Hyundai i10 (2014 – 2019) Review

Hyundai i10 (2014 – 2019) At A Glance

4/5

+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 rear brake discs, which are only covered for 2 years under the Hyundai warranty.

Insurance Groups are between 1–7
On average it achieves 81% of the official MPG figure

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

Real MPG average for a Hyundai i10 (2014 – 2019)

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Average performance

81%

Real MPG

29–61 mpg

MPGs submitted

400

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I have an issue with constantly sticking rear brakes. Can you help?
"I have a Hyundai i10 and am having a problem with constantly sticking rear brakes, to the extent that once I was not able to get the car to move. I experience the 'crack' mentioned by another owner every time I use the car. I park on the road, but it is on a slight downward slope. I leave it in reverse gear but daren't leave the handbrake off in case it rolls forward. Can you help?"
It's a fairly common issue that affects a number of cars. When you leave your i10 parked up with the handbrake on for an extended period, the brake discs corrode and the pads stick to the discs. This is more likely to happen in wet weather. We'd recommend leaving your car in gear without the handbrake on – it might feel unnerving but if it's in gear, it won't move. You could also try changing the pads – some are more prone to sticking than others.
Answered by Andrew Brady
What's the best small auto with plenty of electrics?
"Can you advise a small automatic car with sat nav? Budget is about £15,000."
We'd recommend a Ford Fiesta. Your budget will get a year-old Titanium model which comes with Ford SYNC 3 navigation with an eight-inch display. The 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine with automatic gearbox is a good combination. Alternatively, consider the slightly smaller Hyundai i10. Look for one with the optional Tech Pack for navigation.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Why are their differing mpg ans CO2 figures for some models?
"I'm looking to buy a used Hyundai i10 but am confused by the differing mpg and emissions data for the 2017 - 2019 1.0-litre models. I did not think that the i10 had been changed during this period. Is it just that the ways of measuring have been altered over these years, or are the 2017 models really more efficient than the more recent models? Thanks."
The differing mpg and CO2 is down to the way the cars are officially tested. Older vehicles are assessed under the old NEDC test, while newer cars are tested against the more realistic WLTP standard: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/what-is-wltp-new-fuel-economy-test-explained/ This means lots of cars have two separate CO2 and mpg figures.
Answered by Dan Powell
What city cars with auto gearboxes do you recommend?
"I want to buy a 2018 or 2019 automatic city car. What are your thoughts on the Hyundai i10 and Kia Picanto? I like these because of the warranty. What are your recommendations? Thanks."
A Hyundai i10 or Kia Picanto would be a great choice. As you say, they come with a long warranty, and they use very reliable torque-converter automatic gearboxes (rather than the frustrating automated manual transmissions used in many city cars). You won't find a better automatic city car.
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