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      06.07.2013 00:03

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      A good little, cheap car for those aorund the town jobs!

      The i10 is the perfect car for cruising around the town, getting in those tight parking spaces and a very economical choice on petrol and tax. The 5 door aspect of the car also makes for much better entry and exit for the passenger son the back. The 1.2 engine (on most) is enough to give yourself a little bit of gas if you decide to do any out of town driving. The trim levels are clearly not as good as bigger, more expensive cars, but for the price paid I find it hard to complain.

      The boot is small, but as it is in proportion with the rest of the vehicle it is far from a problem. The i10 I own has electric front windows but not back, central locking but not remote. This is something you quickly get used to however.

      The i10 is a comfy drive, it can make speed bumps feel like mount Everest, but so do most small cars. The clutch is one of the best and smoothest clutches I've ever used, bettered my old corsa and fiesta. The seats are comfy enough and I've never had a passenger complain about a lack of leg room.

      The aux plug on the radio is a great option for plugging in your own ipod or mp3 device to play music on, a nice little extra, which although is found on many cars these days, I did not expect to find on the i10.

      Hyundai have also been very good in the dealings I have had. They've serviced the cars at very competitive prices, and the warranty on the i10 is an extended one which makes you feel confident that the car won't fall to pieces. A feeling didn't get with my old fiesta!

      Touch wood nothing has gone wrong yet, but only time will tell how the cars durability really is.

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      03.05.2013 16:12
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      A great car for the price.

      The Hyundai i10 is a good choice if you are looking for compact car that still has 5 doors, good leg room and a fair size boot but the best news of all is the that you can get all this in the classic model (this is the basic one) for around £6,500 (it's more if you want a colour other than white or red and/or if you want a few more extra features). You should find this is an excellent price when compared with other 1.2 litre engine new cars and even when compared with similar second hand cars that are under 3 years old.

      The road tax is super low at £20 per year and I love that the classic comes with mp3 connectivity, and an indicator for when to shift gear (a useful tool for helping you make the petrol consumption more efficient).

      I have been driving the i10 for a little over 12 months and the only negative I would raise is that the car is sensitive with regards to the rpm. When the car is idling (stationary in traffic for example) the rpm's are quite low and as such the car has a light 'judder'. It's certainly not enough to make the engine cut out but it is noticeable. A little trip to the Hyundai garage sorted it out and it was covered under the marvellous 5 year, unlimited mileage warranty, however, it's worth bearing in mind though that to keep the warranty valid you must have the car serviced by an approved Hyundai garage each year and this can be expensive (my first service cost approximately £125 and it will rise next year).

      Overall I would recommend this car. With regular maintenance and careful driving there is no reason you will need or want to change this particular car for many years.

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        01.08.2012 22:56
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        fab city car

        We traded our old Fiat Punto in for a Hyundai i10. We thought that the outside of the car looks like a little matchbox on wheels but were really surprised at how spacious it is inside.

        Having a growing family of 2 boys growing by the minute we needed something that had enough leg room in the back for 2 teenagers. The car salesman was 6'1" so I put the drivers seat into the position that I would be comfortable driving in and he jumped in the backseat. Even at 6'1" he still had legroom and as the car is tall he had plenty of headroom too, which I must admit I was pretty shocked (in a good way) at how much room there was.

        Anyway - the sale was made! we've had it just over a week now, £43.00 to fill it with petrol, £20 road tax per year!. It's a great car - we love it. The boot has a secret hidey hole for all the bumpf that usually fills the boot. We went shopping and got 6 'bags for life' in it.

        Driving the car is great - its a nippy car, does 80mph no probs even with 4 people in the car, good sound system with CD player, the display can be quite bright if driving at night it reflects on the winsdcreen but it can be dimmed down, perfect. Steering wheel is adjustable as is the drivers seat height.

        Good sized glove compartment, secret drawer under passenger seat which is ideal for popping the ipod, sat nav etc in. All doors front and back have hood sized pockets for bits and pieces and the front two seats have pockets in them for the people in the back's stuff.

        All in all - a great car at a great price.

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        03.11.2011 09:51

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        An ideal car for city driving with the occasional trip further afield

        This is a great little car for city driving and isn't too bad out of town either. It's surprisingly nippy for a car of its size and parking is a dream in town. It's cheap and economical to run - my wife has an 18 mile round trip commute across the city daily and it's ideal for this. It seems to be reliable too - we have had an issue with the headlight adjusters but this was fixed under warranty without quibble.

        Given its size there's a fair bit of room inside and a reasonable amount of boot space. There's plenty of headroom so two adults will fit comfortably in the back. The controls are straightforward and it's also relatively cheap to buy, tax, insure and run. It won't turn many heads but for a city runabout with the occasional trip further afield, often with two kids, it's ideal for us.

        One downside is that it's not good at all in the snow - we're looking at putting on winter tyres this year which will hopefully improve performance..

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        18.06.2011 10:35
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        love this car!

        Ok, so I don't wish to pretend that I know everything there is to know about cars and all the technical parts. So I am going to write this review based on my personal experience of this as my first car.

        Firstly, the car which I have is the i10 classic which is the most basic model in the range. Although it is the basic model, it still comes complete with air conditioning, a built in cd player and electric windows in the front. It has electric power steering, central locking and 4 airbags. It is lacking intermittent wipers, which can be a tad annoying when you have them on all the time or flick the switch every 2 seconds. It does not have remote locking, so you actually have to put the key in the door to open it, bummer. All in all, still seems a great deal for the most basic model. It comes in a variety of colours; mine is silver and I feel it looks quite good. The interior of the car is nice and simple. It is made up of different shades of grey and black plastic and is easy to keep clean. The seats are a plain grey and black fabric and also easy to keep clean. The seats are comfy and the driver's and front passenger seats are easy to adjust.

        The i10 is a small car but it really makes use of the space that it has. It has 5 doors, which makes life much easier than the other small cars that my friends have. The back seats have a generous amount of space and can easily fit 3 tall teenage boys without much squashing! I am a very short driver and sometimes, in other cars, have problems with the seat not going far enough forward to drive comfortably. The i10 has a great range of movement in the driver's seat, accomodating both for myself at 5 foot and also for my brother who is over 6 foot tall. The boot is quite small but not ridiculously so. There is ample space for the day to day transport of shopping and sports equipment. The back seats can be folded down to create space for transporting larger objects if needed. However it would not be a good choice if you need a large boot on a daily basis!

        I learnt to drive in a 1.6 diesel mini cooper and then switched to the 1.1 petrol i10. I found this transition relatively simple because the i10 is just such a nice car to drive. It isn't a powerful car but definately makes use of what it does have. It is easy to pull away in 1st gear and 2nd gear (and I have to admit I accidently pulled away in 3rd gear once just after I passed and didnt stall).

        It is a great car for driving around town and as it is small you can park it in tiny spaces! It also drives well on motorways, although it will have a high rev count as soon as you get up to 70mph. The top speed is documented as 94mph.
        I feel that the car handles very well in all conditions. It is quite a tall car which I thought might make it feel unstable around bends, however the wide spacing of the wheels seems to counter this. A great thing about this car is how well it handles in the snow. It will plough through the snow and can be driven in a safe high gear easily. Last winter my family used it instead of our 4x4 as it was much easier to handle. The only thing I could fault about it's handling is in high winds. As the car is so light it is easy to feel the wind blowing and you do need to compensate a bit for movement due to wind.

        The car was purchased second hand in 2009 and is an 08 registration. I can't remember exactly how much we paid for it at the time, however it was a great deal. The car comes with a 5 year warranty which gives some peace of mind about costs in the future. We have used the warranty once as the car had a squeek which turned out to be a belt needing tightened (don't know exact details but all fixed now!). The running costs of the car are low as it is so fuel efficient. It claims to get up to 64mpg and I believe it, a tank lasts forever! Also, as it's CO2 emissions are so low, it costs only £35 a year in road tax, bargain! We have 2 members of the family who are under 25 years old insured on the car and compared to the nightmare prices I have heard friends paying, our insurance is not bad. I have not yet had to pay to put the car through an MOT but that will happen this autumn and I am sure it will pass with flying colours.

        In summary, a great little car and a good choice as a shared first car. Hope to get a good few years out of yet before moving on to explore the car world further! Review also on ciao.

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        03.06.2011 23:46

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        All in all, a modern, car around town, with good space, low pollution and cheap to run.

        The Hyundai i10 is the first car me and my fiancee have ever bought. As such we were looking for a small, easy to use, runner that was moderately cheap to run. We found all of those things in this Hyundai model. The first thing that struck me was that this was a brand new car - that was two years ago now and the model shows absolutely no signs of age whatsoever.

        It doesn't guzzle petrol, and the tank is a good size, so you're not constantly having to go to the petrol pump every couple of days. We use it mostly for getting around town, however, and don't usually travel huge distances, so if you're going to use a car for long distances this may not be the car for you. It should be stated we only get taxed £36 a year too!

        The music system has a CD and a socket to plug in your MP3 which is kind of nice, for when you forget to bring any CD's on a journey. Also the CD can be taken out of the player even when the car is turned off, which I kind of like.

        It looks like a really small car from the outside, but when you get inside you find that you have much more space than is perceived, its a bit tardis like actually, and it really feels more like a saloon than a small runner, and benefits from five doors instead of the traditional three in a car as small as this one. The boot is a good size too and can easily fit a weeks shopping in with room to spare.

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        12.11.2010 17:06
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        cheapish and cheerful but not for long journeys or family use.

        DOWNSIZING TO A HYUNDAI i10

        Due to a change in circumstances I recently decided to change my car for one that was smaller and cheaper to run. I had a Renault Megane Scenic Expressions, 2003 registration, which was spacious seating 5 comfortably.
        Once I'd done some research, I decided on the Hyundai i10 and went to a local dealer (Minstergate of Hessle). We negotiated a good part exchange for a Hyundai i10, which was less than 1 year old and had 3000 miles on the clock. Included in the deal were a free first service, breakdown cover, next year's road tax, full tank of petrol and the remaining Warranty of 4 years.


        COMPARISON Now I've had the car for a week I have been able to make some comparisons with my previous car.
        Interestingly, my insurance premium went up by about £100! Possibly partly due to the administration fee to amend cover. However Road Tax went down, from £180 per annum to £30 per annum.

        I quickly got used to a smaller car and use of a manual handbrake (Scenic was auto - handbrake). There was no longer a fancy computer screen but, instead, easy to read, basic dashboard dials with warning lights for petrol, seatbelts, malfunctions etc.
        Wiper and lights functions are on 2 stalks so tidy and simple to use.

        The Hyundai has air conditioning as well as usual basic controls with a CD/radio which is simple to operate.

        The ride is comfortable but a bit noisy over poor road surfaces and sometimes I have had to turn radio up as speed increased.

        Compared to the roomy Scenic, the Hyundai is lacking in legroom for backseat passengers. However, for such a small car, there is clever use of any spare room for storage. This includes a drawer under passenger seat, a glovebox and the boot holds 3 big bags of shopping.

        Fuel consumption should be 47.9 mpg but as I have not had to fill up with petrol yet I cannot confirm this.

        The words that summarise this car are "basic" and "simple". With the deal I got and the lower Road Tax, I feel it will be a less expensive car to run and maintain.

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        21.08.2010 01:09
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        Superb car at a superb price. Really cannot go wrong with this one.

        After owning a fifteen year old 1.6 litre engine for the best part of a decade combined with the ever so expensive tax and petrol it guzzled, I was looking for a cheap run-around that would get me from A to B, no questions asked.

        The Hyundai i10 caught my eye because at first glance it does not look like an old biddies motor. It actually looks quite stylish and with the added bonus of the Government Incentive Scheme, it seemed like the right time to change car.

        When deciding on which one to get you have the choice of three. The classic, comfort and style. I didn't want a sun-roof, so the style was out of the question and I wanted a blue one, which they didn't have in stock in classic so I went for comfort.

        Compared with my old 1.6 litre rust bucket that it was scrapped for, the 1.2 litre Hyundai i10 seems to accelerate faster both up hills and on flats. I don't know if it's because it's geared differently or what, but compared to other small vehicles I test drove before purchasing the i10, it seemed to be the fastest on acceleration out of all of them.

        With low emissions, the Government class it in the tax band of C, which means you only pay £30 petrol a year. This was a far cry of the £200+ I was shelling out for my Suzuki on tax.

        The car itself is comfortable enough to drive. The seats don't sag after a few months use and you get a surprising amount of leg room for your pennies. I'm over 6 foot and can easily stretch my legs out in the front seat (with the seat adjuster pushed right back though).

        Air conditioning comes as standard, although it can sometimes smell musty if you have it on for too long. I had to get in contact with my dealer after the radio wouldn't work. It was fizzy on all channels. The whole radio needed to be replaced which meant the car had to go in to the garage as the radio is integrated into the plastic dashboard.

        As I said in the disadvantages, you can feel insecure driving it. There is basically no bonnet at the front and I feel if I had any kind of accident, even if it was under 20mph, my chances of surviving such accident is low.

        Now the i10 doesn't glide over the bumps like you would hope. On several instances my spine shuddered after going over even just small pot holes. Although, this isn't a fault of the car itself, more of a fault of the state of today's British roads.

        The wheels are a decent size. You can get basic rims, but I went for alloys as I like to look cool. From the back of the i10, it looks like it doesn't have a boot. Although, I can safely say it fits a full weeks shopping of around eight bags if you push them right in.

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        16.03.2010 21:39
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        A fun car to drive

        The i10 may give of the aura of the classic car for the older generation but under the bonnet tells a very different story for a small car the engine packs a punch with a 1.2 litre capacity and 77 brake horse power which is definitely not bad for its modest price. It handles fine in all types of environment going from being the perfect around town car being able to fit in those impossibly small parking places and spots some of the other cars would find an absolute impossibility to fit in, going to making itself known when you want to go a little faster handling fantastically and can easily make itself known on the motorways.

        An added bonus of the i10 is its 5 year warranty which mains any of the smallest failures that can come about from even the best of cars over time will be instantly fixed for no price and without effecting your no claims bonus unless you try and blag that dent on the front of the car from the time you drove into a lamp post as a designer fault.

        Before you rush out to get this car though let me just fill you in on the minor annoyances you will find with this car it has one of the worst seating positions that I have ever had to live with while driving and cannot be easily adjusted. and although I have bigged the car up you are still very likely to find one round your grandmother's house on a Sunday morning when she has all her friends around for a cup of tea.

        But if you can see past this stereotype that goes with the car you will find this car great and fun to drive.

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        13.01.2010 16:48
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        affordable small car but not done a budget, superior to other small cars on market for that price.

        As told from a womans perspective about what is really important in a car.

        A very old and unreliable car along with the government car scrappage scheme made me get my butt into gear and start looking for a new car. First thing i did was look up cheap cars on the scheme, i found a list through auto trader which showed top 5 cars all under £5,000 if using the scheme, after reading the specs (and checking car engine size as i knew i wanted at least 1 litre) i decided i should go look at 3 cars, the Kia Picanto, Volkswagon Golf and the Hyundai i10 classic.

        The other 2 cars were nice, but opted for the hyundai i10, the classic was not available but they let me test drive the hyundai i10 1.1l ES which is a limited edition, and in stock. It is a little dearer than the classic at £7,900 but after the scrappage scheme total to pay was actually only £5,400, definitely worth it as does provide a few extras than the classic.

        The parts that swung it for me were firstly, i could have it in bright red with a matching interior of red inserts on the dash panels and doors and on the seats (told you it was a girly point of view), on a more serious note, it does actually look quite sporty as interior is nicer than the classic, and even men have commented how sporty it looks inside. Other things that grabbed me were firstly the price for a brand new car, it was also only £35 per year road tax, and it was a 1.1 litre engine, cheap to run as it does nearly 50 to the gallon, that is still a bit technical for me, but in real life it is doing a 300 mile trip on just over £30, it also came with air conditioning, remote central locking and a lovely cd/radio fitted (all this being a novelty to me after driving quite an old car). This car i find extremely comfortable to drive, in fact i love driving it, which is a good job as i drive most weekends 150 miles each way.

        After my test drive, I was impressed by the handling of the car (as was the other half who helped me shop for cars) even though it was a 1.1 you could feel the power, the engine is a very good engine for a small car and it was so smooth, also very very quiet, i did at one point think i had stalled it at a junction, i hadn't, just very quiet engine.

        There are loads of technical things that can be listed about this car, most of which i don't really understand, but they are all good, all i know is after research and looking for a suitable small car, i have found my perfect match.

        Although this was slightly dearer than the other 2 cars i had looked at, the quality of car, the handling, some of the extras included and also a 5 year warranty proved no match for the other 2, and now me and my lovely red hyundai are living happily ever after. I also found out it has a ten year anti-perforation warranty which is great to help protect the exterior, and not always offered on all cars.

        Other things to mention:
        colour coded bumpers and mirrors
        front electric windows
        height adjustable seat and steering wheel
        Rev counter
        4 airbags (front and side)
        cup holders in front
        rear seat 60/40 split
        adjustable head restraints (front and rear)
        ABS
        tinted windows
        these are just to mention a few advantages of this lovely nippy car.

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        07.01.2010 00:49
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        5YR WORRY FREE, ECONOMICAL, FAMILY MOTORING IN STYLE AND COMFORT FOR

        This review is not full of technical details as if you are anything like me the technical stuff is not really that interesting.....sorry to all those mechanics who are now pulling their hair out and cursing us mere women!
        I searched the internet for info on all small cars which qualified for the £35pa road tax, the scrappage deal and which could seat 5 people. I then eliminated the dearer cars from my list of those to see, leaving myself with the Kia Rio, skoda fabia and finally the Hyundai i10.
        I physically looked at the three aforementioned cars, but must confess that i did not test drive them myself. I did not feel there was any point in me driving them for 15 mins or so because i would have been too nervous to really take any notice of how well it handled etc etc.
        However, i was looking for specific features for the lowest cost. I really wanted remote central locking as opposed to just central locking (which requires the key to be put in the lock). With 2 children, remote central locking (key fob which you press to unlock the car from a distance, even from inside the house if you want!) was absolutely a must for convenience and safety reasons...also saves the paintwork around the lock from getting damaged.
        I needed 5 seats with proper seatbelts, not just a lap belt in the middle rear seat , a decent sized boot, intermittent windscreen wiper facility (had a car previously without this and what a pain that was), electric front and rear windows with facility to lock the passengers' window controls (stop the kids opening and shutting them for a game), and a decent radio/cd for the teenaged son (although why did i bother when he has his MP3 plugged into his ears constantly). Fuel consumption was also an issue, but all the cars were much the same. However, it was only the Hyundai i10 Comfort which gave me all the other features and which also turned out to be the cheapest!
        The appearance of the Hyundai i10 is also a major plus! I love the height of the car, it is really spacious inside, easily accomodating my 5ft 11inch son and the rear seats are roomy enough for 2 adults and a child car seat. All seatbelts are the proper seatbelts and all seats have adjustable headrests which can be taken off if you prefer. The inside of the car looks great, maybe not flash but certainly not cheap looking either. It is really easy to drive and park, and you feel like you are sitting really high up and feel safe in it.
        The Comfort version (which i bought) is only a little bit dearer than the basic Classic but is well worth it for the remote central locking, the fog lights and alloy wheels. I went for the red colour as it was a really bright, crisp colour and did not cost me extra.
        After scrappage allowance, i only paid £5900 and have a 5yr warranty on all parts except for wear and tear items like tyres, windscreen wipers,brake pads. Also, no MOT for 3 years and my dealer got me car finance cheaper than i could have got a loan from a bank, and with no hassle. £35pa road tax is amazing as i was paying £185pa and the insurance is only a little dearer than i had before.
        I could have had the 1litre engine but i had researched a little and took the 1.2 Kappa engine as it is meant to be quicker when overtaking then the older 1 litre which has less valves (sorry, look up the technical detail yourself).
        In short, I REALLY LOVE MY HYUNDAI I10!!! What is more, my teenaged lad thinks it is perfectly acceptable too!!!
        The boot is big enough for your weekly shop although you do need to lift the boot shelf up to get the bags in easily, but the shelf is easy to raise and lower (or you could take it off and leave at home).
        I hope this review gives you the feel for the car even if there is no technical info

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        One of the best city cars around now.

        After months of shuffling my feet I finally took the plunge, and thanks in part to the Government's car Scrappage Scheme, I'm now the proud owner of a spanking new Hyundai i10.

        I started seriously looking at alternatives for my Peugeot in July, by which time the oil stains on the drive, a slipping clutch and rusting exhaust were a small indication of what lay ahead at the MOT in October.

        Why this car?

        In short the amazing price of a brand new car. The alternative was, obviously, to trade Pepe the Peugeot 106 for a second hand car, but I imagine my cherished 15 year old car would have got nothing more than a chuckle from most dealers.

        So, full of the promises of £1000 of taxpayers money being given to me (sort of) to buy a safer, potentially more environmentally friendly (and did I say brand new?) car than my three door, no airbags and no frills car I reconsidered.

        I still wanted a modest hatchback (you never know when you might need to take home some 6 foot long timber from the DIY store, and a saloon just won't do) with low maintenance needs.

        Other possibilities I discounted included the Toyota Aygo/Peugeot 107/Citroen C1, Kia Picanto and Suzuki Swift. The first mentioned has a risible boot and no real legroom for a child let alone an adult in the back. The Kia, although a very close cousin is older and seems more dated than the i10 which was launched barely 18 months ago, while the Suzuki is over a grand pricier, has a more unattractive dashboard in my opinion and has a higher Insurance band (D) which put me off. BMW's Mini and Fiat's 500 were both more stylish yet out of my price league.
        Then a certain Richard on here suggested the Hyundai range. All I knew at the time was that Hyundai was a South Korean company. Perhaps not a company that blazes trails, they do nevertheless have a solid reputation for building cheap yet decent cars which come with 5 year warranties.

        Two test drives later, I happily raided my piggy bank for the purchase price of an i10.

        So what exactly is my new pride and joy?

        My specific model is an i10 Classic.

        The i10 is the smallest in Hyundai's' newest ranges which also features, imaginatively, the i20 and i30. Of the three in the i10 range, I opted for the entry level model, albeit with a 1.2 litre engine rather than the 1.1 also on sale. For those inclined to pimp up their cars, the other two trim levels included a rear spoiler, heated front seats and alloy wheels, but what's the point in a car of this size?

        With the scrappage discount of £2000, I only paid £5400 for mine. For that, I got a car with four airbags, a six speaker stereo which truthfully is really rather good, air conditioning, and electric front windows.

        The engine size of the range is limited, with only a 1.1 or 1.2 to choose from, all of which except for one are petrol. There was also the choice of an automatic gearbox in the range, although mine is a manual.

        Running Costs

        The good news is that this is a really economical car to run. In optimum conditions it's said to deliver a thrifty 56.5mpg, although most of my driving is in built up areas, so it drops to around 45mpg, which is still very good.

        Because the CO2 emissions are only 119g/km, it qualifies for the £35 per year road tax, which was included in the purchase price.
        It's also just a class 3 insurance car (out of some 20 I think), which is nice when it comes to the annual premiums.

        The exterior

        Appearances are deceptive...

        To put the length of the i10 into context, at 356 cms, it's 16cms shorter than the newest Micra!

        The i10 proudly boasts having the longest wheelbase in it's citycar class, with what seems like a really small bonnet and an angular, almost vertical rear view. This is great designing because all the room is inside the cabin. Height wise it's one of the tallest small cars I've seen. The brochure tells me it's 154cm, which in real terms means I'm going to have trouble reaching the middle when I'm trying to wash the roof.

        All the i10's are five door hatch's. Considering the length I'm somewhat surprised no 3 door models were designed.

        Aesthetically, some people might find it slightly strange looking, but personally I like it.

        I opted for metallic blue paint which was an extra £350. Having owned a red car for the last 10 years, the idea of owning another red one (the only non-metallic, and therefore cheaper alternative) didn't appeal.
        A pretty much standard car exterior, although my Classic model doesn't have front fog lights.

        The interior

        Despite it being an entry level model, the interior is surprisingly rather nice. There are three cupholders in the middle one of which includes a coin holder thingy. Although the fascias and trims are all a dull grey plastic, I suspect most cars in this price bracket are no better.

        Behind the steering wheel is the display containing the speedometer ( and odometer in a digital display), to the right is the fuel and temperature gauge, and to the left is the rev counter. Previously, I had simply gone by the noise the car was making to tell the rpm I was doing.

        I can't believe how excited I got at the prospect of having electric windows! The rear two are manual, but as I rarely carry passengers in the rear, I'm sure they won't feel hard done by.

        There's a six speaker stereo system with cd player and it has the ability to play mp3's (not something I've tried yet) mounted on the dashboard which is only controlled by using the dashboard dials. No nifty channel changes in the steering wheel unfortunately. The two steering wheel stalks control the lights on one and the wipers on the other. The horn is accessible in the middle, although the only time I've tested it, it gave a rather embarrassing squeak. Not the full-on horn sound I was hoping for.

        The cloth interior is a muted grey check colour, which I think suits it better than trying to match it with the blue exterior. You can, after all, have too much of a good thing. The top of the range edition comes with a leather steering wheel and gear knob too, if that sort of thing impresses you.

        The rear seats can fold 60/40 if you have to carry any awkward or bulky items.

        There's also an immobiliser fitted, which is standard in all the models.

        The annual running costs?

        It's really too early to say, but compared to my last car, it's fair to say the i10 will be a whole lot cheaper to keep roadworthy, at least for the foreseeable future. A five year warranty means, of course, that I'm obliged to take it back to the dealer for a service next year, although the idea of three years without forking out for an MOT tickles me pink.

        For those amongst you who don't drive manual cars, it's worth noting that the automatic model is the only one which has CO2 emissions over the 120g/kmc threshold which puts it in the higher Road Tax band. That plus the fact that it's reckoned to deliver 10mpg less than the petrol models would make it an instant no-no for me.

        Safety

        One of the biggest pluses with this vehicle is the very good driving position. Thanks to the height of the vehicle, and the height of the seats accordingly, I find I can get a better view over the tops of parked cars (excellent for me, trying to pull out into heavy traffic).

        Although I've not had any emergency stop situations yet, it's good to know that there's ABS together with Electronic Brake force distribution, which in an emergency basically determines how to best distribute the braking force. I bet you didn't expect that in a car this size.
        No front fog lights on my model, which I feel should have come as standard.

        Dual airbags to the front and side along with the side impact bars, have helped to convince the staff at EuroNcap to give the i10 four stars out of a possible 5, which is better than most other citycars.
        Even though the top speed I seem to manage locally is 'crawling' speed it's still comforting to know that even at the bottom end of the market, car manufacturers seem to take safety seriously.

        What's it like to drive?

        Being at an age where I don't suffer with many aches and pains, I find the i10 is really rather comfortable to drive. My mother, who has accompanied me on several longish motorway journeys, though, declares she would need to invest in one of those wooden beaded seat covers if she were to travel more frequently in it.

        The pedals, although slightly offset, don't leave me feeling as if I'm sitting awkwardly, and there's a nice footrest on the left to take the weight of your clutch foot.

        I also find the handling is excellent, and the power steering something which I've come to love very quickly.

        The only drawback here is the visibility, which is slightly poorer than I'm used to. The front and rear pillars seem to be quite large from the drivers position, and a slight niggle I have is that being a five door, whenever I have to check over my right shoulder it seems to take longer than it should. That might sound odd, but there really is more metal there obscuring my view than on a three door car.

        The top speed of this is stated to be an impressive 102 mph although I can't testify to having travelled anything like as fast. Taking just under 13 seconds to get from 0-62mph however, seems accurate, although as you've probably gathered it's a car designed for city journeys so the chance of me reaching 30mph sometimes is wishful thinking.

        Other points

        One drawback is that there is no intermittent wiper action. I either have to keep it on constant or keep flicking my finger over the stalk. A small point perhaps but both the other models have this feature, and I can't understand how Hyundai have saved any money by dropping it from my model.

        At the end of every drive, one needs to park the car, and therein lies one of the trickier aspects of owning this vehicle. Despite sitting so high up, it's impossible to see the front of the car. Likewise, the rear being so angular, it just drops away. This makes it difficult to judge both at the front and rear when I'm parking. The only consolation is that with experience I've found it easier to judge.

        This car has a good sized boot in comparison to similar sized vehicles. There is a run-flat spare tyre fitted underneath the boot floor.

        The space in the boot doesn't take anything away from the rear passenger seats though. The space here is somewhat limited, but for shortish journeys, I don't imagine too many adults would feel uncomfortable. Luckily I tend to sit with my seat quite far forward, which would help give the person behind me some more legroom. In the front is a different matter, and it really doesn't feel constricted at all.

        So would I recommend it?

        If you're looking to buy an inexpensive car, perhaps like me in exchange for scrapping your old one, or as a smaller alternative to the main family car, then yes I would.

        After all, if you're thinking of buying a car this small (or wiiii maybe?), any thoughts of prestige would have already left your head I'm sure.
        The interior, though not exactly flash, is nicer than that in other cars in this range.

        Even in citycar or supermini ranges, people now expect more for their money, and I believe Hyundai delivers. Although, as I've said, I don't do much high speed driving, the Ncap rating and various safety features help to put my mind at rest that should the unfortunate happen, I shouldn't feel disadvantaged being in such a small car.

        Incidentally, I should point out, that when we went to take delivery of the car, the staff told us that they are now having to turn 'scrappage' customers away, Hyundai just can't make them fast enough - they're selling like hot cakes.

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