- Spacious, well-made interior
- Refined, economical engines
- Feels like a larger car to drive
- Comprehensive warranty
- Smaller engines lacks power
- Thirsty Automatic version
- Lacks appeal for enthusiastic drivers
- Base 'S' sparse
There’s been a wholesale change in philosophy for the new Hyundai i10 with the company claiming the new city car is one people will choose to buy rather than feel they have to. In a class that includes the Volkswagen up! and its siblings, that’s a bold claim.
Hyundai’s bigger baby
After selling 110,000 examples of the previous i10 in the UK since 2008, the firm would be forgiven for playing safe and keeping things as they were. Instead, it’s opted to inject a more premium feel into the i10 and subsequently increased its desirability. Despite this, at the time of launch in January 2014, prices mirror the outgoing model.
Hyundai’s aiming to appeal to a wider target audience than before and is confident of retaining existing customers too. Its own research suggests 31 percent of buyers in this category cite styling as their primary purchase factor and the new i10 features the brand’s ‘fluidic sculpture’ design language. In other words, it looks more interesting than before.
The new Turkish-built i10 was designed in Germany specifically with the needs of European customers in mind. Compared to the old car, it is larger, inside and out, as well as being more practical than before.
Improved driving experience
Further reinforcing the new i10's grown-up feel are the improved dynamics which ensure it’s more stable and agile than before. The result is rather accomplished - it's not particularly sporty but feels like it could take urban crawls and motorway jaunts in its stride.
Combined with additional sound isolation materials and improved aerodynamics, you’d expect the noisiest part of the car to be the engines - except they're pleasantly hushed too, only becoming particularly audible under hard acceleration.
Although the interior's devoid of soft-touch plastics, it's all well-assembled, using good quality materials. Unusually for a car of this type the i10 has an almost complete absence of exposed metalwork inside.
Refined and frugal petrol engines
Backed up by Hyundai's impressive five-year, unlimited mileage warranty, the i10 is likely to provide years of faithful service. And with standard electronic stability control, tyre pressure monitoring and six airbags it should prove to be a safe place to be too, when put through the rigours of Euro NCAP safety testing.
Two petrol engines are on offer – a three-cylinder 1.0-litre, with and without BlueDrive fuel-saving measures, and a four-cylinder 1.2-litre. At 65.7mpg and 98g/km CO2 the 1.0 SE BlueDrive is the cheapest in the range to run.
On paper the new i10 is a sufficient enough leap forward to put the more established European players under pressure, but is it a convincing package in the flesh?
To find out more, continue reading Parkers’ full Hyundai i10 review.
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