Buying a car in this price range means you are spoilt for choice and ultimately must be guided by your instincts. The face-lifted i20 Active is the flagship of the range and stands out visually against many competitors.
By RUBIN VAN NIEKERK
Being a top seller also safeguards your future trade value, as 90 000 of the i20s have been sold since 2009, making it a top contender in one of the most competitive automotive segments.
A spacious and comfortable interior matches a more appealing exterior with a different grille and fog lights, while higher ground clearance and roof rails encourages a more active lifestyle. The infotainment system integrates seamlessly via Bluetooth with your smartphone and the sound quality from the four speakers pleasantly surprised me. The functions of the infotainment system can be expanded to include satellite navigation by purchasing an optional SD memory card for R2 500.
Automatic climate control and glove box cooling via the air conditioner adds a luxurious touch in this segment. Handy remote controls on the steering takes care of the most important functions and being able to access the on-board computer from the steering wheel is unusual for a car in this price range. Functions that I find particularly useful is fuel range and immediate fuel consumption.
A lively engine matches the automatic 4-speed transmission well, while the improved suspension enhances steering feedback and precision. Greater ground clearance makes the Active a very capable car on a gravel road and the power steering provides sharper response.
Height-adjustable safety belts for front occupants is particularly noteworthy for tall drivers. LED daytime running lights and fog lights add more value to a well-priced, solidly built car that is backed by the support of over 100 dealers.