Hyundai i10 (2014 – 2019) Review

Hyundai i10 (2014 – 2019) At A Glance


+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.

If you're looking for the newer version, you need our Hyundai i10 review.

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


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Average performance


Real MPG

29–61 mpg

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Can you recommend a used car for £4,500?
"I am looking to buy a used car for around £4,500. I am currently looking at a Hyundai i10 (2014 model) as this is the car that my parents' drive and that I currently drive. I'm looking for something cheap to run (tax, insurance, fuel etc.), reliable and will last a long time. Not sure how to tell if a second hand car dealership is trustworthy or not. Any advice?"
A Hyundai i10 sounds perfect. Not only will you be used to how it drives, but it's also a very reliable little car that'll be cheap to run. We'd also recommend the (very similar) Kia Picanto, while it might also be worth considering slightly bigger cars like the Ford Fiesta. In terms of finding a trustworthy second-hand dealership, it's a bit like anything these days – look at reviews and go with your gut instinct! Most reputable dealerships will have reviews on Google and Auto Trader, so check them out, and speak to people you know about local dealerships. If the sales people are too pushy or something doesn't feel right, walk away. It's worth looking for things like AA or RAC dealer accreditation, too.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Is the Hyundai i10 a good buy if I want to do some longer journeys?
"I have seen a 2018 Hyundai i10 1.2-litre Premium five-door with 9522 miles on the clock at a price of £9,000. I do mostly short journeys, six miles each way going up to about twenty miles each way with an occasional 100 mile round trip, but would like to take my car to Scotland and the south coast of England during 2022. I would be the sole driver and would rarely have any passengers. As I have not purchased a car since my Nissan Micra in 2015 I am not completely au fait with all the vehicles on the market. If you feel there is a better alternative I would be pleased to hear from you. My budget is £13,000. Do you believe this car would meet my needs? I have read that the Hyundai i10 entry level engine is "gutless"."
The Hyundai i10 is an excellent little city car that ought to make a very sensible used purchase. The 1.0-litre engine is punchy enough for town driving but it does sound like, for the kind of journeys you're planning to cover, the bigger 1.2-litre will be a better option. We'd also recommend looking at the very similar Kia Picanto. Alternatively, have you considered something slightly bigger? You'll get the latest Ford Fiesta in budget – it's a really good little hatchback with a bit more space than a Hyundai i10, making it more comfortable for longer journeys.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Will an ex-rental car give us future clutch problems?
"My wife’s been to look at a 2018 Hyundai i10 1.2-litre. It’s in good condition but the clutch pedal is at the end of its travel before the clutch bites. It has 8000 miles on the clock and has been a rental car. Is the clutch a problem waiting to happen? The dealer said it’s common on this model."
If the clutch bites at the top of its travel, it could indicate a worn clutch. I doubt it'll be that badly worn after two years/8000 miles and a replacement shouldn't be particularly expensive, but there are plenty of i10s on the market so walk away if you're not happy.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Which cars are the cheapest to insure for a learner?
"What's the cheapest car to insure for a learner driver?"
As a general rule, smaller cars with less power are cheaper to insure as they're seen as less risky options. Putting a named driver who’ll use your car on your policy can bring your premiums down as long as they’re not deemed high risk as well. Driving courses like Pass Plus may help a driver get a car insurance discount, while telematics (black box) policies can also lower a premium for a young driver. The Volkswagen Polo, Hyundai i10 and Toyota Aygo all have fairly low insurance bands (depending on a few factors like the engine and the trim you choose) — but I'd also recommend having a read of this:
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