2015 Hyundai i10 Hatchback Review

Small but mighty, the i10’s a cracking city car.

Hyundai’s massive product push is no better exhibited than by its smallest offering. The i10 is a superb city car that’ll cost you next-to-nothing to run, and isn’t just confined to city streets. It’s good enough to be fighting for honours at the top of the class.

Review

What is it?
We like the i10; it’s cleverly packaged and neatly styled. It faces some tough rivals like the Volkswagen up! and its SEAT and Skoda relations, Kia’s Picanto, the Toyota Aygo and its French cousins the Citroen C1 and Peugeot 108, but the Korean’s arguably got the measure of them all. Sitting in Band A3 for tax (auto excepted, that's in B2) and with excellent economy, it’s cheap to run, while Hyundai’s impressive five-year warranty and customer service give real peace of mind, too.

What is it like?
Small, but big. Sounds daft, but the i10 squeezes a lot into its diminutive proportions. It’s smartly packaged, meaning those rear seats aren’t a joke, while the boot’s a decent size, too. The cabin is nicely laid out, with clear instruments, big, easy push-button functionality and good build quality. Some of the plastics are hard, but that equates to tough, not cheap feeling. To drive it’s able as well, the 66hp 1.0-litre three-cylinder a willing performer. The steering is overly light, but the ride cosseting and refinement good.

Carzone verdict: 4.5/5
If you want classier you’ll have to go with the Volkswagen up!, though if you’re after value (the i10 costs as much to run as many people spend on their mobile phones) then the i10 is difficult to fault. That it looks good and drives well adds to its appeal, while that warranty is also tough to ignore for private buyers. Opt for the Deluxe though, as the €1,500 or so premium is well worth it for the equipment it adds to the Classic.