The new Hyundai ix20 is a car which flaunts its curves. From its smooth exterior to its roomy interior, this is a family car which doesn't make its drivers sacrifice style on the altar of practicality.
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Forget the idea family cars have to be boxy - the ix20 is curvaceous and proud. The Fluidic Sculpture design is based on flowing curves and aerodynamics. Its 16 inch alloy wheels, the rear spoiler with integrated brake light, and the chrome finish detailing on the door handles and radiator grille give it a racy edge.
On premium models, a panoramic sunroof allows light to flood into the car, making every trip a special one. A metallic or pearl paint finish is also an optional extra.
When it comes to the ix20's spacious interior, the watch words are quality and flexibility.
The stylish instrument panel's blue illumination is easy on the eyes, there's a soft-touch dashboard with an intuitive console in the driver's sweet spot, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear stick to give a racing feel, and an attractive chrome effect on the interior door handles.
The ix20 can carry the whole family with ease. There's plenty of leg room, luggage nets for those awkward packages, and the rear seats cleverly slide forwards and backwards, or fold flat to accommodate baby buggies, holiday cases, flat pack furniture, or the teenagers' boxes as they fly the nest for university.
There's enough space here for a family, without any hefty running costs.
The 1.4 Blue Drive delivers 42.8 miles per gallon in town, and 55.4 miles per gallon on the open road. The 1.6 CRDi does 70.6 miles per gallon on the open road and emits 115 grams per kilometre of CO2.
The ix20 has Intelligent Stop and Go, slashing fuel costs by switching off when the car comes to a stop. Depress the clutch, and the engine starts again.
There's also Bluetooth connectivity with voice recognition, allowing the driver to answer calls or stream music from a compatible phone while keeping their hands on the wheel. The front seats have been raised to give a great driving position, and the boot is dual height, helping in the lifting of heavy loads. The ix20 comes with rear sensors for smooth parking.
There's a five year unlimited mileage warranty, a 10 year corrosion warranty, annual health checks for five years, five years' roadside assistance, and optional extras like fixed price servicing.
One of the safest cars in its class, the ix20 has a perfect 5* NCAP score. Clever safety features include anti-lock brakes, electronic brake force distribution, and drivers are always in control of the throttle thanks to the car's electronic stability programme. Whatever lies ahead on the road, this car's systems are ready.
There are six airbags, though the passenger airbag can be turned off, just in case you want to use a rear-facing child seat there. Child seat anchors meeting international safety standards have also been fitted in the back.