What Car? says...
When considering the Hyundai i10, think of watches. They come in all shapes and sizes, and to suit every taste and budget, but here's the thing: you can spend a gazillion quid on a Rolex and it'll tell exactly the same time as a Swatch, which you can pick up for the cost of a round of fish and chips. So is there much point?
The i10 and other small cars designed for city driving are the Swatches of the motoring world. Yes, a limousine will massage your backside while you're cruising along, but when it comes to getting you from the suburbs to the centre, a city car is just as good.
Hyundai ranked a very impressive joint third (with Suzuki) out of 30 car makers in the 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey, behind only Lexus and Dacia. The i10 is sold with a five-year/unlimited mileage warranty as standard, which is more than the vast majority of car makers offer. Read more here
No. The i10 is only available with small petrol engines, although the model’s size and weight make it relatively efficient. If you want an electric car of a similar size, there’s the Honda E or the Mini Electric, but they are both much more expensive to buy. Read more here
Our favourite engine for the i10 is the more powerful 1.2MPi petrol engine, which has decent acceleration and copes well on faster roads. Versions with less power are good for use in town but struggle on motorways. We recommend the SE Connect trim level, which adds an 8.0in touchscreen, a rear-view camera and 15in alloy wheels. Read more here
The i10 SE Connect is our pick of the range, and adds an 8.0in touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone mirroring, a rear-view camera and 15in alloys to the basic spec. Premium adds even more features, including privacy glass, 16in alloys, LED running lights and heated seats, as well as letting you add top-up packs so you can have sat-nav. We think it makes the i10 too pricey, though. Read more here
The i10 scored three stars out of a possible five when it was tested by Euro NCAP. That’s not too bad, because the testing was done in 2020 after the criteria were toughened up (the closely related Kia Picanto was tested under a less stringent regime and scored four stars). Standard safety kit includes automatic emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection. Read more here
The i10’s boot has 252 litres of space, which is enough to fit in three carry-on suitcases or quite a few shopping bags with space left over. When you’re loading up, you have to negotiate a fairly large drop from the tailgate to the boot floor, but some rivals are worse for that. Read more here
|RRP price range||£13,430 - £17,980|
|Number of trims (see all)||4|
|Number of engines (see all)||3|
|Available fuel types (which is best for you?)||petrol|
|MPG range across all versions||49.6 - 56.5|
|Available doors options||5|
|Warranty||5 years / No mileage cap|
|Company car tax at 20% (min/max)||£686 / £1,064|
|Company car tax at 40% (min/max)||£1,371 / £2,128|