2020 Hyundai i10: new vs used

Toying with getting the latest Hyundai i10? Find out whether you're better off with the new i10 or the top-value outgoing model from £5,000

Craig Thomas
Oct 5, 2021

Small, cheap city cars are something of a dying breed, but the new Hyundai i10 - introduced in 2020 - shows that Hyundai hasn’t given up on the formula just yet. The i10 has always been quite spacious and cheap-to-run, but the latest model has more technology than ever before - so much that you might forget you’re in one of the smallest cars on the road.

Established city car kings such as the Volkswagen Up and Kia Picanto are among its rivals, so Hyundai pulled out all the stops to take them on. Like so many of this latest generation of models introduced by Hyundai, the new i10 is an impressive car, but the cost has risen by around £1,500 - that's a huge increase in relative terms - and Hyundai has also dispensed with its entry-level S trim level, so prices now start at a smidge over £13,000. The top-spec N Line version is £16,500, which is what you’d expect to pay for a bigger car like a Ford Fiesta or Skoda Fabia.

Its starting price is the going rate for most city cars these days but it’s still a lot of money, so if you find spending that much difficult to justify - or if it's simply beyond your budget – then help is at hand, with examples of the outgoing car available from £5,199 on BuyaCar. You can even pick up an early version of the latest model, with virtually no mileage, for as little as £11,995 or £193 per month.

A cheaper option is always tempting, but the big question is whether the previous generation i10 saving you a few thousand pounds is a better buy. Or would you be better off investing in the very latest model, with its additional equipment and features?

All-new 2020 Hyundai i10

Hyundai i10 rear three quarters view

Hyundai has definitely upped its game with the new 2020 i10, adding lots of new features and increasing refinement in pretty much every department - not to mention an improved look. The flipside to this, however, is that you'll have to pay handsomely for all these improvements.

The manufacturer has got rid of the most basic S trim level, thanks to lack of demand in the previous generation. This has the dual effect of increasing the price of the entry-level i10 model by more than £2,500, but also increasing the amount of equipment fitted as standard on all versions. So opting for the cheapest SE trim gets you a digital radio, Bluetooth, air-conditioning and electric windows, plus a raft of safety features including autonomous emergency braking and lane-keeping assist.

For an additional £1,000, SE Connect models include voice recognition, a rear parking camera, an eight-inch touchscreen media system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability. Top-of-the-range Premium models, which are priced from £15,495, have 16-inch wheel, heated seats and a number of other enhancements and styling tweaks, although whether these are worth the money will be up to you. There’s also a new N Line version, which is a sporty take on the i10. It’s the first time such a version has been offered on Hyundai’s smallest car, and adds a striking body kit and LED rear lights. The i10 N-Line also comes with a more powerful turbocharged engine.

There are three petrol engines on offer with the new i10. A 1.0-litre petrol and a slightly more powerful 1.2-litre engine are available, plus the N-Line’s turbocharged 100hp 1.0-litre version. Neither of the non-turbocharged ones are particularly punchy, but both acquit themselves well around town and have enough power for most conditions, provided you don't spend your time trying to overtake everything on the motorway. If you do, or encounter a few steep hills, the 84hp 1.2 will be a bit better than the 67hp 1.0.

2014-2019 Hyundai i10

The previous i10 was widely admired and very popular with buyers. It offered a mix of great value for money, plenty of standard kit, and a rewarding driving experience which proved to be a winning combination in the city car segment.

Hyundai deemed the engines used in this outgoing model so good that it decided to drop them straight into the new 2020 car with almost no changes – in fact, the older 1.2-litre has slightly more performance than the one in the new car, with 3hp more power and a 0-62mph time that’s half a second quicker. So you shouldn't feel like you're missing out in the engine department.

However, the older car isn’t as efficient as the new one, with the 1.0-litre recording official figures of 50mpg (compared to 57mpg in the new car) and the 1.2 returning 46mpg (55mpg in the new car). Consider the huge gulf in purchase price, though, and the outgoing i10 is by far the better value, more affordable option; whichever version you go for, fuel costs should be pretty low.

Where you’ll see a real difference between the two generations of i10 is in the equipment levels. The previous entry-level S model (not available in the new car) has some useful features, such as central locking and electric windows at the front, but you really have to choose the Premium trim to get a smartphone connection, touchscreen media system and climate control air-conditioning. The outgoing model also recieved pretty good safety ratings, although it doesn’t have anything like the amount of safety features the new car does.

Nearly new Hyundai i10 deals

If the 2020 Hyundai i10 sounds more appealing to you, but you are unwilling or unable to part with so much cash, nearly new examples can offer fairly substantial savings.

Hyundai i10 SE Connect
Nearly new Hyundai i10 SE Connect

BuyaCar prices from £12,710
Monthly finance from £208*

Hyundai i10 Premium
Nearly new Hyundai i10 Premium

BuyaCar prices from £12,809
Monthly finance from £206*

Nearly new Hyundai i10 N Line

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