Hyundai i10 (2008–2014)

Model History

March 2008

Hyundai i10 launched

Indian built city car replacing Amica, designed to be fun-to-drive, affordable and practical while offering quality and equipment that no other rival can offer at the price. The car is 3565mm long by 1595mm wide, so easy to thread through city traffic and park in narrow spaces or garages. Long wheelbase of 2380mm gives maximum space inside for people and luggage.

Full five seater with five doors. Even the entry-level model has air conditioning as standard. Proper tailgate rather than just glass, four opening windows electric at the front, central locking, electric power steering, tinted glass, 14-inch wheels, body coloured bumpers, an integrated six-speaker CD/MP3 stereo.

All i10s have four airbags with a passenger side cut-off switch, allowing a child seat to be fitted in the front of the car if required. All original i10 models powered by a 67PS, 1.1-litre belt cam petrol engine with either a manual or an optional automatic gearbox. The gearshift is mounted on the centre console. leaving a flat floor. Manual versions are capable of an official average fuel consumption of more than 60mpg and produce just 119g/km of CO2.

Wheel and tyre sizes: 14-inch with 175/65 R14 tyres or 15-inch with 185/55 R15 tyres. Michelin Cross Climate tyres available in both sizes.


1.1 Classic £6,495

1.1 Comfort £7,095

1.1 Style £7,595

1.1 Comfort Auto £7,895

September 2008

The mid and top-of-the-range Comfort and Style models are launched, along with the new 1.2-litre, four-cylinder chain-cam ‘Kappa’ petrol unit offered considerable benefits in refinement and performance over the 1.1-litre with no penalty in fuel economy or emissions. Kappa puts out 77.8PS @6000rpm - very competitive within the European A-segment -and peak torque is rated best-in-class at 12.0kg.m at 4000rpm - ensuring outstanding acceleration and driving enjoyment.

The introduction of the engine meant all new i10s with manual transmissions (not just the Classic and Comfort) fell into VED band C, with considerable tax savings for company car drivers.

With the 1.2, power output was improved by 18 per cent to 77PS and torque rose from 98Nm to 118Nm – a massive 20 per cent increase compared to the 1.1. There is also significantly improved in-gear driving flexibility and more relaxed cruising. As a result the top speed increased from 94 to 102mph and the 0-60mph sprint dropped by nearly three seconds to 12.5 seconds. Despite this the CO2 emissions and combined fuel consumption are identical to the smaller 1.1-litre engine at 119g/km and 56.5mpg.

At the same time as the new engine, the range-topping Style model also got leather trim for its steering wheel, gear lever skirt and handbrake to give a more upmarket feel to the interior. Another benefit is the availability of an Electronic Stability Programme as an option for the first time on the i10. Building on the exceptional four-star NCAP result awarded to the i10 recently, ESP became available as a low-cost £350 option on all 1.2-litre models. It made the i10 one of the most affordable ways to buy a car with this proven safety benefit.

Despite all of these improvements, the price of the Style model rose by just £150 compared with the 1.1-litre to £7995, while the Comfort was £7545. As with all i10 models, air conditioning and a five-year warranty are standard.

The new Kappa engine also allowed production volumes of the i10 to be increased to fulfil the unprecedented global demand. In the UK, for a while, demand exceeded supply and some dealers were advertising i10s at prices above ‘list’ – a situation usually reserved for the latest supercars rather than city cars. The first of the new 1.2-litre models arrived in the UK in September 2008. The original prices are listed below.

On the road prices: i10 range
1.1 Classic £6745
1.1 Comfort £7345
1.2 Comfort £7545
1.2 Comfort Auto £8345
1.2 Style £7995

i-Blue badge used on all i10 models which produce less than 120g/km.

October 2008

Hyundai raises i10 prices

1.1 Classic £6945
1.1 Comfort £7545
1.2 Comfort £7745
1.2 Comfort Auto £8545
1.2 Style £8245

January 2009

Hyundai fits the excellent chain cam 1.2 Kappa engine to all i10s, and also offered a customer saving of £205. So that meant you could buy an i10 1.2 Classic, with air-conditioning, electric front windows, front and side airbags and a 5 year unlimited mileage warranty in Electric Red solid paint for just £6,795. Offer lasted from 1st January 2009 to 31st March 2009.

May 2009

i10 ES launched

Gets driver's seat height adjustment, remote central locking and colourful inserts on the interior seating, dashboard and door panels to Classic spec. Outside, the i10 ES features body-coloured door handles, mirrors and bumper inserts. But the i10 ES was powered by the old 1.1-litre belt cam petrol engine (not the excellent 1.2 Kappa), giving an official average fuel consumption figure of 56.5mpg. An emissions figure of just 119g/km means it sits in VED band C. Only 1000 i10 ES editions were available, priced at £7195 (or £5195 under the scrappage scheme).

September 2009

i10 Electric makes its world debut at Frankfurt Motor Show. Production-ready zero emissions car set to go on sale in Korea in the second half of 2010. Powered by a 49kW motor and a 16kWh battery, the i10 Electric promises a driving range of 100 miles and top speed of over 80mph.

The car accommodates dual recharging cycles: a 220V household current which is slower but potentially advantageous if recharging is done during off-peak hours when utility rates are lower and a 415V industrial-strength current which promises quicker recharging speeds. Under the quick cycle, the battery can be recharged to within 85 per cent of its capacity within 15 minutes. Under the normal cycle using a 220V household current, 100 per cent power will be attained within five hours.

December 2009

i10 1.1 Edition launched

Priced at £8,425 on-the-road has 14-inch alloy wheels, body-coloured door mirrors, body side mouldings and front fog lights, remote central locking, colourful interior detailing, air conditioning, electric windows, a height-adjustable drivers’ seat and a leather steering wheel and gearknob. Powered by a 1.1-litre belt cam petrol engine, the i10 has emissions of 119g/km.

March 2010

The i10 blue, which went into production at the end of 2010, employed a new and extremely efficient 1.0-litre chain cam version of the Kappa petrol engine, which produces 69PS at a lower rpm level of 6200 rpm while generating 94 Nm of torque. By tweaking the aerodynamics and refinements to the powertrain, CO2 emissions in the i10 blue have been reduced to just 99g/km.

February 2011

Hyundai i10 facelift launched

The new and improved version of Hyundai’s entry-point model representee a significant step forward over the outgoing i10. Chief among the changes are enhancements to the i10’s design – both in the cabin and on the exterior of the car.

A new and improved range of Euro V compliant engines blend clean performance with excellent fuel economy and ultra-low emissions. The latest i10 introduces the all-new 1.0-litre ‘Kappa’ engine, which replaces the old 1.1-litre ‘Epsilon’ unit. This cutting-edge three-cylinder engine achieves a remarkable 67.3mpg combined: the sort of cheap-to-run credentials that will resonate with customers as the cost of motoring continues to rise. The popular 1.25-litre ‘Kappa’ engine has also been improved giving 13% more power (85bhp), 9.2% less CO2(108g/km) and 8.7% better fuel consumption (61.4mpg) than the outgoing 1.25-litre ‘Kappa’ engine.

To make the most of the efficient new 1.0-litre engine, Hyundai introduced an all-new model - the i10 Blue. This special ‘eco’ edition of the i10 emits an astonishingly low 99g/km CO2, so it gains exemption from VED and the London Congestion Charge. It is currently the only sub-£10k five-seater car on the market to achieve this, and the first of a family of Blue models that will underscore Hyundai’s commitment to environmental technology.

The revised range consists of four trim grades - Blue, Classic, Active and Style - all of which offer exceptional value for money. Equipment specification across the i10 range remains impressive, with usually optional features, such as air conditioning and the addition of an iPod plug-in, standard fit on all new i10s. As part of a class-leading equipment list, customers will also find four airbags, a six-speaker stereo, electric windows and central locking all as standard on all models. Prices start at £8,195 for the entry-level Classic model.

All new i10s come with Hyundai’s world-beating Five Year Triple Care package, for total peace of mind. This package includes five-year unlimited mileage warranty, five years’ roadside assistance and five years of vehicle health checks. It’s an offer that is yet to be matched by any of Hyundai’s rivals. Restyled 1.2 Classic was on offer in Spring 2011 at just £6995.

What does a Hyundai i10 (2008 – 2014) cost?

Contract hire from £130.16 per month