The high-powered 1.2 and the 1.4 petrol are refined in town, but they also feel pretty slow, especially if you’re driving up a steep hill or are travelling four-up with luggage.
If you’re after a diesel, then the 1.4-litre model is definitely the one to go for. While it can’t match the super-low CO2 emissions of the 1.1-litre S Blue version, it is a lot more refined and has stronger performance, which helps make the i20 more relaxing to drive.
Entry-level S versions make do with just two speakers and 15-inch steel wheels, so we’d step up to SE, which brings air-con, 16-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, Bluetooth, a leather steering wheel and two extra speakers. SE trim is roughly £1000 cheaper than the equivalent VW Polo.