- Spacious interior
- Refined ride
- Great value for money
- No 5-star NCAP rating
- Automatic gearbox not the best
- Some buyers might still be put off by the badge
Class-leading city car
The Hyundai i10, first introduced in 2007, is the South Korean manufacturer’s entry into the vastly overpopulated city car market. With such tough competition, it takes a lot to stand out. Hyundai has really got it right with the i10 though. There isn’t a city car on the market that is quite as complete as the i10 is. It’s spacious, practical, stylish, good value, and is incredibly well built. It’s not quite as safe as the VW Up!/Seat Mii/Skoda Citigo trio, but there’s very little else to complain about. The i10 is without doubt, the class-leader.
The second generation i10, released in 2014, featured a complete redesign, with a new interior, exterior aesthetics, and an increased boot capacity.
Solid, functional, and spacious
The interior of the Hyundai i10 is one of the best in its class. It feels much more upmarket than its competitors, and it’s also the most spacious. Equipment levels are also generous, all of which make the i10 the class-leader.
The dashboard of the design might not be as flashy and modern as you’d get in a Toyota Aygo, but it’s without doubt better built. Materials used throughout are solid, and built to last, and whilst there’s not a lot of soft-touch plastics, especially further down the dash, controls use plusher materials, which make them a pleasure to use. You can also colour-code the finish in the i10, so you can make the i10 individual to your own personal taste.
One area in which the i10 excels is in its storage capacity. With a 251 litre boot capacity, it is the biggest in its class. There’s enough room for a decent amount of shopping, or even a small buggy, which can’t be achieved in something like a Renault Twingo. There’s also plenty of space inside, with more than enough for space for four adults to sit comfortably, even for longer journeys.
Equipment levels are also generous in the i10, though there’s not much in the way of infotainment on basic models. The entry-level S trim comes with front electric windows, and USB connectivity. It’s worth considering upgrading to the Premium trim however, as it adds everyday luxurious such as alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, a leather steering wheel, air-con, electric rear windows, cruise control, and electric heated door mirrors.
Overall, the inside of the i10 is the best you’re going to get from a city car. There’s very little to complain about. It’s spacious, well-built, stylish, and generously equipped. The i10 really is excellent value for money.
Fun to drive and refined
City cars are meant to be fun to drive around town, and the i10 is up there with the best. Steering might be a little bit on the light side at higher speeds, but it’s perfect in busy city centres, as it makes it easy to weave in and out of busy traffic, and parking is a doddle. There’s also plenty of grip through the corners, and there’s very little in the way of body roll. The i10 really is a great city car to drive.
Ride refinement is also brilliant in the i10. The suspension system may be stiff, but it doesn’t feel that way, as it copes with town centre speed bumps, rough surfaces, and potholes with ease. It’s also a pretty good car on the motorway, as there’s very little in the way of road and wind noise. For a car in this class, it’s mightily impressive.
Gearbox options in the i10 come in two guises. The standard throughout the range is a five-speed manual, that’s sharp, precise, and perfectly geared for city driving. There’s also an automatic option available on the 1.2 litre model, but it’s probably one to avoid, as it isn’t the smoothest, whilst it also reduces fuel economy.
Two punchy petrol engines
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your i10, you’ve got two options. Both engines in the range are petrol-powered, with the 3-cylinder 1.0 litre best suited to town driving.
City cars aren’t renowned for their impressive power outputs, and the i10 is no different. The most powerful engine in the range is the 1.2 litre 4-cylinder unit, which produces 87bhp, and will accelerate you from 0-62mph in 12.3 seconds. It feels nippy around town, and offers greater flexibility at higher speeds, so if you’re planning on doing a fair amount of motorway driving, it’s worth considering this engine.
The greenest engine in the i10 range is the 1.0 Blue Drive, which produces just 98g/km of CO2 emissions. That’s low enough for this particular i10 to be tax free, whilst it will also give eco-friendly buyers the peace of mind that they’re making a contribution to conserving our planet. This engine is also the best for money-savers, as it offers the greatest fuel efficiency. With up to 65.7mpg on offer, you can save yourself plenty of money each month at the petrol pumps.
Whichever engine you choose to go for in your i10 you’re going to get a fantastic city car. Both are nippy and responsive, and the 1.0 litre petrol engine is surprisingly quiet for a 3-cylinder block. The 1.2 litre offers greater day-to-day flexibility, particularly if you live out of town.
Not the class-leader, but good standard safety kit
Like most other city cars, the Hyundai i10 failed to achieve the highest possible 5-star NCAP safety rating. With scores of 79% in adult safety, 80% in child safety, and 71% in pedestrian safety, the i10 is average for it’s class. The VW Up!/Seat Mii/Skoda Citigo trio did achieve the maximum 5-star rating however, so if you’re especially concerned with safety, it might be worth considering those as options. Nevertheless, the i10 still comes with six airbags, stability control, and a tyre-pressure monitoring system as standard.
Excellent value for money, if you avoid the cost of new-car depreciation
The Hyundai i10 is one of the best value production cars currently on sale. No matter which i10 you go for you’re going to get impressive fuel efficiency, with even the thirstiest achieving 57.6mpg. CO2 emissions are also low, though it’s worth considering the 1.0 Blue Drive model if you want free road tax.
Insurance cost in the i10 are also exceptionally good value, with no car exceeding group 5. In fact, if you go for the 1.0 litre engine, no matter which level of specification you go for it’ll be in the lowest group 1. Only the top of the range 1.2 Premium SE is in group 5, with the rest of the 1.2 litre range falling in group 4.
Depreciation is a factor with the Hyundai i10, but only if you choose to buy from new. With first year depreciation as high as 40%, you’re better off opting for an inspected used equivalent.
The Hyundai i10 is without doubt the best city car that money can buy. It’s good to drive, refined, spacious, and generously equipped. It might not be the safest car in its class, but it’s still cheap to run, and exceptionally good value for money.
Buying a used Hyundai i10 online with Carspring
If you’re after a used Hyundai i10 for sale, it can all feel like a bit of an ordeal. What, with long days spent around gigantic car supermarkets, or time spent trawling through classified websites, looking for that ideal used i10. Carspring makes it simple. Buy your next used Hyundai i10 online with the touch of a button. Simply decide on the model you want and choose how you want to pay.
Looking to finance your used Hyundai? Not a problem, we work with our carefully selected finance partners to ensure that, if you’re paying monthly for your used Hyundai i10, you know you’re getting the best rates. What’s more, with any Carspring used i10, you also get our 14-day money-back guarantee and 6 months’ free Warranty. Plus, you don’t have to leave your home. We’ll deliver your used Hyundai to you at a time and place of your choice.
*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st-year depreciation cost of 40%.