Review

Hyundai ix20 mini MPV

Price  £12,515 - £16,335

Hyundai ix20 mini MPV

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Spacious interior
  • Decent build quality
  • Economical engines
Cons
  • Underpowered engines
  • Poor used values
  • Notchy gearbox

At a glance

The greenest
1.6 CRDI 115PS Blue Drive 5dr Style 5dr £16,335
The cheapest
1.4 5dr Classic 5dr £12,515
The fastest
1.6 5dr auto Active 5dr £15,010
Top of the range
1.6 CRDI 115PS Blue Drive 5dr Style 5dr £16,335

"The Hyundai ix20 crams the practicality and versatility of an MPV into supermini proportions and still comes at a reasonable price."

If you’re looking for a small car that's deceptively large inside, then the Hyundai ix20 is well worth a look. It's a five-seater mini-MPV that competes with the likes of the Honda Jazz, Toyota Verso and Nissan Note, and offers loads of passenger space plus a surprisingly large boot.

Performance wasn’t really a priority when Hyundai designed the ix20, so it gets a range of engines that are cheap to run rather than quick. That doesn’t really matter, because the Hyundai is more suited to comfortable cruising than quick cornering. The Nissan Note is more fun to drive.

The ix20 is offered with a choice of petrol and diesel engines that come with a slick five-speed manual gearbox. There's also a 1.6-litre petrol that's only available with automatic transmission. The most economical engine is the 1.4-litre diesel, which returns 66mpg. The fastest is the 1.6-litre diesel, doing 0-62mph in 11.5 seconds.

Every ix20 gets air-conditioning, electronic stability control and a USB connection, but if you want DAB digital radio, that's only available as an option. The ix20 is available in three trim levels: basic Classic, mid-range Active and top-of-the range Style. All offer plenty of kit for the money, although the Style trim is only worth going for if you want the panoramic sunroof.

The range is competitively priced, starting at around £12,500 for the 1.4-litre petrol in the lowest trim level. You can just about get a Honda Jazz for less, but only if you plump for a smaller engine. If you’re after a true bargain buy, consider the excellent value for money Kia Picanto. Used values for the ix20 are reasonably strong compared to the competition, but the Jazz does even better.

MPG, running costs & CO2

3 / 5

All Hyundai ix20 engines are efficient but none are exempt from road tax

Engines, drive & performance

2.5 / 5

The Hyundai ix20 is capable but not as agile as rivals, and its engines feel underpowered

Interior & comfort

2.5 / 5

The ix20 is more comfortable than some of its rivals

Practicality & boot space

3 / 5

Spacious and versatile interior is one of the ix20’s key strengths

Reliability & safety

4.1 / 5

The Hyundai ix20 comes with a five-year guarantee and a five-star safety rating

What the others say

3.7 / 5
based on 3 reviews
4 / 5
The ix20 certainly has strong green credentials, with class-leading CO2 emissions figures of 114g/km. Fuel consumption is similarly low, with stop-start, low-rolling-resistance tyres and an alternator management system contributing to combined economy of 65.7mpg.
4 / 5
Car buyers' demands are increasing: now it seems they want everything squeezed into one package and that has forced manufacturers to come up with all kinds of niche models. The ix20 is aimed at people who want something compact and easy to drive around town, but also want enough space inside for passengers and luggage. It's a tough ask, but Hyundai has achieved it with the ix20.
3 / 5
The ix20 is roomy inside and the touches designed to make it versatile work pretty well. The cabin looks quite stylish, too, and the safety equipment is comprehensive.
What owners say 
4.239999994242
4.2 /5 based on 53 reviews
55%
 of people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated 
9 Mar 2015
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