Parkers overall rating: 4.2 out of 5 4.2
  • Amazingly spacious for such a small car
  • Space for four adults and some of their luggage
  • Could easily be a small family’s only car

The i10’s always been a very practical little car, but things have somehow improved for this new model. As with its predecessors, there’s technically room for five in here – at least, there are five seatbelts – but it’s better suited to being a four-seater with the occasional capacity for an extra body.

As a four-seater, it works fantastically. Whether you’re sat up front or in the back, there’s tons of leg- and headroom. Four six-foot adults can comfortably sit for a decent period of time, without having to bend their necks under a low roofline or manoeuvre their knees around unforgiving seatbacks. There’s even room underneath the front seats to slide your feet.

Even more surprisingly, the rear windows roll down all the way – a stark contrast to most rivals, which either utilise pokey pop-out rear windows or else wind halfway down and stop. It’s a thoroughly pleasant place to be, considering it’s the rear seat of a city car. You have door bins but not much else when it comes to storage in the rear seats. You don't get map pockets on the front seatbacks for example, but this is typical for cars in this class.

The driving position has plenty of adjustment, though we felt the steering wheel didn’t quite telescope out far enough to suit us. The fixed-height front passenger seat feels a little high-set, but again, there’s loads of leg and headroom.

Interior storage is impressive too, with a large glovebox and a usefully-lipped shelf above it. There’s a pair of cupholders in the centre console placed alongside a few storage areas in various shapes and sizes to accommodate a range of items.

A platform also sits in front of the gearlever with a USB port and 12V socket – on top-end models equipped with the Tech pack, this holds a wireless smartphone charger.

Compared to a smaller model such as the Toyota Aygo, the difference is night and day – you could truly use the i10 as a small family’s sole transport.

Boot

The load area might look a little narrow at first, but there is 252 litres of boot space available. This compares favourably with the 251 litres you get in a Volkswagen Up and isn't much smaller than the Ford Fiesta’s; a car from the size class above. Sure, you won’t be moving house in a car like this, but it will easily accommodate five or six big shopping bags or a couple of suitcases.

Fold down the rear seats and there’s even more room, with the i10’s high roofline meaning you can pack an awful lot in if you head for a trip to that well-known Swedish furniture store. They split 60:40, so you can choose whether you want to give one passenger plenty of room or utilise more of the car’s length.

Safety

  • Three-star Euro NCAP safety rating
  • Lots of safety kit, but not as clever as larger cars
  • Protection in a crash reasonable

The previous i10 scored four stars when it was tested back in 2013. Times change, however, and even with a whole heap more safety equipment than its predecessor the new i10 only scores three stars. 

That's due to issues with its pedestrian safety, with stiff windscreen pillars providing marginal head protection and an autonomous emergency braking system that can't recognise cyclists or smaller pedestrians very well.

Is that a disadvantage? Well, the i10's pretty much in line with all of its competitors on this front - the only models that score higher do so under an older testing procedure, so you shouldn't discount it on these grounds. By the standards of the class this is a safe car.

As befits a 2020 model the new i10 comes with lots of standard safety equipment, chief among which are lane-departure warning and autonomous emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection – two items set to become mandatory equipment. As such, it’s good to see Hyundai including these ahead of time, in contrast to the Volkswagen Up, which now has lane-departure warning but not AEB.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Hyundai i10 Hatchback.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Steel wheels

N Line equipment

N Line standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front fog lights
  • Parking sensors
N Line optional equipment
  • Sat Nav

Premium equipment

Premium standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Parking sensors
Premium optional equipment
  • Sat Nav

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Steel wheels
SE optional equipment
None available

SE Connect equipment

SE Connect standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Parking sensors
SE Connect optional equipment
None available

Euro NCAP Rating – 4 stars

The Hyundai i10 Hatchback was tested by Euro NCAP in 2020 and was awarded a 4 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

4 star rating
Test 2020
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 75%
Child Occupant: 69%
Vulnerable Road Users: 52%
Safety Assist: 59%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.