Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

Slip behind the wheel of the i20 Active and you’ll be greeted by a functional and spacious interior that uses good-quality materials and hard plastics.

It’s pretty dull though, and there’s not a great deal of kit offered as standard so the centre console feels bare in comparison to many of the i20’s competitors.

Some functions feel quite dated too – like the trip computer – and the basic stereo can be fiddly, especially if you’re used to the modern day touchscreen infotainment systems in today’s cars.

It’s definitely not the last word in modern design, nevertheless the driver’s seat and steering wheel are easily adjusted to find a comfortable position and there are plenty of practical cubbies littered around the cabin where you can store drinks, your smartphone and any loose change.

The ride height has also been raised in comparison to the i20 hatchback, meaning greater visibility while driving.

Based on the i20 hatchback, a car which is praised for its spaciousness, it will come as no surprise that i20 Active comfort levels fare well here.

Although officially a five-seater, the rear sears will only fit three young teenagers in at best and even then it would be a squeeze. It’s best used as a four-seater in our opinion so everybody is comfortable.

Headroom in the rear is particularly impressive and legroom – although possibly uncomfortable for anyone more than six-foot over long journeys – should accommodate most.

For those in the front, the seats are comfortable and supportive, and there’s plenty of space for your passenger to stretch out on long journeys.

Road and wind noise is kept to a minimum unless travelling at motorway speeds and the suspension does a good job of soaking up potholes and bumps in the road.