The ix20 is a supermini car with MPV people carrier benefits. Its elevated appearance means there’s more space but its dimensions mean it just as easy to drive. It’s bigger and more practical than your average Supermini.
The Hyundai ix20 comes with a choice of two petrol and one diesel engine options. The petrol engines consist of a choice of a 1.4 litre and 1.6 litre with 115bhp. There is also a 1.4 litre diesel which is the most economical option. The 1.6 petrol is the best performer with 115bhp but the range of engines available are more about economy than pace. All engines come with a 5-speed manual gearbox with exception for the 1.6 litre petrol which comes with a 6-speed transmission.
The ix20 is all about comfort and it delivers a supple ride making it a very comfortable car. For that reason it is not the best handling car in the world. The engines don’t provide any kind of real performance and it feels most at home cruising at motorway speeds. Being a mini MPV, the ix20 is not about performance and handling anyway. It gets an elevated driving position, plenty of visibility and light steering for easy city driving. These are the traits that are core to the ix30’s design. This is what the car was designed for and what it is good at.
The Hyundai ix20 is available in just one trim level, the Deluxe trim. This is no bad thing as the Deluxe trim in other models like the i10 and i20 offer the best value for money. For your well earned cash you get 16 inch alloy wheels, body colour bumpers, chrome detailing and a space saver spare wheel. Interior touches include a leather multi-function steering wheel and leather gear knob. The seats are very comfortable while the rear bench slides backwards and forwards to create more legroom or more boot space depending on your requirements.
There is no doubting that the Korean car makers needs to up the quality of plastics used in their interiors in order to compete with the latest offering from their European rivals. With an upmarket approach becoming the norm with even their smallest car offerings, the use of hard plastics in the Hyundai will not cut the mustard for much longer. That said, the dashboard design and layout in the ix20 is good with nice piano black touches and individual flairs that lift the finish. Ergonomically, everything feels where it should be and all switches and controls are easy to locate. There is no doubting the overall build quality which is to a high standard.
The ix20 scored full marks in the Euro NCAP crash test with a five star rating. It comes with a set of six airbags as standard complete with traction control, electronic stability control and is fitted with ISO-FIX child seat mounts. Hill start assist also comes as standard meaning the ix20 is more than adequately equipped with safety tech.
There is plenty of space within the cabin of the ix20 with loads of adjustment in the driver seats and steering wheel to find a comfortable driving position. The rear bench can slide back to create more legroom for backseat passenger while the same bench also reclines to increase their comfort further. It excels in terms of boot space with a massive 440 litre of space for luggage. The rear seats also have a 60/40 split meaning they can also be folded to create a cavernous 1486 litres of space.