Review: Hyundai i10 (2008 – 2014)
Cheap to own. All models have aircon, five seatbelts and flat folding rear seats. Rides and handles quite well for its size. 99g/km Blue model from early 2011.
1.1-litre best avoided. Achilles heel is rapidly corroding and otherwise failing brakes.
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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.
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Hyundai i10 (2008 – 2014): What's It Like Inside?
- Boot space is 225–910 litres
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.
It's even decently trimmed inside, with no bare metal or screwheads reminding you how little you paid for the car.
Standard specification - i10 Classic
* Air conditioning
* 14" steel wheels
* Electric windows (front)
* Coloured keyed bumpers
* Central locking (with tailgate unlock/lock)
* Four airbags with passenger side cut off switch
* Stereo with CD, MP3 compatibility, aux in port and 6 speakers
Standard specification - i10 Comfort
As Classic, plus:
* Electric windows (front & rear)
* Coloured keyed outside handles and wing mirrors
* Remote control central locking
* Height adjustable driver's seat
* Underfloor luggage box
* 14" alloy wheels
Standard specification - i10 Style
As Comfort, plus:
* 15" alloy wheels
* Heated front seats
* Metal grain fascia
* Metal painted interior handles
* Rear roof Spoiler
* Electric Sunroof
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What's the Hyundai i10 (2008 – 2014) like to drive?
I really liked the original Hyundai i10 1.1 when I tested it. And so, it seems, did everyone else. Demand exceeded supply by more than 50% and, after expecting to sell 7000 in its first year, by October 2008 Hyundai had already sold 11,000.
The main problem was supply of the 1.1 engines. Happily now solved by the advent of the all-new alloy block, chain-cam 1.2 Kappa engine.
This eager little engine delivers more power and torque and more performance, yet emits slightly less CO2.
Astonishingly, this tiny car is actually a full-five seater, with five proper lap/diagonal seatbelts. There's plenty of headroom in the back. And the rear cushions fold forward so the 60/40 seatbacks can be folded to leave a flat luggage deck.
Underneath the rearmost section there's a 6-inch deep modular tray. And under that, a space-saver spare wheel.
It somehow conspires to out-Panda a Panda, offering quite strong acceleration at low speeds and astonishing handling for something so small and tall. It gets a bit flat on the motorway, but the reason for that is its sensibly long gearing in 5th of around 23mph per 1000rpm, which means it's no buzzbox, only pulling around 3000rpm at 70.
The benefits don't end there. Everything seems to have been thought of including a passenger airbag keyswitch, ISOFIX childseat tethers for the outer rears. Even the rear windows wind right down into the doors. And how many cars this size and price come with an electric sliding sunroof?
On my second day in it I found myself romping along with a grin from ear to ear. That said, it won't have escaped your attention that the price has gone up a fair bit since the March launch. The 1.2 Style and Comfort are actually £650 more than the original 1.1s. But the state the Pound is in you can hardly blame Hyundai for that.
I reckon it's the best big-little car you can buy.
|1.0||67 mpg||14.8 s||99 g/km|
|1.1||54–59 mpg||15.6 s||114–124 g/km|
|1.2||51–61 mpg||12.2–13.8 s||108–129 g/km|
|1.2 Automatic||48 mpg||14.4 s||139 g/km|
Real MPG average for a Hyundai i10 (2008 – 2014)
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