Stylish new five-seater compact MPV revealed at Paris motor show
1 October 2010

Hyundai has revealed its new ix20 compact MPV at the Paris motor show.

The company claims it will offer class-leading value, CO2 emissions and economy.

The five-seater is Hyundai’s sister car to the Kia Venga, albeit with significantly overhauled front styling and changes to the rear and to its interior.

The front-end borrows much from the ix35 crossover, including its hexagonal grille and headlight designs.

The car will go on sale in the UK on 11 November and will start at less than £12,500. Although the ix20 won’t be the cheapest in its class, Hyundai claims it will be the best value, due to its generous standard equipment levels.

Air-con, stop-start, ESP and Bluetooth connectivity will all be standard, as will side and curtain airbags. Hyundai expects the car to get five stars in its Euro NCAP safety test.

UK buyers can choose from 89bhp 1.4-litre petrol and diesel engines. The diesel model will have CO2 emissions of 114g/km and fuel economy of 65mpg; both figures are class leading, Hyundai claims. A 125bhp 1.6-litre petrol auto-only model will also be offered.

Read more on Hyundai's plans for a larger MPV

There had been some doubt over what the ix20 would be called. Hyundai has decided the ‘x’ badge refers to niche models, not those with all-wheel drive. Models with four-wheel drive will end with 5, as is the case with the ix35.

All ix20s, except the entry-level model (pictured), will get the firm’s new ‘intelligent’ asymmetric eco grille, previewed on its i-flow concept. This grille improves both economy and emissions and its design carries over to the car’s interior.

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13 September 2010

Well, it's quite clearly a Venga. But at the same time, Hyundai have obviously tried very hard to distinguish it from the Kia sibling. Weirdly, it reminds me of the post-facelift Honda Stream from a few years ago (only at the front), something about those lights. Interior looks a bit better than the Venga to my eyes, though. Interesting.

"The creative adult is the child who survived."

13 September 2010

Just like a Venga, only weirder looking and with a 5 year warranty instead of 7. What a great idea!



13 September 2010

It looks like an angry fly. Good job Hyundai styling department.

13 September 2010

I'm not a great fan of the current trend for split-level grilles, but I think this is a more cohesive example than a lot of manufacturers manage.

13 September 2010

This is just Hyandai,s version off the Kia Venga whivh is overprived anyway for what it is . The only real difference I see is at the front nd maybe slight difference in the interier . Why not just but the Kia a better warrenty and cheaper so why would you buy this .

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