Jump from a standard i20 into the Active model and the most obvious difference is the car’s taller suspension.
The 20mm height increase doesn’t mean you tower over other road users, but it does play into the hands of our primal instincts, and you feel safer as a result.
That translates into a more relaxing driving experience – making the Active feel bigger than it actually is, while giving the driver a better view of the road than they’ll get in a conventional hatchback.
For the rest of the interior it’s business as usual, which turns out to be no bad thing. Quality is comparable to that of a Skoda Fabia (a cut-price VW Polo, don’t forget), with the entire top half of the dashboard constructed from soft-touch plastics and everything else feeling durable.
For it's price, the Active is well built and well equipped
Blue backlighting for the infotainment screen clashes a little with the white-lit main dials, but there’s little else to complain about in aesthetic terms and you quickly feel at home thanks to ventilation and stereo controls that are exactly where you expect them to be, and intuitive to operate. Something a Ford Fiesta’s layout doesn’t manage quite as convincingly.
Top-spec models come with a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with TomTom sat-nav that is simple to set-up and its guidance is easy to follow. Basic models make do with a small 3.2-inch display that isn’t anything special.