So, the value-for-money ethos continues and the Hyundai i20 isn't lacking. The 'Classic' trim gets you: 15-inch steel wheels, air-conditioning, height adjustment for the driver's seat to go with the rake-and reach-adjustable steering column, electric front windows and an RDS radio/CD player with MP3 compatibility, an auxiliary input and four speakers.
Even at this level, there are no less than six airbags, including front and rear curtain airbags, while the rear seats have ISOFIX child-seat anchors. Furthermore, all Hyundai i20s built after February 2009 will have ESP as standard.
Moving up to 'Comfort' adds: 15-inch alloy wheels, black seat trims with red or blue inserts, electric rear windows, powered and heated folding door mirrors and a trip computer. The audio system gains two extra speakers and steering wheel-mounted controls, while, at the base of the centre console, there's a neat little section for iPod/USB and AUX connections.
The 'Style' comes with larger, 16-inch alloys, an alloy-effect centre console, climate control, front fog lamps, a luggage net and leather seat trims with cloth panels and red piping.
I drove the Hyundai i20 1.2 Comfort priced at £8,995 and comfortable it is. The seats are supportive without being overly sporty and the bright blue seat panels in the test car served to brighten the dark lower half of the cabin. At these prices, you don't expect the same level of quality that is to be found in more expensive cars but what there is, is well put together and very nicely done.
The centre console appears broad, as the surround includes the long trapezoidal air vents and the very neat audio system. In the test car the surround was the same colour as the rest of the fascia and much more subtle than the brushed-aluminium effect that I've seen elsewhere. The dash top is fairly plain except for a sensuous swoop that forms the recess for the small but comprehensive, information display. There are brushed aluminium inserts on the modern steering wheel and bezels to the smart, black-faced instrument dials.
Although the wheelbase is longer, which increases cabin space, the rear legroom is only just adequate for adults but plenty for children. These three rear seats have a 60:40 split and fold function, to the squabs and backs, but when folding, the headrests need to be removed and even then they don't fold flat. The storage capacity is measured at 295-litres, which is a good size and capable of holding large suitcases.
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