HYUNDAI has announced prices for its new ix20 which will be available with three drivetrains and trim levels.
Entry level Classic offers air conditioning, six airbags, and iPod capability, with the 1.4-litre petrol priced at £11,595 and the diesel alternative costing £1,400 more.
The range-topper Style boasts a dual-panel panoramic glass sunroof with UV filter, front fog lights, from £13,695 for the 1.4-litre petrol and £15,095 for the 1.6-litre petrol auto.
Car Dealer tried the new car on some less than perfect roads on the Isle of Wight. We only got the chance to drive the diesel. It’s a bit noisy when idling and around town, but at motorway speeds things improve both aurally and in terms of enthusiasm. It’s also pretty economical – Hyundai quotes 65mpg for the diesel, compared to under 50mpg for the petrol.
As for handling, it’s hard to believe, but Hyundai has taken moulds of British roads back to the factory to emulate them on test tracks. The ix20 is the first fruit of this idea, and though much is made of its success, the result is competent rather than outstanding. The key thing, though, is the space. This has more room inside than an i30, which means it beats cars like the Focus and Astra by some margin. Overall, the ix20 is a good- looking, eminently sensible car that offers much to potential owners. It arrives in dealers on November 18.