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Hyundai i10 hatchback - MPG, running costs & CO2

Low running costs despite its conventional petrol engines

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The Hyundai i10 is available with a 1.0-litre and 1.2-litre petrol engine, both of which are very cheap to run for traditional combustion engines. However, they face stiff competition from the growing number of city cars with hybrid technology, and key rivals like the Skoda Citigo have ditched petrol entirely in favour of electric power.

Hyundai i10 MPG & CO2

Some potential buyers will be disappointed the engines from the old Hyundai i10 have been carried over almost unchanged. There's nothing fundamentally wrong with either, but we strongly suspect Hyundai is working on electrified upgrades that will arrive later on because most rivals have already been launched with an alternative fuel option.

In its most efficient 1.0-litre petrol guise with a manual gearbox, the i10 can manage 56.5mpg and CO2 emissions of 114g/km. Opting for the automatic only drops fuel-efficiency by a couple of mpg, while CO2 is unchanged. Whether or not you go for the more powerful 1.2-litre will come down to your initial budget rather than daily running costs, with 52.3mpg (49.6mpg for the automatic) and CO2 emissions of up to 130g/km unlikely to be noticeably different.

The i10 is more economical than the petrol Volkswagen up!, which manages around 50mpg, while the Toyota Aygo can return up to 56.4mpg and emits as little as 114g/km. Fiat is introducing mild-hybrid technology into its 500 and Panda city cars, boosting fuel economy by up to 30%, but the 500 Mild Hybrid still only manages around 53mpg. The SEAT Mii electric and Skoda Citigo e iV are fully electric, with a range of 170 miles and a full charge costing a few pounds. The Mii Electric and Citigo iV will cost more upfront than the i10, with starting prices of around £17,000. The Honda e is another all-electric supermini, but it can only manage around 130 miles on a charge and is rather expensive to buy starting at around £26,000 for the entry-level model.

While it's hardly a hot hatch, the turbocharged engine in the 1.0-litre i10 N Line has considerably more power, without a big running cost penalty. Thanks to the inherent efficiency of turbo engines, it still manages 52.3mpg and emits 123g/km, making it the ideal car for petrolheads on a tight budget.

Insurance groups

Insurance groups for the latest i10 haven't been confirmed yet but with similar performance to the previous model, there's unlikely to be much change from its low group 2-7 ratings. Cheap insurance is key to a city car's appeal, and extra safety features for the latest version should make it even more reasonable.

Warranty

Hyundai offers a highly competitive warranty lasting five years/100,000 miles that's more generous than the three years offered by Volkswagen Group brands, and the same as Toyota. Only Kia beats it in the class, providing up to seven years for the Picanto.

Servicing

Hyundai offers reasonably priced servicing and i10 buyers will be offered maintenance deals to cover the car for a set time. This can be paid up front or monthly to spread the cost.

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