Hyundai reveals ix20 crossover

  • Hyundai's new crossover to debut at Paris Motor Show
  • Choice of two petrol or two diesel engines
  • On sale in November for approximately £11,500

Hyundai has taken the wraps off its new ix20 a small crossover that will rival the likes of the Kia Venga, Citroen C3 Picasso, Nissan Note and Vauxhall Meriva. 

The ix20 will make its debut at the Paris Motor Show later this month and will be available with a choice of two petrol and two diesel engines as well as an economical version called the Blue Drive.

The diesels, both 1.4 litres, come in 77bhp or 90bhp versions with the 77bhp variant emitting 119g/km of CO2 and averaging 63mpg. The more powerful 90bhp version returns 46mpg and emits 140g/km of CO2. The Blue Drive economy versions of the diesels emit 114g/km and 139g/km of CO2, while returning 66mpg and 47mpg respectively.

The 90bhp petrol returns 44mpg and emits 148g/km of CO2, while the Blue Drive version emits 139g/km and with 47mpg average fuel economy. The most powerful engine, which is not available in Blue Drive specification, is a 125bhp 1.6-litre petrol that does 43mpg and emits 154g/km.  

This means that the lowest emissions model, the 1.4-litre 77bhp diesel Blue Drive, will cost £30 a year to tax with the highest emissions model, the 125bhp 1.6-litre petrol, costing £90. 

The car follows the ix35 and it features Hyundai's new hexagonal grill design, mirror-mounted indicators and detailed headlights. The Korean manufacturer claims it's a spacious vehicle, boasting lots of headroom, legroom and a large boot. 

Standard equipment includes air-conditioning, a stop/start system, Bluetooth and iPod connectivity and parking sensors, while buyers can specify an opening panoramic sunroof, and an integrated rear-view mirror and reversing camera.

It includes six airbags (including full-length curtain airbags), ESP, ABS and hill-start assistance, with the car expected to attain the maximum five-star Euro NCAP crash test result. 

The new ix20 is on sale from mid-November in the UK and will cost about £11,500.