Week ending July 25
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
Week ending July 18
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