Hyundai ix20 (2010 – 2018) Review

Hyundai ix20 (2010 – 2018) At A Glance


+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.

New prices start from £15,450
Insurance Groups are between 7–14
On average it achieves 80% of the official MPG figure

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

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


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Real MPG

28–60 mpg

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Will TPMS-equipped tyres cost more to replace?
"My Hyundai ix20 has wheels that are equipped with a tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS). Will these cost more to replace? And if so, how much extra?"
On the vast majority of modern cars the tyres pressure monitoring is done via a sensor in the valve stem of the tyre. The valve is always replaced when the tyre is, but the pressure sensors shouldn't need to be unless they are damaged during fitting. Always make the fitter aware your car has TPMS - a good fitter should be able to refit the sensor without damage so this won't cost you.
Answered by Lawrence Allan
Do I renew the timing chain?
"I have a Hyundai ix20 1.6 diesel active which, I believe, has a timing chain as opposed to a belt. I always understood that timing chains were generally expected to last the life of the engine. A neighbour of mine recently told me it should be replace between 80,000 and 100,000 miles. I tend to buy my cars new/virtually new and run them until repair costs become uneconomic. This car has been a reliable workhorse and is about to turn 80,000 miles. What is the general advice about when to change its timing chain please?"
You are correct, timing chains are indeed designed to last the life of the car. But as with all things in life, sometimes things go wrong. Timing chain problems are, in my experience, usually linked to poor maintenance. If the oil isn't changed regularly, for example, sludge can build and cause problems within the chain, guides and sprockets. Timing chains can also suffer wear over time, which causes the chain to sag, stretch or break. That's why it's always a good idea to have it checked at five or six years by a qualified mechanic (as part of the annual service).
Answered by Dan Powell
Why is my Hyundai ix20 leaking water?
"My 2016 Hyundai ix20 has recently started to leak water on the nearside, about a metre back from the usual place for the air conditioning to drop condensation. Any idea what might be causing this?"
Check the car's coolant level. The owner's manual should make it easy to find the coolant reservoir. Make sure the engine is cool before doing this and ensure the car is parked on a flat surface. The coolant should be between the minimum and maximum level lines. If the coolant is low then top it up and have the system checked by a qualified mechanic.
Answered by Dan Powell
Which versions of the Kia Picanto use a torque converter gearbox?
"Can you help me identify the manufacturing years in which the Kia Picanto was fitted with a torque converter rather than a semi-automatic gearbox? I've had several different answers from dealers and Kia themselves. Can you also suggest any other similar-sized cars which have torque converter gearboxes, or which you feel have good semi-automatic and would suit an older driver doing around 3,000 miles a year? Electric is not an option. "
I believe the torque convertor was fitted up until June 2020. Other options includes: Suzuki Splash, Vauxhall Agila, Hyundai i10, Kia Venga, Hyundai ix20.
Answered by Russell Campbell
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