Used car of the week: Hyundai i10

  • Good used examples for Β£4000
  • Used City Car of the Year
  • Low-cost motoring
Words By Matthew Burrow

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The current-generation Hyundai i10 is our City Car of the Year and we're also running one for 12 months to see how we get on.

The previous-generation car was one of the most popular cars bought through the vehicle scrappage scheme so there's lots to choose from on the used market and some of them are still under warranty. It's also our Used City Car of the Year. Here's all you need to know.

Our pick Hyundai i10 1.2 Comfort
Prices from Β£2600

Why should I buy a used i10?

The i10 is small enough to make urban driving a doddle, yet manages to get five people on board and squeeze a useable boot into its tiny frame. That puts it ahead of most other city cars, which can only manage to accommodate four people.

All i10s have a generous specification including air-conditioning, electric front windows, a CD player and folding rear seats. There are also examples on the used market that are still covered by the manufacturer's warranty to give you peace of mind.

Which model should I choose?

Our pick of the range is the 1.2 Comfort. The 1.2-litre petrol engine is nippier than the 1.0-litre unit but still returns an official average of 56mpg while emitting 119g/km of CO2.

Comfort trim adds a height-adjustable driving seat, electric rear windows, alloy wheels and remote central locking.

How much should I pay?

Β£4000 will get you an '09/59 with 30,000 miles on the clock. You can find cars that have done nearly 100,000 miles for as little as Β£2600.

Look for used Hyundai i10s in the What Car? classifieds.

What problems should I look out for?

The dashboard switchgear is laid out well but can become loose.

Electrical problems can affect the radio and the dials which can fail to illuminate.

Pull seatbelts all the way out and listen for squeaks.

Check the gearchange, some owners report difficulty selecting reverse.

A noise from the front suspension can be caused by a plate working loose.

Check all the alloy wheels for corrosion.