Hyundai i10 - Eco City Car

The Hyundai i10 is remarkably good as a cheap and small yet spacious city runabout that beats most, if not all, of the competition in this sector. Nipping in and out of the urban crush, easy parking and saving money are this car's real strengths. Highways and bumpy roads will be tiring but at this price, there is little cause for complaint. The new city car is available from £7,725 ONR.

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Hyundai i10 - Car Tax Band

Small, modern city cars invariably excel in fuel economy and produce low CO2 emissions. The i10 is no exception in this regard with most models falling into Car Tax C and enjoying zero VED in their first year and low rates of around £30 a year after that. The not so economical automatic gearbox knocks the car up to band E, meaning a charge of £110 per year.

Hyundai i10 - Co2 Emissions

With most of its engine options, the Hyundai i10 produces just 119g/km of CO2, which makes it one of the more environmentally little cars available. If you're particularly keen on green motoring, beware of choosing the automatic gearbox as this bumps C02 emissions up to 139g/km.

Hyundai i10 - Miles per Gallon (MPG)

The three 1.2 engine choices, (classic, comfort or style) range in fuel efficiency from 44.8 mpg to an extremely economic 68.9 mpg. Out of the three versions the 1.2 petrol 5 speed manual squeezes the most miles from the fuel, with just under 70 miles to the gallon (68.9).

Hyundai i10 - Safety Features

Though the i10 is a small car, it comes with a fairly generous level of safety features as standard. However, despite basic airbag provision, curtain and knee airbags are not available. ESP (electronic stability control) is a pricey option and traction control is only available as part of an upgrade pack.

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Hyundai i10 - 5 Year Warranty

Hyundai has come a long way from its roots producing cars that offered only low prices. Today, Hyundai is known for producing well-made, reliable cars. Not only are tax, insurance and fuel costs low with the i10, but it should be a reliable car, too, which might partially explain why it comes with a five-year warranty.

Hyundai i10 - 5 Seats

Unlike most small cars, five adults really can fit in the i10 without ending up at the chiropractor, and with four doors, the i10 makes getting in and out easier than most rivals. The stiff chassis can be overwhelmed by big bumps and on the highway, things can get noisy.

Hyundai i10 - Specification

The i10 is nicely designed, well built, and made from quality materials. A range of fine engineering touches under the skin contributes further to the overall feel of quality. A generous standard specification that even includes air conditioning rounds everything off nicely.

Hyundai i10 - Engine choices

With a choice of economical classic, comfort and style 1.2-litre engines, the i10 is never going to be any kind of hot hatch but this little car is perfectly capable of cutting it in town. The nimble and energetic feeling of the car in city traffic masks much of the power shortfall.

Hyundai i10 - Good City Car

As a cheap car to buy and run, the Hyundai i10 makes for a remarkably adept city car. It should prove to be reliable and has excellent interior space for such a small vehicle. If you regularly need to make long motorway treks, you might want to look elsewhere but otherwise, the i10 is a practical small car for not a lot of money.

Hyundai i10 - Conclusion

The i10's narrow tyres are partly responsible for the fuel economy and they don't provide staggering levels of grip but otherwise, the i10 enjoys excellent handling. The car's low weight, small dimensions and light steering mean the i10 is a lot of fun to chuck about and should make for a great motoring pal around town.

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