Hyundai's smallest model moves to third generation next year, with platform and spec enhancements expected
17 January 2019

Hyundai is set to launch a new, third generation i10 next year, and heavily disguised prototypes have been spotted during their winter testing regime.

Though much of the Volkswagen Up rival's bodywork is covered, the car's overall profile appears broadly similar to today's model, which has been on sale since 2013. Expect evolutionary design changes for the finished car, with detailing inspired by newer models such as the Kona.

A view of the inside of this prototype reveals little of the car's interior, which is covered from view. The Korean brand is likely to boost perceived quality and introduce more advanced technology, including greater connectivity features, wireless phone charging and more active safety systems on top models.

Space isn't likely to increase significantly, as the current i10 is only fractionally shorter than the latest Kia Picanto, with which the new model will share its platform and mechanicals. Engines are expected to include the familiar 1.0-litre three cylinder and 1.2-litre four cylinder naturally aspirated petrol units, with a turbocharged 1.0-litre triple likely to make its way over from the range-topping Picanto.

Further details are thin on the ground, but expect prices to rise slightly to reflect the improvements and changing markets. We'll see more details closer to the i10's reveal next year.

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17 January 2019

If a car ever screamed OAP it's an i10 (although Jaguar gives it a good go, although that's a customer problem rather than a design issue). Isn't the entry model meant to hook customers into the brand and get them to trade up?

 

Anyway once the camouflage comes off someone somewhere will get excited about it.

FMS

17 January 2019
SamVimes1972 wrote:

If a car ever screamed OAP it's an i10 (although Jaguar gives it a good go, although that's a customer problem rather than a design issue). Isn't the entry model meant to hook customers into the brand and get them to trade up?

 

Anyway once the camouflage comes off someone somewhere will get excited about it.

 

There is a large and somewhat wealthy seniors population, so what does it matter to you that this new model "screams" and therefore attracts these folks?. Do you not have parents/other relatives, who as far as you are concerned, cannot understand the lure of a hot hatch with oversized wheels/sports suspension?. There are also many driving schools running these cars for obvious (to sensible folks at any rate) reasons and young drivers looking for cheap personal transport to help build up a NCD. You should remove your blinkers and try to understand that the world manages to survive without bending to your will.

17 January 2019

I've got a current one and I'm far from being an OAP.

It handles / rides well, has loads of space inside for such a small footprint, is nippy, economical, looks good (IMO), is refined (especially on the motorway) and hasn't had anything go wrong in the three and a bit years I've owned it. The five year warranty / breakdown cover and competitive servicing packages are the icing on the cake. For the money I paid (which included a hefty dealer discount) there was nothing that could touch it when I bought it.

I suggested one for my niece and she came out with all the OAP guff. So she paid a fortune for a VW Polo instead, which keeps breaking down, is as slow as a snail and her dealer is rubbish too.

I can't wait for the new one, especially if it features the 1.0 turbo engine like the Picanto GT-Line. Even more exciting would be an i10N version with the full-fat 120 PS turbo engine from the i20.

 

Everyone has a right to an opinion - don't confuse that with insulting your mother :-)

17 January 2019

I don't doubt that there are some folks under 70 driving them and that they are reliable. However your niece proves the point nicely - the Polo may be unreliable and the dealer crap, but she still won't be seen an OAP wagon....

 

FMS

17 January 2019
SamVimes1972 wrote:

I don't doubt that there are some folks under 70 driving them and that they are reliable. However your niece proves the point nicely - the Polo may be unreliable and the dealer crap, but she still won't be seen an OAP wagon....

 

 

So to balance the two choices, what does that say about the niece and her ability to choose form over function and empty her bank account as a result?. Grow up, try to think as an adult.

18 January 2019
SamVimes1972 wrote:

I don't doubt that there are some folks under 70 driving them and that they are reliable. However your niece proves the point nicely - the Polo may be unreliable and the dealer crap, but she still won't be seen an OAP wagon....

 

She will when she's an OAP.

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