Our cars: Hyundai i10 - July

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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

Read the full Hyundai i10 review

Week ending July 25
Mileage 2949
Miles travelled 81

Summer has arrived and it's brought sweltering heat along with it. Sitting in traffic without air-conditioning can be a miserable experience, so I'm pleased that we've gone with the 1.2 SE that comes with air-con as standard. It's easy to use thanks to the clear controls and it works well, quickly cooling the cabin. Following on from last week's look at the i10's fuel economy, I'll be keeping an eye out to see what effect running the air-conditioning more regularly has on the mpg figures.

The rising temperature has also brought a surprising revelation. The chrome-effect touches around the cabin look good but get hot when in direct sunlight, something I discovered when I started the engine, grabbed the gear lever and my hand recoiled. The good news - besides the fact that my reflexes still work - is that the metal on the gear lever cools down after a few minutes, so changing gear goes back to being uneventful.

By Matthew Burrow
Matthew.Burrow@whatcar.com

Week ending July 18

Mileage 2868
Miles driven this week 44

With nearly 3000 miles under its belt, I thought it time to see how fuel efficient the i10 is proving to be.

The official combined figure for our 1.2 SE is 57.6 mpg, while the official figure for urban driving is 43.5 mpg. Straightaway I can say that we won't be getting anywhere near the combined number – the i10 spends far too much time in town for that – but how close can it get to the urban figure of 43.5 mpg?

Well, it's pretty much bang on at 43.3 mpg. That's not bad at all considering recently the air-conditioning has been going full-tilt and I've started to ignore the nagging gearchange indicator. I find that it wants me to change up the gears far too quickly. I'm sure it's great for economy but it makes keeping up with the traffic on my suburban commute too much of a struggle.

By Matthew Burrow
Matthew.Burrow@whatcar.com

Our cars: Hyundai i10 - June

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