Hyundai i10 Premium SE

THE Hyundai i10 may be the smallest car in the Korean company's range but don't let its neat dimensions fool you.

It may look small from the outside but clever packaging results in it being one of the best city cars on the market and it also offers good value for money.

The i10 range starts from just under £9,000 and you can choose from two petrol engines - a new 1.0-litre three cylinder unit which pumps out 66ps or a 1.2-litre which offers 87ps to provide a bit more punch.

You can also select from four trim levels and so there are combinations to suit most pockets.

I tried out the flagship of the range - the 1.2 Premium SE which costs £13,350 to get on the road if you opt for Red Passion metallic paint.

That amount of cash gets you alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, side body mouldings, door mirror integrated indicators,foglights, LED running lights and other nice exterior touches.

Inside you get heated front seats, split rear seats, climate control, a sunroof, privacy glass, cruise control, electric windows front and rear, heated steering wheel, parking sensors, power outlets and a proper space saver wheel.

On the tech front you get a seven inch colour touchscreen with navigation andMapcareLive services,Bluetooth, DAB radio and audio and phone controls on the wheel as well as a trip computer.

And the little Hyundai also features most of the latest safety and security measures as well as the company's valuable five-year unlimited mileage warranty.

All models come with the likes of electronic stability control and vehicle stability management, plus a tyre pressure monitoring system,seatbeltreminders and automatic central locking.

All this helps to make the i10 feel like a much bigger car and this model offers levels of equipment only found in larger vehicles costing thousands more.

There is room for four adults to travel in good comfort as long as the rear passengers are not very tall. The instruments and controls are well laid out, easy to read and use and there is good all-round visibility.

Fitted with the 1.2 power plant linked to a nice five-speed gearbox the i10 is good for 109mph and takes 12.1 seconds to reach 62mph.

The claimed combined mpg figure is 57.6 but expect to get around 50mpg in real world driving conditions with emissions of 114g/km.

The i10 is very nimble and great for town and city living but it is also good on longer journeys and has no difficulty keeping up with motorway traffic. It cruises quietly at the legal limit and it is easy to forget that you are in a small car.

FAST FACTS

Hyundai i10 Premium SE

Price:£13,350

Mechanical:87ps, 1,248cc, 4cyl petrol engine driving front wheels via 5-speed manual gearbox

Max Speed:109mph

0-62mph:12.1 seconds

Combined MPG:57.6

Insurance Group:4

C02 emissions:114g/km

Bik rating:21%

Warranty:3yrs/ 60,000 miles

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