Hyundai ix20 (2010 – 2018) At A Glance
Over recent years Hyundai has been producing some high quality cars and this continues with the ix20. The mini-MPV is Hyundai's version of the Kia Venga and is even built at the same factory. Like the Kia, the ix20 is a high value proposition that offers generous standard equipment levels, a high quality interior and low running costs thanks to efficient engines.
One of the key factors that separates Hyundai's ix20 from the similar Kia Venga is that every car gets Hyundai's 'Five Year Triple Care' package, which includes not only a five year/unlimited mileage manufacturer's warranty and five years roadside assistance but also five years of vehicle health checks - a very impressive deal.
The ix20 is also good to drive with a very forgiving ride that copes well with four people and their luggage and little road or wind noise at higher speeds. The suspension has been tuned specifically for the poor quality of many UK roads and this shows behind the wheel where it handles well but is also very comfortable and composed.
The efficient engine range includes two petrols - a 1.4-litre and a 1.6-litre (the latter comes as an automatic only) along with an impressive 1.4 CRDi. Like the 1.4-litre petrol it's fitted with Hyundai's Integrated Stop/Start (ISG) technology which cuts the engine when stationary. As a result it emits a low 114g/km of CO2 while claimed fuel economy is 65.7mpg on the official combined cycle.
The quality feel is evident in the spacious cabin where there's plenty of space for five on board and their luggage too thanks to a large boot with extra underfloor storage. Equipment levels are good too while top models come with a neat panoramic glass sunroof which not only makes the cabin feel very light and airy but also slides open unlike many other similar roofs.
Road Test near identical Kia Venga: Kia Venga 2010 Road Test
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Can I drive my car with warning lights on if the garages are closed?
"I have a Hyundai ix20. I have just noticed that the ABS warning light and the ESP lights have come on. I have checked the fuses and they are fine. As they are amber warnings, can I assume that it i till safe to drive on dry roads - with extra care - as I understand that I can't take it to the Hyundai garage?"
I would not recommend driving the car until these faults have been investigated. Any breakdown you experience may add further pressure on your potentially stretched local emergency services.
If you can, wait until after the lockdown period has ended. If the car is within its warranty period, email the dealer and make it a matter of record - they will arrange for their workshop to inspect the car at the earliest opportunity. If the vehicle is out of warranty, contact a local garage:https://good-garage-guide.honestjohn.co.uk
What ramps do you recommend for loading a disability scooter into a Hyundai xi20?
"What ramps do you recommend for loading a disability scooter into a Hyundai xi20?"
The Hyundai ix20 is quite a compact car to fit a mobility scooter into, though this depends on how much your scooter packs down. You will also need to make sure the height-adjustable boot floor of the ix20 is in its higher position to avoid a drop to the boot floor and lower the rear seats to gain enough space for the scooter. A lightweight and compact ramp is the best solution and there are many available. A set of folding fibreglass ramps from Essential Aids will be lighter than most aluminium ramps to lift in and out of the car and they have channels to guide the wheels. Each of these ramps weights 6kg. Another option is a telescopic ramp like the Ultralight Telescopic ramp available from many suppliers. It comes in lengths up to 3.0-metres and each side weighs 3.6kg. One further option is to choose a scooter hoist for the boot of your car. This makes loading very easy and you don't need as much space behind the car when operating the hoist as you do with ramps. The cost of the hoist will depend on which make and model you choose and how heavy your scooter is.
What's the best small automatic for around £10k?
"I have a 14 year old Ford Fiesta manual. It has been a great car but I need an automatic because of a hip and knee problem. I would like a similar sized car with a slightly higher driving position. I'm thinking Honda Jazz or Nissan Note, both CVT. My budget is up to £10k. Could you please advise me of any suitable cars?"
A Jazz 1.4 i-VTEC CVT-7 is your best choice. The Nissan Note looked pretty but wasn't very good and has been withdrawn. More upright: a Kia Venga or Hyundai ix20. Older ones had a 4-speed torque converter auto. Newer ones have a DCT auto.
What small crossover or SUV is best for taking a baby seat?
"With a baby on the way, we are about to outgrow our 2011 Nissan Micra with 30,000 miles on the clock. We have about £10,000 to spend, plus whatever we can get for the Micra. We need an automatic with sufficient room for a 6'1" adult to drive in front of a baby seat. The baby seat is Isofix so takes up about as much room as an averagely tall man. We've been wondering about a compact SUV - perhaps a Nissan Qashqai or a Kia Sorento - but is there anything else you would suggest (or suggest avoiding)?"
I think you mean a Sportage (a Sorento is bigger). Qashqai aren't very reliable. Might be more sensible to go for a small, tall MPV such as a Kia Venga or Hyundai ix20. You need to avoid damaging your back when lifting the child in and out.