Hyundai i10 hatchback
Price £8,595 - £12,650
- 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 is a small hatchback aimed largely at urban drivers. As such, it goes up against strong rivals in the shape of the Skoda Citigo, SEAT Mii, Volkswagen up! and Kia Picanto. However, unlike these models, which are available with a choice of three or five doors, the i10 is a five-door only.
The i10 is offered with a choice of two petrol engines: a three-cylinder 1.0-litre that develops 65bhp, and a more conventional 86bhp 1.2-litre with four cylinders. In Blue Drive specification (which includes engine stop-start) the former is the most economical, with a figure of 65.6mpg and zero road tax. The 1.2-litre is livelier and better suited to carrying four passengers and for motorway cruising. It does 57.6mpg. The 1.0-litre is our pick because its running costs are so low, and because we like its distinctive three-cylinder engine note.
The i10 definitely deserves its five stars. It's well made, fun to drive and attractively priced. The cabin is surprisingly spacious (at least for a small car). Five adults can sit comfortably at a pinch. Hyundai certainly thinks people will use it as a five-seater, as it's thoughtfully provided the three back seat passengers with three-point seatbelts – something not all rivals do. At 252 litres, the i10's seats-up boot space is the biggest in the city car class. With them folded down, it's an impressive 1,046 litres.
Comparing the i10's crash-test rating needs some care. Although it earned just four instead of the full five stars from Euro NCAP for its crashworthiness, this score was awarded under the organisation's latest, tougher testing regime.
The i10's major rivals, which include the SEAT Mii, Volkswagen Up! and Skoda Citigo, were tested under an older regime and earned five stars. Even so, the i10 has a full complement of airbags, anti-lock brakes with braking assistance and tyre-pressure monitoring as standard.
Equipment is good, with even the basic S having electric front windows, split-folding rear seats and daytime running lights. However, for air-conditioning you need to look at the next model up, the S Air. Our preferred trim is the mid-range SE, which comes with cruise control, electric windows and electric mirrors.
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