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Hyundai i10 (2008–2014)

Last updated 29 September 2018

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.
Clutch and headlight adjuster motor problems took a long time for Hyundai to solve. 1.1-litre best avoided. Achilles heel is rapidly corroding and otherwise failing brakes, which are only covered for 2 years under the Hyundai warranty.
Updated 29 September 2018

Report of gearbox failure of 2012 Hyundai i10at 35k miles. 30 dated faults reported since January 2011

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Introduction

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 I 10 2

Hyundai i10 1.1 2008 Road Test

Hyundai i10 1.2 2008 Road Test and Video

Hyundai i10 Blue 2011 Road Test and Video

Owners' reviews

4
Nice car, pretty paintwork
3
Very poor build quality
2
Not Great
5
Nippy. load hauler. Which is fun round town but, also cruises well on a motorway at around 70 all day 4's comfortable 5 at a squeeze.
4
Holiday Rental - It was okay but not exciting, made me tired, underpowered
5
good
 

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