The interior layout, fit and finish
Driving position and dashboard
All versions of the Hyundai i10 get a supportive, height-adjustable driver’s seat and a height-adjustable steering wheel. Unlike in the Dacia Sandero there’s no reach adjustment for the steering wheel, although that didn’t stop us getting comfortable behind the wheel.
The steering wheel doesn’t obscure the top section of the instruments as it can in the Volkswagen Up. It lines up well with the pedals and seat, too, so you’re not driving with a crooked posture, and there's more room for your left leg in the footwell than in the considerably larger Dacia Duster SUV, which overlaps the i10 on price.
Sat nav and infotainment
The i10 in SE trim gets a basic two-speaker AM/FM/DAB radio with Bluetooth connectivity and a tiny 3.8in black and white display. If you go for SE Connect, Premium or N Line trim, this is replaced with a bright 8.0in infotainment touchscreen and an extra pair of speakers in the back for a more fulsome sound from the stereo.
The 8.0in system is similar to the Picanto's and just as easy to use, as is the Sandero's system. They're all a big improvement over the Up's fiddly infotainment. In the i10, 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, the menus and software are well conceived. There are the buttons and knobs surrounding the screen, which are easy to find and make swapping between menus a simple job.