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10 things we learned about the Hyundai i20 Active

Date: 07 September 2016   |   Author: Alisdair Suttie

Category: Small crossover
Key rival: Renault Captur
Model tested: i20 Active 1.0 T-GDi
Price as tested: £15,170

Crossover looks coupled to a new three-cylinder engine are very on message. Does it communicate to Al Suttie?

Front 1 - A 20mm increase in ride height and some rufty-tufty plastic protection and, hey presto, Hyundai has a small crossover.

2 - The extra ground clearance will not see the Active tackle tougher turf than the standard car, but it looks good in the car park.

3 - There's a firmer edge to the Active's suspension over the normal i20's, which improves handling but at the small expense of comfort.


4 - Still, the Active is good to drive and has all of the practicality of the i20 plus a lengthier list of standard kit.

5 - Included with the Active are all-round parking sensors, DAB radio, 17-inch alloys and cruise control.

6 - It also comes with the new 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol motor and this is the real reason to choose the Active.

7 - With 100hp and 127lb ft of shove on tap, it feels brisk and eager in that typically three-pot engine way.


8 - The five-speed manual 'box has an easy, accurate action and the ratios are well matched to the engine's abilities.

9 - Okay, it's not quick, with 0-62mph in 10.9 seconds, but it's fun to work the engine to get the best from it and that makes the Active enjoyable.

10 - Drive more sedately and economy of 58.9mpg and 110g/km emissions better a Captur with the 90hp TCe engine.