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Hyundai i10 hatchback - MPG, running costs & CO2

Low running costs despite its conventional petrol engines

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The Hyundai i10 is available with a 1.0-litre and 1.2-litre petrol engine, both of which are very cheap to run for traditional combustion engines. However, they face stiff competition from the growing number of city cars with hybrid technology, and key rivals like the Skoda Citigo have ditched petrol entirely in favour of electric power.

Hyundai i10 MPG & CO2

Some potential buyers will be disappointed the engines from the old Hyundai i10 have been carried over almost unchanged. There's nothing fundamentally wrong with either, which is just as well because Hyundai may not deem it worthwhile to develop electrified options for the cheap i10 - unless it can squeeze in the mild-hybrid 1.0-litre engine from the i20.

In its most efficient 1.0-litre petrol guise with a manual gearbox, the i10 can manage 56.5mpg and CO2 emissions of 114g/km. Opting for the automatic only drops fuel-efficiency by a couple of mpg, while CO2 slightly increases. Whether or not you go for the more powerful 1.2-litre will come down to your initial budget rather than daily running costs, with 52.3mpg (49.6mpg for the automatic) and CO2 emissions of up to 130g/km unlikely to be noticeably different.

The i10 is more economical than the petrol Volkswagen up!, which manages around 50mpg, while the Toyota Aygo can return up to 56.4mpg and emits as little as 114g/km. Fiat is introducing mild-hybrid technology into its 500 and Panda city cars, boosting fuel economy by up to 30%, but the 500 Mild Hybrid still only manages around 53mpg. The SEAT Mii electric and Skoda Citigo e iV became fully electric, with a range of 170 miles and a full charge costing a few pounds. They’re no longer available new, and the base electric Fiat 500 starts from around £23,000 and the basic model has a range of around 112 miles.

While it's hardly a hot hatch like the Hyundai i20 N, the turbocharged engine in the 1.0-litre i10 N Line has considerably more power, without a big running cost penalty. Thanks to the inherent efficiency of turbo engines, it still manages 52.3mpg and emits 123g/km, making it the ideal car for petrolheads on a tight budget.

Insurance groups

No version of the i10 is likely to be expensive to insure, as all occupy low insurance groups. The 66bhp engine with the automatic gearbox in SE Connect trim gets the lowest rating in the range (group 3 out of 50), while other models sit in groups 4-8. The turbocharged i10 N Line is only slightly higher sitting in group 10.

Warranty

Hyundai offers a highly competitive warranty lasting five years with no mileage limit that's more generous than the three years offered by Volkswagen Group brands. The Kia Picanto and Toyota Aygo X are the only rivals that beat it, with seven and ten years of cover respectively, each covering up to 100,000 miles.

Servicing

Hyundai offers reasonably priced servicing and i10 buyers will be offered maintenance deals to cover the car for a set time. This can be paid up front or monthly to spread the cost.

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