The Hyundai ix20 is roomy inside and the touches designed to make it versatile work pretty well. The cabin looks quite stylish, too, and the safety equipment is comprehensive.
It’s no better than average to drive, and the interior isn’t as classy as it looks at first glance. The noisy, under-performing diesel engine is best avoided.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
The 1.4-litre petrol engine is the pick of the range because it’s the cheapest to buy and gives eager performance. By contrast, the 1.4 diesel is best avoided. Yes, its fuel economy is vastly superior to the petrols’, but it’s not particularly flexible. We haven’t driven the 1.6 petrol yet, and that is available only with an automatic gearbox.
Ride & Handling
The ix20 is reasonably comfortable, although the diesel model’s ride is restless at low speeds. In both the petrol and diesel versions, the tall body leans quite a bit in corners, and the steering has virtually no feedback, although there’s enough grip to make the ix20 feel secure.
The 1.4 petrol engine does a decent job of melting into the background when you’re cruising at speed, but the coarse diesel gives off too much noise and vibration at all times. In fact, there’s so much engine noise that you barely notice the moderate levels of wind- and road noise that are audible in the petrol.