Review: Hyundai ix20 (2010 – 2018)

Rating:

Good range of efficient chain cam engines. Cheap to run. Good visibility. Easy to get in and out of. Plenty of rear passenger and boot space. Attractively facelifted for 2016 model year with newer engines and transmissions.

Similar Kia Venga has a longer warranty. Not a sporty handler. Generally older generation petrol engines.

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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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Hyundai ix20 (2010 – 2018): What's It Like Inside?

Dimensions
Length 4100–4120 mm
Width 1765 mm
Height 1600 mm
Wheelbase 2615 mm

Full specifications

The ix20 shows just how far Hyundai has come in the recent times. The stylish layout and high quality finish are mightily impressive and this feels like a genuinely upmarket small MPV. It's very roomy too with plenty of legroom for all passengers on board, plus the ability to carry three across the rear seats thanks to good width and a flat floor. As you'd expect given the taller shape, headroom is generous and even those over six-foot will find the back airy and spacious.

Getting in and out is easy thanks to raised seats and low sills, while the higher driving position ensures a good view out which is useful at junctions. There's height and reach adjustment in the steering column and the remote-control switches on the wheel mean you can control various functions (such as the stereo) without having to take your eyes off the road.

The instrument cluster is illuminated in Hyundai's trademark soft blue lighting which also features on all the switches and controls, adding to the stylish and sophisticated feel. The air conditioning control dial looks great and the stereo system is very user-friendly too.

As you'd expect from a people carrier, practicality is a strong point for the ix20. In the front there's decent storage options including large door pockets but it's the boot which is most impressive - especially so for a car that's barely over four metres long. Not only is it spacious, there's no load lip thanks to a raised floor which also hides plenty of extra storage underneath.

As with the Kia Venga, the ix20 uses the latest active and passive safety technologies, such as ESP, ABS and Hillstart Assist Control to ensure maximum protection for its occupants. Hyundai anticipates this will become the first small MPV to attain the maximum five-star result under Euro NCAP's impact assessment program.

Standard equipment from launch (November 2010):

Classic models are well-equipped and feature a height adjustable driver's seat, ESP stability control, air conditioning, six airbags, steel wheels, active head restraints, electric front windows, air conditioning, a CD stereo system with six speakers, plus USB, AUX and iPod-input capabilities.

Active is expected to be the most popular trim choice and comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, body coloured door handles and mirrors (which are electrically adjustable and heated), reversing sensors, Bluetooth phone connectivity, electric rear windows and audio controls on the leather-trimmed steering wheel.

Style versions have, front fog lights are standard, door mirrors fitted with integrated side repeater indicators that fold electrically and a dual-panel panoramic glass sunroof with a UV filter that spans the front and rear seats. The front panel offers tilt and sliding function to let the fresh air - as well as light - into the cabin. It's also equipped with blinds while the rear glass is super-darkened for extra privacy and protection from the sun.

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What's the Hyundai ix20 (2010 – 2018) like to drive?

Three engines are offered in the ix20 line-up and all are impressively efficient. The new common-rail 1.4 CRDi diesel with 90bhp is expected to be a popular choice and thats easy to see why as it's smooth, quiet yet delivers punchy performance when you need it. More than 90 per cent of the maximum torque of 200Nm is available from just 1500rpm, allowing you to accelerate from a standstill in a smooth manner. It also means the engine doesn't have to be worked hard, which helps with efficiency and noise levels.

At 70mph it's very quiet, so much so that it's easy to think you are in a petrol car, yet it still pulls strongly in gear for easy overtaking. Fitted with Integrated Stop/Start (ISG) technology and the standard six-speed manual gearbox with its positive and nicely weighted shift, the CRDi version of ix20 has CO2 emissions of just 114g/km and claimed fuel economy of 65.7mpg on the official combined cycle. These impressive figures mean cheap car tax rates as it sits in band C for VED. Thanks to the fact it has a chain-driven timing system, owners also benefit from extended 20,000 mile service intervals.

Other features designed to improve efficiency include a power-saving alternator management system, a gear-shift up/down indicator to encourage an economical driving style plus Continental low-rolling-resistance tyres.

The entry-level 1.4-litre 90bhp petrol option is borrowed from the i20 range and is also likely to be a big seller. Like the diesel, this version has the ISG system, resulting in emissions of just 130g/km and claimed average economy of 50.4mpg. The final engne is the 1.6-litre petrol that's also used in the Hyundai i30 and is the only model available with an automatic transmission in the form of a four-speed auto.

The ix20 is the first car in Hyundai's history that has been extensively tested on the worst of British roads to make sure it can provide both a supple ride and driving enjoyment. The results are certainly successful. It's a very comfortable car to travel in with little wind or road noise and it handles very tidily too. The steering is well weighted and has a reasonable amount of feel, plus it's responsive when you turn into corners. There is a little bit of roll in corners - this is a people carrier after all - but the ix20 still feels very composed and reassuring to drive. The steering is light at low speeds, so parking manouevres and three-point turns are a doddle, plus there's good all round visibility.

Engine MPG 0-62 CO2
1.4 47–50 mpg 12.8–12.9 s 130–140 g/km
1.4 CRDi 63–66 mpg 14.4–14.5 s 114–119 g/km
1.6 44 mpg 10.8 s 149 g/km
1.6 Automatic 41–44 mpg 11.5–12.2 s 150–154 g/km
1.6 CRDi 64 mpg - 115 g/km
1.6 CRDi Blue Drive 64 mpg 11.4–11.5 s 115–117 g/km

Real MPG average for a Hyundai ix20 (2010 – 2018)

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

80%

Real MPG

28–60 mpg

MPGs submitted

376

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What have we been asked about the Hyundai ix20 (2010 – 2018)?

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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.
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