Our cars: Hyundai i10 - April

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  • Cruise control in a city car? Bizarrely, it's standard on i10 SE trim, but Bluetooth isn't

    Cruise control in a city car? Bizarrely, it's standard on i10 SE trim, but Bluetooth isn't

  • Sat-nav isn't an option in the Hyundai i10, so Matthew has found a neat aftermarket set-up

    Sat-nav isn't an option in the Hyundai i10, so Matthew has found a neat aftermarket set-up

  • Hyundai has put Bluetooth and audio controls on the i10's wheel fascia, making them easy to use

    Hyundai has put Bluetooth and audio controls on the i10's wheel fascia, making them easy to use

  • Matthew thinks i10's compact dimensions make it the perfect city car

    Matthew thinks i10's compact dimensions make it the perfect city car

  • i10's boot has 100 litres more space than in a Volkswagen Up with the rear seats folded

    i10's boot has 100 litres more space than in a Volkswagen Up with the rear seats folded

  • Fuel gauge is a bit pessimistic - reads close to empty, but there's 70 miles of range left in the tank

    Fuel gauge is a bit pessimistic - reads close to empty, but there's 70 miles of range left in the tank

  • The i10's light steering is one of our criticisms of the car, but it's a boon when parking up

    The i10's light steering is one of our criticisms of the car, but it's a boon when parking up

  • Deputy art editor Michele's kids love the blue finish on the seats and the dashboard

    Deputy art editor Michele's kids love the blue finish on the seats and the dashboard

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Hyundai i10 1.2 SE

Read the full Hyundai i10 review

Week ending April 30
Mileage 2168
Miles this week 114

I'm in the process of moving flat again. The i10 won't be doing most of the heavy lifting but it has helped with the preparation. I needed to pick up some bags to help with packing, and the i10 handled these large suitcases with ease.

The little Hyundai already has the biggest boot in the class at 252 litres and can easily handle cabin bags - but it was surprisingly good at swallowing larger items when the rear seats were folded, too.

The seats fold very easily and there are slots to hold the belts in place to make it truly hassle-free. The seats don't fold completely flat but that was fine for this purpose. Once the seats are down, luggage capacity grows to an impressive 1046 litres - that's 100 litres more than in the Volkswagen Up.

I won't be using the i10 to move the bigger items, but it's good to know that it can tackle larger loads when needed.

By Matthew Burrow
Matthew.Burrow@whatcar.com

 

Read the full Hyundai i10 review

Week ending April 23
Mileage 2054
Miles this week 244

The i10 took the drive down to Dorset for the long weekend in its stride. It was comfortable, refined and economical. The trip computer showed an impressive 47.3mpg over the 200 miles.

I did notice one quirk, though. The fuel light doesn't turn on until the needle is very close to '0' on the fuel gauge. Once I noticed where the fuel level was hovering, some panic set in.

I flipped the trip computer to display remaining range and was relieved to find that I still had over 70 miles to go before running out of petrol. It seems that the fuel gauge is designed to keep the driver on their toes.

By Matthew Burrow
Matthew.Burrow@whatcar.com

 

Read the full Hyundai i10 review

Week ending April 16
Mileage 1810
Miles this week 54

One of the biggest gripes that we have with the Hyundai i10 is that its steering isn't as precise as the Volkswagen Up's. It's light at all times and gets even lighter at very low speeds.

As yet, this hasn't been a problem for me. That's probably got something to do with the amount of town driving that I do. I'll be doing some longer runs soon so will report back on how I get on.

The lightness of the steering is actually a boon when it comes to navigating the i10 into a parking space in town. At low speeds, the steering becomes so light that it's possible to turn the wheel with just one finger. I don't recommend doing this regularly but couldn't resist trying it out in the office car park.

Overall, it's a great city car, now I just need to take it out of the urban environment to see how it copes.

By Matthew Burrow
Matthew.Burrow@whatcar.com

Read the full Hyundai i10 review


Week ending April 9
Mileage 1756
Miles this week 213

My Suzuki was being fuel tested this week, so I borrowed consumer reporter Matthew's new i10 for the weekend. Before he handed over the keys, he told me it was ‘a great little car’ and he wasn't wrong.

It felt nippy but also relaxing to flit from home to swimming lessons, home again and then guitar practice. My two boys commented on the ‘nice blue’ finish on the seats and dashboard, and the boot was just the right size for a couple of kit bags and the guitar case - although it wouldn't have taken much more.

What impressed me most was the combination of decent cabin space with city car dimensions, Suburban parking often means having to squeeze into the tightest of spaces and the i10 managed that without any hassle. I even managed to turn the car around in the narrowest of the local lanes - something that would have taken me several attempts in my Suzuki.

By Michele Hall
Michele.Hall@whatcar.com


Read the full Hyundai i10 review

Week ending April 4
Mileage 1543
Miles this week 489

The Hyundai i10 is the latest award winner to join the What Car? long-term test fleet, having been crowned the 2014 City Car of the Year at our Awards ceremony at the start of the year.

It will spend a year on our fleet, with a lot of its life spent, appropriately, in an urban environment. I live in central London, and the i10's most regular job will be taking me to and from the What Car? offices in Teddington.

Check back here for weekly updates on life with the smallest Hyundai, but in the meantime, read my full introduction to the i10 here.

By Matthew Burrow
Matthew.Burrow@whatcar.com

 

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