All New i10 is a big deal
Cars26 February 2020
The All New i10 is big on…
Space – with five seats there’s plenty of room inside
Technology – connected for the modern world
Safety – keeping your family protected
Design – small but perfectly formed
Excitement – it’s great fun to drive
The i10 has always been a big deal in the small car market, with its engineers and designers distilling big car thinking into a compact city car built to thrive in town. It’s nippy, nimble, and easy to park. It also oozes cool and is great value for money, which is perhaps why, in the past, it has been voted What Car?’s Best City Car four years on the run.
The All New i10 - the third generation of Hyundai’s hit city car - underwent a comprehensive upgrade ahead of its mid-January launch. Essentially a brand new car from the ground up, All New i10 has been repositioned with a focus on technology and connectivity. It also has the highest levels of safety equipment within the A segment, and includes five seats when many of its competitors can only offer four.
“The All New i10 has a new, aspirational design that is more visually appealing than ever,” says Mark Foley, i10 Product Manager at Hyundai UK. “The design focuses on the latest Hyundai design language called ‘Sensuous Sportiness’, with the front having been completely redesigned to give it a sportier look and feel. The car is fun to drive and offers an increased level of personalisation thanks to features such as a two-tone roof and unique interior options. All this makes the car more engaging for younger drivers who choose their cars based on desirability as much as, if not more than, affordability.”
The car has undergone a substantial makeover both inside and out. While it still has parking-friendly dimensions, its slightly longer wheelbase (40mm), wider body (20 mm), and lowered roof (20 mm) all go to improve curb appeal, as do the newly-designed optional 16-inch alloy wheels.
Step inside and you’ll see that this city car’s talents aren’t confined to the city though. It’s roomy, refined, and full of clever gadgets. The previous entry level S specification is no longer available, which allows customers to enjoy the increased specification of SE trim as the starting point of the range.
“All New i10 is filled with a number of safety features that you would expect from higher segment vehicles as standard,” says Mark. “Meanwhile, for people nowadays, it is important to be connected, which is why the All New i10 from the SE Connect trim up offers an eight-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ as standard, as well as voice activation within the steering wheel.”
The optional Tech Pack even allows All New i10 drivers to connect with their car via the Bluelink® app to check if it is locked, to keep an eye on fuel consumption, and even plan their journey on their phone before sending the route to their car before they set off. All New i10 is even fitted with eCall which automatically dials a call centre which can then contact the relevant emergency service if the airbags are deployed or the call button above the rear-view mirror is pressed. Relevant information such as the time of accident and driving direction, as well as airbag and impact sensor information is sent to the relevant service for a quick response.
“And when it comes to practicality, getting around easily and having access to a good amount of space are key features for the All New i10,” says Mark. “The car has one of largest boot capacities in its segment as well as five seats and a rearview camera. For city driving and beyond, the All New i10 is perfect.”
Time to take a closer look…
The entry level i10 offers a high level of standard equipment including DAB radio with 3.8” display, Bluetooth, air conditioning, electric windows, leather steering wheel and gear lever, electric mirror adjustment and cruise control. It is packed with standard safety equipment including Lane Keep Assist, Driver Attention Alert, High Beam Assist and Forward Collision Warning System with integrated Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning System with Lane Keep Assist, and eCall which can automatically dial emergency services in the event of a serious accident. The 1.0 MPi 67PS five-speed manual transmission is available from £12,495.
i10 SE Connect
With enhanced connectivity and style, the SE Connect includes 15” alloy wheels, an 8” touchscreen display audio, rear view camera, subscription-free Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, Bluetooth with voice activation and two rear speakers. The 1.0 MPi 67PS five-speed manual transmission starts at £13,495, while the SE Connect is also available with a 1.2 MPi 84PS four cylinder engine, with both a five-speed manual or five-speed automated manual transmission.
Offering even more equipment, the i10 Premium includes 16” alloy wheels, halogen bi-function projection headlamps, LED daytime running lamps, front fog lamps and privacy glass. Inside are heated front seats and steering wheel, as well as a honeycomb design to the dashboard, door and gear lever surround trims. The optional £1,000 Tech Pack offers a wireless charging pad for compatible handheld devices, an intelligent speed limit warning function that provides the driver with a visual indication of the speed limit, and an 8” touchscreen navigation with Bluelink® telematics. Bluelink® notifies of any maintenance issues that need attention as well as allowing owners to lock the vehicle remotely, send navigation instructions via a smartphone, and even locate the car via GPS. The 1.0 MPi 67PS five-speed manual costs from £14,495, while the i10 Premium is also available with a 1.2 MPi 84PS four cylinder engine with both a five-speed manual or five-speed automated manual transmission.
For more on the All New i10, visit www.hyundai.co.uk/new-cars/new-i10