The Hyundai even sports a decent 252-litre boot, a solitary litre larger than that of the aforementioned Volkswagen, and the rear seats fold to increase space further. A lack of a spare wheel as standard may irk some; if you're venturing afar regularly this may be an issue, so it's worth buying the optional one for £50.
One particularly impressive aspect of the i10 is its high standard of fit and finish. Admittedly some of the plastics in the cabin feel a little harsh, but the overall impression is of a quality product. The switchgear, for example, is pleasingly tactile and well finished. There were no rattles or squeaks apparent either, even on rougher roads.
Hyundai claims that the i10 will average a very reasonable 60.1mpg; during testing we easily returned an indicated 40mpg and it's likely that most will average upwards of 45mpg in day-to-day use. Consequently, thanks to a 40-litre fuel tank, the i10 should travel around a substantial 400 miles on a full tank.
Should I buy one?
If you're in the market for a practical small car that's easy to live with, the Hyundai i10 should certainly be on your potential candidates list. It's well equipped, comfortable, effortless to drive and surprisingly endearing thanks to its eager engine and solid feel.
The only bone of contention is with the degree of road noise on some surfaces. Even on seemingly well-finished roads, and despite a range of noise countermeasures, a persistent hum can permeate the cabin.
If you’re particularly sensitive to these kinds of things, it may become infuriating - so do test drive one first.
Some buyers may also be disappointed to find that, unless you opt for a Blue Drive model, the Hyundai doesn’t qualify for road tax exemption.
Nevertheless, considering its positive aspects, five-year warranty, impressive reliability and host of servicing plans, the new Hyundai i10 is an appealing option.
As an alternative to the likes of a Fiat Panda, Kia Picanto or Volkswagen Up, it's well worth considering.
Hyundai i10 SE 1.0 66PS petrol manual
Price £9295; 0-62mph 14.9sec; Top speed 96mph; Economy 60.1mpg; CO2 108g/km; Kerb weight 933kg; Engine 998cc, three cylinder, naturally aspirated, petrol; Power 65bhp at 5500rpm; Torque 70lb ft at 3500rpm; Gearbox Five-speed manual