Hyundai i10 review

Category: City car

Section: Interior

Available fuel types:petrol
Available colours:
Hyundai i10 2020 RHD dashboard
Add to shortlist
  • Hyundai i10 front cornering - 69 plate
  • Hyundai i10 rear tracking - 69 plate
  • Hyundai i10 2020 RHD dashboard
  • Hyundai i10 2020 RHD rear seats
  • Hyundai i10 2020 RHD infotainment
  • Hyundai i10 side panning - 69 plate
  • Hyundai i10 2020 RHD front right studio
  • Hyundai i10 2020 RHD left studio
  • Hyundai i10 2020 RHD rear left studio
  • Hyundai i10 2020 RHD front seats
  • Hyundai i10 2020 RHD boot open
  • Hyundai i10 front tracking - 69 plate
  • Hyundai i10 front cornering - 69 plate
  • Hyundai i10 rear tracking - 69 plate
  • Hyundai i10 2020 RHD dashboard
  • Hyundai i10 2020 RHD rear seats
  • Hyundai i10 2020 RHD infotainment
  • Hyundai i10 side panning - 69 plate
  • Hyundai i10 2020 RHD front right studio
  • Hyundai i10 2020 RHD left studio
  • Hyundai i10 2020 RHD rear left studio
  • Hyundai i10 2020 RHD front seats
  • Hyundai i10 2020 RHD boot open
  • Hyundai i10 front tracking - 69 plate
RRP £10,025What Car? Target Price from£9,003

Interior

The interior layout, fit and finish

Driving position and dashboard

All i10 trim levels get a supportive, height-adjustable driver’s seat and a height-adjustable steering wheel. Like many other cars in this class, there’s no reach adjustment for the wheel, but that didn’t cause us any issues when getting settled. 

Unlike that of frustrating Volkswagen Up, the steering wheel doesn’t obscure the top section of the instruments; the steering wheel, pedals and seat line up well, so you’re not driving with a crooked posture; plus there's more room for your left leg in the footwell than there is in the considerably larger Dacia Duster SUV , which overlaps the i10 on price. 

All of which means that, after a couple of hours behind the wheel, we didn’t have any aches and pains developing. Add in the sensibly placed controls, which make it so simple to use on the move, and it's hard to fault.  

Visibility, parking sensors and cameras

The i10 has pleasingly slender front pillars and well-placed door mirrors that combine to give you a clear view forwards, or sideways when pulling out of T-junctions. The rear window line kicks up more towards the back of the car than the Picanto's and the rear window is also shallower, but the i10's still not a tricky car to reverse.  

Anyway, a rear-view camera is standard from mid-level SE Connect trim; this is one of the reasons it's our pick of the range. Rear parking sensors aren't available, but all models get halogen daytime running lights. Premium trim upgrades those to LEDs and adds front fog lights as well.

Hyundai i10 2020 RHD dashboard

Sat nav and infotainment

SE trim gets a pretty basic two-speaker, AM/FM/DAB radio, with Bluetooth connectivity and a tiny, 3.8in black and white display. However, jump up to SE Connect or Premium trim and this is replaced with a bright, clear 8.0in touchscreen and an extra pair of speakers in the rear, which make the stereo sound pretty good.

This infotainment system is similar to the one you get in a Picanto, and a big improvement over the Up's. The screen is mounted high on the dash, so it’s easy to see and reach without taking your eyes too far from the road. Its graphics are among the best in this class and the menus are easy to navigate; although there are a few small icons that are tricky to hit on the move. Countering that are the physical buttons and knobs surrounding the screen; they are easy to find at a glance and make swapping between menus or changing the volume a simple affair.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both standard, allowing you to control your phone safely on the move and use your preferred sat-nav app. If you’ve opted for Premium trim you can pay extra for the Tech Pack, which brings built-in navigation, a wireless phone charging pad and the option to download an app that shows the car’s location, maintenance requirements and even lets you operate the central locking remotely.

Quality

While you won’t find any soft-touch plastics inside the i10, the hard stuff that's there is nicely textured and avoids looking cheap. One thing’s for sure: the plastics are no worse than you’d find in a Kia Picanto or Volkswagen Up. Premium trim adds attractive hexagonal-shaped pattern to the trims on the doors and dash.

Elsewhere, the buttons all feel substantial, working with a precision that wouldn’t be out of place in a car from the class above. Similarly, the soft leather on the steering wheel and gearknob (fitted to all trims) feels good to the touch.

Hyundai i10 front cornering - 69 plate
Open Gallery12 Images

Also consider

Toyota Aygo

2018 - present

It’s certainly stylish, but rivals roomier, more pra...

Fiat Panda

2012 - present

A very poor safety rating makes the Panda impossible to r...

Kia Picanto

2017 - present

Fun to drive and offers decent value and practicality

...

Citroën C1

2018 - present

An improvement over its predecessor, but it continues to lag b...