Our cars: Hyundai i10 - June

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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 June 25
Mileage 2824
Miles travelled 41

Last month (http://www.whatcar.com/car-news/may/1293338) I reported that you could no longer get an SE trim i10 with Bluetooth. The optional Connectivity package that's fitted to our car has been discontinued, so the only way to get an i10 with Bluetooth is to buy one in range-topping Premium trim.

Well, a closer look at the spec sheets on the Hyundai website has revealed that SE trim now includes cruise control as standard - on manual i10s from April 2014 production onwards. That seems a strange addition to a city car, and I wonder if buyers wouldn't prefer Bluetooth instead.

By Matthew Burrow
Matthew.Burrow@whatcar.com


Read the full Hyundai i10 review

Week ending June 20
Mileage 2783
Miles travelled 95

Hyundai has managed to make the i10 as user-friendly as possible. The switchgear is a particular strong point. Everything is well laid out and clearly labelled making the little Hyundai a pleasure to use.

When driving at night, it's easy to reduce the glare coming from the dials and the dashboard buttons. On the radio, there's a button marked with a crescent moon that turns the display off completely, while on the right-hand side of the steering wheel there's a button to change the brightness of the dials and other switchgear.

So far so good. Unfortunately neither of these buttons affects the USB and aux socket in the cubby in front of the gearlever. The socket is well located for charging devices but does glow brightly when the headlights are on which can be distracting. Premium-trim cars get a cover to this cubby hole but those with an SE trim car have to come up with another solution. I've found keeping something plugged into the USB port keeps the glare down and the distraction to a minimum.

By Matthew Burrow
Matthew.Burrow@whatcar.com


Week ending June 13

Mileage 2688
Miles travelled 44

Not only is the i10 1.2 a favourite with What Car?, it's also proven itself to be popular with the buying public. So popular in fact, that it's caught Hyundai off guard.

Readers have been in touch saying that they are having to wait much longer than anticipated for their i10 1.2s to show up on their driveway. I got in touch with Hyundai to find out what was going on.

When the i10 went on sale, it was assumed that the 1.0-litre engine would be much more popular in the UK than the 1.2. The gap has actually been much smaller which has caused some delays.

The good news is that this problem has been rectified and Hyundai UK has upped its allocation from the factory so cars should be with their new owners very shortly.

By Matthew Burrow
Matthew.Burrow@whatcar.com


Week ending June 6

Mileage 2644
Miles travelled 44

The i10 has already proved itself to be one of our favourite city cars, but what if you're looking for a small automatic?

Well, I got to try an automatic version of the 1.2 SE last week and can report that it's very good as well. The running costs are higher than for our car but other than that there are few negatives.

The big plus is that Hyundai has fitted a proper automatic gearbox instead of the automated manual that rival manufacturers put in their city cars. This means that progress is smooth and relaxed. It's a joy to drive in town and perfectly at home on faster roads as well. If you're after a small automatic car, the i10 should definitely be on your shopping list.

By Matthew Burrow
Matthew.Burrow@whatcar.com

Our cars: Hyundai i10 - May

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