The Hyundai ix20 has a lot going for it. Hyundai’s five-year warranty is one of the longest around, official figures promise 65.7mpg, and low emissions mean there’s no Vehicle Excise Duty to pay for the first year. What’s more, there’s a large boot and lots of passenger space.
However, we’re not so keen on towing with the ix20. Although stable enough at motorway speeds, the van took charge too readily in the lane-change test.
Performance is just about adequate, but you’ll need to work the engine hard, and that means putting up with too much racket.
The handbrake held the outfit on our 1-in-6 hill, but lots of revs and clutch slip were needed to get moving in first gear and reverse.