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Hyundai i10 review - Engines, performance and drive

The petrol-engined Hyundai i10 offers average performance, but automatic versions should be avoided.

Overall Auto Express Rating

3.5 out of 5

Engines, performance and drive Rating

4.0 out of 5

  • Decent on-board tech
  • Roomier cabin
  • Sportier looks
  • Reasonably pricey
  • Lacklustre engines
  • Dull interior

Hyundai has adopted a new platform for the i10, although the suspension system includes the usual front struts and rear torsion beam layout. Refinement has improved over the previous model, although it can feel unsettled over rutted, uneven tarmac, where its firm set-up makes it a little jittery.

The i10 is definitely smoother when up to speed, but you won’t find much feedback through the steering wheel. It provides a good weight, however, and is probably good enough for city car life.

The entry 66bhp 1.0-litre engine is not happy being revved, which means the i10 doesn’t feel as lively as some of its more dynamic rivals, but reasonable levels of torque mean it’s more flexible in the mid-range. Indeed, during our own in-gear testing of the i10, it came out on top against the Kia Picanto and Toyota Aygo, taking ten seconds to accelerate from 30mph to 70mph - a decent time over an increment that is more reflective of real world driving.

Engines, 0-60 acceleration and top speed

Outright performance won’t be a key consideration for those looking for a city car, and the i10 is much more suited to life in urban traffic. The 66bhp 1.0-litre five-speed manual version is a particularly slow sprinter, taking 14.6 seconds from 0-62mph. Customers opting for the automated manual will probably never see the speedo reach 62mph, as it takes a ridiculously lethargic 17.3 seconds to reach the mark from standstill. 

The advice is clear - avoid the Hyundai i10 with an automated manual transmission if you value the ability to keep pace with traffic. The top speed on this model is virtually redundant, but it can reach a theoretical 97mph, if you can find a long enough road.

The 1.2-litre MPi engine with 83bhp is a little more persuasive, needing 12.6 seconds to get to 62mph and a 106mph maximum. Unsurprisingly, the quickest of the bunch is the 99bhp 1.0 T-GDI, which makes the same dash in 10.5 seconds.

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