Paris motor show report - Hyundai iX20

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Hyundai ix20
Hyundai ix20
Pride of place on the Hyundai stand goes to the iX20, a mini MPV which goes on sale in November and should cost from around £11,400. It's a sister car to the Kia Venga.

To give you an idea of what it is, think Honda Jazz and you won't be far wrong, although the Hyundai isn't quite as clever.

The rear seats slide forward and back, and there's a concealed storage area under the boot floor, but overall the cabin isn't as roomy as the very cleverly packaged Honda.

Still, the quality and design are good inside and the iX20 is likely to be much better equipped than the Honda.

Engines
The car will be available with a choice of two diesel and two petrol engines.

The 1.4 diesels come with either 76bhp or 89bhp. In standard form, the less powerful version emits 119g/km of CO2 and average economy is 62mpg.

The 89bhp version emits 140g/km and is capable of 46mpg. Those figures improve to 130g/km and 50.4mpg with the Bluedrive model.

There will also be an 89bhp 1.4 petrol that's capable of 44mpg and emits 148g/km of CO2. The Bluedrive version emits 139g/km of CO2 and does an average of 47mpg.

The range-topper will be a 123bhp 1.6-litre petrol. It will be available in just standard form (with no Bluedrive option) and is capable of 43mpg while emitting 154g/km of CO2.

Anything else?
There's also a face-lifted version of the company's best-selling model – the i10 city car.

On sale from next January, the updated city car range will include a 99g/km 1.0-litre model for around £8,500 – perfect for avoiding road tax and, if London Mayor Boris Johnson gets his way, the capital's congestion charge, too. We wouldn’t be too surprised if this paves the way for more sub-100g/km models from the company, including the i20 and iX20.

Also on the stand are the Genesis Coupe and Equus executive car, which Hyundai is considering bringing to Europe.




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