Ten out of ten for this Hyundai
IT’S been blowing a storm in the UK and the latest arrival from Hyundai is set to get the wind up competitors.
The hugely popular i10 went on sale at the end of January and this one is even better than its predecessor.
It’s in the A segment up against other little city cars but delivers big time for buyers.
More than 110,000 i10 models have been sold in the UK since it was launched in April 2008.
That’s one third of its European sales and Hyundai aims to keep pleasing its British customers.
Buyers are certain to be tempted by prices with the entry-level i10 costing £8,345 – the same price as the outgoing model.
The new generation i10 is a little beauty with impressive curves.
It’s 80mm longer, 65mm wider and also 50mm lower, with interior space surprisingly roomy.
Boot space is also improved, rising by 10 per cent to 252 litres and 1046 litres with seats folded.
I found the driver’s seating position was pretty good in a pre-launch drive and front and rear passengers benefit from excellent – and best in class – legroom.
There is a choice of two petrol engines – 1-litre three-cylinder 65bhp and 1.2-litre four-cylinder 86bhp.
The three trim levels are S, SE and Premium.
Hyundai has upped the quality in the i10’s smart bright interior and all models also come with a good level of standard features.
The entry S gets central locking, electric front windows, CD tuner, USB point, daytime running lights, ISOfix and tilt adjust steering wheel. An S Air with air conditioning is also on offer for an extra £650.
And new safety features include tyre pressure monitoring system, electronic stability and six airbags as standard.
I sampled an SE model and additional standard features on this included remote central locking, electric rear windows, body colour door handles and mirrors, driver’s seat height adjustment and black B pillar.
My drive was in a 1-litre powered version and it was much more lively than the zero to 62mph time of 14.9 seconds might suggest.
A lot of work has been done to improve noise, vibration and harshness levels in the i10 and the engineers have come up trumps in achieving this.
Ride quality was excellent for a car of this size and handling was also impressive during my test in wet and windy conditions.
The five-speed manual gearbox provided slick up and changes and engine noise wasn’t excessive even at high revs.
The i10 drives well and is an ideal town car but it also sits quietly and smoothly at motorway speed.
It also scores high on fuel economy – capable of 47.1mpg urban, 60.1mpg combined and 70.6mpg extra urban.
This model is priced £9,295 and Hyundai looks certain to enjoy even more sales success with this super new i10 range.