The Hyundai i10 is a good-value small car with good interior space for its size – its just a shame its engines are a bit weak and rather noisy
If you’re after a car that will have no trouble squeezing through gaps and parking in the tightest of streets but don’t want to make compromises on passenger space and practicality, then the Hyundai i10 is a great 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 one of the roomiest small city cars out there.
Indeed, what the interior lacks in quality materials it makes up for with space. The Hyundai i10 has 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’s and will take the weekly shop no problem.
You can get a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system in mid-range models while sat-nav with live traffic alerts can be fitted to high-spec models. It’s an easy system to use thanks to big icons and logical menus, but you get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard with the infotainment system so you can just hook up your phone and use its own sat-nav apps.
The Hyundai i10 may look small but the boxy body hides one of the most spacious back seats of any city car
Unlike most city cars, the Hyundai i10 feels stable at motorway speeds and its suspension irons out bumps well. The 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.
Even if you never plan your i10 to leave the city, it’s nice to know that you can have the latest safety assists fitted to it. You can have emergency auto braking which should all but eliminate low speed shunts and you can also have a lane keep assist fitted which gives you a little beep if it senses you drifting off your lane.
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