New Play models offer more kit than the mid-range SE for no more money.

Hyundai will add new high-spec special edition variants to its popular i10 and i20 hatchback ranges later this month, the South Korean brand has confirmed.

Dubbed ‘Play’, the new trim levels will command a similar price tag to the mid-range SE models, but feature a range of extra options designed to offer improved value for money. Both will be marked out by the gloss black trim on the door mirror housings and the unique Play badging, as well as the seven-inch touchscreen infotainment systems with the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration software.

On sale from April 8, the i10 Play will be the cheaper of the two, coming in at £11,195. That’s exactly the same price as the SE model, but the Play benefits from all the above accoutrements, plus 15-inch alloy wheels. Otherwise, the equipment list is identical to that of the SE, with manual air conditioning, electric windows and Bluetooth connectivity.

Hyundai i10 Play

And your money also buys you the entry-level 1-litre MPI petrol engine with 66 bhp and a five-speed manual gearbox. According to the official economy tests, the three-cylinder engine returns around 50 mpg on the combined cycle, while emitting 117 g of carbon dioxide per kilometre. In terms of performance, the i10 manages 0-62 mph in 14.7 seconds with a top-speed of 97 mph.

The i20, meanwhile, will feature much the same assortment of extras, but the wheels are upgraded to 16-inch alloys. It also gets a black contrast roof thrown in and comes with a choice of engines. The £14,495 price tag is £1,000 lower than that of the mid-range SE model, and that money gets you the 1.2-litre petrol engine with 83 bhp. It’s mated to a five-speed manual transmission that allows it to get from a standstill to 62 mph in 12.8 seconds and return around 46 mpg.

Hyundai i20 Play

Alternatively, you can spend £15,395 on the 1-litre turbocharged petrol unit, which produces 99 bhp. Not only is it faster than the 1.2, sprinting to 62 mph in less than 11 seconds, but it’s also more economical, returning almost 48 mpg and CO2 emissions of 114 g/km.

Ashley Andrew, the managing director of Hyundai in the UK, said the company had high expectations of the new Play models.

“Previous special edition models of i10 and i20 have always proven popular with our customers and we expect the same reception to the i10 and i20 Play,” he said. “Both models provide excellent value for any customers seeking high levels of equipment at a lower price.”

Gallery: Hyundai i10 and i20 Play special editions