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New Kia Picanto vs Hyundai i10 vs Suzuki Ignis

The class-leading Hyundai i10 is under threat not only from a new Kia Picanto but also the oddball Suzuki Ignis baby SUV. We decide which is the best city car

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New Hyundai i10 vs Kia Picanto vs Suzuki Ignis

Our verdict

It's another clear win for the i10, but there isn’t a duff car here. In fact, you could argue they all offer different strokes to different folks – the i10 being the solid and sensible choice, the Picanto the most fun one and the Ignis the quirky and remarkably practical option.

Still, there’s no doubt the i10 is the strongest in the most areas and demonstrates few real weaknesses. It’s hardly thrilling, but it is good to drive, with a comfortable ride and surefooted handling. Where it really stands out is in its astonishing amount of kit for the price, along with easily the best infotainment system in the class, plus Hyundai’s impressive five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty. We have marked it down for lacking some of the latest active safety systems, though.

The Picanto comes second, but it might have done better in 3 trim, which has smaller wheels to help its refinement and ride comfort, plus much more sophisticated infotainment. Still, if you’re looking for something that’s a bit sharper, you’ll enjoy the Picanto’s neat handling, and you can relax in the knowledge that it has the important asset of AEB and an even better warranty than the i10: seven years, albeit with a 100,000-mile cap.

Finally, the Ignis. It comes last because it doesn’t handle very well and its interior feels cheap. Its disappointing three-star safety rating is also a concern, but the Β£750 option of AEB does move this up to five stars. And with merits such as its exceptionally practical interior and boot, the Ignis certainly deserves consideration.

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1st – Hyundai i10

For Best ride; quietest cruiser; most generous kit; best infotainment

Against Highest CO2 emissions and fuel consumption; a bit bland

Verdict Continues to be the most recommendable city car thanks to its excellent overall package

Rated 5 out of 5


2nd – Kia Picanto

For Sharpest handling; smart interior; comfiest seats

Against Noisiest cruiser; worst infotainment system

Verdict Sweet handling to go with its sporty looks

Rated 4 out of 5


3rd – Suzuki Ignis

For Roomiest; biggest boot; strongest performance

Against Iffy steering; least grip; patchy interior quality

Verdict Quirky looks with a seriously practical interior

Rated 3 out of 5


Specifications: Hyundai i10 1.2 Premium SE

Engine size 1248cc, 4cyl, petrol

List price Β£13,110

Target Price Β£12,152

Power 86bhp @ 6000rpm

Torque 89Ib ft @4000rpm

0-60mph 11.8sec

Top speed 109mph

Gov't fuel economy 57.6mpg

True MPG 49.3mpg

CO2 emissions 114g/km


Specifications: Kia Picanto 1.25 MPi GT-Line

Engine size 1248cc, 4cyl, petrol

List price Β£12,450

Target Price Β£12,129

Power 83bhp @ 6000rpm

Torque 90Ib ft @ 4000rpm

0-60mph 11.4sec

Top speed 107mph

Gov't fuel economy 61.4mpg

True MPG na

CO2 emissions 106g/km


Specifications: Suzuki Ignis 1.2 Dualjet 2WD SZ-T

Engine size 1242cc, 4cyl, petrol

List price Β£11,749

Target Price Β£11,222

Power 89bhp @ 6000rpm

Torque 88Ib ft @ 4400rpm

0-60mph 10.1sec

Top speed 106mph

Gov't fuel economy 61.4mpg

True MPG 50.9mpg

CO2 emissions 104g/km

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