Hyundai i10 great

for city driving

Hyundai i10 2011, front
Hyundai i10 Blue, front
Hyundai i10 Blue, side
Hyundai i10 Blue, rear
Hyundai i10 Blue, interior

HYUNDAI'Si10 is a no nonsense city car that's cheap to buy and cheap to run, with excellent economy, low emissions and a transferable seven year warranty.

It has sold in large numbers here, so if you're not absolute sure about one, move on to the next and make sure the one you buy has full service history to make sure it's been properly cared for.

Hyundai's reliability has been very good ever since it launched in this country and secondhand i10 prices are very reasonable because of low prices new. They are all very easy to drive, manoeuvre and park.

I'll concentrate here on the model built between 2008 and 2013, which initially came with 1.1 or 1.2-litre engines.

This was replaced in 2011 by a new high economy 1.0-litre and a 1.25 four and the whole car was refreshed and up-dated.

The 1.0-litre three cylinder Blue Eco model comes with low rolling resistance tyres and other fuel saving tech that makes it very reasonable to run.

Good power steering, small size and an almost vertical rear make all i10s very town friendly and they even cope reasonably well with longer trips.

As well as a five-speed manual gearbox there's a four-speed automatic but this runs out of 'oomph' at anything above 60 miles an hour and is to be avoided unless you have to have it.

There is some wind and road noise but it's not too intrusive and the engine is smooth and reasonably quiet until pressed.

Handling and road-holding are pretty good, giving a fair amount of fun through the corners and although the driving position is not perfect, I didn't find it really uncomfortable.

There's room for four adults and comfort is up to other city cars, but the boot is tiny.

FAST FACTS

Price: Pay about £3,150 for an '11-11-reg Blue, or £4,000 for the same model on a '13 13-reg

Mechanical: 998cc, 68bhp, 4cyl petrol engine driving front wheels via 5-speed manual gearbox

Max Speed: 93mph

0-62mph: 15 seconds

Combined MPG: 67

Insurance Group: 9

C02 emissions: 99g/km

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