Hyundai i10 (2008 – 2014) At A Glance
Fun to drive, cheap to run and attractive to the eye, the i10 was a huge step forward for Hyundai. Demand exceeded supply by more than 50 per cent as the public became i10 converts.
The 1.1-litre engine romps along quite respectably on the motorway, and despite low gearing of 20mph per 1000rpm in 5th, it isn’t too noisy. The steering is decently direct, doesn’t wander or give you that eerie feeling the car is about to fall over on long sweeping bends. The i10 actually handles very well considering the upright torsos inside are not ideal for its centre of gravity.
There’s plenty of headroom and legroom in the back, easily accessed by decent sized rear doors. Luggage capacity, all seats fully occupied, is a sensible 258 litres. The rear seats fold down to provide a much better load platform than the standard Panda and C1 clones. There’s a space saver spare under the floor rather than a can of glop that can’t fix a blowout. And the i10’s relatively long wheelbase gives decent ride quality.
Hyundai i10 1.1 2008 Road Test
Hyundai i10 1.2 2008 Road Test and Video
Hyundai i10 Blue 2011 Road Test and Video
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Should I buy a Hyundai i10 without a service history?
"I am in the process of buying a 2011 Hyundai i10 which has done 25,000 mileage, one previous owner. The service history looks good but stops at 2016 (which could be ok as the car has not covered many miles from that time to justify a service). The dealer can't tell me when the car was last serviced, either.
Also, when does the cam belt or timing belt have to be replaced on this car? And how can I ensure that the air con is topped up? I tried the air con but it was blowing warm air.
One last thing - why would a dealer increase the car price by £500? The car is now being advertised for £3,400 but was £2900 originally..."
I wouldn't buy a car that hasn't had a basic service in five years. If the car has no paperwork then I would assume the servicing hasn't been done. The lack of history suggests that the car has been neglected by its previous owner and is in a poor mechanical condition.
The 1.2 petrol engine uses a timing chain that is designed to last the life of the car. However, if the oil has not been changed regularly then the chain could be on its last legs. It also reads like the air con is faulty (it should kick in within a minute or two of the engine starting).
The dealer has probably pushed up the price because he/she has had a lot of interest in the car and is looking to make a fast profit. Given the lack of service history and the dodgy pricing, I would suggest that you find another car to buy.
We want a small car for less than £2000. What advice would you give to a clueless buyer?
"We need a second car for local trips (the school run, popping to the shops etc - no long motorway journeys). I don't want to spend more than £2000 and I've narrowed it down to three (I think), all with full service history and falling around 2008-2010. They are Toyota Aygos 1.0-litre (mileage 45-79k); Hyundai i10 1.1 or 1.2 (mileage 44-55k); and Ford Ka (2009-10) 1.2 (50k or 84k). My head says Hyundai. What advice would you give to a clueless cash car buyer?"
At this price point, it's best not to focus too much on searching out a particular model. Keep an open mind and seek out a good car for sale locally. You might find a hidden gem – a car that's been well cared for, being sold by an honest private seller and for a good price. Evidence of regular maintenance is desirable (although don't necessarily expect a fully-stamped service book), as is a long MoT test. We'd generally advise avoiding trade sellers at this price range – there are quite a few unscrupulous sellers shifting cheap cars that have been plucked from auction and are fit for scrap. That said, you might find a reputable dealer selling a good car that's been taken in part-exchange.
The Hyundai i10, Kia Picanto and Toyota Aygo (as well as the very similar Peugeot 107 and Citroen C1) are all good choices that'll be cheap to run, although their popularity with young drivers pushes prices up. You could also look at the slightly bigger Ford Fiesta – the 1.25-litre engine is very reliable and there are loads about (so you can be picky about condition).
Is the Toyota Aygo with the auto gearbox any good?
"I'm looking for a first car - which needs to be economical, compact, reliable and automatic. I've found a 2007 Toyota Aygo 1.0-litre with 46,000 miles for £3000. What is your experience of this model, please? Is this a good price? Many thanks."
Aygos are great first cars but, unfortunately, their automatic gearboxes are woeful. It uses a robotised manual gearbox which is jerky and can go expensively wrong. You'd be better looking for a Hyundai i10 or Kia Picanto.
Is it worth replacing a car's engine?
"Is it worth replacing the engine of 2010 Hyundai i10 ?"
A 10-year-old i10 will be worth around £1500-£2000. Replacing the engine will easily set you back £1200. Probably better to replace the car.