2016 Hyundai i10 Review
A Closer Look at the 2016 Hyundai i10
The Hyundai i10 is every inch the classic small city car. It's short, it's tall, and it comes with five doors as standard. It’s really all about low costs and ease of use, and its main rivals at the moment include the VW Up and the Toyota Aygo, among others. However, this isn't a model that blends anonymously into the crowd, though, as it's by far the most spacious car of its type out there. It’s easy to drive and cheap to own, and the quality has to be seen to be believed. Don't think for a minute that the competition isn't stiff in this class, because it certainly is. But the overall package on offer here by the South Korean manufacturer gives the i10 every right to stake a claim for being the best all-around prospect in its class.
Hyundai i10 Model Features & Comparisons
The current model represents the second generation of the i10, and it's been with us now in this form since early 2014.
What might surprise some is that there are basically two engines available in the Hyundai i10, which is a choice between a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol and a 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol unit, but no diesel. However, the three-cylinder engine does come in two different flavours: a regular 1.0-litre and the 1.0-litre Blue drive. There's very little difference between the two versions of the 1.0-litre that both come with a five-speed manual box, in terms of power, with both developing 65 horsepower, and 70 lb.-ft. of torque from the regular 1.0 and 69 lb.-ft. from the Blue Drive unit.
The 1.2-litre engine is available with either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic, but the power remains the same at 86 horsepower and 88 lb.-ft. of torque.
The first thing that attracts most buyers to a vehicle like the Hyundai i10 is the excellent fuel economy it delivers, and you don't need the extra expense of buying and running a diesel when you see the numbers associated with the Hyundai's petrol engines. It'll come as no surprise that the 1.0-litre Blue Drive is the most economical version, giving an impressive 55.4 mpg urban, 76.3 mpg extra urban and 65.7 mpg combined.
The suspension is fairly firm, and that keeps body roll to a minimum in corners, but there’s still plenty of suppleness to cope with all but the harshest urban potholes. The i10, therefore, feels nicely settled around town, and it handles well when you get out on the open road. The steering is light enough to help make parking and town driving easy, and there’s all the grip you need to give you plenty of confidence through bends and corners.
Why is the Hyundai i10 so Popular?
Perhaps the strongest attribute of this handsome little car is that it doesn't actually feel that little when you're inside. City cars obviously have to have compact exteriors to perform well in an urban environment, but nobody's going to complain about too much interior space. No car in this class offers more space for rear passengers, and despite the high seating position in the front of the i10, there’s still plenty of headroom even for tall drivers, and long legs are accommodated with ease.