The Hyundai i10 is a good-value small car with spacious back seats considering its size – its just a shame its engines are a bit weak and rather noisy
If you’re after a small city car but want a reasonable size boot and just enough room for five adults then the Hyundai i10 is a decent choice. Okay, the interior doesn’t feel as well-built as a Volkswagen Up, nor is it as fun to drive as the Ford Ka+, but it’s the roomiest small city car out there.
This version of the Hyundai i10 first went on sale in 2013, but it was updated in 2017 with a seven-inch infotainment screen, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring systems, as well as extra safety kit. That touchscreen infotainment screen adds a bit of a high-tech touch to the interior, but it’s only available on top-spec models, and even then you have to put up with cheap-feeling interior plastics – but that’s normal at this price.
What the interior lacks in quality materials it makes up for with space. Okay, so this is still a small car, but the Hyundai i10 does a decent job of providing roomy back seats – three adults will fit back there for short journeys which is far better than the four-seat-only Volkswagen Up can manage. The boot is quite impressive for a small car too – it’s about as roomy as that in the Up. Fold the i10’s rear seats down and you’re left with a large space, but a bump in the floor means you’ll struggle to slide heavy items all the way in.
It might look small but the i10 has a decent amount of space in the back – some much bigger cars have way less knee room
Unlike most city cars, the Hyundai i10 feels stable at motorway speeds and its suspension softens out bumps relatively well. The Hyundai i10 is also available with a four-speed automatic gearbox, which is far smoother than the jerky automatic option in the VW Up. It’s worth paying extra for if you’ll do a lot of town driving, just to save your clutch leg from aching.
If town is where your i10 will spend most of its time then you’ll be fine with the 1.0-litre petrol engine, which will get about 50mpg. However it struggles to get up to motorway speeds, and you’re better off with the similarly economical but more-powerful 87hp 1.2-litre petrol engine if you do the odd long drive, though you’ll still need to change down a few gears to overtake anything.
It’s not necessarily a bad thing it doesn’t go that fast – the Hyundai i10 isn’t exactly littered with safety kit, and it only scored four stars in Euro NCAP’s crash tests back in 2014. Where the Hyundai i10 really outshines other city cars is in terms of its practicality. It’s the roomiest small car on sale, doesn’t cost the earth and has a long five-year warranty – and it’s as comfy as a bigger car. If that’s what you want from a small car then look no further.