Road Test: Hyundai i20 [2008-2010]

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The Hyundai i20 has disc brakes at the front and drum brakes at the rear, equipped with ABS (Anti-lock Braking System). Our car came to a complete standstill from a speed of 80kph covering 33.8 metres. The brakes are fine at low speeds, but feel inadequate at the speeds that this engine is capable of.


Hyundai has set the i20’s standard tyre profile as 185/65 R14. Our test car ran on Apollo Accelere tyres that were noisy and didn’t offer reassuring grip because they are designed for longer life, which compromises some handling characteristics. With an engine this powerful, tyres with more grip would have been nice.


The i20 has safety features like most of its competitors do. Active safety features on the i20 include the Anti-lock braking system whereas the passive includes dual airbags and three-point seat belts for all five passengers.

The Hyundai i20 has been given an overall rating of 5 stars by Euro-NCAP. A notable feature that the tests highlighted was the ability of the car’s bumpers to absorb impact thus reducing injury to pedestrians.

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