Product Type: Hyundai cars
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The Hyundai i10 - Does what it says on the tin.
Member Name: Hammis
Advantages: Cheap new car, reliable, stylish and accelerates faster than my previous 1.6 engined car.
Disadvantages: Sometimes feel insecure driving, had to get the radio changed because it was fizzy.
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.
Summary: Superb car at a superb price. Really cannot go wrong with this one.