Review

Hyundai i10 hatchback

Price  £8,595 - £11,465

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

The greenest
SE Blue Drive 1.0 Manual (4 seat) 5dr £9,910
The cheapest
S 1.0 Manual 66PS 5dr £8,595
The fastest
Premium 1.2 Manual 87PS 5dr £10,810
Top of the range
Premium 1.2 Automatic 87PS 5dr £11,465

"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 is a car we rate extremely highly – so much so that it took Carbuyer's Car of the Year award in 2014. No model shows off the improvements that Hyundai has made in the past two decades better than the Hyundai i10. Just like the brand's older models, it's competitively priced, but it's also good to drive and has a stylish and well built cabin.

There's a choice of two petrol engines, both of which are cheap to run, although the 1.0-litre is the most efficient. That makes it our pick of the range – not just because of the low running costs, but also because of its characteristic noise.

Although the new i10 model is around the same size as the old one, it's more spacious inside. There's enough room for five adults at a push and, unlike the four-seater Skoda Citigo, the i10 has a trio of proper three-point seatbelts in the back. The boot will swallow a useful 252 litres of luggage, too.

The i10 received a four-star rating when it was crash-tested by Euro NCAP – one less than the five-star rating of its three biggest rivals (the SEAT Mii, Volkswagen up! and Skoda Citigo). But it's only fair to point out that the other cars were evaluated before the test was made more stringent in 2014.

All i10 models are well equipped for a cheap small car, but the basic S version does without air-conditioning. We’d recommend going for the next model up (the S Air) or ideally the one above that (the SE).

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

3.7 / 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

4.7 / 5
based on 3 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
"There's been a wholesale change in philosophy for the new Hyundai i10 with the company claiming the new city car is one people will choose to buy rather than feel they have to. In a class that includes the Volkswagen up! and its siblings, that's a bold claim."

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What owners say

4.2338983050847
4.2 /5 based on 59 reviews
64%
 people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated
6 Jun 2014
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