While we wait and see whether the Dacia Sandero has blown open the market for inexpensive superminis, cars like Hyundai's i20 are still the default budget choice.
We've spent a couple of days with the i20 in 1.2 Active specification. Is it now stuck in limbo between the established class leaders and the bullish new Dacia?
In shy and retiring Coral White the i20 isn't the most striking of shapes, less still with five doors. It's modestly attractive though, enhanced by the 15-inch alloy wheels and front fog lights standard on Active models.
We reckon the Kia Rio, similar under the skin, is the looker of the duo - though you'll pay extra for similar spec. With Bluetooth connectivity, heated electric mirrors, air conditioning, a leather steering wheel and leather gearknob, there's plenty of kit in the Hyundai. Five-door models also get indicator repeaters built into the door mirrors.
The interior lacks the Kia's modernity too, but comfort and usability can't be faulted. There was plenty of space for this 5'8" tester, with enough to sit behind the driver's seat when suitably adjusted. At 295 litres, the boot is par for the class, and a usable shape.
The 84-horsepower 1.2-litre petrol engine's main strengths are smoothness and silence, and while outright performance isn't in its repertoir (0-62 mph takes 12.7 seconds), it feels peppy around town.
The sharp low-revs throttle response actually takes a little getting used to, but the gearbox is quick and light so zipping around city centres is a breeze.
While hitting motorway speeds isn't an issue and the engine is still largely inaudible, you do notice quite a bit of wind noise around the mirrors and B-pillars.
Rough surfaces seem to cause plenty of tyre noise too, though ride quality is good. It's no B-road hero on the handling front, with plenty of body roll and modest grip, but exciting handling is unlikely to be a priority for the i20's target audience.
Economy will be, and the trip computer showed a more than respectable 48 mpg after a wide mix of driving conditions - certainly enough to make you question the need for a diesel.
Price as tested: 11,595
Combined MPG: 57.6
CO2: 114 g/km