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Hyundai i20 Active car review
- Vital Stats
The i20 Active is cute, compact and extremely competent at its job – getting you from A to B, and as a bonus, squeezing you into that tight parking spot when you arrive at point B in a hurry. It’s got a five-star ANCAP safety rating, excellent fuel economy and best of all, is great value for money.
Style & drive
Hyundai's i20 hatch comes in two spec levels - Active and Elite - with a 1.4L petrol engine in both models. The Active has the option of three or five doors while the Elite model is five-door only. Both the Active and Elite are available in manual or automatic transmission.
We took the five-door Hyundai i20 Active manual out for a spin.
The car felt a little rough and revvy through the gears to start off with, but soon settled down once we got a good feel for the gear changes. As with most sub-compact cheap and cheerful cars, the engine had a touch of the "lawn-mower engine" feel, but for everyday city driving it was more than adequate.
The interior of the Active is simple and functional. It comes standard with 14-inch steel wheels (with a full-size spare wheel! Not a temporary one), keyless entry, a burglar alarm, cloth seats, air-conditioning, a glovebox cooling system, and a four-speaker audio system with USB/AUX/iPod connectivity and Bluetooth. One-touch indicators were a lovely little luxury.
For a compact hatch, leg space isn't too bad, although the addition of a rear-facing car seat in the back will cramp the front passenger's legroom considerably.
The seats are quite comfortable, although the thrill might wear off over long distances. Parking is easy due to the car's small size even without sensors or a camera. The boot is standard sub-compact size. You can squeeze a full size pram in if you take the hatch cover off.
The i20 range received a five-star rating from ANCAP, and it comes equipped with six airbags, including two front airbags, two side airbags, and two curtain airbags.
Active safety systems include Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control System (TCS), Anti-skid Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist System (BAS).
The i20 has three child seat safety anchors and also has ISOFIX hooks in both outboard back seats.
i20 Five-Door Active Manual
Fuel consumption: 5.3L/100km
CO2 emission: 126g/km.
i20 Three-Door Active Manual - $15,590
i20 Five-Door Active Manual - $16,590
i20 Five-Door Elite Manual - $17,590.
Automatic Transmission - $2000
Metallic/Pearl Metallic/Mica Paint - $495.
Describe the car in 3 words
Compact, functional, zippy.
What are the best things about this car?
It fits in very small parking spaces.
And the downsides?
It's pretty basic. Not a lot of standard features.
What does it run on?
Yes. The i20 is a great A-to-B runaround car.
If personified, who would this car be?
(Review by Georgia Bartlett.)