Hyundai i10 WhatCar? Winner | Eden Group

HYUNDAI I10 SE WINS WHATCAR? BEST CITY CAR OF 2016

“This city car requires no compromises: not only is it incredibly practical and great to drive, SE trim offers a great blend of kit and value too.”

REFINEMENT 5*

The 1.0-litre engine is exceptionally hushed for a three-cylinder unit. In fact, it’s actually quieter than the four-cylinder 1.2 much of the time. Whichever engine you choose, the i10 is also brilliant at shutting out wind and road noise. The only slight disappointment is that the five-speed manual gearbox isn’t quite as slick as the one in the Skoda Citigo and Volkswagen Up.

RIDE AND HANDLING 4*

The suspension is firm enough to keep body roll neatly in check in corners, yet there’s also enough suppleness to cope with all but the sharpest urban potholes. If there’s a disappointment it’s the steering, which is nowhere near as precise as the Volkswagen Up’s, but it is at least light enough to help make parking easy.

BUYING AND OWNING 5*

The i10 is one of the most aggressively priced cars in the class, offering a price advantage that looks generous at this cut-throat end of the market. Both engines have claimed average economy of around 60mpg and pretty low CO2 emissions. There’s also a greener Blue Drive model that gets engine stop-start for even lower CO2 emissions, but make sure it adds up for you financially before paying extra for it.

PRACTICALITY 5*

Where the i10 leaves all its rivals trailing is in the amount of passenger space it offers; this is a car that can keep four six-footers comfortable on a reasonably long journey. The boot is bigger than those of most rival city cars, but there’s a fairly big lip for you to lift your bags over. Storage space is good; there’s a decent cubbyhole ahead of the gearstick and big bottle holders in both doors.