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Hyundai ix20 Review

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      Launch year
      2010
      Body type
      MPV
      Fuel type
      Petrol, Diesel
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Attractive mix of value, space

Best bits

  • Impressive practicality
  • Good specification on all models
  • Frugal engine range

Not so great

  • Plain exterior
  • Adequate engine performance
  • Dull to drive

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Overall verdict

"The Hyundai ix20 is not a car for the thrill-seeker, but it is either competent or impressive in so many areas it deserves consideration if you need the most amount of practicality in the smallest wrapper. It should provide trouble-free, good value motoring, which for many buyers is the most important thing."

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Hyundai is a remarkable example of how far a brand can travel in a relatively short space of time. At one time it was known for selling rebuilt versions of old designs, and latterly producing cars that were good value but had little else to recommend them.


That has changed significantly, with the firm investing heavily - and developing its cars - in Europe as well as Asia, and as a result producing more rounded and attractive products.


The ix20 was introduced in 2010, alongside the very similar Venga model from partner brand Kia. The ix20 was designed and marketed as a small MPV; occupying roughly the same road space as a conventional B segment small car like a Polo or Fiesta, but with a taller body to give more interior space for passengers and luggage. Although somewhat out of favour now, small MPVs like this were seen as an effective way to downsize the versatility of larger MPVs.


From the outside it’s easy to see how the ix20 has been designed to increase the interior space. It has a high roofline and a steeply-raked bonnet and windscreen, and by making the bonnet shorter and moving the base of the windscreen forward it allows more of the area within the cabin to be utilised. Even so, the looks of the ix20 fall somewhere between a supermini and an MPV; it’s neatly-styled rather than hugely attractive, but neither does it look like a badly-disguised van.


Step inside the ix20 and the good news continues. For starters, getting inside in the first place is very easy, as the floor is low but the seating position is relatively high in relation to it, so it’s not a long way down into the seat. There’s plenty of space in here too, particularly headroom thanks to the high roofline, and legroom is good for all occupants too. The layout of the cabin is straightforward and attractive also, with instrument displays and controls, a discreet blue hue to the illumination and good quality materials. It might not be exciting, but it looks and feels like decent quality.


Mechanically the ix20 sticks with the conventional approach. At launch it was offered with 1.4- and 1.6-litre petrol engines alongside a 1.4-litre diesel in two power outputs, giving a total of four engine options. Within two years a 1.6-litre diesel was also added, also with two power outputs, although the engine choice was largely restricted by the trim level. Hyundai also offered high-economy, low-emission versions of its range dubbed BlueDrive.


To drive, the ix20 is as low effort as you could hope for. The engine range delivers a mix of performance and economy, the weight of the controls is light enough to be easy but with a positive response to inputs. Hyundai made a point of developing the ix20 on UK roads and it shows; it rides very well indeed, doing an excellent job of filtering out road imperfections while staying safe and secure through corners.


Overall, the ix20 is good value, easy to drive, spacious and well-built. It may not have a premium badge or offer huge thrills, but as a practical proposition it has a great deal to offer.


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Hyundai IX20

1.6 SE 5dr Auto

  • 2017
  • 45,583 miles
  • Bristol Street Motors Vauxhall Chingford
  • Greater London, E4 8PZ
Price:£7,850
PCP: £145.53/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £145.53, Customer Deposit: £1,177.00, Total Deposit: £1,177.50, Optional Final Payment: £2,970.00, Total Charge For Credit: £1,391.05, Total Amount Payable: £9,241.05, Representative APR: 9.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 9.48%, Excess Mileage Charge: 4ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Hyundai IX20

1.4 Blue Drive SE 5dr

  • 2016
  • 8,697 miles
  • Stoneacre Ford Goole
  • Yorkshire, DN146UA
Price:£7,990
PCP: £144.39/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £144.39, Customer Deposit: £1,198.00, Total Deposit: £1,198.50, Optional Final Payment: £3,404.35, Total Charge For Credit: £1,666.50, Total Amount Payable: £9,656.50, Representative APR: 11.3%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 5.81%, Excess Mileage Charge: 1.84ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Is the Hyundai ix20 right for you?

Not everyone needs this much space in a car this small; new drivers would probably be happier with something more conventional, but being able to fit four or even five people in relative comfort is a real bonus. It’s versatile enough to make a family car of sorts, ideal if you can’t accommodate a larger car but need the space. The ix20 would also be a sensible option for drivers who are less physically able, thanks to the good driving position and spacious interior.


What’s the best ix20 model to choose?

The standard specification of the ix20 is very good, a frequent occurrence on Hyundai models, with even the basic Classic model offering a height-adjustable driver’s seat, ESC, air conditioning, electric front windows and a CD tuner with AUX and USB inputs. This is a sound choice, although the Active models add alloy wheels, Bluetooth, heated mirrors and steering-wheel mounted controls.


The range was revised in 2015 into SE and Premium models, with all versions now with alloy wheels, projector headlights and improved connectivity including a 1GB music storage system. Both versions were also available in ‘Nav’ specification that added sat-nav, and of the two we’d choose the higher-spec Premium trim.

What other cars are similar to the ix20?

One car that is very similar to the ix20 is the Kia Venga. The two models were effectively developed together, although the ix20 was given additional tuning that the Venga did not benefit from, so it offers a slightly less impressive driving experience.


The Vauxhall Meriva and Ford B-MAX are two other models that are similar in execution and design as the ix20, both being spun off existing small car platforms but with a greater emphasis on space and practicality. Both also have an unusual rear door arrangement - rear opening on the Meriva and sliding doors on the B-MAX - to improve access.

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Prices, versions and specification