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Hyundai i20 (2009-2015) Buying Guide

Hyundai i20 (2009-2015)
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by Richard Dredge

Flushed with the success of its i10 city car and i30 supermini, Hyundai launched another small car in 2009 - the i20. From the outset it was clear the titchy Hyundai was aimed at those who saw their car as little more than transport, but that doesn't make the i20 a poor buy - just one that's unlikely to excite you. With its Vauxhall Corsa-esque styling and keen pricing, the i20 was a success for Hyundai in the UK, and thanks to it being a pensioners' favourite, low-mileage, cherished i20s aren't rare, which only makes it an even more appealing second-hand buy.

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Spacious interior
Easy to drive
Excellent reliability
Well equipped
Cheap to run
Not cheap to buy
Mediocre to drive
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Key Dates 
1/09The five-door i20 reaches UK showrooms with 1.2 or 1.4-litre petrol engines (the latter with a 4-speed auto option) and a 1.4 CRDi diesel, in 74bhp or 89bhp forms.
4/09There's now a three-door i20.
7/10A 99g/km 1.4 CRDi Blue eco edition arrives; its introduction coincides with CO2 emissions reductions for all engines, and the fitment of standard bluetooth for all models except the Classic.
5/12A facelift brings an overhauled interior, refreshed exterior styling and a new 1.1-litre diesel engine, rated at 84g/km.
  • The radio can regularly lose all of the presets for some reason.
  • If the central locking fails, the transponder unit has probably failed.
  • The clutch pedal pivot can dry out and squeak, but a drop of oil is all that's needed to restore silence.
  • Clutches can wear out in under 10,000 miles, with dealers invariably claiming it's because of the owner's driving style.
  • Some owners have had problems with corrosion around the door handles and rear wiper arm; look for signs of bubbling.
  • All of the seats offer little support, so they can be uncomfortable on long journeys.
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