Although the days of the sub-£10,000 city car are largely gone, you’d still have a hard time arguing that the i10 represented poor value for money.
The basic 66bhp SE models kick things off at £12,495, while our peppier 83bhp Premium-spec test car (the current range-topper) comes with a £14,995 list price – provided you go for the manual. Admittedly, that’s more than you’d pay for a five-door Up in R-Line spec (£14,280) and some will no doubt find the allure of a Volkswagen badge tough to ignore, but it’s worth pointing out that the Up has to make do with a meagre 59bhp engine.
The i10 Premium’s roster of standard equipment is impressive, too. Sure, you get those stylish 16in alloys, but you also gain heated front seats, an impressive level of semiautonomous driver aids and an 8.0in touchscreen infotainment suite with DAB radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.
Two-tone paintwork like our test car’s is £500 extra, incidentally. That all said, the Up claws back a few points on the CO2 front: whereas the i10 emits 108g/km on the outgoing ‘NEDC-equivalent’ lab test, the VW is rated at 101g/km on like-for-like terms; and 0g/km if you opt for the pricier all-electric e-Up.