Used Hyundai i10 buying guide (2013-present)

The Hyundai i10 is an affordable small car featuring a sturdy, spacious interior, an economical engine lineup and an impressive five-year transferrable warranty. The facelifted i10 went on sale in 2017 but there are some great deals on used versions.

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What is it?

The i10 has a spacious cabin that belies the car’s small size and offers surprisingly grown-up levels of comfort on the road. Low running costs, a long warranty and great reliability make it a smart second-hand buy. Cars such as the VW Up may be more fun to drive than the i10, but few models this size can match its blend of practicality and comfort. It’s also one of the few city cars offered with a traditional torque converter automatic gearbox that’s smoother than the automated-manual type offered on most rivals.

Hyundai i10 2016 facelift

A facelifted i10 was revealed in late 2016. The new version didn’t change much beyond getting a new grille design, redesigned front and rear bumpers, plus updated LED daytime running lights. The interior was also refreshed with a splash of colour trim and a seven-inch infotainment system giving the car a more modern-feeling interior.

What engine should I get?

Two frugal petrol engines are offered – a three-cylinder 1.0-litre that’s ideally suited to town driving or a more powerful four-cylinder 1.2-litre that’s more comfortable at motorway speeds. The 1.0-litre is capable of returning up to 65mpg while the thirstier 1.2-litre engine returns a claimed 45mpg.

Both engines come mated to a five-speed manual as standard, but the 1.2-litre can be had with a four-speed automatic gearbox. While the ‘box itself is a little sluggish, it makes the i10 one of the few city cars that comes with a traditional auto compared to the jerky automated manuals used in the VW Up or Citroen C1.

Used Hyundai i10 running costs and insurance

All i10s are generally cheap to tax thanks to their eco-friendly engines. Parts are fairly inexpensive and should cost less than competitors from the VW group. The i10 is one of the easiest cars on the market to insure – all 1.0-litre petrol models fall in insurance group 1, while the more powerful 1.2-litre only top out at insurance groups 4 or 5.

Should I pick used or new Hyundai i10?

Buying a used i10 has its benefits – it’s generally cheaper than buying a new model and, because dealers have stock cars available, you can drive away on the same day. There are benefits to picking a new model, however, such as the fact that new cars tend to be offered with better finance packages and that you can pick your exact colour, trim and spec before buying. For more information, check out our explainer of the pros and cons of new vs used cars.

Can I get a pre-reg used Hyundai i10?

Dealers will have a range of i10s pre-registered and ready-to-go their forecourts. Models that are pre-registered will have first been registered by the dealer to help them meet their targets – they are essentially new cars but you’ll technically be the second owner if you purchase one.

Used Hyundai i10 problems and what to look out for

So far, the i10 has proved to be fairly reliable, with very few problems reported. The most common problems seem to involve headlight adjustment failure, starting issues due to electrical faults or loose floor mats. Luckily the former two problems are covered under the car’s warranty and should easily be repairable.

Used Hyundai i10 warranty and servicing

The i10 comes with a five-year, unlimited mileage warranty that includes roadside assistance and vehicle health checks – a service that inspects and replaces the car’s vital components as needed. This warranty is transferrable between owners so used buyers can benefit too. The i10’s service intervals are every one year or 10,000 miles, whichever comes first.

What options should I look out for?

The Hyundai only came in a choice of three trim levels so there are only a handful of optional extras available outside of these trims.

Hyundai i10 model history

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