The i10’s big asset in this department is how inoffensive it is. How well it copes, for example, when taken out of its comfort zone, plonked on the M1 at a 75mph cruise next to articulated lorries and executive saloons, battered by crosswinds and upset by uneven surfaces.
Bad-handling small cars can suddenly feel very small indeed if they don’t have motorway stability, good resistance to roll and pitch and the easy high-speed touring manners of, say, your average full-size hatchback.
But the Hyundai has all of the above. Patience-testing performance aside, this car has more than enough ride composure and directional security to make regular appearances on the motorway in rush hour, and on cross-country roads.
The i10’s steering is well weighted: light (just as it should be for something this size) but consistent and predictable when returning to the straight-ahead.
Though it’s quite softly sprung, the i10 doesn’t ride with the compliance of a VW Up, and there’s a little bit of excitement in the secondary ride you could live without. Nothing that interferes for more than the odd moment, though. For the most part, this car handles with competent maturity.