The overall best buy winner

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The overall best buy winner

How do they do it? Somehow the number-crunchers at Hyundai have worked out that they can sell this spacious, safe and well-equipped supermini for less than 7000 and still turn a profit. Factor in the Government's 1000 contribution and it'll cost youless than 6k to buy.

You could pick up a car for up to 1500 less under the scrappage scheme, but the i20 is a full-size supermini, rather than just a tiny city car. It has a much bigger boot than its little brother, the i10, and more room in the back. What's more, with a five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating and a low CO2 output, it'll almost certainly be safer and greener than the car you're thinking of scrapping.

It may not be quite as polished as the class-leading Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa, but it isn't far behind, and it's a lot cheaper to buy. You also get a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty.

So, if you're in two minds about taking advantage of scheme and want something cheap, fair to drive and with a reasonable amount of space, the i20 gets our nod as Britain's best scrappage buy.

Key equipment
Air-conditioning, auxiliary-input socket, CD player (four speakers), curtain airbags, driver/passenger and side airbags, electric front windows, height-adjustable driver's seat, height- and reach-adjustable steering wheel, remote central locking, split rear seats.

Hyundai i20 1.2 Classic 3dr
Scrappage price: 5995
Cash price: 8195
Availability: 8-12 weeks
Best internet scrappage price: 5995 (
Best internet cash price: 7763 (

Technical data
Power: 77bhp
Top speed: 103mph
0-62mph: 12.9secs
Average: mpg 54.3mpg
CO2 output: 124g/km