What's the used Hyundai i10 hatchback like?
When the Hyundai i10 was introduced in 2008, it represented a step change in quality, performance and desirability for its maker and was immediately popular with buyers of city cars, such as the Toyota Aygo, Kia Picanto and Skoda Citigo.
The i10 found favour for its excellent blend of space, road manners, attractive pricing and low running costs, and was backed up by Hyundai’s excellent five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty.
There are three petrol engines to choose from – a 1.0-litre three-cylinder and two four-cylinder units with capacities of 1.1 and 1.2 litres. All models get air-con, electric front windows, central locking and a six-speaker stereo.
With a practical five-door bodystyle, getting in and out of the i10 is easy, and it’s even possible to squeeze three people in the rear for short trips. Despite its diminutive size, luggage space isn’t bad for a car in this class, while with the rear seats folded the i10 is a surprisingly practical proposition.
The i10 is also pretty good to drive, offering a decent ride and the sort of handling that is safe and reassuring, if not particularly inspiring. What’s more, it doesn’t feel at all out of its depth on long journeys.
A facelift in 2011 resulted in the 1.1 engine being dropped and the arrival of the Blue variant, which was powered by an emissions-busting 99g/km version of the three-cylinder 1.0-litre engine. At the same time, there were some exterior and interior enhancements, but the changes weren’t so dramatic as to make a pre-facelift model less attractive as a used buy.