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Hyundai ix20
4/10

Overall
verdict

This mini-MPV offers loads of space and of course, that spectacular warranty, but sadly it's dreary to drive. You'd be better off in the i30.

Additional Info

  • Budget superminis have an air of cool about them, simply because you're not trying too hard. But five year warranties aren't cool. They're sensible. Sensible isn't cool.
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    ix20 1.6 CRDi 115 Style 5d

    Price £16,045

    BHP 115

    LB FT 192

    MPG 64

    CO2 117

    0-62 MPH 11.50

    Top Speed 113

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What is it?

Hyundai's equivalent of the Kia Venga, this mini-MPV is nearly a hit. The cabin is roomy and has some clever touches, but the diesel engine isn't a good unit because it's too noisy, and there are rivals which are just as practical but better to drive.

Driving

Push it on a road where you're likely to have some fun and the ix20 soon starts to skip about and bobble on its heels. It's not exactly captivating.

In town, strolling along at a comfortable pace, the ix20 displays competent road manners: the ride is smooth, quiet, and the steering both quick and effortless. Same goes for the clutch and gearshift, and thus, a pain-free city commuter. 

There are two engine sizes in both diesel and petrol - a 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre. You have to work that diesel engine though: once warm, it's quiet enough, but on the motorway it struggles to really push you along as much as you'd like.

On the inside

Comes with 440 litres of boot space, 1486 with the seats folded, and you get lots of head and leg room. Still, a Honda Jazz is slightly more versatile in this department.

The cabin trades soft-touch plastic for harder compounds, but at least it's nicely laid out, and at this sort of price you shouldn't really be concerned about a luxury interior.

Owning

Surprise! The diesels offer the best economy, but the 1.4-litre petrol variant is cheaper than the diesel. Unless you do high mileage, you'd best stick with this one - it still returns just over 50mpg, too.

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