We had mixed feelings about the way the new Hyundai i20 looks, but talking about its interiors, well, we like the dashboard layout. It’s clean, non-fussy, and is flowing. We also like the vent-like design that runs across the dash, and how the air-con controls are stacked neatly in what looks like a pod. The big 10.25-inch screen sits nicely in the middle and looks great. And, you also get this soothing blue ambient lighting that adds to the experience.
However, the all-black dash looks a little boring, and Hyundai could have used more colours or piano black finish in more places. That apart, the plastic quality does not look its premium best, and the lack of any soft-touch material is not a good feeling either. Bottom-line is that while the interiors look great, we would have appreciated it if it felt just as good too. Now, let’s get to the seating comfort and space on offer.
Starting with the front seats, the cushioning is good and there is good support all-around. The steering is adjustable for rake and reach, and the view is excellent, thanks to the sloping bonnet which will also help beginner drivers. Now, let’s take a look at how the back seat is.
So, let me clear the dimensions first. The wheelbase has gone up by 10mm, so the legroom is fantastic. It’s also wider than before and has more shoulder room, so seating three people should be reasonably comfortable. The only gripe I can see is the under-thigh support, which could have been a little better. Also, the boot space has gone up by a big margin, and can now hold 311 litres of luggage. Overall the new i20 is as spacious as it gets and is one of the most spacious cars in its segment.