Despite the fact that Hyundai says the new generation of its i10 city car has improved dramatically over its predecessor on most levels including size, refinement and quality, the Koreans are keeping the same price-entry point as the outgoing model in the UK at £8,345. First deliveries will take place on January 30, 2014.
Longer (+80mm), wider (+65mm) and lower (-50mm) than its predecessor with a 10 per cent increase in luggage space at 252 litres with the seats up, the new i10 will be offered with two petrol engines.
The base 65hp (66PS) 1.0-liter 3-cylinder unit accelerates the car from standstill to 62mph (100km/h) in 14.9 seconds and tops out at 96mph (155km/h), while the 86hp (87PS) 1.2-liter inline-four goes from zero to 62mph (100km/h) in 12.3 seconds and reaches a top speed of 106mph (171km/h).
In base “S” trim, the i10 comes with 14 inch steel wheels, central locking, electric front windows, CD tuner + USB, Daytime Running Lights, ISOfix and tilt adjust steering wheel as standard.
The SE trim adds remote central locking, electric rear windows, electric heated door mirrors, body colour door handles and mirrors, driver’s seat height adjustment and black B pillar.
Moving up to the range-topping Premium edition gets you 14-inch alloys, Bluetooth connectivity with voice recognition, steering wheel controls, LED daytime running lights, front fog lamps, rear speakers, drivers safety window, door mirror indicators, and Emergency Stop Signal. Also standard in this edition are side body mouldings, leather steering wheel and gear stick and chrome effect interior door handle and parking brake.