Used Hyundai i10 review
A full used buyer’s guide on the Hyundai i10 featuring the i10 Mk1 (2008-2013) and i10 Mk2 (2014-date)
The original i10 of 2008 was a big success for Hyundai – especially in the UK, which accounted for over a third of the 110,000 sales the city car notched up in Europe in the six years it was available. After the below-par Amica and Getz, the i10 was a revelation. So when the second take on the formula was unveiled late in 2013, expectations were high.
We weren’t disappointed, either, because here was a model that looked smart, was surprisingly spacious for such a small car and was well equipped, too; time has proven that the i10 is also very reliable and extremely cheap to run.
- • Hyundai i10 Mk1 (2008-2013) – Reliable, well equipped city car looks top value as a used buy.
- • Hyundai 10 Mk2 (2014-date) – Latest version of city car is spacious, well equipped and cheap to run.
Hyundai i10 Mk2
The second-generation i10 arrived in time for the new registration on 1 March 2014. Buyers could choose between 1.0 or 1.2-litre petrol engines, both coming with a five-speed manual gearbox. The bigger engine could also be bought with an optional four-speed automatic.
Trim levels were S, SE or Premium, but in March 2015 a Premium SE was added with 15-inch alloy wheels, an electric tilt/slide glass sunroof, rear parking sensors, keyless go and climate control, while the front seats and steering wheel were heated.
At the end of 2017 a facelifted i10 appeared, with a fresh grille, a much-improved infotainment system plus new driver aids including lane-departure warning and forward-collision warning.
Hyundai i10 Mk2 reviews
Which one should I buy?
Two-thirds of the i10s available feature the smaller (1.0-litre) engine, which is fine if you never leave the city. But if you have to undertake long-distance drives, even if it’s only occasionally, we’d say go for the more muscular 1.2-litre unit.
The entry-level i10 S comes with steel wheels, electric front windows, central locking and USB/auxiliary inputs. Moving to SE trim brings cruise control and a speed limiter, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, powered rear windows and remote central locking.
The SE Blue Drive gets climate control and steel wheels, and the i10 Premium adds 14-inch alloys, Bluetooth, hill-start assist and a multifunction steering wheel.
Alternatives to the Hyundai i10 Mk2
Kia’s Picanto is closely related to the i10. It’s also very good value and boasts an even longer (seven-year) warranty. The Citroen C1, Peugeot 108 and Toyota Aygo trio are all worth a look because they’re plentiful and good value, but they have only a 1.0-litre engine, which is best suited to shorter trips.
Perhaps the toughest competition is from the SEAT Mii, Skoda Citigo and Volkswagen up!, despite the fact that they came out in 2012. They’re also available only with a 1.0-litre engine, but they can handle longer journeys. Two left-field city car options worth considering are the Suzuki Celerio and Vauxhall Viva.
What to look for
Alongside the entry-level S sits the S Air, which adds air-conditioning to the kit list.
The i10 S has a repair kit, whereas more costly editions boast a space-saver spare.
Many i10s suffer from crunchy gearshifts. Adjusting the cable tends to fix things.
The i10 comes with a five-year warranty – which also includes RAC breakdown cover for the same period.
Unlike some city cars, the i10 seats five; apart from Blue Drive models, which only get four seats. Base cars don’t get driver-seat height adjustment; the SE and Premium do, but no i10 has a reach-adjustable steering wheel. At 252/1,046 litres, boot space is as good as can be expected from a city car. The dash has a grown-up look and robust build quality.
The i10 has to be serviced every 12 months or 10,000 miles, with three levels available: Base, Interim and Full. These cost £99, £169 and £229; the first is really an oil-and-filter change plus any software updates. For the first five years dealers offer a free health check, and three and five-year service packages are also available.
All engines are chain driven, so there are no cambelts to replace, but the coolant needs to be renewed every six years/60,000 miles and the brake fluid every two years/20,000 miles. Standard servicing covers these.
The second-generation i10 hasn’t been the subject of any recalls; perhaps more impressively, the original 2008 i10 has yet to be recalled, either. Hyundai has issued just two recalls affecting cars built since the first Mk2s hit the road in spring 2014. Both – on Tucsons built from January 2015-March 2015 and Santa Fes from January 2012-July 2016 – were due to potential bonnet-retaining issues.
Driver Power owner satisfaction
We rate the i10 very highly – so it was a surprise that it didn’t do very well in our 2018 Driver Power new car survey, in which it came 68th out of 100. The only area in which the i10 managed a top 30 rating was for fuel economy and running costs; it was towards the bottom for most things including safety features and comfort.
Since it arrived, the i10 has notched up no shortage of awards, including our sister site Carbuyer’s 2014 Car of the Year and Best City Car titles. The Hyundai also scooped the latter award in 2015.
But even though we’re not the only ones who love Hyundai’s smallest car, there’s no denying it’s starting to show its age, as evidenced by a disappointing result in this year’s Driver Power survey.
However, the reviews on the Carbuyer website are definitely more upbeat, with owners generally very impressed by the i10’s low running costs, reliability, build quality and usability – the latter no doubt in part because of the generous kit levels and spacious cabin for a car of this type. On balance, we’d say the i10 is still a winner in this competitive class.
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