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2020 Hyundai i10 review: the five-star city car

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2020 Hyundai i10

You have to feel a little sorry for the Hyundai三级成人视频 i10. While cooler kids such as the Fiat 500 and Volkswagen Up have grabbed much of the limelight with their eye-catching styling, the i10 has, like the class swot, been quietly getting on with the business of being a rather brilliant little city car.

That’s no hyperbole. Where its rivals majored on looks and style, the i10 has always prioritised space and equipment, and thrown in a solidly built interior and a whopper of a warranty for good measure. No wonder it has consistently been one of our favourites among these city cars. 

三级成人视频Now, there’s a new version, which Hyundai says aims to tip a little more style into the mix than before. Read on to find out whether that’s right – and don’t forget to or  to find out our decisive verdict on the new i10.

Pros: Loads of room; robust interior; comfortable; long warranty

Cons:三级成人视频 Not that exciting to drive; looks won’t be to everyone’s taste

What’s under the skin?

You can have your i10 in rather basic SE form, but it’s the next rung up, the SE Connect, which most people will choose. It gets alloy wheels, air conditioning, and a touchscreen with smartphone mirroring as standard, making it pretty well equipped for the money. 

However, our test car is the most upmarket Premium version, with little luxuries like heated seats and even a heated steering wheel as standard. We’ve got the more powerful 1.2-litre engine here, too, though there’s also a 1.0-litre option if you want it. Both engines come with a five-speed manual gearbox, but can be had with an automatic one as an optional extra.

What’s it like day to day?

Of course, one of the most important factors with a city car like this is how easy it is to drive around town, and in that regard the i10 excels. Mostly. 

三级成人视频The one fly in its ointment is the engine, which is slow to respond to the accelerator pedal from idle. That makes it quite hard to set the revs before you get the car moving, which can lead to jerky starts until you’ve got used to it.

However, by and large the i10 is a doddle to drive; the engine cleverly holds on to its revs at each gear change, to smooth them out, and the steering’s light and faithful. Visibility’s great, too, and as a consequence of its diminutive dimensions and sit-up-and-beg driving position, working out where the i10 ends is no trouble at all.

三级成人视频What’s more, the i10 deals deftly with the sorts of cruddy road surfaces so prevalent in Britain’s towns and cities, skipping lightly over ruts and bumps with the sort of control and confidence you’d usually expect from a car two sizes larger. 

Yes, it could be a touch softer over the sharpest of potholes, but frankly, we’re splitting hairs; few city cars feel this unruffled. It’s remarkably quiet, too; wind and road noise aren’t really a factor, and while the engine isn’t exactly inaudible, neither is it intrusive, even when you’re accelerating hard. In fact, it generates surprisingly little vibration; it’s actually smoother than some cars we can think of that are twice the size. 

I三级成人视频nside, it isn’t quite as cute as some city cars’, but it still looks smart enough, and the dashboard is built from good, solid materials. Yes, there’s some scratchier, less convincing stuff on the doors, but overall the i10 does a good job of hiding its low cost. 

More importantly, everything’s very easy to use, with chunky, instantly understandable buttons and switches, and a big, clear central screen with responsive, intuitive software.

Will it fit into your life? 

Unless you’re planning to carry a chest of drawers or a sofa, yes. Probably. Inside, the i10 is relatively vast. Neither of the front seats feels cramped even for taller, wider occupants, and even the rear seats have loads of room on offer; in fact, there’s more space back there than you might see in some small SUVs.

T三级成人视频wo adults will be perfectly comfortable, and there’s even a middle seat – not always a given in a city car – so while three people in the back will be a squeeze, you can at least carry them a short distance. The flat floor, with an almost non-existent central hump, really helps in this regard.

The boot is just as impressive – it’s one of the biggest in its class, equalling that of the Volkswagen Up in size and just a few litres shy of the Kia Picanto’s. 

On the outside, the reason for the i10’s  internal space becomes clear – it’s one of the largest of these city cars on the market, measuring 3.67 metres in length. For all that, though, its dimensions are still eminently manageable around town – rare is the parking space an i10 won’t fit into.  

Does it make you smile when you drive it?

Yes, for the most part. The engine isn’t quite as peppy as some city cars’, but it feels willing, and provides enough urge throughout the rev range to keep you singing along quite happily even at motorway speeds. 

三级成人视频Indeed, on long-distance drives, the i10 is remarkably composed, its smoothness and quietness coming into their own. Mind you, you might need to change down a gear on hills if you’re carrying passengers.

T三级成人视频he i10 is quite good fun to drive, too, with faithful, responsive steering that doesn’t feel too light or too twitchy. This inspires enough confidence for you to feel that the front end is doing what you ask of it, and the rear feels planted and grippy.

It does like to lean over in corners, so don’t expect it to be a hot hatch – but then again, spirited driving on twisty roads is not exactly what it’s designed for, and given its remit, it passes muster pretty well.

Does it have the feel-good factor?

Yes, for the most part, though its beauty is more than skin deep. You might not be a huge fan of the styling – it’s certainly an acquired taste with its frowning headlights and grouper-like mouth.

But like a grouper, the Hyundai can be quite charming; spend time with it, and its honesty and eagerness to please mean it grows on you. What’s more, its ability to squeeze into tight gaps yet offer family-friendly space inside are enough to put it in your good books.

The Telegraph verdict

The new i10 is no longer as unassuming as the outgoing model – you can make up your own mind about whether that’s a good thing or not. 

H三级成人视频owever, under the skin it offers the same no-nonsense blend of practicality and good sense as before. More so, in fact, having been improved and enhanced in all the right places. 

There’s little it doesn’t do well, in fact. So if you can live with its comparative lack of flair, this is now the best city car there is.

Telegraph rating: Five out of five

The facts

On test: Hyundai i10 1.2 Premier

How much? £14,995 on the road

How fast?三级成人视频 106mph, 0-62mph in 12.6sec

How economical?三级成人视频 55.4mpg (WLTP Combined)

Engine/gearbox: 1,197cc four-cylinder petrol engine, 83bhp, five-speed manual gearbox, front-wheel drive

Electric available? No

CO2 emissions: 105g/km

VED:三级成人视频 £150 first year, then £145

Warranty: Five years / unlimited miles

Boot size:三级成人视频 252 litres

Spare wheel as standard: No 

The rivals

Kia Picanto 1.25 GT Line S 83bhp, 56.5mpg, £14,795 on the road

This top-of-the-range Picanto comes even better equipped than the i10, with which it shares its underpinnings, and gets a seven-year warranty, yet it costs almost the same. However, it feels slightly less polished, with a noisier engine and a slightly cheaper feeling interior. 

Toyota Aygo 1.0 Exclusiv 71bhp, 56.4mpg, £14,025 on the road

三级成人视频Sharp styling marks the Aygo out, and like the Hyundai, it gets a five-year warranty. This top-spec version is well equipped, too, but you’ll have to live with cramped rear seats and a small boot, and you might find it’s quite noisy at speed, too.

Seat Mii Electric 83bhp, 4.3mpkWh, £19,800 on the road

The Mii is now electric-only, so while it’s much more expensive than the i10 to buy, if you do enough miles (and of course, if you can charge it at home) you could make back the extra cost through fuel and maintenance savings. It’s spacious, fun and nippy, too. 

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