Hyundai ix20 mini MPV
Price £14,145 - £16,845
- Spacious interior
- Decent build quality
- Economical engines
- Underpowered engines
- Poor used values
- Notchy gearbox
At a glance
"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.
All Hyundai ix20 engines are efficient but none are exempt from road tax
The Hyundai ix20 is capable but not as agile as rivals, and its engines feel underpowered
The ix20 is more comfortable than some of its rivals
Spacious and versatile interior is one of the ix20’s key strengths
The Hyundai ix20 comes with a five-year guarantee and a five-star safety rating