Performance & drive
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox
The Hyundai i10's entry-level 1.0 MPi 67 three-cylinder petrol engine is strong enough in town, and gets you away from the lights briskly enough. It can feel a little wheezy on motorways, though, so be prepared to work the five-speed manual gearbox quite hard (0-62mph takes 14.6sec). With the optional AMT automatic 'box, it's even slower and the pauses between gear changes can feel... quite pregnant.
If you're planning to do longer journeys, we recommend the 1.2 MPi 84. It's a 1.2-litre four-cylinder engine with a meatier 83bhp that feels stronger lower in the rev range and revs out more willingly. Its 0-62mph time is still a relatively leisurely 12.6sec, which is increased if you choose the automatic gearbox. The Dacia Sandero 1.0 TCe 90 is altogether punchier.
The good ride comfort is maintained as you increase your speed, and there's a supple edge that makes even long motorway jaunts a breeze. It’s not as well controlled over undulating B-roads as the Toyota Aygo X but neither does it feel to soft and bouncy, as the Citroën C3 can.
The i10 N Line gets stiffer springs and its ride is noticeably firmer, but while you’ll feel road imperfections more clearly, they are dealt with quickly and with no nasty crashes or thumps. Although the regular version is certainly more comfortable, we suspect that those who like the idea of a slightly sporting hatchback will be more than happy.