Parkers overall rating: 4.2 out of 5 4.2

2020 Hyundai i10 rear three quarter

Verdict Should you buy a Hyundai i10?

The new i10 is a very good city car indeed. With a stylish body, TARDIS-like interior and more safety equipment than anything else in this class, there’s something for everyone here, and we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it.

We’re really pleased that Hyundai still sees life in the city car sector – where so many manufacturers have decided to cut their losses at this end of the market, the South Korean brand has gone in at full strength. The resulting car doesn’t feel at all like a downgrade from a larger model, and rivals some of the very best - feeling very grown up with its impressive levels of refinement and comfort.

What we like

If you’re a growing family but only want a tiny car, there’s none better on the market than the i10. It offers space for four adults and a good-sized boot, combined with a wealth of sophisticated technology - which aims to not just protect you in a crash, but prevent you from having one in the first place.

What we don't like

Wild dogs couldn’t drag us to the automatic, though the same can be said of most of this car’s rivals - bucking and bumping around like a learner driver on their first lesson. It even makes the already-quite-slow i10 even slower – in fact, the 1.0-litre AMT is one of the least-accelerative cars you can buy in the UK today.

As for trim levels, it’s certainly difficult to ignore the allure of the Premium model with its big-car kit and two-tone interior, but we suspect mid-ranking SE Connect offers the best blend of price and equipment.

Which version is best for you?

If you regularly drive outside of the city you’ll be far better served by the more powerful engines. The entry-level 1.0-litre is fine at town speeds, but it feels strained on the motorway, requiring a lot of throttle input just to maintain a cruise.

We'd love to recommend the 1.0-litre turbocharged engine, but it's limited to the top-spec N Line model with its £16,000+ price. The 1.2-litre engine paired to a manual gearbox is the sensible option, balancing a smooth engine with adequate power.

Hyundai i10s are all quite generously equipped, and even the basic SE trim level gets air-conditioning, automatic headlights, cruise control, DAB radio and Bluetooth for smartphone connectivity. It does without a touchscreen infotainment system, though.

While its list prices are a little high, Hyundai promises that PCP agreements will be very competitive. At the time of writing - a top-spec Kia Picanto GT Line S with the turbocharged 1.0-litre engine still worked out cheaper per month than the i10 N Line - as well as offering 0% APR - so it's still best to shop around.

Keen drivers are better opting for the Volkswagen Up, those who need an automatic should go for a Kia Picanto and, naturally, any car will struggle to pull fashionistas from their Fiat 500s. The Hyundai i10 is a thoroughly excellent little car that should appeal to everyone else.

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