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?

BuyaCar team
Feb 12, 2020

The all-new Hyundai i10 is now on sale and it has a lot to live up to, since the outgoing i10 is one of the best value, most grown-up city cars around. 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.

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.

Quick facts

  • Order books open
  • Priced from £12,495
  • Bigger than previous model
  • Boot space up to 1,046 litres
  • Lots of new tech on board
  • Choice of two petrol engines

2019 Hyundai i10 prices and model range

Hyundai has announced a fairly comprehensive line up of model variants with a couple of engine and gearbox options available. In terms of trim levels, the entry-model is the SE, which comes priced at £12,495 and is available with a single 1.0-litre petrol engine producing 67 horsepower and coupled with a manual gearbox. For your money, you get DAB radio, a 3.8-inch display, Bluetooth, air-conditioning, electric windows and cruise control. There's also a whole host of standard safety equipment - as you would expect to find on any new car launched in 2020.

Next up is the SE Connect, which comes with the added option of an 84hp 1.2-litre petrol engine and a choice of manual and automatic transmission for both this and the 1.0-litre engine. Prices for the SE Connect start at £13,495 and additional features include 15-inch alloy wheels, an eight-inch touchscreen display with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay along with voice recognition technology and a rear-view camera.

At the top of the i10 tree is Premium trim, which comes with the same engine and transmission options as SE Connect, but adds even more tech from £14,495. Standard features here include 16-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel and a fancy honeycomb design across the dashboard and interior.

You can also get the new Hyundai i10 in three new colours, bringing the choice to 10, and Premium trim offers an option of a two-tone paint job.

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 14.6 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 12.6 seconds and gives a top speed of 106mph. Both engines are available with either a five-speed manual or a five-speed automatic in SE Connect and Premium trims.

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

The interior of the new Hyundai i10 is a much more high quality affair than we're used to from a car this size. In Premium trim especially the cabin looks and feels much more upmarket than the price suggests, and the inclusion of the eight-inch touchscreen at the mid-level model and above makes this car feel like it belongs in 2020.

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 fact the i10 offers seating - of a kind - for five is also a major feature.

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. 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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