Hyundai ix20

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CARS hit the market in all shapes and guises and the ones that people are paying more than a passing interest in of late are the supermini MPVs.

Proof, were it needed, that you can have the best of both worlds. Interior space alongside low running costs.

In fact this class of car accounts for 10 per cent of the entire UK market, a rise in sharp contrast to the plummeting decline of large MPV sales

Hyundai aren’t missing a trick by bringing the ix20 to the UK. We’ve already got the near identical Kia Venga on sale here but of the two the newcomer is probably the classier. It certainly looks a whole lot different so which one you choose is, as ever, down to the individual.

First impressions are that it’s a good job Hyundai’s ix20 doesn’t come with badging denoting ‘Aero’ trim, as it would probably blow away, such is the lightness of its main controls and its overall feel on the road.

Its steering is exceptionally light, and the clutch and gearbox, which work well together, also have a feather-like quality to them. A bit more weight in the steering department would be my preference but the upside is that it makes the ix20 a cinch to manoeuvre round town.

The ride has a soft, compliant feel which is fine round town but a bit on the wallowy side if you’re undertaking a cross country run. But it does deal with bumps well and corners in a spirited fashion. No surprise then that it’s the first Hyundai to have benefited from chassis testing on UK roads.

The Hyundai has good quality finish to the interior and certainly none of the rubbishy grades that can and does spoil the cabin area of some of its rivals on the road. Smart blue backlighting and a shiny piano black dash give it a classy finish, and it all feels pretty well screwed together.

And it comes with a decent level of equipment – the mid range Active has Bluetooth connectivity, electric windows all round and park sensors as standard.

There’s good all round vision. Like the Touran of a week or so ago, there’s a big A pillar up front but there’s also a decent amount of glass there too so you can actually see through it when necessary.

The top of the range model tested here had a huge panoramic sunroof and with extra glass around the C pillars too there’s plenty of light inside the comfy cabin.

With adaptable rear seats that have a split\fold and slide function, as well as extra storage space under the boot floor and loads of storage space around the interior, it’s a user friendly vehicle for all occupants.

All manual ix20s have Intelligent Stop & Go to increase the green credentials and help put a £30 a year tax disc on the screen.

It’s a smart little car inside and out, and shows that Hyundai are heading in the right direction when it comes to catering for our ever changing motoring needs.

And its five year warranty deal could prove to be a real wallet opener.

AT A GLANCE

Hyundai ix20

Prices from £11,595 to £15,095

Three trim levels – Classic/Active/Style

Engine choice of 1.4 petrol or diesel, 1.6 petrol

Economy up to 65.7mpg

114g/km