Ac­tive with style

Tests the Hyundai i20 1.2 Ac­tive

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Summer Fun -

The Hyundai i20 Ac­tive is the mid-range model and bang on bud­get for a very cheap en­trylevel su­per­mini. Clap eyes on it from even 50 yards away and the last thing you get is a sense of cheap­ness. The i20 was not a bad-look­ing car to start with but re­cent re­vi­sions have given it even more per­son­al­ity and style. There’s a hexag­o­nal grille, new lights and bumpers and even front wings, all of which give the i20 a proper grown-up look in line with the big­ger mod­els in the Hyundai range. There are more sub­tle tweaks at the rear, but the re­designed bumper is bet­ter

Matt Joy in­te­grated into the over­all de­sign. It’s hand­some and sub­tle rather than trend-set­ting but has enough vis­ual ap­peal for all kinds of buy­ers. There are up­dates on the in­side too. The dash­board is broadly as be­fore, but there is a sprin­kling of piano black which helps to lift the tone, while the ven­ti­la­tion con­trols are more sub­stan­tial – pretty much ev­ery­thing you touch feels chunkier and more plea­sur­able to use. Up front the en­gine range has been tweaked with the usual tar­get of im­proved emis­sions and econ­omy. The of­fer­ings have been slimmed down, but the two petrols and two diesels that are left are im­pres­sive. Grab­bing the head­lines is the 1.1-diesel, which is ca­pa­ble of 99g/km in stan­dard trim but a re­mark­able 84g/km with stop-start added to the mix. But our fledg­ling new car buyer will be look­ing at a cheaper petrol model, which is where this 1.2-litre ver­sion comes in. Sig­nif­i­cant changes have raised

‘This is a smart lit­tle car with good space, sound driv­ing dy­nam­ics and value run­ning right through it from the price to the im­pres­sive fuel econ­omy.’

power and si­mul­ta­ne­ously cut emis­sions, so the 1.2-litre i20 is down to 114g/km while of­fer­ing a healthy 84bhp. This is a smart lit­tle car with good space, sound driv­ing dy­nam­ics and value run­ning right through it from the price to the im­pres­sive fuel econ­omy. And what­ever you may think about how it com­pares to Euro­pean ri­val brands, the re­as­sur­ance of a five-year un­lim­ited mileage war­ranty is not to be sniffed at.

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