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 isn’t quite a household name, but it has enough going for it to be seen as a serious rival to cars like the Skoda Citigo, SEAT Mii and Kia Picanto. If short, urban journeys make up a lot of your daily driving routine, you could do a lot worse than one of these.
The i10 can be specified with one of two petrol engines. The smallest and least expensive 1.0-litre develops 65bhp, while the 1.2-litre makes 86bhp, costing a little more. Although there’s no diesel, the smallest engine is available with a package called Blue Drive, encompassing a number of fuel-saving features such as a stop-start system. The result is fuel economy of 65.7mpg, plus zero road tax thanks to 98 grams per kilometre CO2 emissions.
The extra power of the 1.2-litre engine makes it advisable if you’re likely to carry passengers and luggage more frequently, or if you spend more time on motorways and fast roads. If you expect your i10 to make largely urban journeys, the 1.0-litre car has more than enough power and is cheaper to run.
The Hyundai i10 feels well built and its small, nippy nature makes it rather enjoyable to drive. The price is competitive, too, and it has won a number of Carbuyer awards in its time, including Best City Car in 2015. The fact that it’s so practical is its key attraction – the third rear seatbelt makes it a true five-seater, unlike the Fiat 500 which can only carry two passengers in the rear.
The dimensions of the i10 are compact, yet its boot is the largest of all today's city cars, at 252 litres. If you need to carry even more, dropping the rear seatbacks allows access to a total luggage volume of 1,046 litres.
Although the i10 only received a four-star rating in Euro NCAP independent crash-testing, it’s worth keeping in mind that the testing followed the very latest, most stringent set of tests. It comes equipped with as much safety equipment as most of its rivals and its safety is actually very respectable.
All models have a decent list of standard features, including electric windows in the front, an MP3 player connection and practical features like folding rear seats, even in the least expensive S model. There’s a slightly more expensive S Air model, which adds air-conditioning, while our favourite model, the i10 SE also has cruise control, electric windows in the rear and remote central locking. Still better equipped is the most expensive i10 Premium SE, which features alloy wheels, Bluetooth phone connection and keyless entry.
Hyundai i10 buyers are likely to be happy with the reliability of their cars. In our Driver Power survey of 2016, the i10 came 12th out of 150 cars for reliability, and its result of 15th for running costs offers reassurance, too.
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