Hyundai i10 hatchback
Price £8,995 - £13,045
- Very comfortable
- Spacious interior
- Fun to drive
- Interior quality poor in places
- No diesel engine available
- Lack of badge appeal
At a glance
"The new Hyundai i10 has what it takes to be the best city car on the market, thanks to stylish looks, a spacious interior and low running costs."
The Hyundai i10 competes for sales in the highly competitive city car class and counts the Volkswagen up!, Skoda Citigo, SEAT Mii and Kia Picanto as rivals. The competition may be tough but the i10 has almost everything you could want from a car of its type.
Buyers of the i10 have a choice of either a 65bhp three-cylinder 1.0-litre petrol engine or a 86bhp four-cylinder 1.2-litre petrol engine. There is a model designed for maximum efficiency called the Blue Drive, which has stop-start technology on the 1.0-litre engine as well as some other fuel-saving technology, and it's capable of 65.7mpg and CO2 emissions below 100g/km for tax-free motoring.
The extra power of the bigger petrol engine is useful if you carry passengers and luggage often, or envisage taking the car on the motorway, but for most owners the lower running costs of the smaller engine will be more important.
The i10 is solidly built, enjoyable to drive and competitively priced, all of which helped it to achieve a high review score. It's such a good all-rounder that it has won several Carbuyer awards over the years, including Best City Car in 2015. Spacious and practical, the i10 offers plenty that other rivals can’t, including small but useful features like a three-point seatbelt for the middle rear seat; the Fiat 500, for example, can only carry four people because there's no strap for the middle seat.
At 252 litres, the i10's boot is the biggest of all models in the city car class. Folding the seats down reveals space of 1,046 litres.
A few eyebrows were raised when the Hyundai i10's four-star rating came through from safety body Euro NCAP but it's worth bearing in mind when comparing the car to its rivals that the i10 was tested under, newer, stricter testing regulations. The car comes with airbags, ABS, braking assist and tyre pressure sensors.
Equipment is good across the range, with even the entry-level S model coming equipped with electric front windows, split folding rear seats and AUX ports for music. S Air throws in air conditioning. Our pick, the SE trim, comes with cruise control, electric windows and remote central locking. Go for the plush Hyundai i10 Premium and you’re treated to extras like alloy wheels, steering wheel controls and Bluetooth connectivity.
The Hyundai i10's small and efficient engine line-up means it’s cheap to run, tax and insure
The Hyundai i10 is surprisingly fun to drive, with capable engines and a smooth gearbox
The Hyundai i10 is comfortable, quiet and relaxing around town
Spacious interior, class-leading boot and five doors make the Hyundai i10 a winner
Tried and tested equipment and a lengthy warranty mean the Hyundai i10 is solid