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Hyundai i10 (2014–)

Last updated 18 May 2018

Stylish and good quality interior. Roomier and more mature than its predecessor. Very refined for a small car. Handles well and good to drive.
Achilles heel (shared with previous i10) is rapidly corroding and otherwise failing brakes, which are only covered for 2 years under the Hyundai warranty.
Updated 14 May 2018

Report of surface rusts on rear brake discs of 2016 Hyundai i10 found by the dealer during its 2nd service at just 5,000 miles. Dealer offered to clean them up for £287, which implies re-surfacing...

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Introduction

The original i10 proved a big hit for Hyundai, with its practical nature and excellent value for money ticking a lot of boxes for UK buyers. But Hyundai isn't a company to rest on its laurels and for this second generation model it's starting from scratch. In the process, it's focussed on some key areas for the new i10, in particular refinement and quality, but one thing remains and that's its strong value for money.

The new i10 starts at just £8345 which is the same price as the outgoing model and even the top model is only £10,495, yet this car is a huge step change from its predecessor. That's something we've become accustomed to from Hyundai, yet the rate of improvement is still astonishing. Compare a Hyundai from 10 years ago with a modern one and they couldn't be more different.

It's certainly a handsome hatchback with neat lines and a far less boxy look than its predecessor. Yet it still has plenty of room inside, with especially impressive space in the back and a decent boot that's bigger than before.

The interior is another highlight – it's easily one of the best in this class with a good quality feel, no exposed metals and no visible screw heads. From behind the steering wheel it's hard to believe you're in a car that costs less than £10,000.

What the i10 does so well is get the basics right: it's well built, good to drive and has a quality interior. Throw in two great engines along with impressive refinement and you've got a winner on your hands.

After that the rest pretty much takes care of itself. True it may not have the cool factor of the Fiat 500 or the image of the Volkswagen Up, but in our opinion the smart money in this market would go on the i10. It's genuinely a great little car.

Hyundai i10 2014 Road Test

Owners' reviews

4
good overall
5
well appointed city car
5
A brilliant little car.
4
Small but brilliant
5
Comfortable and reliable, perfect for my need.
5
Love it.
 

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