The ix20 is a B-segment family runabout with a little bit of personality.
This is a segment that didn’t exist much earlier, but family sizes are getting smaller in Europe, and people are generally choosing smaller vehicles for either economic or ecological reasons. And the frontier between a regular B-segment hatchback and a B-segment people mover isn’t always easy to identify.
However, the ix20 has personality, with a two-part grille in the front face that seems to make a moustache, and a busy little chin. In the interior, the driver gets a nice cockpit and the center console has a nice big round button to control various electronic functions.
The ix20 was designed in Germany and is being built in the Czech Republic, so it is more European than the coming Nissan Micra (to be built in India). After the ix35, it is the second European Hyundai to use what is called a “fluidic sculpture” design language.
The ix20 Blue, the most ecological version, emits only 114 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer, the equivalent of getting 49 miles per gallon.