Hyundai i10 (2020-present)

The Hyundai i10 has long been one of the cheapest and best city cars. The more refined, better-equipped third-gen i10 continues that trend

Strengths & Weaknesses

Strengths 

Economical to run
Well equipped
Appealing design

Weaknesses 

Not as cheap to buy as rivals
Lacks performance
Poor automated manual gearbox
Best finance deal

Hyundai I10 Hatchback 1.0 mpi se connect 5dr

Finance price £168 per month

Cash price £11,550

Used Hyundai i10 prices from £4,480   Finance from £91 per month

Even though the majority of the car market is slowly turning electric, there’s still a place for small, economical - and most importantly, affordable - urban runabouts, and there ought to be for some time to come.

City cars have improved hugely in recent years and the likes of the Volkswagen Up, Seat Mii, Skoda Citigo, Kia Picanto, Peugeot 108 and Toyota Aygo offer buyers plenty of quality options for buzzing about town, doing the school run, the weekly shop or commuting.

The Hyundai i10 also has an impressive reputation in this class, so the new, third-generation car has a lot to live up to. Thankfully, the Korean carmaker has responded with a car that will provide a strong challenge to its rivals.

For a start, this latest model has been given a thorough makeover. Hyundai has been on a role in terms of design in recent years, and the new i10 continues that form. It's managed to take the cute proportions of a city car and give them a sporty edge. Features include a mesh split grille at the front, a set-back cabin with a neatly sloping roofline, and a compact profile. The overall effect is very modern and funky, and should look good on the road or parked up.

The interior takes this stylish baton and runs with it, with a dashboard that fulfils the expectations of modern drivers – especially if you opt for the upper trim levels, with their eight-inch touchscreen media system. The cloth upholstery feels durable, too, and the seats are comfortable enough. The cabin is also well packaged, so there’s room for three children in the rear, or two adults up to six feet in height, thanks to decent amounts of leg- and headroom.

Boot space is on a par with the Up, Citigo and Mii when the rear seats are in place, but the 60:40-split rear seats provide the opportunity for more room should you need it.

The i10 is a great little car to drive, with light and responsive steering, a usefully tight turning circle and a fun-to-drive nature on the open road. It also feels composed and comfortable to ride in, especially with the larger 16-inch wheels. There’s not a huge amount of power on tap with either of the two petrol engines (a turbocharged 1.0-litre unit will be added in summer 2020, with an increased 100hp output, which should make it feel nippy enough for keener drivers), but it’s plenty for most owners and certainly enough for getting around town.

It's a little more expensive than previous versions – and compared to rivals such as the Up and Citigo – but you do get an impressive amount of equipment in return. Prices at launch start at £12,495, rising to £15,495 (even then you can spend more on option packs and paint colours), which sounds a lot for a city car. But those equipment levels, along with the low running costs, mean that it still represents good value for money.

Finance options, meanwhile, are the most cost-effective way into an i10. If it's still a little much for you, the i10 is a great used purchase with very affordable prices for the previous model and relatively low prices expected for the new model as used versions arrive.

Last Updated 

Friday, March 20, 2020 - 14:30

Key facts 

Warranty: 
Five years/unlimited mileage
Boot size: 
252-1,050 litres
Width: 
1,680mm
Length: 
3,670mm
Height: 
1,480mm
Tax: 
£150 in first year and £145 thereafter

Best Hyundai I10 for... 

Hyundai i10 1.0 MPi SE
There’s not a great deal of difference in fuel economy between the different variants of the i10, but the best official figure is achieved by a combination of the smaller 1.0-litre engine and the lowest trim level, with the least standard equipment.
Hyundai i10 1.2 MPi Premium
The 1.2-litre engine offers a little more performance and in Premium guise there is all the equipment you could need for keeping the family entertained on a journey.

 

  • September 2019 Third-generation i10 launched at Frankfurt Motor Show
  • January 2020 UK sales of i10 start.

Understanding Hyundai I10 car names 

  • I10
  • Engine
    1.0 MPi
  • Trim
    SE Connect
  • Gearbox
    AMT
  • Engine
    There are two petrol engines to choose from, both labelled MPi. The lower-powered 1.0-litre unit produces 67hp, while the 1.2 has an 84hp output.
  • Trim
    There are three trim levels, each offering different levels of equipment, depending on how much you’re willing to pay. The entry-level trim is called SE, with the SE Connect costing slightly more for more standard equipment and the range-topping Premium trim being the most expensive and including more equipment for the price.
  • Gearbox
    The i10 comes with either a five-speed manual gearbox or a five-speed automatic, which is an automated manual in style and referred to by 'AMT'.

Hyundai I10 Engines 

1.0 MPi, 1.2MPi

There are just two petrol engine options available to i10 buyers.

The lower-powered engine is a 1.0-litre unit that produces 67hp and has a respectable official fuel economy figure of between 54.3mpg and 56.5mpg, depending on the wheel size, trim and equipment levels. It's not the most powerful thing you’ll ever drive - the 0-62mph time is 14.6 seconds, at best, which is pretty slow - but there’s enough performance for driving around in urban areas and you only really notice the absence of any real grunt when attempting to overtake at motorway speeds.

The 1.2 engine has a bit more power (84hp) and is a little quicker to 62mph from a standing start (12.6 seconds is the best it can manage), but they’re marginal differences. The same can be said for the fuel economy figures, with differences so small that individuals’ different driving styles will, in real-world conditions, cancel them out. With the 1.2 engine costing just an extra £500 compared to the 1.0, it’s all down to personal preference as to how important that extra acceleration is.

Both versions are available mated to a five-speed manual gearbox or a five-speed automated manual transmission, which costs an additional £500. We would recommend against choosing the automatic, if you can, as it is fairly awful to use. In common with other automated manual gearboxes, it lurches terribly, with unpredictable changes, making driving the i10 less rewarding.

Engine

Fuel

Fuel economy

Power

Acceleration (0-62mph)

Top speed

1.0 MPi

petrol

54.3-56.5mpg

67hp

14.6-17.3 secs

97mph

1.2 MPi

petrol

52.3-55.4mpg

84hp

12.6-15.8 secs

106mph

Hyundai I10 Trims 

SE, SE Connect, Premium

Hyundai has just the three trim levels for this generation of i10, having dispensed with the entry-level S trim from previous iterations (due to low sales).

The base SE trim level features standard equipment that includes a digital radio, 3.8-inch display, Bluetooth, air-conditioning, electric windows and mirrors, leather steering wheel and gear lever, and cruise control. There’s also an impressively high level of safety equipment for a city car, which includes Lane Keep Assist (LKA), Driver Attention Alert (DAA), High Beam Assist (HBA) and Forward Collision Warning System (FCWS) with integrated Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Lane Departure Warning System with Lane Keep Assist (LKAS). There’s also eCall, which automatically contacts the emergency services in the event of a serious collision, shortening response times.

Stepping up to SE Connect trim adds 15-inch alloy wheels, an eight-inch touchscreen media system, rear-view camera, smartphone connectivity (with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto) and voice activation for the Bluetooth function.

Range-topping Premium cars add 16-inch alloy wheels, halogen headlamps with integrated position light, LED daytime running lamps, front fog lamps, privacy glass, heated front seats and steering wheel, and a honeycomb design on the dashboard, door and gear lever surround trims.

An optional (£1,000) Tech Pack is also available for Premium models that adds a wireless charging pad for handheld devices, eight-inch touchscreen sat-nav with Bluelink telematics, which offers owners the ability to find the car using GPS and additional navigation services such as the ability to send navigation instructions and remotely lock the car from your smartphone. Bluelink can also tell the driver about any maintenance issues that need attention. Also included in the Tech Pack is an intelligent speed limit warning function that warns the driver about the current speed limit.

Hyundai I10 Reliability and warranty 

The latest i10 went on sale after the most recent Auto Express Driver Power survey, so it isn’t listed in the table. However, the marque is placed disappointingly in 22nd place in the list of manufacturers, which is surprising when you consider sister brand Kia, with which models share platforms and components, is placed in third place.

Buyers can console themselves with the fact that the i10 has a five-year warranty package, so they should be covered if anything does go wrong.

Used Hyundai I10 

This latest generation of the i10 hasn't been on sale for long, so it’s too early for there to be many used examples on the market.

However, the i10 has previously proved to be a much-sought-after second-hand buy, something we think unlikely to change with this new model, so expect prices to hold up relatively well. Despite this, the i10 is a cheap car, so still offers very good value as a used purchase.

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