Hyundai i20 Coupé 1.4 CRDi in the test

Hans-Dieter Seufert
Hyundai i20 Coupé 1.4 CRDi in the test
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S let in and purpose of a coupé Difficult to explain through rational arguments, first and foremost it is about the appearance. The rear of the body is more elegantly shaped and the line is somewhat flatter, which is usually at the expense of everyday practicality. At first glance, this does not seem to be the case with the Hyundai i20 Coupé, because its trunk has a capacity of 336 liters with upright rear seat backrests - ten more than the four-door one centimeter shorter.

The Hyundai i20 Coupé wants more than just that Being three-door

In addition, the solidly made, neatly finished coupé is extremely easy to operate and has lots of large storage spaces for water bottles or cell phones. But although the usual coupé surcharge is bearable here at 500 euros, the more storage space is not enough to compensate for the fewer doors. The rear passengers therefore have to laboriously fold into the second row, where people over 1.80 meters lack both leg and headroom.

The view to the rear is also more reminiscent of the view through an embrasure than through a window. Parking sensors at the rear are part of the standard equipment, but the helpful reversing camera is only available for the Style equipment line for an extra charge of 1,950 euros. And there it is only available in a package with keyless entry and engine start for an extra 1,000 euros.

Grumpy diesel engine spoils the joy

Even the 90 hp 1.4 liter diesel doesn't really fit into the image of a sporty, elegant coupé. When starting, the four-cylinder nails audibly and hardly loses its grumpy tone even at higher speeds. Although he already started at 1,500 rpm. Sends a maximum of 240 Nm torque to the front wheels, the four-cylinder does not look particularly temperamental. So it only gets the i 20 Coupé going very cautiously, although it is not a heavyweight at 1,231 kilograms.

At country road speed nothing changes in the unmotivated engine characteristics. It looks a little different when it comes to consumption. With a test consumption of 5.9 liters per 100 kilometers, the coupé is quite economical. In terms of driving dynamics, too, the i20 shows no weakness, hardly tends to understeer and impresses with vehement, steadfast brakes. The 90 hp are never enough to overwhelm the chassis. However, there is a problemSix-speed manual transmission over long distances in the individual alleys. The steering only gives an approximate feeling of the forces on the front wheels and feels rubbery and low in feedback when changing direction Consider a 4-liter gasoline engine with 100 hp. The diesel is easy on the wallet on long journeys, but with the gasoline engine, the i20 Coupé costs 1,950 euros less and is available from 16,350 euros.

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