Notably the i20 scored 88 per cent in the adult occupant protection tests, including the new whiplash assessment. The car's standard active head-restraints, front seatbelt pretensioners and six airbags (front, side and curtain) played a key role in achieving success in the NCAP tests for frontal, side barrier and car-to-pole impacts.
Crucially the i20 scored six out of a maximum seven points in the 'safety assist' category, receiving top marks for its seatbelt reminder and Electronic Stability Programme (ESP). ESP helps to minimise the risk of skidding by applying brakes to individual wheels to direct the car where the driver wishes to go. Euro NCAP now insists that 85 per cent of volume sales should be fitted with ESP as standard before a new car can be eligible for a five-star rating.
The good result for child protection will be of particular interest to family motorists. The i20 scored 41 out of a possible 49 points, easily beating all the other cars in its class.Hyundai's i20 gets plenty of improvement
9 July 2010 Hyundai shows pictures of i20 three door
19 February 2009 Hyundai shows i20 at Paris Motorshow
4 September 2008