2019 Hyundai i10: prices, specs and release date

The new Hyundai i10 city car is bigger than before with a load more tech inside. How does it stack up compared with its predecessor?

Ian Dickson
Sep 13, 2019

The all-new Hyundai i10 has just been revealed and it has a lot to live up to, since the outgoing i10 is one of the best value, most grown-up city cars. However, Hyundai is keen to point out that its smallest car has matured - and not just in stature; there’s now more tech and safety equipment, too. In fact, Hyundai reckons it’ll be the most high-tech city car in the UK when it goes on sale next year.

Quick facts

  • On sale first quarter 2020
  • Prices not yet confirmed
  • Bigger than previous model
  • Boot space up to 1,046 litres
  • Lots of new tech on board
  • Choice of two petrol engines

This third-generation version of the i10 has been completely overhauled and redesigned. Compared with the previous i10, it is 20mm wider, 20mm lower and 5mm longer, which all adds up to more space and, we predict, a significantly improved driving experience. We’ll be testing the car on the road soon.

Will all this be enough to maintain Hyundai's challenge to the likes of the desirable Volkswagen Up and super-value Skoda Citigo? Read on to find out more about its impressive new interior and safety tech and key details, from CO2 emissions to luggage capacity.

 

2019 Hyundai i10 prices and model range

Hyundai hasn’t revealed details of the trim levels for the Hyundai i10 yet, but it will come with a lot of new kit, some of which you’d expect to find on much bigger cars: LED daytime running lights, a rear-view camera, wireless phone charging, four electric windows and climate control will feature.

Hyundai has also introduced three new colours, bringing the choice to 10, and the option of a two-tone roof in either red or black. With personalisation being a big thing for small cars, rest assured that you'll be able to find a colour combination to suit your tastes and stand out from the neighbours.

At the time of writing, Hyundai hasn’t confirmed UK pricing for the i10 but we’d expect it to start at around £11,000 thanks to all that exciting new tech.

2019 Hyundai i10 economy and performance

This may be a brand new car, but Hyundai has decided not to introduce any new engines for the i10. Both petrol units available have been carried over from the previous car. First up is a 1.0-litre three-cylinder, with 67hp and 96Nm of torque. Performance is… dawdling, 0-62mph takes a lengthy 14.7 seconds and the eventual top speed is 97mph.

You can take a step up to a marginally more nippy 1.2-litre, four-cylinder engine with 84hp and 118Nm of torque. This brings the 0-62mph time down to a far more reasonable 12.1 seconds and gives a top speed of 109mph. Both engines are available with either a five-speed manual or a five-speed automatic.

All versions of the 2019 i10 come with a new stop-start system, which switches off the engine when you’re stopped at, say traffic lights, or you’re in a queue. Hyundai has also improved the aerodynamics of the new i10 through its design changes, and has introduced a new ‘Eco pack’ option, which adjusts the gear ratios, removes a seat (making it a four seater) and fits 14-inch alloys to make the car more efficient.

While Hyundai hasn’t released fuel economy figures for the new model yet, comparing the CO2 emissions with the old car’s shows it to be marginally cleaner (116g/km versus 117g/km for the previous 1.0) so expect a slight improvement at the fuel pump, too. There’s no news about a hybrid or electric version of the i10. However, drive the new petrol models gently and you still shouldn't need to fill it up often.

2019 Hyundai i10 interior

Among the revisions made to the new i10’s dimensions, Hyundai has made the wheelbase 40mm longer, by pushing the wheels out to the corners of the car. This should mean a lot more space inside, especially in the rear, which Hyundai says now benefits from more leg room.

The new dashboard now features an additional storage area above the glovebox and slimmer air vents. Four different colour combinations are available for the interior.

2019 Hyundai i10 technology

The main highlight of the i10 has to be the car’s eight-inch touchscreen media system that Hyundai says is the largest in its class. There are also shortcut buttons around the side for easy access to common functions, and a neat little storage area below with wireless charging for your phone.

You get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto too, alongside the option of Hyundai’s ‘connected car’ platform, giving access to its Bluelink telematics app that allows you to search for a parking space, fuel stations (with live prices info) or points of interest.

Other features include ‘Find My Car’, which allows drivers to locate their i10 easily in an unfamiliar setting. It’s an impressive package in a sector where the norm is to offer just a cradle for your phone and nothing more.

2019 Hyundai i10 safety

The new Hyundai i10 comes with plenty of safety tech. There’s a forward collision avoidance system that can detect pedestrians as well as other vehicles, a lane-keeping aid, high-beam assistance to automatically switch between main and dipped headlights, a driver attention warning system and a speed limit alert.

2019 Hyundai i10 boot space

While Hyundai has increased size and space elsewhere, the boot remains the same size as the previous car, with 252 litres with the seats up and 1,046 with them folded. That’s not necesarily a bad thing, as the outgoing i10 already has class-leading luggage space. You can also fold the seats with one touch and there’s a false floor to give a flat load level when you do drop the seats.

2019 Hyundai i10 review

The Hyundai i10 was already one of our favourite city cars. With the new tech and safety kit upgrades, as well as the increase in space, it continues to make a lot of sense for those who want a minimum-fuss runabout. If you want a minimum cost city car, however, the outgoing model still makes a lot of sense with rock-bottom prices for this spacious and comfy small car.

 

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