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2016 Hyundai i20 Active revealed

Jacked-up version of Hyundai's i20 supermini will reach the UK early next year

Words ByDarren Moss

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The off-road inspired Hyundai i20 Active has been revealed ahead of its official debut at the Frankfurt motor show. It will go on sale in this country early next year.

What is it?

The i20 Active is a jacked-up version of Hyundai's i20 supermini. It's a rival for the likes of the Volkswagen CrossPolo, and Hyundai will be looking to capitalise on the appetite for small, crossover-style vehicles in Europe.

Styling differences over the regular i20 include new skid plates at the front and rear and cladding across the wheel arches to give a pseudo-SUV look. The ride height has also been increased by 20mm over that of the hatchback. The car's chassis is expected to be tuned for European roads, too.

What engines can I choose from?

Three engines are likely to be offered at launch. Leading the range will be a 1.4-litre petrol with 99bhp, with an 89bhp 1.4-litre diesel also offered. Hyundai has also confirmed that the i20 Active will receive its new 1.0-litre engine in both 99bhp and 118bhp forms.

How much equipment does it come with?

The i20 Active is expected to be offered with the same trim levels and options as the regular i20. That means S, SE, Premium and Premium SE trim levels will be available, with range-topping models receiving parking sensors at the front and rear, heated seats and an electric panoramic sunroof.

How much will it cost?

Prices for the i20 Active have yet to be revealed, but it's likely to cost more than the standard hatchback, which starts at Β£10,995.

How good are its rivals?

Hyundai's key rival in this sector is the Volkswagen CrossPolo, but other jacked-up superminis, such as Fiat's Panda Cross, will also provide competition. The Panda Cross currently holds a two-star rating on What Car?