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Getting in and out is easy thanks to raised seats and low sills, while the higher driving position ensures a good view out which is useful at junctions. There’s height and reach adjustment in the steering column and the remote-control switches on the wheel mean you can control various functions (such as the stereo) without having to take your eyes off the road.
In city traffic fuel economy is improved thanks to a start/stop system. As soon as the car comes to a complete stop, the engine is turned off to save fuel. When first gear is engaged to drive off again, the engine starts automatically. This happens so quickly, that it is never disturbing to the driver. It does, however, blink the headlights, so other cars may think the ix20 is trying to signal them.
The instrument cluster is illuminated in Hyundai’s trademark soft blue lighting which also features on all the switches and controls, adding to the stylish and sophisticated feel. The air conditioning control dial looks great and the stereo system is very user-friendly too.
The ix20 looks relatively compact on the outside, but inside it’s huge. There’s plenty of space for front and rear seat passengers and the cabin features lots of innovative storage solutions that are perfect for families on the go.
There are also some very clever design details inside, including under seat storage bins. The 440 litre boot is bigger than that offered by the new Ford Focus, for example. Seats fold completely flat to offer a 1,440 litre load bay.
The steering is light at low speeds, so parking manouevres and three-point turns are a doddle, plus there’s good all round
During safety testing Hyundai ix20 has obtained 5 stars from five, which means very high safety level.