Hyundai: the i10 city car gets a facelift

The Korean car gets tweaked styling and upgraded equipment

Hyundai is determined to keep its word. While the majority of manufacturers have deserted the A-segment, which is now losing ground, the Korean brand has confirmed that the i10 will not disappear. Its facelift will give it a welcome boost to its career. The descendants are already guaranteed: in 2026, it will pass to a fourth generation.

The aesthetic changes are more than moderate. In the grille, the daytime running lights have been redesigned in the shape of a honeycomb. At the rear, the light signature also differs by adopting LED lighting. In terms of customisation, the smallest Hyundai offers more possibilities with a new set of 15-inch wheels accompanied by two new colours (a pearl grey and an opalescent blue).

On board, the i10 also offers an optional package covering the tartan seats with purple lines, a colour that is also found in the stitching and the contours of the ventilation nozzles. Blue ambient lighting enhances the atmosphere at night. In terms of connectivity, the city car goes all out with a 4.2-inch digital instrument cluster as standard – a first in the class – and USB-C sockets in the front seats.

The 8-inch touchscreen remains the same as the current model, with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Driving aids have been enhanced, with the arrival of automatic emergency braking that now detects cyclists. There’s also lane keeping assist and a rear passenger reminder that detects if a door has been opened during a journey. For those who want to spice up their i10, the N Line version is renewed with a specific body kit, 16-inch wheels and red touches on board.

Under the bonnet there are three petrol engines: a 1.0 litre with 67 PS, a 1.2 litre with 84 PS and a turbocharged 1.0 with 100 PS. The i10 comes with a five-speed manual transmission as standard. An automatic transmission will be offered on the 67 PS version. The facelifted Hyundai i10 will go into production in April before arriving in dealerships in the second half of 2023.

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