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Hyundai i10 receives cosmetic updates and trim reshuffle

Hyundai has decided to give its compact i10 city car a small exterior refresh and some extra on-board technology

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Hyundai has decided to give its compact i10 city car a small exterior refresh and some extra on-board technology – this updated model entering production this month.

Hyundai has changed the design of the LED daytime running lights on either side of the front grille, which also now features a honeycomb mesh design. The LED lights in the rear have also been redesigned, and this mild facelift also introduces new-look 15-inch alloy wheels.

The i10 range now includes further exterior colour options, nine in total, and customers can also select a purple interior colour scheme after the update.

Not to be confused with Hyundai’s performance-enhanced ‘N’ model range (which doesn’t include any i10 variants), the range-topping ‘N Line’ trim gets an alternate daytime running light design, alongside red bumper inserts, black wing mirrors and 16-inch alloy wheels.

Hyundai has also renamed the entry-level i10 trim and made some additions to the features list of each trim grade. Formerly called the ‘SE Connect’, the new lead-in ‘Advance’ trim builds on the equipment list of the outgoing trim grade by adding a four-inch LCD instrument cluster behind the steering wheel, keyless entry, rear parking sensors and extra USB ports for the front and back seats.

The infotainment console remains unchanged, but will be compatible with over-the-air updates after the update, meaning that the latest i10 models will be able to download updates and new tech features remotely while sitting on the owner’s driveway.

The manufacturer adds that it has upgraded the car’s collision avoidance software to now detect cyclists on the road, in addition to other cars and pedestrians.

Key trim level features

Lead-in ‘Advance’ (from £15,420)

  • 15-inch alloy wheels
  • Leather steering wheel and gear shifter
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Cruise control
  • Heated electric door mirrors
  • Keyless entry
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Rear parking camera
  • USB ports in front and rear
  • Eight-inch infotainment display compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Four-inch LCD instrument cluster
  • Lane-keeping assistance

Mid-range ‘Premium’ (from £16,720)

  • All features included with the ‘Advance’ package that are not replaced
  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Disc brakes in the rear
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Heated front seats
  • Climate control
  • Front fog lights
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Engine start/stop button (exclusive to this trim)
  • Wireless smartphone charging

Range-topping ‘N Line’ (from £18,020)

  • All features included with the ‘Advance’ and ‘Premium’ packages that are not replaced
  • 16-inch alloy wheels with ‘N Line’ design
  • Black door mirrors
  • ‘N-Line’ design package
  • Heated steering wheel

The mid-range ‘Premium’ trim has gained blue LED ambient lighting, electric folding door mirrors and wireless device charging as part of the update, as well as an upholstery design refresh.

The ‘N-Line’ has also received a seat pattern redesign, and is now available with ‘black roof options’ to match its black wing mirrors for an additional fee. The ‘Advance’ trim will only be available with a 67hp 1.0-litre petrol engine, while ‘Premium’ customers will get the added choice of a 1.2-litre 84hp petrol engine for a higher price tag. The ‘N-Line’ will instead be offered with a 100hp turbocharged 1.0-litre petrol engine.

The facelifted range will soon be available to order, as it enters production at the brand’s plant in Turkey this month. Prices for the i10 line-up will start at over £15k.

On sale since 2020, the third-generation Hyundai i10 has received particular praise for its interior quality, equipment levels and driving experience. It currently holds an Expert Rating of 70%, the city car’s main criticism being its sub-par safety rating.

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Sean Rees
Sean Rees
Sean is the Deputy Editor at The Car Expert. A enthusiastic fan of motorsport and all things automotive, he is accredited by the Professional Publishers Association, and is now focused on helping those in car-buying need with independent and impartial advice.