Hyundai i10 review - MPG, CO2 and running costs
With good economy and low overall running costs, the Hyundai i10 makes sense as a frugal city car
We’ve established that the i10 isn’t going to set any land speed records, but what’s more important is its ability to deliver great efficiency, leading to low running costs.
The i10 is more expensive to buy than ever before, with the range now starting at over £13,000, and it’s important to remember you’ll also lose a fair chunk of that list price over an average three-year ownership stretch.
Fortunately, the small-capacity petrol engines that power the i10 return decent fuel economy and relatively low CO2 emissions. The base 1.0-litre unit with 66bhp achieves a claimed 56.5mpg on the combined cycle and emits 114g/km of CO2 in SE trim.
Moving up to the 1.2-litre car with 83bhp sees an average of 52.3mpg, with emissions from 124g/km, while the sportier 100bhp 1.0 T-GDI N Line version maintains the same economy and CO2 emissions of 123g/km.
The i10 should be pretty cheap to insure, as the entry-level 66bhp 1.0-litre car sits in group 4. Premiums for the top-spec 99bhp 1.0 T-GDI N Line version should also be relatively inexpensive as it’s in group 10.
A refresh of the lineup didn't initially buoy the i10’s used values, but with the increased strength of the used market, our data suggests that Hyundai’s city car will hold onto an average of around 55 per cent of its original list price over three-years and 36,000-miles. Its Korean counterpart, the Kia Picanto, doesn't fare quite so well, retaining an average of 48 per cent over the same ownership period.
In this review
- 1VerdictThe Hyundai i10 is a capable, comfortable city car, now with sharper styling, improved tech and useful practicality, although it does come at a cost
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe petrol-engined Hyundai i10 offers average performance, but automatic versions should be avoided
- 3MPG, CO2 and running costs - currently readingWith good economy and low overall running costs, the Hyundai i10 makes sense as a frugal city car
- 4Interior, design and technologyGood levels of standard equipment and decent on-board tech are welcome, but the i10 is too grey and dull inside
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceWith a supermini-sized boot and lots of useful kit, the five-seater i10 is a practical city car
- 6Reliability and safetyHyundai is a solid performer in our Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, although the manufacturer will be disappointed with Euro NCAP's assessment of i10's safety