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Hyundai ix20

The Hyundai ix20 is a versatile and practical MPV that packs a lot into what is a small, well-priced vehicle. The offering is quite impressive but the engines are underpowered for travelling at speed on motorways.

Otherwise, the handling is excellent and comfort levels are high. Despite the ix20's dimensions there's lots of space on board for adults and their luggage and the cabin has been well-designed with lots of comfort. Indeed, the car is practical and versatile considering the platform it is built on, Hyundai has done a marvellous job. Indeed, this also extends to the suspension which has been tuned to deliver a comfortable ride on the UK's roads and it's great to drive around town.

Of the engines, there's a 1.4 litre petrol unit that should return 50 mpg and is a smooth performer but the 1.6 litre diesel delivers frugal motoring of 66 mpg with emissions of 115g/km and offers the best blend of performance and economy.

One of the big selling points for the Hyundai ix20 will be the equipment list which includes air conditioning, electric windows and an impressive stereo system. Other models come with Bluetooth connectivity, parking sensors, alloy wheels and steering wheel mounted controls. The top spec model for the Hyundai ix20 has rear tinted windows and a panoramic sunroof which, while making the cabin feel airy and light, probably isn't worth the extra cash. Safety equipment includes electronic stability control, traction control, anti-lock brakes and airbags.

There's a lot to like about the Hyundai ix20 and the car executes a number of great practical ideas really well and while the engines are economical they do lack punch. Don't forget too the firm's excellent five-year warranty and a big consideration for ownership is the residuals for the ix20 are underwhelming which means the owner of a new model may be disappointed when they come to sell it on.
Hyundai ix20
Performance 80%
Reliability 80%
Equipment 80%
Safety 80%
Quality 80%
Overall Score 80%
The Hyundai ix20 is a small people carrier offering lots of space and a solid build quality. The engines for the ix20 are also cheap to run.