There's only one engine available, a turbocharged 1.0 litre petrol unit producing 99 bhp which has a claimed 60 mpg with emissions of 110g/km - impressive figures for a small petrol engine. Out on the open road, the engine is responsive and propels the car along effectively.
The most noticeable difference between the Hyundai i20 Active and the standard i20 is that the suspension is very much stiffer to help deliver a sportier handling experience and while it's great on winding roads, it's a tad uncomfortable on rough roads. Apart from that, there's no body roll on corners and feedback from the steering is accurate to help boost driving pleasure.
The build quality is also quite impressive, there is a solid feel to the overall car and it's good for everyday life. The Active's top speed is 109 mph and its chunky extras include skid plates, roof rails, rear spoiler and plastic lower body cladding. Potential owners may want to ask themselves whether these additions are worth the premium over the standard model and though the ride height gives a better view of the road ahead there are compromises with this including a tendency to wallow should the driver turn the steering wheel quickly. The standard equipment list includes alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, DAB radio and LED daytime lights.
Essentially, the Hyundai i20 Active is one of the better small crossovers with a lot to like; it's not exciting or that involved to drive but will do what most owners will want from a small SUV and do it well.