Go green, think blue
Hyundai is on a roll, now producing family cars that, more than ever, are able to take the fight directly to the market leaders.
One of the first of these was the company's i20 supermini, launched here in 2009, but more recently improved with sharper styling, extra equipment and more frugal running costs.
It is a car that can take on its toughest Fiesta-class rivals head to head, with cutting-edge design to match cutting-edge value and pricing, especially in frugal 1.4 CRDi Blue Drive diesel form.
It is economical, roomy, well equipped, tightly built and covered by an excellent warranty.
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Hyundai's i20 supermini sells at the budget end of the sector but even so, offers a standard of quality unheard of until quite recently. Plus it is as good as a Vauxhall, a Ford or a Peugeot, something else you would have got long odds on a few years back.
As its name suggests, the i20 slots neatly in between Hyundai's i10 citycar and i30 family hatchback, both impressive but sometimes rather forgotten cars in their respective sectors.
The 1.4 CRDi Blue Drive diesel variant offers a powerful combination of green efficiency with everyday usability.
In 1.4 CRDi form, this 89bhp i20 is as fast as most supermini owners will need it to be, 0-60mph takes 13.5 seconds on the way to 108mph. And it really is an undemanding thing to drive, especially in town where you will quickly grow to value the lack of muscle involved in piloting the car around.
The suspension is relatively soft, ironing out the worst excesses of patchy urban tarmac, but it is also not too roly-poly if you up the pace on a cross-country route.
Hyundai played it pretty safe with the looks of the original version of this car and it was clear something a little more avant-garde would be required for the facelift.
Hence an attractive exterior makeover that features smarter wheel designs plus a hexagonal front grille in keeping with Hyundai's current fluidic sculpture design.
Hyundai offers a choice of two i20 diesel models, a three cylinder 1.1-litre variant and the 89bhp 1.4-litre CRDi.
There are two i20 diesel models that are frugally- focused, the 1.1 CRDi Blue and the 1.4 CRDi Blue Drive.
The first of these can boast the market's lowest-emitting diesel powertrain, a 74bhp unit capable of returning a mere 84g/km of CO2 and 88.3mpg on the combined cycle.
Hyundai's exemplary five- year unlimited-mileage Triple Care warranty package will be a major draw for buyers with their eyes on the bottom line.