Review

Hyundai i10 hatchback

Price  £8,995 - £13,045

Hyundai i10 hatchback

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Very comfortable
  • Spacious interior
  • Fun to drive
Cons
  • Interior quality poor in places
  • No diesel engine available
  • Lack of badge appeal

At a glance

Our Pick
SE 1.0 Manual 66PS 5dr £10,075
The greenest
SE Blue Drive 1.0 Manual (4 seat) 5dr £10,325
The cheapest
S 1.0 Manual 66PS 5dr £8,995
The fastest
Premium 1.2 Manual 87PS 5dr £11,275
Top of the range
Premium SE 1.2 Automatic 87PS 5dr £13,045

"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 has what it takes to give serious competition to rivals like the Skoda Citigo, Kia Picanto and SEAT Mii. If you’re after a compact city runabout, the i10 could be all the car you need.

i10 buyers can choose from two petrol engines: there's a 65bhp three-cylinder 1.0-litre and a 1.2-litre four-cylinder with 86bhp. While there's no diesel offered, the 1.0-litre petrol is available with Hyundai's Blue Drive package. This features a stop-start system and other fuel-saving technology, enabling the car to return 65.7mpg while emitting just 98g/km CO2, making the i10 Blue Drive exempt from road tax.

The more powerful 1.2-litre engine is good if you’re likely to frequently carry passengers and luggage or if you do a lot of motorway miles, but if you use the i10 primarily as a city car – then the 1.0-litre engine is cheaper to run and has plenty of power around town.

The i10 feels well built and is enjoyable to drive. It's also competitively priced and has won several Carbuyer awards over the years, including Best City Car in 2015. The i10 is a supremely practical city car, with features like three rear seatbelts making it a better proposition than many rivals. The Fiat 500, for example, can only carry two back-seat passengers.

The Hyundai i10 has compact dimensions, but its 252-litre boot is the biggest in the city-car class – and if you drop the rear seats, this increases to an even more impressive 1,046 litres.

The i10 seemingly underperforms against rivals when it comes to safety – many car buyers expect the full five stars from Euro NCAP safety tests – but the i10 was tested under more recent, stricter conditions than many of its rivals, so its four-star rating is more than respectable. Anti-lock-brakes, a host of airbags and electronic stability control, as well as braking assistance and a tyre-pressure monitoring system, mean the i10 should be very safe.

Standard equipment across the i10 range includes electric front windows, split-folding rear seats and an MP3 connection point, even in entry-level S models. The i10 S Air adds air-conditioning, while the i10 SE – our pick of the range – comes with cruise control, electric windows all round and remote central locking. If you want a seriously well-equipped city car, the i10 Premium SE has alloy wheels and steering wheel controls, as well as keyless entry and Bluetooth connectivity.

The Hyundai i10 should also be an extremely reliable car. In our 2015 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, it came fourth out of 200 models for reliability and managed an even more impressive third place for overall owner satisfaction.

MPG, running costs & CO2

4.9 / 5

The Hyundai i10's small and efficient engine line-up means it’s cheap to run, tax and insure

Engines, drive & performance

4 / 5

The Hyundai i10 is surprisingly fun to drive, with capable engines and a smooth gearbox

Interior & comfort

3.9 / 5

The Hyundai i10 is comfortable, quiet and relaxing around town

Practicality & boot space

3.9 / 5

Spacious interior, class-leading boot and five doors make the Hyundai i10 a winner

Reliability & safety

4.5 / 5

Tried and tested equipment and a lengthy warranty mean the Hyundai i10 is solid

What the others say

4.6 / 5
based on 4 reviews
5 / 5
"The third generation Hyundai i10 has what it takes to beat the best in class, with a refined, mature and value-packed package."
5 / 5
"Hyundai has pushed the boat out to ensure that this model is an improvement in every area. It's larger, more stylish, better equipped and has a more 'premium' feel."
4 / 5
"Compared to the old car, it is larger, inside and out, as well as being more practical than before."
9 / 10
"A Volkwagen Up is more enjoyable to drive and classier inside, but the Hyundai i10 is cheaper, quieter and more spacious."
What owners say 
4.3809523809524
4.4 /5 based on 21 reviews
90%
 of people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated 
15 Feb 2016
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