Hyundai i10 Hatchback full 9 point review
Two petrol engines are available: a 1.0-litre three-cylinder with 65bhp and a 1.2-litre four-cylinder with 86bhp. The 1.0 starts to feel out of its depth only on the motorway, whereas the livelier 1.2 is happy on any road. The 1.0-litre model is easier to drive smoothly than the 1.2, though, because it has a more progressive throttle response.
Ride & Handling
The suspension is firm enough to keep body roll neatly in check in corners, yet there’s also enough suppleness to cope with all but the sharpest urban potholes. If there’s a disappointment it’s the steering, which is nowhere near as precise as the Volkswagen Up’s, but it is at least light enough to help make parking easy.
The 1.0-litre engine is exceptionally hushed for a three-cylinder unit. In fact, it’s actually quieter than the four-cylinder 1.2 much of the time. Whichever engine you choose, the i10 is also brilliant at shutting out wind and road noise. The only slight disappointment is that the five-speed manual gearbox isn’t quite as slick as the one in the Skoda Citigo and Volkswagen Up.
Buying & Owning
The i10 is one of the most aggressively priced cars in the class, offering a price advantage that looks generous at this cut-throat end of the market. Both engines have claimed average economy of around 60mpg and pretty low CO2 emissions. There’s also a greener Blue Drive model that gets engine stop-start for even lower CO2 emissions, but make sure it adds up for you financially before paying extra for it.
Quality & Reliability
The cabin plastics are hard, but they’re nicely textured, giving the i10 a neat, functional feel. Hyundai scored very well in our latest reliability survey, but finished only mid-table in the latest JD Power customer satisfaction survey. The support package – five-year warranty with roadside assistance and free annual vehicle checks – is unrivalled in the class, though.
Safety & Security
All i10s get six airbags, a tyre-pressure-monitoring system and stability control as standard – which is a particularly generous list for a city car. There’s also central locking on all models, although you’ll need to move up to SE spec if you want to avoid sticking the key into the lock and do it by remote control instead.
Behind The Wheel
The driver’s seat is supportive, although entry-level cars do without seat-height adjustment, and it’s a little disappointing that the steering wheel doesn’t adjust for reach. The dashboard is well laid out, with the ventilation controls halfway up and the stereo system nice and high in the middle of the centre console. There aren’t too many buttons, and the ones that are there are clearly marked. Visibility is good, too.
Space & Practicality
Where the i10 leaves all its rivals trailing is in the amount of passenger space it offers; this is a car that can keep four six-footers comfortable on a reasonably long journey. The boot is bigger than those of most rival city cars, but there’s a fairly big lip for you to lift your bags over. Storage space is good; there’s a decent cubbyhole ahead of the gearstick and big bottle holders in both doors.
Entry-level S trim gives you electric front windows, central locking, a CD player and a USB socket. S Air adds air-conditioning to this list, but our favourite trim, SE, is only a little more expensive, and includes air-con, remote central locking, electric rear windows, driver’s seat-height adjustment and electrically adjustable heated door mirrors. The top spec, Premium, adds alloy wheels, a leather steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity and LED daytime running lights.