Our cars: Hyundai i10 - August

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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

Week ending: August 27

Mileage: 3396
Miles driven this week: 226


Read the full Hyundai i10 review


I jumped in the Hyundai a few nights ago to discover what could be the first problem; the tyre pressure monitoring system light was illuminated on the dashboard. A visual check of all the tyres failed to uncover a problem so a pressure gauge was brought in.

All four tyres were slightly off the recommended 2.2 bar so I pumped them up before going through the handbook to find out how to reset the system. I couldn't find an answer so took the advice of a colleague that the system would likely reset itself and the light would go off after a bit of driving, which it duly did. Hopefully I won't be seeing that little light again any time soon.

By Matthew Burrow
Matthew.
Burrow@whatcar.com



Week ending: August 20
Mileage: 3170
Miles driven this week: 70

One of the most appealing features of the i10 is the value for money it offers. You get a five-seater city car with air-conditioning and a five-year warranty at a decent price. Unfortunately that price is on the rise.

The 1.2 SE had an on-the-road price of £9795 when we started running it. We pushed that price up by adding metallic paint and the now-unavailable Connectivity package. Hyundai has now increased the OTR price by £315 to £10,110. That doesn't look great on paper but the good news is that our Target Price team has found dealers selling the same model for £9739. Get in touch with them on 0845 527 6394 to make sure you're not overpaying.

By Matthew Burrow
Matthew.
Burrow@whatcar.com



Week ending: August 12
Mileage: 3100
Miles driven this week: 70


SE trim includes height adjustment for the driver's seat. It's operated by the handle at the top of the above picture. That part of the seat adjustment system work well. I also have no problem with moving the seat farther away from and closer to the steering wheel using the bar under the seat squab.

My sole gripe is the handle used to recline the seat. I find that the increments between settings are set too far apart. After much adjustment I've been able to find a comfortable driving position but it's a bit of a rigmarole, and one that I have to go through whenever anyone borrows the car.

By Matthew Burrow
Matthew.
Burrow@whatcar.com



Week ending: August 6
Mileage: 3030
Miles driven this week: 20

I'm sincerely hoping that this is the last report in which I'm moving house. I've moved three times in the past 18 months and have used the Dacia Sandero, Range Rover Evoque and the full-sized Range Rover. Now comes the turn of the Hyundai i10.

Most of the big stuff was moved in already, I just needed to get the last bits into the flat and the i10 proved up to that job. The rear seats fold easily, although not quite flat, and I was able to store the luggage cover in front of the folded seats so it was able to come along for the ride. Once the seats were down, there was more than enough room for the last bits and pieces. There were even slots to put the seatbelts in so they wouldn't get in the way. It's a simple solution that works well.

Everything is now safely in the flat. Hopefully I'll stay in this one a bit longer than usual.

By Matthew Burrow
Matthew.
Burrow@whatcar.com

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