What's the used Hyundai i10 hatchback like?
Fancy a city car that features sharp exterior styling, a well-made and spacious interior and a quiet and comfortable ride, as well as being good to drive and cheap to buy and run?
Welcome to the Hyundai i10 – a car that, in its second-generation form, has caught the eye of those eager to tick all of the boxes and made all of its main rivals very nervous indeed. The first-generation model was a diminutive marvel, pointing the way to a much brighter future for Hyundai and all its subsequent cars. This newer version took all the pluses of the original and added some pleasing styling, as well as introducing a new platform to bolster the car’s dynamics and refinement.
Power comes from a choice of two petrol engines – a 65bhp 1.0-litre three-cylinder unit or an 86bhp 1.2-litre four-cylinder one. The 1.0-litre engine’s eager responses are fine for most town use, but the larger unit has the edge if your driving is likely to include A-roads and motorways. Indeed, it’s the i10’s refinement on all types of road that marks it out in the city car class – it really is as quiet as a much larger and plusher car. It rides and handles well, too, and its economy is pretty good: the average claimed consumption figure for the 1.0 is 60.1mpg, just pipping the 1.2’s 57.6mpg.
Trims range from entry-level S, which is a little too basic in our opinion, through SE and up to Premium and Premium SE. Our favourite would be the top-spec trim, if you can find it, as it offers some essentials that enhance the i10's motoring, including a 7.0in touchscreen and heated front seats. There’s also a special Blue SE trim that is four-seat only (the rest of the i10 range is five seats) and rides on smaller wheels in order to get its claimed average fuel figure up to an impressive 70.6mpg.
The i10 had a mild facelift in 2016, with a new infotainment system, a fresh grille and LED headlights adding more sizzle to its admirable steak.