First DriveHyundai's new city car is likeable, comfortable and competent, but notable road noise spoils the overall package
First DriveAimed squarely at European buyers, the Korean manufacturer's new city car is appealing to look at, well equipped and fun to drive
What is it?
A more powerful version of the i10, featuring a new 1.2-litre engine. The 16-valve all-alloy motor puts out 77bhp and 87lb ft of torque – 12bhp and 14lb ft more than the base 1.1 i10.
Those might seem like minor changes, but the rise in output is enough to endow the i10 1.2 with a 2.8 second faster 0-62mph time than its smaller-engined sister, although the 12.8 seconds it takes for the benchmark is hardly turning it into a rocketship.
More importantly, the increase in engine size has had no effect on CO2 emissions or economy, which remain the same as the 1.1-litre at 119g/km and 56.5mpg.
Our test car came in range-topping ‘Style’ trim, which includes everything from heated seats and a leather steering wheel to an MP3 connection.
What’s it like?
The true benefit of picking the 1.2-litre i10 is not its performance figures, rather its dramatically improved refinement.
At idle you can barely hear the engine, and although it starts rasping under full throttle, it’s always a civilised performer.>> Read our full road test of the Hyundai i10 1.1 Comfort
Around town the 1.2-litre motor has a free-revving, punchy nature that allows you to make the most of the i10’s slick gearchange and well-weighted steering.
Venture onto the motorway and the benefits of the bigger engine are apparent in terms of both reduced engine noise when cruising, but also a welcome boost in performance.
It’s still far from being rapid, though, and overtaking requires anticipation – you need to plan your move before pulling out into faster moving traffic.
The 1.1-litre i10 is already one of our favourite city cars, and the new 1.2-litre option is competitively priced and makes it feel more grown-up.
Should I buy one?
Absolutely. If you’re in the market for a cheap, efficient and comfortable city car any i10 is a great choice. And as the cheapest 1.2 model costs just £200 more than the equivalent 1.1, it’s a no-brainer.