Hyundai fought back with mid-life revisions for its rival i10. The Korean automaker did not bet too much on the updated city runabout formula, but given its positioning as one of our class favorites, it’s not a bad thing.
The Hyundai i10 2018 exterior changes are subtle but effective. The car receives a redesigned front barrier with a new large grille area and L-shaped fog lamp housings. The new intelligent daytime running lights (DRLs), located next to the fog lights, automatically turn off once the parking brake is engaged. . There are new diamond-cut 14-inch alloy wheels and a new bumper at the rear. The request sensor (key button) located on the front passenger door handle has been silently removed with this update. And the new Grand i10, with the aim of improving radio frequency reception, receives a much longer roof antenna.
The Hyundai i10 2018 cabin is quite familiar, too, with new color and trim options – unless you opt for the Premium SE model that we have here. It features a new seven-inch touch screen infotainment system as standard, with satellite navigation technology, DAB, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a free seven-year subscription to real-time traffic data. It’s richer in functionality than anything in this class, and it’s intuitive to use, even if the smallest models are content with a more humble smartphone dock. The quality of the equipment remains very good for the price, the design is attractive and there is an impressive amount of passengers and boot space.
While the power on the Hyundai i10 2018 gasoline engine is similar to that of the outgoing car, the diesel gets a bigger, more powerful engine. While the outgoing car was powered by a 1.1-liter diesel engine, it received a slightly larger 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine with 75 hp (4 hp more than before). The displacement of the engine went from 1120cc to 1,186cc, and the torque also went from 160Nm to 190Nm. However, the maximum torque is now available for only 500 revolutions (between 1750 and 2250 rpm), compared to the 1,250 rpm of 1.1 l (between 1500 and 2750 rpm).