What's the used Hyundai i10 hatchback like?
It's amazing how fast the little ones grow up. We generally expect city cars to be pretty cramped inside, but the Hyundai i10 is a bit longer than most, and is therefore practical enough to carry adults in the back. What's more, buying a used example could save you thousands compared with springing for a new one, making a used i10 a very sensible proposition.
It offers a choice of two 1.0-litre petrol engines in 66bhp non-turbo or 99bhp turbocharged forms, the latter available only in N Line models. There's also an 83bhp 1.2 petrol that's a bit more capable at higher speeds on the motorway. All engines have a five-speed manual, but the 66bhp 1.0 and 83bhp 1.2 can also be had with a five-speed automated manual.
The base engine is peppy enough in town, but the larger engine is better if you regularly venture outside the city limits. That being said, the 99bhp 1.0 is even better still, and also bogs down less when accelerating away from a standstill compared with the non-turbo cars, making it easier to get on with in heavy traffic.
On the move, the i10 is perfectly pleasant to drive, with precise steering that's just as adept when slotting into tight parking spaces as it is scooting around corners at speed. Grip levels are high, and even better than those of the Kia Picanto in the wet. Refinement levels are pretty good for such a dinky car, even at a motorway cruise, plus the ride is more composed and forgiving than can be said of some far larger and more expensive cars.
Where the i10 shines is in interior space; not only will five fit in, but pairs of six-foot adults can sit behind one another, too. The driving position is also a pleasant surprise, because despite the lack of steering wheel reach adjustment (typical among city cars), there's enough adjustability to allow you to find a posture that won't have you wincing in pain on a big trip. Boot capacity is one of the best in the class, although you will have to contend with a pronounced loading lip; unlike with the VW Up, there's no adjustable height boot floor.
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