Our cars: Hyundai i10 - May

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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 May 28
Mileage 2600
Miles this week 240

In previous updates, I've banged on about the lack of sat-nav as an option on the i10. It does seem like Hyundai has missed a trick, especially when rivals like the Volkswagen Up are available with clever portable systems.

However, I have come up with a work around. My iPhone now has the TomTom app installed and I've invested in a Kenu Airframe that attaches to the air-vent as you'll see in the picture. The Airframe holds my iPhone securely and keeps it visible, while the TomTom app has fantastic traffic information - it's so good that it's actually knocked 10 minutes off my commute by suggesting a route that I hadn't even considered.

It's a shame the Hyundai doesn't have built-in sat-nav, but with such good third-party options it really isn't a deal-breaker.

Have you come up with a third-party sat-nav solution? Drop me an email and let me know.

By Matthew Burrow
Matthew.Burrow@whatcar.com

 

Read the full Hyundai i10 review

Week ending May 22
Mileage 2360
Miles this week 100

Last week I was singing the praises of the i10's Bluetooth connection and the steering-wheel mounted audio controls, both of which are part of the optional Connectivity package fitted to our car.

By some weird coincidence, it seems that my positive comments came at about the same time that Hyundai decided to stop offering the Connectivity package as an option on SE models at all.

From now on, buyers who need Bluetooth will have to go for top-spec Premium trim, which is £700 more than our SE car. It also comes with LED running lights, alloy wheels, front fog lights and chrome touches to the interior.

According to Hyundai, buyers who want Bluetooth have been upgrading to Premium trim anyway, so the £175 Connectivity package hasn't been a popular option. Well, I for one am glad our car has it.

By Matthew Burrow
Matthew.Burrow@whatcar.com

 

Read the full Hyundai i10 review

Week ending May 14
Mileage 2260
Miles this week 69

SE trim on the i10 doesn't include Bluetooth as standard, which is disappointing but not unusual in this class. To get it, we specified the Connectivity Package which costs £175 and includes Bluetooth and steering wheel audio controls.

On some cars, manufacturers hide the buttons behind the steering wheel - I'm thinking in particular of the Dacia Sandero that I ran for a year. Hyundai has taken a different approach and has put the buttons in clear sight. They're easy to use, big, clearly labelled and are joined on the steering wheel by the trip computer button which some manufacturers stick on the indicator stalk.

Having these controls close at hand means I don't have to take my hands off the steering wheel for basic functions, and also don't have to take my eyes of the road. Hyundai's done a good job of making things easy to use without neglecting style.

By Matthew Burrow
Matthew.Burrow@whatcar.com

 

Read the full Hyundai i10 review

Week ending May 8
Mileage 2191
Miles this week 23

I've recently had trouble getting hold of the keys to the i10, as it's become the default choice for anyone who's driving into town.

That’s entirely unsurprising - navigating urban streets is a doddle thanks to the i10’s small size and the clear view from the driver's seat. What’s more, the nippy 1.2-litre petrol engine has no trouble keeping up with traffic and the gearchange is smooth.

At less than 3.7m in length, the i10 squeezes into parking spaces that other cars can't get into. But for me, the best part is not being fazed by width restrictions. There are a couple of these on my commute and the little Hyundai breezes through with plenty of room to spare.

By Matthew Burrow
Matthew.Burrow@whatcar.com

Our cars: Hyundai i10 - April

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