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New Hyundai i10 vs Volkswagen Up

Will Volkswagen’s updated Up knock Hyundai’s i10 off the top spot as our favourite city car?

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Hyundai i10 rear seats

What will they cost?

On a three-year personal contract purchase (PCP) deal, limited to 10,000 miles a year and with a Β£500 deposit, you’ll pay Β£237 a month for the Up. Hyundai is yet to release PCP quotes for the i10, but early indications suggest monthly payments will be almost identical.

If you are paying cash, things initially look more straightforward, with the Up coming in Β£295 cheaper than the i10. However, the i10 will cost you less to insure, is predicted to be worth more if you sell it after three years, and is significantly cheaper to service. Granted, the Up is fractionally more frugal in the real world and cheaper to tax – important factors if you are covering a lot of miles – but factor in all costs over three years and the i10 is cheapest to own and run. The brand’s five-year warranty is an added cherry on top; the Up only has a three-year warranty.

Both cars come with electric, heated door mirrors, electric front windows, a DAB radio, a USB socket, heated front seats and Bluetooth. The i10 wins the equipment race, though, by throwing in standard electric rear windows, a heated steering wheel, climate control, keyless entry, cruise control and rear parking sensors. This impressive array of kit wouldn’t be out of place in an executive saloon.

However, the Up has a more comprehensive list of safety and security equipment. Both come with an engine immobiliser and a tyre pressure monitoring system, but the Up gets the option of city emergency braking. The Up was awarded the maximum five stars by Euro NCAP, whereas the i10 only scored four (that said, the i10 was tested under a newer, more stringent set of criteria).

Both cars are rated highly for guarding against being stolen, but the i10 received just one star out of five for resisting break-ins.

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