2020 Hyundai i10 city car revealed: price, specs and release date

Third-generation Hyundai i10 gets a bold new look, more interior space and better connectivity...

2020 Hyundai i10 front

On sale: Early 2020 | Price from: £9500 (est)

Up until last year, the Hyundai i10 very much ruled the roost in the city car class. Since the second-generation version's launch in 2014, it represented everything the urban car buyer was looking for: a peppy petrol engine, a relatively spacious interior, a reasonable amount of technology and an even more reasonable price tag.

All that changed with the arrival of the latest Kia Picanto, however, and for two years running the i10 has played second fiddle to its Korean sibling. Now, though, there's an all-new Hyundai i10 – and it wants its throne back.

Along with its new styling, the new i10 is wider than before, has more space between its front and rear axles and has a lower roof, which all adds up to give it a sportier stance. Buyers can choose from a palette of 10 colours and add optional 16in alloy wheels, too.

2020 Hyundai i10 rear

2020 Hyundai i10 engines

Two petrol engines will be offered at launch: a 66bhp 1.0-litre three-cylinder and an 83bhp 1.2-litre four-cylinder. Our experience with the current i10 suggests the more powerful option will be the best bet for most people. Both engines are available with either a five-speed manual or five-speed automatic gearbox.

A more potent turbocharged 1.0-litre engine is expected to arrive later, while a hot i10 N to take on the Volkswagen Up GTI hasn't been ruled out.

2020 Hyundai i10 interior

2020 Hyundai i10 interior

Inside, you'll find a new 8.0in touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. There's also a wireless charging mat to keep your smartphone topped up on the move. Buyers can upgrade the system to a connected service that allows them to locate their i10 remotely via an app, view real-time local fuel prices and send directions to the car's sat-nav from their phone. There's also a rear-view camera to aid parking.

There's also more storage space than before, thanks to a new compartment above the glovebox on the passenger's side. While boot capacity is unchanged, at 252 litres, the i10 still has more luggage space than most of its rivals. The boot lip has been lowered, too, which should make loading and unloading items easier.

The new car is available with four or five seats, and rear space has traditionally been a strength for the i10. Indeed, in our review of the current model, we say that no other city car offers more. 

Safety kit on the new car includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, high-beam assistance, lane-keeping assistance and driver attention monitoring.

2020 Hyundai i10 rear seats

2020 Hyundai i10 price

A modest price increase to around £9500 is expected, but that would still keep the i10 competitive next to its key rivals. The fact that Hyundai regularly offers low-interest finance deals and deposit contributions should encourage buyers, too.

The most and least reliable small and city cars

If you're in the market for a new city car, you want to know that it's going to be reliable – and that's where the annual What Car? Reliability Survey can help. Every year, we gather data from real owners and use that to tell you which models are the least likely to land you with a hefty repair bill.

Here's our round-up of the most – and least – reliable small and city cars.

10. Ford Fiesta petrol (2008-2017)

Ford Fiesta diesel

Score 95.6%

Although 19% of petrol-engined Fiestas had a fault, the most common were minor issues with non-engine electrical systems. In contrast, the most frequently reported problem area on diesel Fiesta models was the engine. The vast majority of cars could still be driven and were fixed in less than a day, plus many were fixed under warranty and most bills didn't exceed £200. 

See our full used Ford Fiesta review, or see how much you could save on a new Ford Fiesta

9. Renault Clio (2013-present)

Renault Clio

Score 95.8%

Only 8% of Clios had a fault, according to owners, with problems split evenly between the air conditioning system, engine, interior trim, steering and wheels and tyres. Most cars could still be driven and most were back on the road in less than a week, and all were fixed for free under warranty.  

See our full Renault Clio review, or see how much you could save on a Renault Clio

8. Skoda Fabia (2015-present)

Skoda Fabia 1.0 TSI 95 SE

Score 95.9%

Just 14% of Fabias suffered a problem, and the majority weren't too serious: non-engine electrics was the most commonly reported area, followed by engine electrics, interior trim and the battery. There were also a small number or faults with the gearbox and engine. Almost all cars were still driveable and all were fixed under warranty.