Top Gear's big budget car track test
Stig hammers the Sandero, Citigo and i10 on a rallycross course. Will any survive?
Posted: 11 Jun 2014
Having done a 20-mile sandwich supply run earlier, I've already established that steering feel in the Citigo is non-existent to the point of being apocryphal. Its gearbox isn't much cop, either, although it does require a clutch throughout. But on the track, its chassis proves unexpectedly entertaining, to the extent that there actually is some adjustability with little sign of the terminal understeer that usually blights underpowered tiddlers. And it'll flip round perfectly on the handbrake. (We do it a few times to be sure.)
The i10 definitely prefers the road to the track. It seems like an odd thing to say, but this is the Nan Prix, after all, so we're looking for as much fun as we can wring out of them. Powered, like the Skoda, by a three-cylinder engine, the Hyundai thrums along sweetly enough and has the best gearbox, but is markedly less enthusiastic in the bendy bits. Lydden Hill is well-named and enjoys a thrilling change of elevation, but you can feel the i10 huffing and puffing on the steep section. It's the only car whose electronics throw a strop, a protest perhaps at our exuberance. The power steering also briefly goes on the blink, which improves its front-end bite no end. It's the most refined on the motorway, though, and feels like a scaled-down midsize hatch rather than a city car with delusions of grandeur.