Reviewed the Hyundai i20 Active Crossover

In Car Reviews, Hyundai by Neil Lyndon

Hyundai i20 Active is a small, five-seater crossover to rival Nissan’s Juke, Renault’s Captur and Peugeot’s 2008.

It lacks the design originality of those competitors but is worth considering for


  • Purchase price – £15225
  • Warranty – five year/100,000 miles
  • Fuel economy – 58 mpg
  • Lively performance – 0-62mph in 10.2 seconds
  • High-level standard fittings

The Active version comes without a 4×4 option but differs from the standard i20 in having suspension raised by 20 mm, roof bars, new bumpers and body cladding, skid plates, wheel arch and sill mouldings, a boot-lid spoiler and an aftermarket-style fuel-filler cap. Also, standard are 17in alloys, a DAB digital radio, LED daytime running lights rear parking sensors, air con, cruise control, luggage hooks and net, Bluetooth and USB and smartphone docking.

Only one trim level and only one engine are on offer – a turbocharged, three-cylinder, one-litre petrol engine with 100 bhp. It is both efficient and zesty with CO2 a mere 110 g/km. With a positive gearchange for the five-speed box and quick steering, the i20 Active is fun to drive hard and hangs on securely through corners.

Interior styling is uninspired, but there’s plenty of room for four full-size adults and 326-litres of luggage in the boot, which has a height-adjustable floor.

About the Author

Neil Lyndon


Neil Lyndon has been a journalist, broadcaster and writer on the UK's national stage for 40 years, writing for every "quality" newspaper on Fleet Street. He started writing about cars and motorbikes for The Sunday Times in the 1980s and was Motoring Correspondent of the Sunday Telegraph for 20 years, having previously written a column on motorbikes for Esquire. He is also recognised as a leading commentator on gender politics, having published No More Sex War in 1992 - the first ever critique of feminism from a radical, egalitarian point of view.

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