Active with style
Tests the Hyundai i20 1.2 Active
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.