Parkers overall rating: 4.2 out of 5 4.2
  • Premium design with good layout
  • Excellent infotainment
  • Plastics feel hard and unyielding throughout

The i10’s interior looks more expensive than it is, thanks to clever use of textured plastics and glossy elements. While all the surfaces are all hardwearing rather than plush, most of the bits you touch – particularly the wheel and gearknob – are high-quality and comfortable to operate. Build quality is also very good.

The design is attractive and mature for a city car, with little of the contrived ‘cute’ or ‘funky’ detailing you’ll find in some rivals, such as the Smart Forfour. This is best embodied at the top of the dashboard, which features a large enclosure covering both the dials and the infotainment screen. It doesn’t look a million miles away from the dashtop of the latest Mercedes models – albeit with traditional gauges instead of a high-tech digital display.

Lower down on the dash, you’ll find an easy-to-use climate control panel above a small shelf. On top-end trim levels, this contains a wireless smartphone charging pad, but on all models it also features the USB and 12V charging sockets.

It’s a busier dashboard than the minimalist simplicity you’d find in a Volkswagen Up, but all the controls are intuitive.

Hyundai i10s are all quite generously equipped, and even the basic SE trim level gets air-conditioning, automatic headlights, cruise control, DAB radio and Bluetooth for smartphone connectivity. It does without a touchscreen infotainment system, though.

You’ll find that in the mid-spec SE Connect Trim, which also adds 15-inch alloy wheels and a reversing camera. Top-spec Premium trim, meanwhile, brings rear privacy glass, 16-inch alloy wheels and heated seats and steering wheel.

Premium models can also add an optional Tech Pack, which brings that wireless smartphone charger along with Bluelink app connectivity and live navigation. This connects the infotainment system up to the outside world – bringing live traffic and weather updates as well as information on petrol pricing, parking and points of interest.

In addition, owners can install a Bluelink app on their smartphone to remotely control some of the car’s functions. It’s able to lock and unlock the doors, honk the horn or flash the lights, as well as locate where the car was parked and track servicing and maintenance requirements.

Comfort

  • Lots of adjustment in driving position
  • Ample space for all occupants
  • Supple ride even on largest wheels

Hyundai i10 comfort levels are high considering it’s such a small car. It’s easy to get a good driving position with lots of adjustment in the driver’s seat and steering wheel – though, for us, the wheel didn’t telescope out quite far enough to be spot on. All passengers enjoy soft and comfortable seats with loads of room for a city car.

It’s churlish to complain about the quality of the plastics, but the quality of the seat upholstery is another matter – it felt very cheap indeed to us, despite our test model being the range-topping Premium.

The i10 rides well over most surfaces and only larger bumps unsettle it. It doesn’t feel quite as supple and planted as the Volkswagen Up, but it’s a close-run thing.