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40 December 2010 / January 2011 Best Light Car under $20k Hyundai i20 Active $16,490 Driveline:1.4 litre; 4cyl; 5 speed manual Fuel economy: 6.0L/100km; ULP Safety Features: ESC, TCS, DFSA, HAB, ABS, EBD ANCAP:★★★★★ GVG: ★★★★★ The phrase ‘good things come in small packages’ is often overused yet is so apt for this class of car. Light cars, as they are known in the industry, are enjoying a new popularity and now account for 13% of all new car sales. Pint-sized proportions for city parking, miserly fuel consumption and massive improvements in safety and build and finish quality make these tiny tots even better value for money than ever. They come packed with equipment you’d expect from a large car yet still retain their tiny price tags. The latest addition to this class is Hyundai’s all-new i20, which effectively replaces the popular Getz. A winner in 2003 and 2005, the Getz underpinned Hyundai’s commitment to producing value-for-money cars w ith cheap price tags and loads of features. It was discontinued last month so sales will eventually fade out as the i20 steps in to fill the gap. The i20 continues the Korean maker’s value-for-money philosophy but also offers a new level of refinement, quality and dynamic capability. The i20 Active is the entr y-level model. It comes in three and five-door bodystyles. The three-door is priced from $15,490; the five-door we tested is $16,490. Don’t be fooled into thinking it’s a bare-bones package though. The i20’s equipment list reads like one from a much higher-pr iced offering. All i20s now come with a five-star ANCAP safety rating. For our market, the i20 is built in India, and while there have been question marks raised over how that will affect quality, there were no foibles to speak of in our ABC test car. Space is not considered critical in this class but the i20 is not short on it. Rear seat passengers won’t be complaining with good space for all limbs and relatively suppor tive seats. The i20’s on-road performance was rated above average, scoring 7s in every category but it was outclassed by both the Polo and the Fiesta, both of which scored 8s and 9s. While considered a solid all-round performer, the i20‘s driving dynamics are not class- leading. If you’re looking for a car that offers excellent value for money, good safety credentials and solid on-road perfor mance, then the i20 ticks all the boxes. That’s how consumers benefit from Australia’s Best Cars. Judged by a panel of experts from Australia’s motor ing clubs, the Australia’s Best Cars awards, now in their 11th year, scores all volume-selling models in the Australian market against 19 individual criter ia. In a surpr ise result this year, diesel-powered vehicles dominated, winning 11 of the 15 categories. Our ABC feature lists all the category winners with brief summaries of why they won – for full results and detailed assessments, check the Australia’s Best Cars magazine, now on sale in RACT branches and newsagents – or visit the website at www.australiasbestcars.com.au Assessments that are Accurate, Balanced and Comprehensive From left: Mark Borlace RAA, Greg Hill RACV, Darren Moody RACT, Aaron Harding RACWA, John Ewing, Barry Green RACQ, Tim Pomroy, Jaedene Hudson NRMA, Andrew Clark RAA
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