Hyundai I10 variants
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Total cash price £14,999. Borrowing £11,999 with a £3,000 deposit at a representative APR of 12.9%.

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Hyundai i10 buying guide

There are several engine and trim choices available to i10 buyers. Read on to learn more about each option so you can choose the i10 that’s right for you.

What Hyundai i10 trim levels are there?

SE is the entry-level trim for i10 models. Pre-2020 i10 cars come with air conditioning, cruise control, all-round electric windows, a leather steering wheel, and a stereo with Bluetooth and DAB radio. 2020-and-newer i10s in SE trim add driver monitoring, automatic emergency braking, automatic high beams and lane-keep assist.

SE Connect is the mid-range trim in the 2020-and-newer i10 lineup. This model gains alloy wheels, a reversing camera, and an infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Premium trim gains posh touches including climate control, fog lights and LED daytime running lights on pre-2020 models. 2020-and-newer i10s add larger alloy wheels, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, tinted rear windows, keyless entry and start.

N-Line is Hyundai’s sporty trim level similar to Audi’s S Line, available on 2020-and-newer i10s. i10s in N-Line trim gain larger alloy wheels and a meaner-looking body kit to help them stand out in the car park. The kit list brings LED brake lights and sporty, contrast interior styling details.

Hyundai i10 interior and technology

The i10s interior is neat and tidy, with an easy-to-use layout, regardless of whether you select the previous or current generation. Build quality feels rock solid although some of the materials are a little hard and scratchy, helping the i10 meet its affordable price tag. The design was heavily revised for the current model, with more attractive interior styling and a splash of coloured trim here and there to lift the ambiance.

Both current and previous-generation i10 models in SE trim and below come with a stereo featuring DAB radio and Bluetooth. You’ll need to step up to the mid-range trims to gain Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. We’d recommend doing so because it dramatically extends the i10’s on-board technology offering. In use, the i10’s infotainment systems are clear enough and relatively quick to respond to the touch, although the screens themselves are a little small.

While the i10 won’t be competing with any vans for cargo area or any busses for passenger space, it makes impressive use of its tiny exterior dimensions. Few cars in this class can comfortably accommodate adults on the back seat without knee room being impacted but the i10 both handles this, and can also squeeze three across its back row – something several rivals including the Volkswagen Up and Fiat 500 can’t match. The boot will be fine for the weekly shop and might just about take a large suitcase if you can manoeuvre it into position.

Hyundai i10 engine range explained

Hyundai i10 1.0 MPi 67

This is the entry-level engine for both previous and current-generation i10s. It’s a 1.0-litre non-turbo, three-cylinder petrol that makes 67hp. That translates to a 0-62mph time comfortably over 14 seconds, which won’t be a problem around town, but means this engine will struggle if you ask it for a fast overtake on the motorway.

Hyundai i10 1.2 MPi 87

If you need to use the motorway with any kind of regularity, we’d suggest trading up to the 1.2-litre engine, available on both current and previous-generation i10s. This four-cylinder unit makes a much healthier 87hp, dropping the 0-62mph time by nearly three whole seconds, helping this version feel more capable at higher speeds.

Hyundai i10 1.0 T-GDi

This engine was added as an option for current-generation i10s in N-Line trim. It’s a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder petrol again but Hyundai’s added a turbocharger for significantly improved performance. Power jumps to 100hp, with the 0-62mph time falling to 10.5 seconds – nowhere near performance car territory, but the extra power and in-gear shove provided by the turbo means this unit feels much more relaxed in all circumstances, with fewer gear changes needed to maintain acceleration.

Hyundai i10 FAQs

There’s only one version of the Hyundai i10 and it’s a five-door hatchback. If you’re looking for a little more space, there’s also the slightly larger Hyundai i20 or Hyundai Bayon compact SUV.

Buyers looking at nearly new i10s are likely to come across both current and previous-generation models. Current models went on sale part-way through 2020 and get refreshed stying inside and out, along with updated engines and specification packages. Previous-generation models were sold until early 2020 and, despite lacking the latest styling, engines and technology, represent fantastic value for money thanks to being more affordable. The easiest way to tell the two apart is to look at the badge on the front – pre-2020 models mount the badge on a thin opening above the front grille, while 2020-and-newer versions place the badge on the bodywork above the grille.

The Hyundai i10 is a small car, measuring slightly less than 3.7 metres long. That makes it slightly longer than rivals including the Kia Picanto, Volkswagen Up and Toyota Aygo, and a few millimetres shorter than the Fiat Panda.

Despite its modest size, the i10 makes better use of its limited interior space than plenty of rivals. Four adults can fit in the cabin with ease, with enough rear legroom provided you’re not carrying very tall passengers. You can squeeze three across the rear bench, unlike rivals such as the Volkswagen Up, but it’ll be quite uncomfortable so will only work for very quick hops. Boot space is, similarly, about as impressive as could be expected for a car this small, with enough room for the weekly shop or about one large suitcase.

Hyundai has opted to only fit petrol engines to the i10, as they better suit they typical urban and suburban journeys owners are likely to tackle. All are smooth and efficient, and there’s an optional automatic gearbox for those who prefer a more relaxed drive.

The i10 is excellent at nipping through city streets and squeezing into tight spots, and somehow manages to have space for four people to sit comfortably and a class-leading boot. Go for a mid-spec version and the on-board phone connectivity gives you sat nav, media playback and more. The i10 also brings bargain running costs, while it's even quite accomplished at motorway speeds – you might just need to be a little patient when getting up to speed.

One of the benefits of small and relatively simple cars like the Hyundai i10 is that there's little to go wrong. Hyundai's five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty shows that the brand is confident in its cars – but owner reports tend to suggest you won't need to use it.

Yes, all petrol Hyundais built in or after 2005 can run on E10 fuel. Read our guide to E10 petrol for more info.