The i10 is Hyundai’s top-seller here in the UK, and given its positioning as one of the best choices in the city car class, the brand hasn’t messed with the formula for the updated version.
Exterior changes are subtle; the i10 gains a new front bumper with Hyundai’s latest curved trapezium design, while it’s flanked by a couple of circular LED running lights. New air intakes, alloy wheel designs and a black plastic panel in the rear bumper are the other tweaks you may or may not notice. It remains a small car that focuses more on smart functionality more than outright kerb appeal, however.
The cabin looks entirely familiar, too, with some new colour and trim choices but the main change is saved for the top-spec Premium SE model we’ve driven here. It gets a new seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system as standard, with sat-nav, DAB, Apple CarP lay and Android Auto technology, and a free seven-year subscription to real-time traffic data.
Premium SE models come loaded with kit, including new touchscreen with nav, DAB radio, heated seats and wheel, and climate control
This feature-packed set-up marks the i10 out in the class, and is intuitive to operate. Lesser models make do with a more humble smartphone dock.
Elsewhere, material quality remains very good for the price, the design is attractive and there’s impressive passenger and boot space. Top-spec models surprise further with features like a heated steering wheel – few cars offer that at this price point.
Well shaped load bay expands from 252 litres to 1,046 litres with the seats folded flat. There is quite a pronounced boot lip, however
Hyundai hasn’t felt the need to revise the i10’s engine range, which may disappoint buyers tempted by the punchy turbo powerplants in some rivals. That means you’ll have to make do with either a 65bhp 1.0- litre or the 86 bhp 1.2 -litre four-cylinder engine in our test car. While the former is zippy and sounds pleasing, those venturing out on to motorways frequently will find the extra torque and flexibility the 1.2 offers a fine trade-off for the loss of character. However, it still needs to be worked much harder than the 1.0-litre turbo in a VW up!.
The i10 offers five proper seats and decent head and legroom throughout, although three adults will find the rear a squeeze
At least small changes have been made to the i10’s chassis, with new suspension bump stops and a modified steering rack making it a fraction less vague than the old car’s set-up.
Comfort is still the priority here, however – it cushions all but the very worst potholes from occupants and refinement is generally very good. There’s little in the way of excitement in the Hyundai’s handling, though, despite the improved steering.
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A price hike of £405 for our Premium SE model seems reasonable given in extra standard equipment it brings
Hyundai i10 Premium SE 1.2
These moderate updates do just enough to cement the Hyundai i10s place as one of the better offerings in its class. There are definitely more distinctive and fun city cars on sale, yet few can match the i10’s supreme blend of comfort, refinement and practicality for the money. Add in the new infotainment system and strong kit tally of this Premium SE spec, and we think it justifies the extra outlay.