Hyundai i10 review
The Hyundai i10 is a brilliant blend of space, comfort, refinement and value, though other city cars have more personality
The Hyundai i10 is the company's smallest model, and is a great example of a car that makes you question whether you need anything bigger. It doesn't have the outright style of some rivals, but the i10 offers great practicality and value for not a lot of money.
Light controls, excellent visibility and compact dimensions make the Hyundai i10 a breeze to thread through crowded city streets, yet it feels equally composed and assured out on the open road. The handling is safe and predictable, while on the motorway road, wind and engine noise are kept in check.
There's space for four adults, and Hyundai's five-year warranty is a real selling point. A round of updates in 2016 served to improve the recipe even further, although there were no radical changes.
If you want to see how far Hyundai has come in its relatively short life in the new car market (it's only been selling cars in the UK for just over 35 years), you only need to take a look at the latest Hyundai i10.
While older city cars like the Amica and Atoz were cheap, cheerful but not much cop, the i10 is a front-runner in the class thanks to its grown-up driving manners, decent kit and five-year warranty. What's more surprising is that Hyundai has managed to deliver these qualities at a price that is still competitive with rivals.
There are four standard trims available on the i10 - S, SE, Premium and Premium SE - while the limited edition Go! model offers extra kit over the S model. While S is relatively sparsely equipped, that does mean it dips below the £10k price barrier, making it one of the cheaper new cars on sale in the UK.
Move up to SE, and there's more kit on offer, while Premium and Premium SE cars are positively opulent in their spec levels, with kit such as heated seats and a heated steering wheel, an electric sunroof, climate control, touchscreen nav and rear parking sensors included.
There are two engines on offer in the i10; a 1.0-litre three-cylinder and a 1.2-litre four. The former is a 66PS (65bhp) unit, while the latter is 87PS (86bhp). The three-cylinder is offered in S, SE, Go! and Premium trims, and the four cylinder comes in SE, Premium and Premium SE models. Both engines come with a five-speed manual gearbox, while the 87PS unit can be had with a four-speed auto for around £650 extra, which means the most expensive i10 comes in under £14,000. In the UK you can only get a standard five-door i10, but in emerging markets there’s the option of the i10 Grand, with a 100mm-longer wheelbase to offer supermini space inside.
Rivals for the i10 include the Kia Picanto, which is closely related but gets a sportier exterior look. Elsewhere, the VW Up/Skoda Citigo/SEAT Mii trio are strong contenders that offer more space than the i10, while the other parts-sharing trio of the Citroen C1, Peugeot 108 and Toyota Aygo offer a bit more style than the i10. Other rivals include the rear-engined Renault Twingo, the Vauxhall Viva and Suzuki Celerio, while the Dacia Sandero is a larger budget supermini that is available for a lower price.
In this review
- 1Verdict - currently readingThe Hyundai i10 is a brilliant blend of space, comfort, refinement and value, though other city cars have more personality
- 2Engines, performance and driveYou only get two engines to choose from, with no turbos or diesels. Unsurprisingly, performance isn't strong
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsA small car with small engines translates into small bills - the Hyundai i10 makes great financial sense
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe i10 scores big inside, as its cabin is as good as you'll find in cars several classes up
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceConsidering it has such small, compact dimensions, the Hyundai i10 is a really spacious and practical car inside
- 6Reliability and SafetyHyundais are generally reliable, and backed by a generous warranty. But the i10 only has a four-star Euro NCAP rating