We probably shouldn’t be surprised that the third-generation Hyundai i10 is quite a different car from the one we grew to like so much a decade ago. The good news is that, in a great many ways, ‘different’ can simply be read as ‘better’.

If we acknowledge the amount of cabin space it affords, the assured driving experience it offers, the equipment and perceived quality it has, and the technological sophistication and safety features it brings, we can only conclude that the i10 has taken significant strides and now represents the very best and most well-rounded A-segment hatchback on sale.

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This is a car whose appeal is constructed not quite like those of its predecessors, the peppy performance, spry handling and unassuming character of which have been replaced by distinguishing practicality and all-round completeness – and the greater confidence that comes with that.

The i10 has become a car that, you might say, is just a little bit harder to warm to, then, but it’s even easier to rate and to broadly recommend than its predecessors. It’s a very grown-up small car with plenty of big-car features – and still yours for a pretty small sum.

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