The Hyundai ix20 is closely related to Kia’s Venga, but slightly cheaper and with retuned suspension.
The 1.4-litre petrol is the pick of the range: its perky nature suits the car, and it’s quieter than the diesel and costs less to buy. We can’t comment on the 1.6 yet because we haven't driven it.
Cheap is best when it comes to trims, too. The entry-level models will be generous enough for most, with air-conditioning, remote central locking, electric front windows and a CD player with USB socket. Alloys, parking sensors and a leather-trimmed steering wheel with audio controls are your reward for spending more on the Active model. Don’t bother with Style trim – you get privacy glass and a sunroof, but you pay handsomely for them.
A five-year warranty is standard, although Kia is even more generous, giving the Venga a seven-year warranty.