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.
The steering wheel doesn’t obscure the top section of the instruments, unlike that of 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 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 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 Kia Picanto's, and its 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 that the latter is our pick of the range. Rear parking sensors aren't available, but all models get halogen daytime running lights. Premium and N Line trim levels upgrade those to LEDs and adds front fog lights as well.
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, Premium or N Line trim and this is replaced with a bright, clear 8.0in touchscreen and an extra pair of speakers in the rear, that 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 or N Line 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.
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 Picanto or an Up. Premium trim adds attractive hexagonal-shaped pattern to the trims on the doors and dash, while N Line adds a sporty flavour.
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.
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