With the UK public’s appetite for small crossovers continuing unabated, the die was cast some time ago for the Hyundai i20 Active to join the fray rivalling models such as the Nissan Juke, Renault Captur and Peugeot 2008.
While those three take the form of standalone models, the Active is recognisable as an i20 hatchback served with a few ‘lifestyle’ touches such as roof bars, new bumpers and body cladding, a boot-lid spoiler and an aftermarket-style fuel-filler cap. The only technical change is suspension that is raised by 20mm.
The Active can be had with just one engine, but the all-new 100hp 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol is a peach – offering urge beyond what its capacity promises and extremely low running costs.
Equipment levels are decent – with 17-inch alloy wheels, a DAB digital radio, LED daytime running lights and rear parking sensors present and correct, the Active is suitably armed for the urban theatre.
The i20 Active isn't bad but it may be too niche and one-sided for some
The i20 is one of Hyundai’s most popular models with nearly 94,000 units sold in the UK alone. The Active should help broaden its appeal still further and while there are few technical advantages to choosing it instead of the basic hatchback, its chunky looks and raised ride height are bound to help it appeal to buyers looking to have a crossover for hatchback money and running costs.