Hyundai i10 Review 2022

Hyundai i10 At A Glance

Honest John Overall Rating
It is not the small car bargain it once was, but the Hyundai i10 retains its good old fashioned mix of value and comfort.

+Excellent 1.0 MPi petrol engine, low running costs, comfortable at motorway speeds, will easily carry four adults, lots of active safety kit fitted as standard.

-Not as good to drive as the Volkswagen Up. Crude automated manual transmission.

All versions of the Hyundai i10 are easy to drive, cheap to run and backed by a comprehensive five year unlimited mileage warranty. The Hyundai i10 is also bigger than the average city car, meaning more interior space and a bigger boot. But what makes it stand out is its blend of comfort and handling. True, the i10 might not be quite as much fun to drive as the Volkswagen Up, but the i10 makes a compelling case for the best city car on the market. Read our Hyundai i10 review to find out more. 

At face value, the Hyundai i10 sits at the higher end of city car prices, when compared models such as the Volkswagen Up, Toyota Aygo and Peugeot 108. Mid-spec models with a couple of optional extras easily exceed £14,000.

But you do at least get a lot for your money with the Hyundai i10, both in terms of space and equipment. In fact, it can easily be seen as a cheaper alternative to cars like the Ford Fiesta.

That’s because in terms of size, the Hyundai i10 sits between the traditional city car and the class above. And this means much better interior space than most city cars and a bigger boot too. In fact, the interior is a real highlight on the Hyundai i10. Yes there are the usual hard plastics but it doesn’t feel cheap and the design is both attractive and simple to use. 

As with previous generations of the Hyundai i10, this latest version is petrol-only. From launch, buyers get the choice of two engines: a 1.0-litre MPi three-cylinder with 67PS and 96Nm torque, as well as a 1.2-litre MPi four-cylinder with 84PS and 118Nm torque. 

The best, by far, is the 1.0 MPi: it has lots of low-gear acceleration and is reasonably hushed on the motorway. Advertised fuel economy is 58.8mpg. We think this is the model to go for and it’s ideally suited to zipping around town thanks to the fact it’s a three-cylinder engine. 

While it would make a great first car, Hyundai is open about the fact that the i10's market is predominately made up of the over 40s. Hence why its set-up is very much geared for comfort. The ride quality is smooth, the steering is light and all of the controls are easy to use. 

The handling is not as rewarding as the Volkswagen Up, but it's a big improvement on previous generations of the i10. The motor driven steering system is light at low-speeds, but firms up once you hit 50mph so you get a good feel for grip and road conditions. 

The main blot on the Hyundai i10's report card is the crude and clunky five-gear automated manual transmission - a replacement for the traditional auto gearbox used in the old model. You’re better off sticking to the manual.

Standard equipment levels are very good and there are no basic models in the line-up. The entry-level SE model has a leather trimmed steering wheel, DAB audio, air conditioning and a height adjustable driver's seat. Although you do have to suffer steel wheels.

The i10 also gets a comprehensive array of safety tech as standard, which includes high beam assist, cruise control, lane keep assist, autonomous emergency braking, speed limit warning and a system that will tell the driver to pull over and take a break if it detects tiredness.  

The third-generation i10 is easily Hyundai's best small car to date. Drivers who want a bit more fun will be better suited with the rewarding Volkswagen Up, while those wanting a cheaper alternative will look no further than the Kia Picanto and its seven-year-warranty. However, for if you want a refined, comfortable and affordable small car, the latest Hyundai i10 will not disappoint.

Looking for a second opinion? Why not read heycar's Hyundai i10 review.

Ask Honest John

Can you recommend a small automatic car for an older driver?
"Due to limited shoulder mobility my mother (in her late 70s) needs to replace her beloved 2008 Fiat Panda manual with an automatic car. She's never bought or chosen a car as her late husband always did this. And she hasn't driven any other car for over 10 years so any change will be a challenge. Her replacement car needs to be as small as possible (she's very used to being able to manoeuvre the Panda in small spaces) but five-door, with a high driving position and easy (not low) to get in and out of. Plus, reliable, simple and comfortable to drive - and, of course, economical. Ideally, as many safety tools and toys as possible e.g. cameras/sensors etc. Although she doesn't have or use sat-nav at the moment she can see its benefits and could be persuaded/taught to use it, if it was built in and very easy to use. Most of her driving is now short daily journeys on country lanes but this car needs to be economical and safe on faster roads too. (Ultimately, once she stops driving this may become the 'learner' car for her grandchildren.) Should she stay with petrol? Or consider a hybrid/electric? Or is that too unreliable living in a rural area with cold mornings for most of the year? Do you have any advice or suggestions on what make/models to look for or avoid? "
If you are buying used, the Suzuki Ignis auto. It is 3.7 metres long and just 1.7 metres wide, so it'll feel quite similar to your mother's Panda. What's more, with the Ignis sitting higher from the road than a normal hatchback, it's easy to get in and out of. A mid-spec SZ-T comes with touchscreen navigation and a rear parking camera. The Hyundai i10 is another impressive small car that's offered with an automatic gearbox. It's a comfortable small car that's well-equipped as standard and backed by a five-year warranty from Hyundai.
Answered by Dan Powell
Which engine should I choose for the Kia Picanto?
"I drive a Hyundia i20 2011, it's small, compact, great on space, fuel economy and I love it. It's great on the motorways and in the city. The problem is the rust underneath. I now need to start to look for another car and need something similar. Bhp would be the deciding factor for my next car. I need the same as what I have or above. I'm currently looking at the Kia Picanto, earliest model 2018-2022. I'm finding all the info on the different models baffling - too many engine size choices. Can you suggest which ones to test drive and which one to avoid? Also, I would like whichever car I buy to be undersealed due to the state my other car looks underneath. Do you have any advice on getting the car undersealed i.e. price, how long would I expect it to last and is it worth doing? "
The T-GDi is the engine I would go for – it's got lots of punch for a small car, but is also very good on fuel. The rest aren't so pokey. Also worth looking at the new Hyundai i10 – it launched in 2020 so it's a newer design than the Kia and is available with the same engine. Reviews of both below: Getting your car Waxoiled by a garage will cost about £350 and it will last several years, depending on use. I'd recommend shopping around for a garage that gets good reviews. Have never done it myself so can't recommend anyone.
Answered by Russell Campbell
Should we buy a new Hyundai i10 automatic?
"Until 12 months ago my wife very happily ran a Hyundai i10 1.2 Premium automatic. We decided to change and bought a Kia Picanto automatic which was only available with a 1.0 litre 3 cylinder engine. We quickly found that this was no match for the previous i10. We are on the verge of ordering the new Hyundai i10 Premium automatic but on research the new model is not the same engine and gearbox as previously. Currently reading some not very complimentary opinions about the new set up. Can you please advise as I don't want to jump from the frying pan into the fire?"
I'd explain the situation to a dealer and ask for an extended test drive to establish if the car works for you. Automatic gearboxes do often make small cars feel sluggish. I've not personally driven a new i10 auto so wouldn't feel comfortable advising whether it is good or bad.
Answered by Russell Campbell
Which small car do you recommend?
"My daughter has a Hyundai i10 but will shortly be looking for a new car. She wants something similar in size to the i10 or not much bigger, at least as high up as the i10, but the most important factors are a heated steering wheel and seat! As well as the i10 premium what should she be considering ? She does not seem interested in hybrids or all electric"
The latest Hyundai i10 is a good choice, as is the very similar Kia Picanto (available with heated seats and steering wheel in X-Line S or GT-Line S trim). Alternatively, we'd recommend slightly bigger hatchbacks like the Ford Fiesta, Volkswagen Polo and new Toyota Yaris.
Answered by Andrew Brady
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