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
Mar 20, 2020

The brand-new third-generation Hyundai i10 has just gone on sale in the UK, as the South Korean manufacturer continues to take on established city car kings such as the Volkswagen Up and Kia Picanto. 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 £1,300 - 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 £12,495.

It's a lot of money for a city car, 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 less than £5,000 on BuyaCar. You can even pick up a one-year-old model, with virtually no mileage, for as little as £8,650 (or £146 a 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 taking the hit and investing in the very latest model, with its additional equipment and features?

All-new 2020 Hyundai i10

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 are just two petrol engines on offer with the new i10. A 1.0-litre petrol and a slightly more powerful 1.2, to choose from initially (a turbocharged 1.0-litre engine with greater performance will be added in summer 2020). Neither is 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.

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 50.4mpg (compared to 54.3-56.5mpg in the new car) and the 1.2 returning 40.9-46.3mpg (52.3-55.4mpg 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.

Current Hyundai i10 deals

We have 289 used Hyundai i10 models available on BuyaCar, with deals starting from as little as £4,500 or £99 per month on PCP finance for a 2016 model in SE trim. You can even get a 2019 top-level spec Premium SE models from just  or  per month, which is dramatically less than the most basic new i10 on offer.

Surely there's no comparison if you're after the best value, most affordable option? Keep reading to decide whether the outgoing Hyundai i10 is for you.

2019 Hyundai i10 deals from under £9,000

Hyundai i10 1.2 Premium

2019/19, 1,000 miles, £9,450

With just over 1,000 miles on the clock and in Premium trim, this model has all the features you’ll want from the previous i10 and it should still feel very new. It’s also less than £9,500 (£157 a month).

For that you’ll, get a seven-inch touchscreen media system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, climate control air-conditioning, and an array of lighting options (daytime running front lights, fog lights and cornering lights) to help with safety.

Hyundai i10 1.2 SE

2019/19, 9,800 miles, £8,995

This example is also fitted with the slightly more powerful 1.2-litre engine, so it has decent performance - making it more suited to A roads and motorway trips - and has less than 10,000 miles under its belt.

Being kitted out with SE trim means that it has some useful features, including a digital radio, air-conditioning, Bluetooth, electric windows all around and steering wheel-mounted controls. For under £9,000 (£150 a month), there’s real value in this one-year-old car.

2017 Hyundai i10 deals from under £7,000

Hyundai i10 1.2 Premium SE

2017/67, 8,800 miles, £8,425

For £8,425, you can pick up a top-of-the-range, low-mileage i10 that offers plenty of features for your money. With well under 10,000 miles on the clock, this car is barely used, and with a long five-year warranty coming with the i10, you still have years of warranty cover left.

This car is fitted with the 1.2-litre petrol engine that, with just 8,800 miles covered, looks as if it hasn’t been used a great deal. Premium SE trim also means that this car has heated seats and steering wheel, sat-nav, parking sensors and keyless entry.

Hyundai i10 1.0 Premium

2017/17, 11,000 miles. £6,999

For less than £7,000, you can pick up this 2017 model in Premium trim that has racked up only 11,000 miles. As with the car above, you still benefit from two years' worth of warranty cover left, giving you solid peace of mind.

The Premium trim is the second highest available, so you get Bluetooth with voice recognition, steering wheel controls, LED daytime running lights, front fog lamps, rear speakers and door mirror indicators.

2015 Hyundai i10 deals from under £6,000

Hyundai i10 1.2 Premium

2015/15, 18,400 miles, £6,495

For barely £5,000, you can pick up an early 2015 i10 in the well-equipped Premium trim, giving you plenty of standard equipment for a low price. Go for the larger engine and you get even more car for your money.

Better still, this 1.2-litre model has covered only 18,000 miles, so there should be plenty of life - and value - left in this car, which is a steal at only £6,495.

Hyundai i10 1.0 Premium

2015/15, 27,000 miles, £5,795

This early second-generation i10 has the smaller 1.0-litre engine, but it should prove perfectly usable for most drivers, especially if most of your miles are spent on urban routes: 67hp doesn’t sound a lot, but at low speed, this three-cylinder unit is perfectly capable, especially as the i10 is small and light, making it a fun car to drive.

This affordable i10 also comes in well-equipped Premium trim level, so you get lots of kit for your money - just £5,795 of it, or barely £100 per month if you go for PCP finance.


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