The citycar market is fiercely fought over and Hyundai has raised the stakes with a tech and safety-focused new i10.
The Korean manufacturer this week revealed the UK price and spec of the little urban runaround, which has been rebuilt from the ground up.
Prices range from £12,495 to £15,495, which means the i10 isn’t the cheapest citycar on block, but it is one of the best equipped as it goes head to head with the likes of the Toyota Aygo and Volkswagen Up.
It’s the third generation of the i10, which has been around since 2007 when it replaced the little-loved Hyundai Amica.
The i10 was a much better vehicle, particularly when the second generation came along in 2013.
The new car is big on tech, connectivity and safety, with the manufacturer claiming that it offers the best safety package in its class, including as standard autonomous emergency braking and forward collision warning.
Also offered as standard are tyre pressure monitoring, driver attention alert, lane-keeping assist and hill-start assist.
These, in particular autonomous emergency braking and tyre pressure monitoring, are significant upgrades in the citycar class and will hopefully encourage the current move towards incorporating such features as standard in all classes of cars.
The car gets a stylish new look on the outside, with softer surfaces and sharper lines. It’s slightly bigger too, with a wider body (by 20 mm) and longer wheelbase (40mm), although the roof has been lowered by 20mm.
Standard wheels are 14-inch, with 16-inch options available, giving the car a bigger road presence.
There are two petrol engines available, a 1.0 and a 1.2-litre offering 67PS and 84PS, and both can be mated to manual or auto transmission.
Inside, the cabin has been given a significant upgrade in terms of materials and functionality, with added legroom and five seats as standard (some citycars only have two seats in the rear).
The previous entry level S spec has been banished, and the range now starts in SE trim.
For your £12,495 SE model you get plenty of standard kit including: DAB radio with 3.8” display, Bluetooth, air con, electric windows, leather steering wheel and gear lever, electric mirror adjustment and cruise control.
Trade up to SE Connect trim, starting at £13,495 and goodies include 15” alloys, 8” touchscreen display audio, rear view camera, subscription free Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth with voice activation and better engine options.
The i10 Premium (from £14,495) includes 16” alloy wheels, halogen bi-function headlamps with integrated position light, LED daytime running lamps, front fog lamps and privacy glass.
The cabin gets heated front seats and steering wheel, a unique to Premium honeycomb interior design and the top-rated engine options.
There are also various further customisation options like a Tech Pack (£1,000) and contrasting roof colour (£500).
All models come with Hyundai’s five-year warranty.