Hyundai i10 Hatchback full 9 point review
Two petrol engines are on offer: a 1.0-litre three-cylinder unit with 65bhp, and a 1.2-litre four-cylinder engine that produces 86bhp. The 1.0 is fast enough around town, but can struggle for puff on hills and fast motorway runs. The 1.2 is more willing and revs quite freely.
Ride & Handling
The i10 strikes a superb balance between control and comfort. Its body doesn’t roll too badly in corners and there’s enough suppleness in the suspension to cope with all but the worst suburban potholes. The steering is nicely weighted, too.
Both of the i10’s engines are hushed around town and at up to 50mph; actually there’s very little to choose between them, and the three-cylinder isn’t any less smooth than the four-cylinder unit. In fact, once you’re up to motorway speeds, the three-cylinder engine is actually a little quieter. Models fitted with larger alloy wheels generate a bit too much road noise, so take a test drive to check you can put up with this. The standard five-speed manual gearbox is slick.
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 has done well in the JD Power customer satisfaction survey for mechanical reliability in previous years, and the support package – five-year warranty with roadside assistance and free annual vehicle checks – is unrivalled in the class.
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 front seats are supportive, although entry-level cars do without driver’s seat-height adjustment. The dashboard is easy to use, with the controls for ventilation 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.
Space & Practicality
The i10 has enough room for four six-foot adults; in fact, there’s excellent headroom for front and rear passengers. The boot is a good size: it’s 252 litres with the rear seats in place, and that increases to 1046 litres if you fold them down. There is a bit of a lip to load your shopping over, though. There’s a decently sized dashboard cubbyhole and a holder for a large bottle in each of the doors.
Entry-level S trim gets electric front windows, a CD player with USB socket, central locking and Isofix child seat mounting points. S Air adds air-conditioning to this spec - but our favourite trim, SE, is only a little more expensive and includes air-con, plus remote central locking, electric rear windows, electric heated door mirrors and driver’s seat-height adjustment. The top spec, Premium, adds alloy wheels, a leather steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity and LED daytime running lights.