Hyundai i10 review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
With a supermini-sized boot and lots of useful kit, the five-seater i10 is a practical city car.
Despite having grown in size compared to its predecessor, the i10 is still easy to drive and thread through crowded city streets. Visibility is good and all cars feature height-adjustment for the driver’s seat as well as electrically-operated mirrors. Parking up, even in the tightest of spots, shouldn’t prove to be a problem - particularly so if you go for SE Connect trim, which features a rear view camera.
The focus on practicality continues with ample storage for odds and ends, a bottle holder in the centre console and good-sized door bins, while the rear seats have a 60:40 split-folding function.
Opting for the Premium trim brings a big-car feel to the cabin and boosts the levels of comfort on offer. It adds upgraded cloth upholstery, heated seats and a heated steering wheel.
At 3,670mm in length, 1,680mm wide and standing 1,480mm tall, the i10 is bigger than its Kia Picanto and Toyota Aygo rivals in all areas. Although, to give some city car perspective, the ever-popular Ford Fiesta supermini is 4,040mm long, 1,735mm in width and 1,476mm high.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
The i10’s wheelbase has grown by 40mm which means more passenger space inside the cabin. There’s a good amount of space in the front and more leg room than in the previous model.
Four adult occupants will be able to get comfortable in the i10, while there’s the bonus of being able to fit another passenger in the middle of the rear bench if needed (unlike some other city cars like the Volkswagen up!) - we’d only recommend this for shorter journeys, though.
With a total of 252 litres of boot space, the i10 offers good practicality, almost rivalling some superminis. It’s 84 litres up on a Toyota Aygo and, if you fold the rear seats, you’ll benefit from up to 1,050 litres total load capacity.
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 costsWith 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 space - currently readingWith 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.