New Hyundai i20 Blue – just 98g/km CO2Tue, 16 Aug 2011 00:00:00 -0700
Hyundai i20 Blue - just 98g/km CO2
With a keen eye for where the market moves, Hyundai has done much right of late and very little wrong. And another example of something right is the new Hyundai i20 Blue, a perfect example of economical transport for beleaguered London car owners.
The i20 Blue is Hyundai’s second offering in the sub 100g/km market – the i10 Blue got here first - but it’s unlikely to be the last, unless politicians decide to find something more sensible to tax than CO2 emissions.
The i20 Blue is based on the 120 Comfort trim level with the 1.4 CRDi 90 PS lump, which isn’t going to set your pulse racing. But it is well-equipped with plenty of kit as standard and it feels grown-up, even if it’s not exactly an inspiring drive.
To drag CO2 emissions down below the magic 100g/km (the regular 1.4 CRDi emits 111g/km) Hyundai has employed the usual rash of eco-tweaks including stop-start, low rolling resistance tyres and a smoother underside, none of which should impact on performance, just emissions and economy.
That improvement in economy means an average of 76.4mpg – a 14% improvement on the regular 1.4 CRDi – which Hyundai are keen to point out will mean a range of 755 miles from a £63.00 fill-up. In theory. And there’ll be no VED.
Despite the i20 Blue being eco-focused, it isn’t wearing a hair shirt. Standard equipment includes AirCon, electric windows and mirrors, USB and AUX connections, Bluetooth with voice and 15″ alloys. And you get a five year warranty.
At £13,195 the Hyundai i20 Blue undercuts the cheapest Econetic Fiesta by £700, and has more toys. And a longer warranty.
Making the i20 Blue yet another entrant on our ever-growing list of ICE cars that make electric and hybrid city cars seem an expensive and pointless option.
By Cars UK