Hyundai i10 (2013-2019) review - MPG, CO2 and Running Costs

A small car with small engines translates into small bills - the Hyundai i10 makes great financial sense

As the i10 isn’t the strongest choice in terms of performance, you’d expect some kind of trade-off on efficiency. And sure enough, the car scores with impressive official fuel economy and low CO2 emissions.

The most efficient version is the 1.0 SE Blue with 65bhp. While it’s similar to the standard 1.0-litre model, it benefits from stop/start, which Hyundai badges Intelligent Stop&Go. This cuts emissions by 15g/km from 108g/km to 93g/km and helps improve claimed fuel economy from 60.1mpg in the regular car to 70.6mpg for the SE Blue.

As tempting as these figures are, though, the SE Blue is nearly £400 more expensive to buy than a regular i10 1.0 SE, and it would take the driving standards of a saint to ensure that you achieve that extra mpg on every journey. In the real world, the gap between the two is likely to be minor.

Plus, road tax changes mean that the benefits of the SE Blue are no longer as big for private buyers, as both cars cost £140 a year in tax. The real benefit is to business users, who see the Benefit-in-Kind tax rate drop from 20 per cent for the standard 1.0 SE to 17 per cent for the 1.0 Blue Drive SE, saving around £50 a year for lower rate tax payers. The only real downside to the Blue Drive version is that it's only a four-seater, with no central seatbelt in the back.

Insurance groups

The Hyundai i10 is as cheap to insure as any car on the market. All of the 1.0-litre versions sit in insurance group one, while even the 1.2 is only in group four or five, so you won’t pay very much for your annual premiums.

Depreciation

There is more good financial news here. With an expected retained value of 47 per cent after three years, the i10 is well ahead of some of its major rivals in the city car market, such as the Renault Twingo and Peugeot 108. In fact, only the Volkswagen up! and Skoda Citigo are safer places for your money in this class.

Which Is Best

Cheapest

  • Name
    1.0 S 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £9,216

Most Economical

  • Name
    1.0 MPi SE 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £12,376

Fastest

  • Name
    1.0 T-GDi N Line 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £15,581

Most Popular

New 2022 Range Rover arrives with plug-in hybrid power and seven seats
Range Rover - front
Land Rover Range Rover

New 2022 Range Rover arrives with plug-in hybrid power and seven seats

The new Range Rover luxury SUV has been unveiled with two PHEV powertrains and seven-seat capability
27 Oct 2021
New Kia EV6 2021 review
Kia EV6 front tracking
Kia EV6

New Kia EV6 2021 review

With a sporty drive, 300-plus miles of range and plenty of tech - could the new Kia EV6 be one of the best electric cars on sale?
19 Oct 2021
Citroen Ami Cargo confirmed for UK launch in 2022
Citroen Ami Cargo - front
Citroen

Citroen Ami Cargo confirmed for UK launch in 2022

The Citroen Ami Cargo is the commercial vehicle version of the tiny city car, and it will join the two-seat passenger model on sale in the UK next yea…
26 Oct 2021