A lit­tle charmer for the man about town

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - FEATURES - Fred­eric Manby

I AM not sure its de­signer would call it pretty and I wouldn’t call it at­trac­tive but there is some­thing about an i10 that says “look at me again”.

At 140 inches long (3.56m) it is Hyundai’s small­est car and its best-seller in Bri­tain, with prices from £8,195 for the 1.2 Clas­sic. For this, you get five-door prac­ti­cal­ity and a 1248cc, 85bhp en­gine and five-speed gear­box.

Nippy and nim­ble, it records 50mpg in ur­ban tests, nudg­ing 69mpg out of town and 61mpg over­all in the of­fi­cial tests.

Top speed is 105mph, with 0-62 in 12.2 sec­onds and CO2 of 108g/km. This means an­nual tax is at the low­est level.

Hyundai does of­fer a 99g/ km model, the three-cylin­der one-litre Blue, at £9,195, which is free of road tax and im­mune from the Lon­don con­ges­tion charge.

You may not match its 67mpg av­er­age but you can ex­pect re­mark­able econ­omy if not much ac­cel­er­a­tive fizz.

The i10 tested here is that rare thing, a small car with au­to­matic gears. It has the 1248cc en­gine with a four­speed gear­box in­clud­ing an over­drive but­ton, and costs £9,595.

The auto-shift knocks the edge off the econ­omy and the per­for­mance, rated at 51.4mpg over­all, 129g/km CO2, 99mph and 0-62 in 13.8 sec­onds.

Kit in­cludes the i10 sta­ples of cen­tral lock­ing, air


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