Review

Hyundai i10 hatchback

Price  £8,895 - £12,945

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 £9,975
The greenest
SE Blue Drive 1.0 Manual (4 seat) 5dr £10,225
The cheapest
S 1.0 Manual 66PS 5dr £8,895
The fastest
Premium 1.2 Manual 87PS 5dr £11,175
Top of the range
Premium SE 1.2 Automatic 87PS 5dr £12,945

"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 city car designed to deliver everything those who regularly drive around town could want. This sector of the market is very popular, so the i10 has very strong competition from rivals like its sister car, the Kia Picanto, along with the Volkswagen up!, Skoda Citigo and SEAT Mii. One of the Hyundai i10's unique selling points is that it is a five-door car only, unlike its rivals, which can be had with three or five doors.

The i10 hatchback can be had with one of two petrol engines: a three-cylinder 1.0-litre that develops 65bhp or a more conventional 86bhp 1.2-litre with four cylinders. If you choose the 1.0-litre Blue Drive model (that has stop-start as standard), a fuel economy figure of 65.7mpg is possible and you won’t pay any road tax. The larger 1.2-litre engine is better suited to carrying four passengers and motorway cruising - it does up to 57.6mpg. We’d pick the 1.0-litre due to its lower running costs and distinctive three-cylinder engine noise.

The i10 definitely deserves its high rating and our Best City Car award; it's well-built, fun to drive and priced competitively. Despite it being a small car, it's surprisingly spacious inside and can just about accomodate five adults. Hyundai obviously thinks i10 buyers will use all five seats regularly, so they’ve thoughtfully provided a three-point seatbelt to all of the rear seats. That's something that not all rivals offer, with cars like the Fiat 500 limiting the rear passenger count to two because of its lack of a third middle seatbelt.

The Hyundai i10 offers 252 litres of boot space when all the seats are up – that's the biggest boot in the city car class. If you fold them down, total boot volume expands to 1,046 litres. 

Assessing the Hyundai i10's crash-test rating from Euro NCAP is a little less straightforward than it should be. Even though the city car only received four out of five stars in Euro NCAP's independent tests, this score was awarded under the organisation's latest (and more stringent) testing regime. If you look at the i10's rivals, like the Skoda Citigo, SEAT Mii and Volkswagen up!, they received the full five star rating. That score, however, was awarded under the older testing scheme, so it's hard to conclusively compare. The i10 has a full set of airbags, anti-lock brakes with braking assistance and tyre pressure sensors as standard.

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.

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 
4.2387096774194
4.2 /5 based on 62 reviews
65%
 of people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated 
13 Aug 2015
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