Hyundai i10 Review

Independent review by Peter Hayward from Driving Force

4-minute read

Hyundai i10 Exterior Front

Hyundai i10 (2013-2019)

The Hyundai i10 brings sharp styling and practicality to the used city car market, offering more space than its rivals at an affordable price

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  • Above average boot size
  • Low emissions
  • Easy to drive
  • Smaller engines lack power
  • Rivals are more eye-catching
  • Not the most comfortable
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What's the Hyundai i10 like?

Hyundai's i10 was originally a no nonsense city car that was cheap to buy and run, with excellent economy, low emissions, and a superb transferable seven-year warranty.

It sold in large numbers in the UK, many thought the company would stick with the same philosophy when the second i10 came out in 2013.

But instead, the Korean carmaker decided to give the second generation model a more quality feel so that it would attract buyers on its own merits and not just because it was cheap.

Yet, prices were kept well down so that they're still reasonable to buy in the used car market.

Hyundai’s reliability has been very good ever since it launched in this country and although used i10 prices are low, the chances are you'll still get many happy miles out of one.

Driving Experience and Practicality

They're all very easy to drive, manoeuvre, and park, and for what is a pretty small car, they feel spacious inside with good quality materials.
Peter Hayward

There's some wind and road noise, but it’s not too intrusive, and the engine is smooth and reasonably quiet until pressed.

Handling and road-holding are good, giving a fair amount of fun through the corners and although the driving position is not perfect, it's not too uncomfortable.

There’s room for four adults, and comfort is up to or better than other city cars. The boot is pretty small, but the back seats fold to give more space.


All have five doors and base S models have a height adjustable steering column, front and side airbags, front electric windows and body colour bumpers.

The second generation model comes with a choice of two petrol engines - a 3-cylinder 1.0-litre with 67bhp, also available with Bluedrive fuel saving measures, and a 4-cylinder 1.2-litre with 87bhp.

Both are very good in their own way, refined, and very economical. The 1.0-litre Bluedrive is capable of no less than 55mpg and just 106g/km of carbon dioxide emissions, but it takes 14.3 seconds to reach 60mph from rest.

The 1.2-litre is capable of 51mpg and 125g/km of CO2, but covers the sprint in a better 11.7 seconds.

The Bluedrive models come with low rolling resistance tyres and other fuel saving tech that helps make them so reasonable to run.

Good power steering, small size, and an almost vertical rear make these little cars very town friendly, and they also cope well with longer trips.

As well as a 5-speed manual gearbox, there’s a 4-speed automatic, but this runs out of oomph at anything above 60mph.


The SE adds an alarm, heated electric mirrors, height adjust driver’s seat, rear electric windows, and remote locking, while you need to go up to Premium to get alloy wheels and remote audio control and to Play models to get air conditioning, cruise control, and traction control.

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For such a compact city car, you'd expect very little room inside, but the Hyundai i10 offers an impressive boot space at an affordable price. Not only is the i10 spacious, it's also fun to drive and easy to manoeuvre, making tight parking spaces and city roads a delight.

Here at CarStore, you're able to buy your car your way. Whether that be online, in-person, or a mix of both, the choice is yours. With an extensive variety of used cars available, we're sure to have a car that suits your lifestyle.