Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

The i20 Active is available with just one engine choice: an all-new 98bhp 1-litre turbocharged petrol which makes its debut across the i20 range in 2016.

It’s a characterful unit which loves to rev, delivering peak torque of 171Nm at 1,500rpm. The car is eager to accelerate and feels surprisingly nippy, with 0-62mph officially achieved in 10.9 seconds. The car feels much quicker than the figures suggest, however, especially travelling from 0-30mph.

Surprisingly capable and smooth on the motorway, the i20 Active is at home in the city too. Mated to the engine is a long-geared five-speed manual which is well matched to the little engine.

It’s not as accomplished or polished as the Ford Fiesta or Vauxhall Corsa when it comes to handling, however the i20 Active proved nippy, fun and easy to drive.

Although its natural home is in the city, out on the country lanes there’s plenty of grip to take corners at speed, and very little bodyroll is produced in the corners either.

It’s simple to park – mainly thanks to the car’s compact dimensions and small ten-metre turning circle – plus the steering is light, although lacks any real feedback.

The suspension is raised 20mm compared to its five-door hatchback sibling, but it’s not meant to be driven off-road.