Hyundai i10 (2014 – 2019) Review

Hyundai i10 (2014 – 2019) At A Glance

Honest John Overall Rating
A brilliant executed city car that offers superb value for money, the Hyundai i10 can easily mix it with the Toyota Aygo and Volkswagen Up.

+Stylish, good quality interior. Roomier and more mature than its predecessor. Refined for a small car and decent to drive.

-Auto gearbox undergeared for motorways. No driver’s seat height adjustment on base trim.

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

The i10 of 2014 was an important milestone in Hyundai’s transition from value brand to one that sells on desirability. This city car retained all of the strengths normally associated with the Korean firm, while adding style, cabin appeal and equipment to tempt buyers away from their comfort zone of the Citroen C1, its sister car the Toyota Aygo and the undeniably solid Volkswagen Up. That makes the Hyundai i10 a very serious contender for used buyers now. Read on for our full Hyundai i10 review.

The original Hyundai i10 proved a big hit, 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 the second-generation model in 2014, it started with a clean sheet of paper. In the process, the firm focused on a number of key areas, in particular refinement and quality.

It was a huge step change from its predecessor. That’s something we’ve now become accustomed to from Hyundai, yet the rate of improvement felt astonishing at the time.

The Hyundai i10 is certainly a handsome hatchback, with neat lines and a far less boxy look than its predecessor. Yet there is plenty of room inside, with especially impressive space in the back and a decent boot that’s bigger than that of the Hyundai i10 that went before.

The interior is another highlight – it’s easily one of the best in this class of the era, with a good-quality feel, no exposed metals and no visible screwheads. From behind the steering wheel, it’s hard to believe you’re in a city car.

What the Hyundai 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, manual or auto gearboxes, plus 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 part of the used market would go on the Hyundai i10. It’s genuinely a great little car.

If you’re looking for the newer version, you need our Hyundai i10 2023 review.

Ask Honest John

What's the best car for a new driver?

"My grandson,17,has just passed his driving test and is looking for a first car. Can you advise on which models to choose based on reliability and insurance costs? His maximum budget is £5-6K."
A Hyundai i10 or Kia Picanto with the frugal 1.0-litre petrol engine would be a good choice. It's also worth looking at slightly bigger cars like the Hyundai i20 - sometimes they're cheaper to insure, so get some insurance quotes first. We'd also recommend a Toyota Aygo.
Answered by Andrew Brady

What's a good first car for my daughter?

"My daughter has decided to buy a car. She lives in a seaside town where parking is at a premium. She needs a car that is small reliable and can get her about her town and about Cornwall where she lives. She has bought a Fiat Panda 2012 plate and it has already broken down twice and needs substantial work (so they say) I think she has bought a lemon what advice would you give her? . "
There might be potential on the Fiat Panda yet. All used cars usually need a little work doing to them... once this has been carried out, there could be plenty of life left in it. It's worth seeking a second opinion from another garage. If your daughter wishes to replace the Panda, we'd recommend looking at a Hyundai i10 or Kia Picanto. Both are great little cars that represent good value for money on the used market. Ideally, look for one being sold with as much history as possible - a genuine private seller is the Holy Grail.
Answered by Andrew Brady

What's the best small car for up to £9000?

"What is the best solution for my needs. I spend the summer in England and would like a smallish car for that period. Price range £8000 to £9000. I will only do about 1500 miles in that time. I realise it is not good to leave a car standing for a 6 month period my need is for convenience. Any thoughts? "
You say it's not a good idea to leave a car standing for six months but so long as you store it properly and disconnect the battery, or ideally connect a trickle charger, there should be no major problems. A good idea would be to get some axle stands and leave the wheels off the ground while you're away, though, to prevent flat spots on the tyres. When you return to it, check all the fluids carefully before restarting the engine and check the tyre pressures, then drive gently for the first few miles to clear any corrosion off the brake discs. We'd recommend a simple car with a good reliability record for this purpose - a Hyundai i10, Kia Picanto or Toyota Yaris would be a sensible choice.
Answered by Craig Cheetham

What city cars would you recommend?

"Our very loved Golf TDI has just been written off by a drunk driver. We only travel to work Monday to Friday about 30 mins each way so looking for a city car, that's economical, reliable and not too ugly! I have always had VWs, but so many people say you don't get much for your money with the VW Up and we should shop around for maybe a Hyundai or Fiat 500. I would appreciate hearing your views."
The Volkswagen Up is an excellent city car although it can be more expensive compared to alternatives. We would suggest looking at the Hyundai i10, Kia Picanto and Toyota Aygo. You can read our guide to the best city cars here:
Answered by David Ross
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