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Ford Fiesta, Hyundai i20 and VW Polo in comparison test

Hans-Dieter Seufert
Ford Fiesta, Hyundai i20 and VW Polo tested
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R hetoric professionals know: To convince others, 55 percent depends on body language and 38 percent on voice. A meager seven remains for the content. Sure, the study is almost 40 years old and one-sided, but something will be on it. In any case, the small cars have also worked on their body language over the past few decades.

The VW Polo won with Trendline equipment

VW Polo (the VW Polo in the driving report) Number five with a determined face, for which on-site tuners used to have to invest entire Saturday afternoons. No longer necessary, designer de Silva has done a great job, the self-confident look comes from the factory. Ford Fiesta and Hyundai i20 also vie for identification through design, each in their own way. When the Korean calls out with a mix of styles of current small car couture: 'I am a European', the Fiesta with its loud coupé note is specifically aimed at the over 30s generation.

And the polo? Would like to attract everyone between 18 and 80, there is the serious Shrink Golf. To do this, it takes on roughly the dimensions of its Type III, i.e. four meters in length, now something like the golden ratio of classmates. Four of them left the VW Polo in the first comparative test at auto motor und sport jump over the blade, but with a 105 hp diesel and top equipment. Now he reaches for the small car lower house with a three-cylinder petrol engine and Trendline equipment for 13,410 euros.

The budget material in the VW Polo doesn't bother

Goodbye chrome trim and large surface foaming, hello hard plastic paneling andMass forces tremolo. Half as bad. If you don't cuddle your dashboard in love all the time, the budget material is hardly a problem, especially since the workmanship does not differ from that of the top model. Just as little as the operation: exemplary and clear, from the round instruments to the digital center display to buttons and controls. However, there are not too many of them as standard. Air conditioning and stereo (in the package 910 euros) cost extra as well as the split folding rear seat bench plus double trunk floor, which round off the high functionality.

Hyundai i20 is suitable as a small van

Traditionally clearly designed and easy to use, the Hyundai i20 as 1.2 Comfort for 14,230 euros requires just as little effort to configure as it does to operate. Lots of shelves and the standard iPod connection, including an informative display and steering wheel controls, comfort the dull plastic impression. Its large tailgate and the maximum load space of 1,060 liters enable the Hyundai i20 to be a small van in the literal sense of the word. Transporter: The Ford Fiesta, which costs 13,500 euros as 1.25 Trend, flinches. Its narrow tailgate with retracted roof make haulage tasks difficult. And in the expressively designed cockpit you have to look twice to fathom all the functions. Ford claims to have copied the design of the center console from cell phones - that's clear. Some praise it as intuitive, others have to practice the structure first.

At the front, all models offer plenty of space

As with the VW Polo, the low entry-level price is bought at the price of a waiver, radio and air conditioning cost the same as the third headrest rear extra. Ford and VW offer a variety of options for this: including a mobile navigation device for 90 euros (Fiesta) or even a practical fixed-installation device with a touch screen for 500 euros (Polo). Navigation makes sense, after all, the radius of action of small cars has increased in line with their external length. All three offer plenty of space at the front, even for tall people, while the rear of the Hyundai i20 (the Hyundai i20 in the driving report) is particularly convincing, while the Fiesta feeling of space suffers from the sloping roof line. On the other hand, its low, active driving position on the front seats reconciles even sharp lateral acceleration with lateral support.

The Hyundai i20 rumbles and roars

In the Hyundai i20 you crouch At the front on hard cushions like a coachman's seat, but the high position promotes an overview. That is also true in the VW Polo, and with its large adjustment range, apart from the slightly insufficient shoulder support, it offers ergonomics suitable for touring. Even traveling over unkempt slopes is painless: the VW Polo chassis absorbs short and long bumps with compact class meticulousness, to which the moderately selected option tires (195/55 R 15) contribute. The Hyundaii20 drives on similar comfort-enhancing dimensions - without using it: it rolls harshly at any speed, is constantly shaky on country roads and autobahns - long crushers and loads hardly impress it, however. In contrast to the Ford Fiesta, which rolls finely and neatly conceals medium-sized bumps, but tends to move vertically during rough tasks, especially with a load. Unlike the Hyundai i20, it remains acoustically distinguished. The Hyundai i20 rumbles, roars and hits its passengers with tire and wind noises. In the VW Polo, at most, the three-cylinder comes to the fore. Although he has worked intensively on his manners, he cannot completely ignore the shortcoming of free inertia forces as a result of the uneven number of cylinders.

The Ford Fiesta engine is the smoothest

The 1.25 liter of the Ford Fiesta is the smoothest, followed by the somewhat rough 1, 2-liter of the Hyundai i20. Because of their beautiful voices, nobody will use the basic engines anyway - you already know the 38 percent of the study. Probably even less because of their grenade punch: The two more powerful four-cylinder engines pull a tad better than the 70-horsepower triplet, but they too dig uphill with around 120 Newton meters of torque in fifth gear. In contrast to the level in the tank: The average consumption in the quickly completed test fluctuates between 6.8 (VW Polo) and 7.6 liters per 100 kilometers (Hyundai i20), but stingy people get by with significantly less than five liters. Skimpy enough, now curves are scratched. Preferably in the Ford Fiesta (the Ford Fiesta in the test), whose steering from the central position is jagged and gives a lot of feeling for the road. Overall neutrally tuned, like the competition, the four-door vehicle, which weighs just under 1,100 kilograms, slams down winding slopes. If you want, you can gently encourage the rear to steer - it never becomes malicious; the rest is done by the cleanly regulating ESP.

The VW Polo succeeds in a fine compromise

The Hyundai i20 brakes a little worse, enters corners a bit slower and understeer, but hardly requires driving Effort, but leaves his pilot alone. Similar to the VW Polo, which achieves a fine compromise between easy manageability and extremely delicate agility. An all-round successful mix of all talents is also what brings the VW Polo victory in the end - ahead of the more emotional Ford Fiesta and the more pragmatic Hyundai i20.


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