Product Type: Hyundai cars
Newest Review: ... 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 l... more
My First Car!
Member Name: kyward
Advantages: low running costs, extras, handling
Disadvantages: no intermittent wipers, small boot
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.
Summary: love this car!