The Hyundai i10 is an easy-going, well-sorted little squirt that costs pennies to run


BEING the youngest of four boys, I know all about hand-me-downs.

Faded tops. Knee patches. Battered trainers. I didn’t have new footie boots until I was 16. It was embarrassing.

Hyundai has taken the i10 and dressed it in the same clothes as the brilliant i30 N hot hatch

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Hyundai has taken the i10 and dressed it in the same clothes as the brilliant i30 N hot hatch
The equipment and tech is generous, as you’d expect from Hyundai

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The equipment and tech is generous, as you’d expect from Hyundai
For a bantamweight with a small footprint, the i10 feels much faster

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For a bantamweight with a small footprint, the i10 feels much faster

And I’ve just remembered something else even more shameful . . . shared bathwater.

But there were upsides to being the little brother.

Like first dibs on a cast-off BMX, Sony Walkman and a giant Kim Basinger poster.

Now Hyundai has taken its smallest car, the i10, and dressed it in the same clothes as the brilliant i30 N hot hatch.

So what do you think? Rollerskate? All show, no go?

LOOKS CLASSIER

It’s easy to point and laugh at the i10 N Line for trying too hard but actually, I warmed to it very quickly.

Partly because of the racy red stripes but mostly because of the punchy 1-litre, three-cylinder turbo petrol. It’s a proper hoot.

This is the only i10 you can buy with a turbo — and with 100 horses and lots more torque on tap, it has plenty more shove.

True, the 0-62mph sprint time of 10.5 seconds won’t set your trousers on fire.

But for a bantamweight with a small footprint, it feels much faster.

Key facts

HYUNDAI i10 N LINE

Price: £16,195

Engine: 1-litre turbo petrol

Power: 100hp, 172Nm

0-62mph: 10.5 secs

Top speed: 115mph

Economy: 52mpg

CO2: 123g/km

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Out: Sept

Hyundai has also tweaked the suspension but that hasn’t compromised ride comfort around town.

In a nutshell, then, the i10 N Line is an easy-going, well-sorted little squirt that can nudge 50mpg and costs pennies to run.

As for the cabin, the equipment and tech is generous, as you’d expect from Hyundai.

The kit list includes 8in touchscreen with reversing camera, Apple CarPlay, cruise control and all sorts of safety systems.

Add black roof liner, red stitching and blobs of chrome on the gearknob and pedals and you won’t hear many complaints from young drivers.

This is the only i10 you can buy with a turbo

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This is the only i10 you can buy with a turbo

So now we come to the crucial question. This or the VW Up! GTI?

Sorry, Hyundai fans. The Up! GTI wins.

It’s faster, sounds better, looks classier and has the advantage that everyone knows what GTI stands for.

And it’s only £345 more, which is nothing on finance.

EARLY DAYS

It’s still early days for the N brand.

If the price tag started with 14 rather than 16, it would make much more sense.

Better still, give us a full-fat i10 N with 120hp for £15k.

Otherwise, I’d wait three years and get a hand-me-down for half the price.

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By the way, my mate Dave is bringing beers to watch the British GP on Sunday because he’s a total legend . . . 

ispy NEW i20

I’VE also had a poke around the all-new i20 coming in October.

It was a left-hand drive prototype, so it’s unfair to talk about ride quality and noise levels.

The all-new i20 is coming in October

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The all-new i20 is coming in October
The car has a new 1-litre 48v mild hybrid petrol engine

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The car has a new 1-litre 48v mild hybrid petrol engine

But the interior is different gravy – as you can see from these new and old pictures – with a fully digital dash standard across the range. It’s more spacious too, in all directions.

Also new is the 1-litre 48v mild hybrid petrol engine, which adds zip and mpg without needing a plug.

I like the front grille, I like the “Zorro” tail lights, I like the heated rear seats.

Let’s hope Hyundai price it right. Hot i20 N to follow.

The old i20 was a left-hand drive prototype

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The old i20 was a left-hand drive prototype
The new version comes with a fully digital dash standard across the range

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The new version comes with a fully digital dash standard across the range
Hyundai goes retro with HD-6 Neptune hydrogen semi-truck which looks like a streamliner train

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