Hyundai i10

The Essentials

  • Price from £8,345
  • What Car? says: 4 star rating
  • Fuel economy: up to 67.3mpg
  • What is it? The Hyundai i10 is great if you live in town, hate parking and want a cheap set of wheels.

Great

  • An absolute bargain to buy and costs peanuts to run
  • Sprightly enough to drive and comfortable, too
  • Five-year warranty with no limit on mileage

Gripes

  • Safety kit could be more comprehensive
  • Basic models do without seat-height adjustment
  • Eco engine needs a firm right foot to deliver its best
  • Drive

    Perky engines and nimble handling make the i10 a rather fun car to drive, albeit a little noisy at higher speeds

  • Inside

    Functionality wins out over style, but we're not complaining. Need to adjust the height of your seat? Beware - not all models offer this feature

  • Safety

    Stability control costs extra (but is not available with Blue models); curtain airbags are not on offer and deadlocks are overlooked, too

  • Reliability

    A thumbs-up from owners, plus a reassuring five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty

  • Space

    For a teeny weeny car theres an impressive amount of space inside; split-folding rear seats extend the boot space

  • Standard and extras

    Air-con & CD player are standard; upgrade if you need alloy wheels or a sunroof

  • What's it like to drive?

    For a cheap, small car the i10 is surprisingly enjoyable to drive; it's comfortable even on bumpy roads and doesn't lean much as you drive around corners.
    There's a simple choice of two petrol engines. The super-green Blue version needs a good crack of the whip to get going but is perky enough once you've got there. If you regularly make longer journeys or travel on the motorway, the 1.2 will be a better bet as it needs less encouragement.

  • What's it like inside?

    It's more TK Maxx than Dolce & Gabbana, but who gets a bargain in a top-end fashion store? All the controls are easy to find but check that you can get comfortable if you're buying a basic model which doesn't have seat-height adjustment.
    The space inside belies the i10's tiny dimensions: four adults will fit without grumbling and there's room for a clutch of shopping bags or small suitcases in the boot. The rear seats split and fold to increase boot space as required. And while it's not going to take Mum, Dad and three kids camping for two weeks, it would work for a small family living (and driving) in town.
    All models have air-con, electric front windows and a CD player with MP3 compatibility, so we'd stick with the entry-level version.

  • How reliable is it?

    The i10 was rated above average for mechanical reliability in the latest JD ownership satisfaction survey. If anything does goes wrong, there's the reassurance of a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty with breakdown cover, too.
    Clues to the price can be found in the rather spartan safety kit, though. Four airbags are standard, along with Isofix child seat fittings and childproof rear door locks. Stability control costs extra and curtain airbags aren't even an option. The i10 was awarded four stars for both adult and child safety when tested by Euro NCAP.

  • Should I buy one?

    The i10 is one of the cheapest new cars around. Running costs will be teeny too, as both engines sip fuel and cover more than 60 miles per gallon. Blue models escape road tax and the London Congestion Charge.