The i10’s is a functional, robust and relatively spacious cabin that is just about appealing enough to escape the impression of workmanlike dowdiness you might have taken from its predecessor. It’s nothing special, but it's entirely pleasant.
But the equipment count is quite generous, the materials stout, the switchgear feels ready for a decade of use and abuse and you don’t feel short-changed on passenger space. For the i10 – albeit perhaps not for its newly competitive class – this is steady progress. Sitting slightly higher and more bent-legged than you would in some rivals, you’ll recognise this as a more classic, upright city car than a VW Up.
One or two ergonomic niggles present: you can’t adjust the seat height without opening the driver’s door and there’s no reach adjustment on the steering column. But both headroom and kneeroom are good up front, equally so in the second row, which swallows adults more comfortably than most city cars.
It’s also pleasing to find so much oddment storage in such a small car: good-sized cupholders, bottle holders in the front doors, large centre tunnel cubbies for both rows and a good-sized glovebox.