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Hyundai i20 Coupe

Since the demise of the oddball Veloster earlier this year, the Hyundai range has been devoid of anything remotely exciting. The Korean company is looking to change that with the launch of the new i20 Coupe, which is essentially a three-door version of its i20 supermini. So the foundations are good, but here in the UK, the reference to a coupe brings to mind images of excitement and - dare we say - sex appeal. Sadly, these are two things lacking in this i20.
That's not to say Hyundai hasn't put some genuine effort into giving the Coupe edition some genuine standout characteristics. At the front you'll find a reversed version of Hyundai's corporate grille, along with a new front bumper.
Matching sill mouldings run along each side, while at the back there's a spoiler and new tail light clusters. In fact, with the A-, B- and C-pillars also revised, you can understand why Hyundai bosses would want to market the Coupe as something a little different to the standard i20.
So we'll cut them some slack. It's just that out on the road it fails to deliver on its 'sporty and dynamic' promise. The 1.4-litre diesel engine lacks character and needs to be worked hard to get the best from it. The steering is also too light and short on feel, although it does come into its own when parking or manoeuvring through city traffic.
Combine this light steering with a soft ride and little in the way of body roll, and it helps to present this threedoor Hyundai i20 as a composed and predictable companion. The interior impresses and the quality is a marked improvement over Hyundais of old. The i20 Coupe is a match for many of its European rivals, but there's little to suggest you're sat in the i20's racier sibling. That said, you can opt for Tangerine Orange metallic paint, which is exclusive to the Coupe and includes orange inserts on the seats and dashboard. At £495, it's well worth the extra outlay if you're looking to stand out from the crowd. Standard specification is generous and complemented by Hyundai's excellent five-year, unlimited mileage warranty.
Air conditioning, Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity, front fog lights, alloy wheels, cruise control, rear parking sensors and hill start assist are all standard across the three-model range. The i20 Coupe also manages to remain rather practical, and although your passengers won't find getting to the rear seats a dignified experience, once there they'll find plenty of leg and headroom. Indeed, two adults will have no problem travelling in the back. At 336 litres, the Coupe also offers 10 extra litres of luggage space over the five-door, but some of this is taken up by the standard-fit space-saver wheel, dropping the actual space to just 311 litres.
The entrance to the boot is also small and hampered by a high loading lip, though the rear seats do fold down in a 60:40 fashion for extra versatility. Put your high hopes of the Hyundai i20 Coupe being a modern-day Ford Puma to one side and you're left with a thoroughly decent and pleasant small hatchback. It's well-equipped, reasonably good looking and different enough to the regular five-door i20 for buyers wanting a racier car on the driveway to warrant a closer look.

Model tested SE 1.4 CRDi
Price £14,725
Made in İIzmit, Turkey
Configuration 3-door hatchback, 5-seats, front-wheel-drive
Drivetrain 1396cc, 4-cylinder, 16-valve, turbocharged diesel
Transmission 6-speed manual
Power output 89bhp @ 4,000rpm
Maximum torque 177lb ft @ 1,500-2,500rpm
Top speed/0-62mph 109mph/12.1 secs
CO2 emissions (tax band) 106g/km (B) Euro 6
Economy (urban/extra urban/combined) 57.6/80.7/68.9mpg
Fuel tank size/range 50 litres/758 miles
Insurance group/BIK rate 10/19%
Size (length/width without mirrors) 4,045/1,730mm
Boot space (minimum/maximum) 311/986 litres
Kerb/max towing weight 1,280/1,110kg

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