Also known as the Dodge i10 in Mexico and the Inokom i10 in Malaysia, the Hyundai i10 was launched in 2007 as a replacement for the Hyundai Atos for certain markets. Positioned above the Eon in the Hyundai lineup, it is classified to be part of the lower end of the South Korean automobile manufacturer’s subcompact hatchback range. When the i10 was still in development, it was code-named as Hyundai PA and was primarily meant for the Indian market since subcompact hatchbacks were popular in the country. Probably the closest vehicle it can be compared to is the Kia Picanto.
Hyundai’s i10 features pulled-back headlamps, a large and gaping air dam, grilles with chrome lining, integrated fog lamps, a clam-shell bonnet, and an upswept kink for the rear window. In terms of size, the i10 is very similar to the Hyundai Atos, although it has slightly bigger interiors. This is because though the vehicle is a subcompact hatchback, the design was intended to accommodate even tall drivers plus knee room in the rear was increased.
The Hyundai i10 was recognized as the 2008 Car of the Year by many automotive TV channels and magazines in India, like BS Motoring, Overdrive magazine, and NDTV Profit Car & Bike India, as well as similar organizations in Malaysia, dubbing it the Best People’s Car for 2009 at the Asian Auto – VCA Auto Industry Awards.