Sub £5k - Hyundai i10

Maximise your budget with Hyundai or Fiat – two of the cheapest cars on sale in the UK

Even before Scrappage, the i10 was one of the most competitively priced city cars. But Hyundai’s Top-up offer means the 1.2-litre Classic can be yours for £4,995 until the end of September. You’re getting a lot of car for your money, as it’s solidly built, well equipped and good to drive.

Classic is the entry-level spec, but even this model has body-coloured bumpers. And while the styling is uninspiring, the i10 looks modern and well proportioned. Inside, what the cabin lacks in flair it makes up for with space and quality – both are impressive for a car at this price level. A split-fold rear bench adds practicality.

Crucially, equipment isn’t in short supply, either. The Classic gets central locking, air-con and an MP3-compatible CD player. Safety credentials are strong, too. Unlike some cars at this end of the market, it has side airbags and three rear seatbelts, plus adjustable headrests all-round. The 77bhp 1.2-litre engine is a decent performer, and the Hyundai is surprisingly enjoyable to drive. The steering is well weighted, while a light gearbox action and decent brakes are real plus points. Great visibility makes it a good city car, although decent ride and refinement mean it’s just as happy on faster roads.

Emissions of 119g/km mean i10 owners will pay only £35 a year in road tax, while 56.5mpg fuel returns add to the appeal. Completing the package is the company’s generous five-year warranty – so you can swap your old banger and £4,995 for half a decade of worry-free motoring.

The Government incentive is currently scheduled to end on 1 March, but Hyundai is shipping in extra stock of the i10 to ensure it can meet the strong demand until then. Given that the car represents such great value, we’re not surprised it’s so popular.

Details

Price: £7,200/£4,995WHY: Scrappage scheme makes the already brilliant value i10 a very enticing prospect

Economy

56.5mpg

Residuals

Residual value (3yrs/30k): 45.1 per cent

Tax

C/£35.00

Insurance

10/£288

Environment

119g/km

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