both tilt and fully open - first for the B-segment - allowing occupants to tailor the amount of fresh air entering the cabin, while a sun shade protects from direct sunlight.
Front-seat occupants benefit from larger cup holders in the centre console and a 1.5-litre bottle storage in the doors as well as a centre console box, greatly enhancing secure storage space. Rear doors feature a space for a 1-litre bottle of water. The lid of the centre console is finished with a soft-touch fabric, allowing it to double as an arm rest. The driver and front-seat passenger can also make use of a roof-mounted sunglasses holder.
One of the key goals for the design team was to ensure the i20's perceived interior quality was among the very best in the segment. The cabin has undergone extensive ergonomic testing to ensure it is easy and pleasant to use, while retaining a sense of premium quality. The dashboard is asymmetric, angled five degrees towards the driver to make it as practical and user-friendly as possible, though it appears symmetrical to occupants.
Hyundai Motor's engineers and designers have selected a number of high-quality, high-durability materials to ensure the cabin provides lasting comfort and good looks.
On many of the cabin's key surfaces a high-grade Thermal Plastic Olefin (TPO) material has been applied, including on the vehicle's dashboard and door trims. The soft-to-the-touch material is highly durable, maintaining a premium look and feel even after frequent use.
Hyundai Motor has, for the first time, equipped the cabin with subtle piano black inserts, in addition to chrome detailing around the air vents and gear shift lever to create a modern and sophisticated interior package. The piano black and chrome finishes continue around the audio and HVAC unit controls.
The i20 has been developed using more lightweight, high-strength steel to yield stiffer torsional rigidity. The result is an improvement in ride quality, reduction in core weight and gains in damping to mitigate noise, vibration and harshness (NVH).
The body structure is composed of 42% lightweight, ultra-high strength steel, compared with 16% in the outgoing model. Together with reinforcing loops fitted to the B- and C-pillars and the tailgate opening, this raises torsional rigidity by 81% (to 23.2 kgf m2/rad).
Throughout the i20, Hyundai engineers have applied technologies aimed at reducing the intrusion of noise and vibration to the cabin. Increased sound-absorption at the base of the A-, B- and C-pillars protects occupants from road vibrations, while a high-density anti-noise pad is fitted within the floor pan to limit noise ingress. Hyundai has equipped i20 with an improved, low-frequency ISO PAD behind the dashboard, which helps reduce engine noise within the cabin.
In the pursuit of a quieter interior, the i20's external mirrors have been designed to improve airflow. Additionally, by fitting an inner belt to the door frame, Hyundai engineers have ensured a tighter close between it and the B-pillar, removing possible air interruption and, therefore, wind noise.
The i20 embodies the company's approach to delivering value beyond expectations, with the brand delivering a number of new technologies taken straight from the D- to the B-segment, such as a dashboard-integrated seven-inch satellite navigation system, front and rear parking sensors, and Smartphone docking integration. USB and auxiliary connectivity is fitted as standard and can be specified with an integrated My Music function along with Bluetooth hands free, where up to 1GB of music can be stored and played.
The i20 features enhanced instrumentation thanks to a 3.5-inch OLED LCD Supervision Cluster to provide a wide range of information to the driver in high-resolution clarity.