No one can accuse Hyundai of losing sight of the qualities that made the original i10 an appealing choice. The new model costs exactly the same as the previous entry-level model.
However, that generation did benefit from having the more powerful 1.2-litre four-cylinder engine at its base, a powerplant economically outpointed by the new three-pot perhaps, but far ahead in the likability stakes. To see it fitted to the new i10, one must select the car in mid-level SE specification.
Return buyers will also be justifiably disappointed to see that no gains have been made in the 1.2-litre engine's frugality or cleanliness. In fact, it's quite the opposite: combined economy has been shortened from 61.4mpg to 57.6mpg, and 114g/km CO2 emissions see the car drop backwards into a higher tax band.
Even by selecting the smaller engine, bargain hunters aren’t guaranteed the tax-free status they would find prevalent in the lower reaches of the Seat Mii or Volkswagen Up range; for sub 100g/km CO2, the i10 Blue Drive must be selected.
Fortunately, the standard spec list makes for a more heartening read. Typically, the basic S trim won’t be the most popular, but it’s worth mentioning that the S Air (with air-con) remains at around the £9k mark.