2017 Hyundai i10 review
The i10, a city car rival to the likes of the Volkswagen Up, Skoda Citigo, Seat Mii and Kia Picanto, has been on sale in its current form since 2013; this mid-life refresh is designed to keep the car competitive in the face of increasing competition.
Styling updates for this i10 are minor and mainly focus on a new frontgrille and LED daytime running lights. There’s also a reprofiled rear bumper and a new shape for the side mouldings. Other exterior features include a new 14in steel or alloy wheel design.
The current i10’s interior functional and robust has been improved on with the addition of a 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system. Likely to only be available on high-end versions of the i10, the new touchscreen features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality and satellite navigation. The sat-nav system comes with a seven-year subscription to LIVE services, which adds real-time traffic conditions and local weather updates.
Buyers will also be able to choose from new cloth trim colours.
Hyundai has also upgraded the i10’s safety equipment to include front collision warning, which gives the driver an acoustic and visual indicator if they’re about to have a crash, and a lane departure warning system.
Hyundai says it has improved the i10’s ride and handling by adding a bigger front suspension bump stop and modifiying the steering. The updated i10 will be offered with the same 65bhp1.0-litre and 86bhp 1.25-litre petrol engines as the current car. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, but a four-speed automatic can also be specified.
The new car’s £9250 entry price is £1255 more than that of the outgoing pre-facelift i10. Mid-spec SE models are priced from £10,900, while the cheapest Premium model costs £11,200. The most expensive model, Premium SE, is priced from £13,540.
The Volkswagen Up costs from £8995, while the Seat Mii and Skoda Citigo are priced from £8440 and £8275 respectively. The Picanto, from Hyundai’s sister brand Kia, costs from £8095.