The Hyundai i10 has always been a very good city car ever since the first generation was introduced in 2007. It was then renewed in 2013 and once again last year, and the latest iteration does not disappoint.
It has a very youthful styling inside and out without going over the top, it can be ordered with different wheels, two-tone paintjobs and lots of optional extras that were once reserved for the luxury class, and its size and price range makes it easy on the wallet both in the short and the long run.
Priced at £12,820 ($16,107), it is £285 ($358) more affordable than the rivaling Volkswagen Up! 5-door in the United Kingdom and £380 ($477) pricier than the Toyota Aygo. It is offered in the SE, SE Connect, Premium and N Line trim levels, with either a 66 HP (67 PS / 49 kW) 1.0-liter or a 83 HP (84 PS / 62 kW) 1.2-liter engine, as well as a 99 HP (100 PS / 74 kW) 1.0-liter T-GDi that’s available only with the top spec.
CarGurus drove a Premium model equipped with the 1.2L MPi gasoline unit and found it not slow, but not fast either, and appreciated the grip, steering, brakes and suspension. Fill the decent-sized boot (for a city car) and add three more passengers and it will struggle to keep up with traffic, but for the daily commute, it is more than fine, if you can live with such a small model.
If you’re in the market for a small hatchback, then you cannot go wrong with the new i10 – if you live outside the U.S. that is, because the cheapest Hyundai on sale here is the subcompact Accent, which starts at $15,295.