- Spacious interior
- Practical boot space
- Good value for money
- Not great to drive
- Underpowered engines
- Noisy diesel engine
Stylish, practical mini-MPV.
The Hyundai ix20, first introduced in 2010, is the Korean manufacturer’s entry into the mini-MPV market. Designed to compete with cars such as the Nissan Note, and Kia Venga, the ix20 offers tremendous practicality for those on a budget. It doesn’t look dull either. The ix20 is arguably one of the best looking cars in its class. And with a big practical boot, a spacious interior, and generous standard kit, it’ll certainly tick a lot of family’s boxes. It’s not exactly great to drive however, and the engines do feel a little underpowered, but ultimately, it’s a great family car, for a bargain price.
Solid build quality and tremendous practicality.
Step inside a Hyundai ix20 and you might just be pleasantly surprised. The design is clean and modern, whilst it all feels really well screwed together. Boot space is also excellent, and you’ll get plenty of kit for your money across the range.
The dashboard design of the ix20 might seem a little fussy at first, but look a little closer and you might change your mind. The centre console controls are simple, well-damped and easy to use. Material quality is hit and miss however. Whilst there are some nice soft-touch materials on the top of the dash, there are also quite a lot of hard, scratchy plastics. Though it isn’t the most luxurious, it all feels like it’s built to last.
Practicality is king in the mini-MPV markets, so it’s pleasing to see that the ix20 is one of the most practical cars in the class. In the rear seats, there’s enough head and legroom, even for tall adults. The 440 litre load capacity is also mightily impressive. It’s far bigger than the a conventional family hatchback, at a price that undercuts them. You can even fit in a full family’s worth of travel luggage.
Equipment levels in the ix20 are pretty generous, especially considering the ix20’s bargain price. The entry-level Classic trim comes with a CD player and USB connectivity. But most buyers will want to opt for the mid-range Active trim. It adds electric windows, alloy wheels, Bluetooth, and parking sensors. Range-topping Style trim adds a fantastic panoramic sunroof. Perfect for those rare occasions when Britain actually produces a bit of sun.
All in all the ix20’s interior is a solid family package. OK, it’s far from being luxurious, but it covers all the essentials extremely well. It’s spacious, practical, well-built, and generously equipped. What more could you ask for in a small family car?
Safe and secure, but not a great deal of fun.
If you’re looking for a mini-MPV that breaks the mould of being boring to drive, the ix20 isn’t the car for you. But there’s a reason why that’s the case. Most family buyers aren’t wannabe racing drivers. The ix20 is an easy and simple car to drive. Though the steering is vague, offering little feedback, its lightness make the ix20 an easy car to park, and drive in busy city centres. At speed, due to the ix20’s soft suspension, the ix20 rolls around through the corners, creating an almost ship in a storm like experience. But if you do most of your driving in town, you’re probably not going to be too disappointed behind the wheel of an ix20.
Suspension and Chassis
Comfort and refinement are far more pressing concerns for those searching for a mini-MPV. And in some respects, the ix20 fits the bill. It’s supple suspension easily irons out loose surfaces and potholes. There’s also not a great deal of road and wind noise at speed, especially for a car in this sector. Unfortunately however, engine noise is quite apparent, so the ix20 isn’t ideally suited to being a long-distance motorway cruiser. But then it’s not meant to be.
Gearbox options in the ix20 come in two guises. The standard throughout the range is a six speed manual transmission. Though it does the job well enough, it’s not the most accurate, or dynamic box in the world. There’s also a four speed automatic available with the 1.6 litre petrol engine. But unless you really hate changing gear, it’s a hard one to recommend.
Not the greatest selection of engines.
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your ix20, you’ve got the usual two options: petrol, or diesel. There’s two petrols, and one diesel on offer, but none of them are particularly powerful. The diesel is however economical, if you can put up with the noise.
If it’s power that you want from you ix20, you’re going to be massively disappointed. None of the engines in the ix20 range come anywhere close to being quick. In fact, all of them are underpowered if anything. The most potent on offer is the diesel-powered 1.6 CRDi Blue Drive, which produces 115bhp, and will accelerate from 0-62mph in 11.4 seconds. It’s not quick, but it’s definitely the best engine on offer for if you want to travel out of town.
Strangely, the most powerful engine also happens to be the best for the planet. Producing 115g/km, the 1.6 CRDi Blue Drive ix20 isn’t the greenest car in its class, but it’s not too bad. The 1.4 litre petrol produces 130g/km, whilst the 1.6 litre petrol should be avoided, thanks to the 150g/km it emits. Unbelievably, the diesel is also the best option for money savers. Not only is it the cheapest to tax, it also offers pretty impressive fuel economy of 64.2mpg.
All of the engines in the ix20 are less than impressive. But it should be pretty clear which is the best of the lot. The diesel powered unit is the cleanest, the greenest, and the meanest. It’s still not great, and it does make a lot of clattering noises, but it’s the best of a bad bunch.
Full marks in NCAP safety tests, with solid standard safety kit.
Like nearly every car in its class, the Hyundai ix20 easily achieved the highest possible 5-star NCAP safety rating. With scores of 89% in adult safety, 85% in child safety, 64% in pedestrian safety, and 71% in safety assist, the ix20 did pretty well. But if you want the safest car in this sector, you should take a look at the Honda Jazz. When you buy an ix20, you’ll get a whole host of safety features. A full lineup of airbags, electronic stability control, ABS, Isofix child seat mounts, and hill-start assist all come as standard. So you shouldn’t ever feel unsafe when you’re behind the wheel of your ix20.
Superb value for money, if you avoid the cost of new-car depreciation.
The Hyundai ix20 is a great value car for family buyers. This is especially the case if you go for a used example. Running costs vary between model to model, and you’d be best to avoid the higher powered 1.6 litre petrol if you don’t want a big road tax bill, or regular trips to the fuel station. For most buyers, the entry-level petrol, and the efficient diesel will be better options.
Insurance groups for the ix20 again depend on which model you go for. Generally speaking though, you won’t be paying any more than you would for an equivalent rival. You might actually end up paying a little bit less. The range starts in group 7 for the entry-level 1.4 Classic, and climbs up towards group 13 for the range-topping 1.6 CRDi Blue Drive Style.
Depreciation is a big factor with the ix20, but only if you choose to buy from new. With first year depreciation as high as 40%, you’re better off opting for an inspected used equivalent.
The Hyundai ix20 is a hugely respectable mini-MPV. It might not be the class-leader, but it certainly has a lot in its locker to tempt family buyers. It’s cheap to buy, cheap to run, and is well screwed together. Not only that, but the space and practicality it offers is amongst the best in class. OK, it’s not great to drive. And the engines are a little underpowered. But if you want a stylish family car to get about town in, the ix20 is well worth a shout.
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*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st-year depreciation cost of 40%.