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New turbo charged option: Dynamic exterior overhaul. CREDIT: Twitter

HYUNDAI has announced UK pricing and specifications for its new i10 city car, which will arrive in dealerships on 18 January 2020. 

Available from £12,495 in SE trim, which replaces S as the entry point into the i10 range creeping up to £13,495 for the SE Connect package and heading up the range is the Premium trim from £14,495, with 1.2-litre automatic versions costing £15,495. An optional ‘Tech Pack’ is exclusive to Premium trim, and brings a wireless charging pad, enhanced navigation features and speed limit recognition. 

All models are equipped with standard safety features that include lane assist, high-beam assist, autonomous emergency braking, a collision warning system and Hyundai’s ‘eCall’ emergency services response function. An optional Eco-Pack adjusts gear ratios and uses 14in wheels for even greater fuel-efficiency.

The i10 will be offered with a new turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine producing 99bhp and 127lb ft of torque, making it the most powerful i10 variant on sale.

Redesigned bumpers and front grille, exclusive 16in alloy wheels and angular LED daytime running lights set the i10 N Line apart from the rest of the range. It also features a rear skid plate and diffuser, along with bespoke colour options. Inside, it receives an N-branded steering wheel and gear shift lever, metal pedals and upgraded seats.

The 2020 i10 has been given a dynamic exterior overhaul to appeal to the boy racer in you. Extended rear wheel arches have added 20mm to the width and the roofline has been lowered by 20 mm.

Rear passengers benefit from extra legroom, while a 252-litre boot space is one of the best in the class.

Effort has been made to improve driving dynamics over the old model, with a more progressive brake pedal and more responsive steering.

Interior materials, connectivity features and safety systems have filtered down from the rest of the range, including the 8.0in touchscreen fitted to high-spec versions.

Hyundai’s Bluelink connected car platform can add app-controlled location tracking, live fuel prices and the ability to send navigation directions from your smartphone to the car.


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