Paris Show 2010 Highlights: 2011 Hyundai ix20

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.

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.

Thanks to: Autocar

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