Hyundai i10 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.
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.
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.
In this review
- 1Hyundai i10 reviewThe 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 Costs - currently readingA 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