Hyundai i10 review
January 23, 2015 by Perrys Content Team in Reviews
Stylish, modern and spacious with a wide choice of equipment and comfortable interiors, Hyundai’s i10 is a relatively under-appreciated alternative to more popular city cars like the Peugeot 108 or Fiat 500.
It mightn’t be quite as visible on the streets as the aforementioned two, but the i10 has been incredibly well received by both buyers and by journalists and critics, having recently been named the Best City Car by What Car?
So how does it stack up compared to its rivals? Check out our review below to see what we thought!
The latest version of the i10 features a sweet and cheeky exterior design that’s available in a range of seven cheery colours, while five doors allow easy access despite its small dimensions.
For a car that’s designed to see a lot of use in close-quarters urban environments, exterior size can make or break a useable city car. At a good half-metre shorter than a Ford Focus, the i10 is also narrow, which makes parking and navigating tricky side streets a joy.
Despite its small size on the outside, the i10 is remarkably spacious and easy for passengers to access with its five doors. Trouncing much of its competition, it also features plenty of room for four six-foot adults to comfortably sit, even on long journeys.
Storage capacity is extremely competitive as well, with 252 litres which can expand to a maximum of 1,046 litres with the rear seats folded.
As well as that, the i10 also boasts a long list of technology that’s usually found on larger cars far above its price point, plus four interior trim colours.
All models have four airbags, five seats, isofix mountings and electric windows, plus colour-coded bumpers, central locking and an integrated radio with MP3-compatible CD player.
Other features include cruise control and a range of safety features, which includes electronic stability control and a hill-hold assist, which prevents the car rolling backwards on hills. Buyers can also choose from a long list of options like metallic finishes and extra tech kit.
On the road
Two petrol engines are available with the i10: a 65bhp 1.0-litre which is expected to be the biggest-seller and a slightly more powerful 86bhp 1.2-litre for those who want a little extra poke.
Emitting just 108g/km of CO2 and returning 60.1mpg, the entry-level 1.0-litre gets even more frugal when specified in SE Blue Drive trim. With start-stop technology as standard, this version improves fuel economy to as much as 65.7mpg, with CO2 emissions below 100g/km, making it road tax free.
Even the 1.2-litre is a decent runner, returning 57.6mpg and emitting 114g/km of CO2, though its efficiency decreases slightly if buyers opt for Hyundai’s automatic gearbox, which is only available on this engine.
While the i10 won’t be winning drag races any time soon, it’s still quite nippy for a city car. The smaller engine can sprint from 0-62mph in 14.9 seconds, while the larger one can take it to 62mph from a standstill in 12.3 seconds.
However, its small size makes it extremely spry in the city environment and it’s stable at motorway speeds as well, making the i10 versatile enough for all journeys. Gear changes are also slick and easy, while light steering makes navigating streets and parking equally effortless.
The i10 will appeal to any driver looking for a frugal city car with its extremely low running costs. Small size and an equally small price tag also makes it ideal for first-time buyers, or for anybody who wants a second car to run around in that’s a little bit different.
Add that to a comprehensive list of technology and kit, along with some funky colours and cute styling, and the i10 is an extremely attractive prospect.
Finally, cheap insurance and an excellent warranty that covers the car for an unlimited amount of miles over five years only adds the icing to the i10’s cake.