The Hyundai i10 is a city car manufactured and marketed since 2007 by Hyundai, a South Korean automotive manufacturer. Initially, it was only available as a five-door hatchback to replace the Hyundai Atos. Introduced in India on August 20, 2019, the third generation i10 is available in 10 variations between petrol and diesel engines and manual and automatic gearbox options.
History of the Hyundai i10
Hyundai i10 First Generation (PA; 2007–2013)
Hyundai introduced the first i10 in New Delhi, India, on October 31, 2007. Hyundai's Chennai facility in India manufactured it for the domestic and international markets. The first generation of the Hyundai i10 was a standout among its competitors. The Santro's tall boy styling was included in this vehicle, as was a sunroof and an exceptionally ergonomic interior. There was no doubt that it would be a huge success, and it was! With 76 horsepower and 87 lb-ft of torque, the 1.2L Kappa complemented the 1.1L iRDE in the i10's engine range. The 5-speed manual and the 4-speed automatic were also available.
The i10's flamboyant quality has been boosted thanks to the midlife makeover, and the Hyundai Fluidic Sculpture design philosophy has been added to the current generation i10. In the sub-10-lac range, no other vehicle featured heated exterior rearview mirrors as standard on the i10's top-end version.
Hyundai i10 Second Generation (IA/BA; 2013–2019)
Starting in 2012, the creation of the new i10 began in India, where the Kia Picanto was used to test various components. In September 2013, the new automobile premiered at the Frankfurt Motor Show. In January 2014, the Hyundai i10 made its European debut. The second-generation i10, dubbed the Grand i10, which launched in the nation with Fluidic Design 2.0, was a big hit compared to the showy 1st generation hatchback. Along with an increase in width, the wheelbase has also grown significantly. As far as Hyundai's i10s go, this is the most feature-packed and sumptuous model ever. Sales are surging now that diesel is part of the range for the first time.
Hyundai i10 Third Generation (AC3/AI3; 2019–Present)
The Grand i10 Nios was launched in India on August 7, 2019. Codenamed AI3, the Grand i10 Nios is longer than its predecessor. The carmaker unveiled Europe's version of the Hyundai i10 (codenamed AC3) in September 2019, a month after India's version. In January 2020, Hyundai Assan Otomotiv began producing the Euro-spec i10 model.
In the Philippines, Hyundai retails the i10 with a starting price of PHP 488,000 ($9,218) for the base model and up to PHP 558,000 ($10,540) for the top-spec variant.
In Europe, the Hyundai i10 was the brand's best-selling vehicle, making it a significant car for the company. In Europe, the 2019 model was conceptualized, created, and assembled. Newly styled light-alloy wheels, available as an option, add to the car's sharp front-end appearance. You could observe several fascinating elements on the rear C-pillars, where the i10 emblem was stamped on the exterior plastic trim. The taillights of the i10 have the same design as those of high-end automobiles. Depending on the choices, there is either a splitter or no obvious exhaust pipe in the back. To make the i10 the most advanced city car on the market, Hyundai has invested in a slew of high-tech features that you would have found in executive vehicles a decade earlier. The most expensive variants come equipped with a cutting-edge infotainment system, wireless phone charging, and satellite navigation. While Hyundai's Kona crossover has inspired the layout of its i10's interior, this time, the screen is also integrated into the instrument cluster for a unique and seamless aesthetic. Even if the gear lever's height hasn't changed, there is still a lot of rough plastic to deal with when moving your hand between the steering column. However, everything seems solid, and the various contrast colors provide a youthful air to the design. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now standard with SE Connect's 8-inch touchscreen entertainment system. Those who purchase the stereo additionally receive voice activation and rear speakers. All models have DAB radio, Bluetooth, air conditioning, power windows, cruise control, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear lever in the SE specification. Considering the i10 N Line and up! GTI vs. Hyundai, the latter's interior package should tip the scales in its favor. The N Line features an eight-inch screen, USB charging connections, Bluetooth, and safety gear like automated emergency braking as standard, whereas the VW includes a cradle for your phone. A Tech Pack worth £1,000 is available for the Premium trim for buyers who want wireless smartphone charging, GPS navigation, and integration with Hyundai's Bluelink telematics program. Owners can use this to keep tabs on their i10 from afar, lock the doors, and even provide directions for the car's navigation system.
Hyundai released the first i10 model in 2007, and it is currently in its third generation.