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Hyundai i10 Hatchback engines, drive and performance

2008 - 2013 (change model)
Performance rating: 3 out of 53.0

Written by David Ross Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019

Hyundai i10 performance isn’t particularly wonderful but it does the job. The i10 has two engines in its range – a 68bhp 1.0-litre three cylinder petrol and a revised 85bhp 1.25-litre four cylinder petrol and both deliver peppy performance that’s ideal for around-town driving. Unlike the old 1.1-litre in the early i10 models, these two engines are reasonably refined and they do feel relaxed at motorway speeds.

Performance-wise the stats are unremarkable but they do hide the reality that these are nifty little motors: the 1.0-litre takes 14.8s to get to 62mph with a top speed of 93mph and the 1.25-litre will do the 0-62mph sprint in 12.2s and go on to a 105mph top speed. Both engines are mated to a slick five-speed manual gearbox but you can get the 1.25-litre with an auto.

Despite its rather tall profile, the i10 actually handles very well thanks to responsive steering and decent grip, even with the small tyres. It may not be especially quick but it’s surprisingly good fun on a country lane with a decent turn of pace and good body control. The ride is a little firm as a result, so the i10 isn’t always smooth over rough tarmac and struggles to cope with potholes.

Town is its natural environment and thanks to light controls and a slick manual gearchange it’s simple to manoeuvre in and out of traffic. It’s not overawed on the motorway either and even at higher speed, feels stable and comfortable.