First drive: Hyundai i10 | AOL Cars UK

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First drive: Hyundai i10

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The new version of Hyundai’s best-selling i10 city car will be on sale early in the new year. Will it get 2014 off to a good start for the Korean manufacturer? AOL Cars reports.

More than five years after its predecessor went on sale, Hyundai will be delivering the first new examples of its clever and compact city car, the i10, early in 2014 from January 30 to be precise. The previous version won rave reviews so on that basis alone the new car should be well-received. It looks sharper, has enhanced equipment levels, yet crucially, has not gone up in price, of which more later.

Hyundai say it’s a car that ‘gets you from A to B’ by which they mean B-segment equipment levels on an A-segment budget. They’re right, as we’re about to explain (even if it’s not a particularly great slogan).

What’s under the bonnet?

A choice of two petrol engines, described by Hyundai as refined and efficient. Of course, they would say that, but having put both through their paces on the highways and byways of the Italian island of Sardinia, it’s difficult to argue. There’s a choice of a 1.0-litre three-cylinder powertrain which can get from 0-60mph in around 15 seconds and has a top speed of 96mph; or a 1.2-litre four-cylinder unit which can get to 60mph in 12 seconds and tops out at 106mph.

Not exactly Usain Bolt-like, but respectable enough. Both felt more than adequate on the long, traffic-free straights we found on the island, as well as the twisty mountain-based routes that really put the cars to the test. Naturally, the bigger engine will come into its own with a fully loaded car and boot. and with class-leading legroom across the range, you might well find yourself with passengers fairly frequently.

Lots of useful gadgets and gizmos, all laid out in a user-friendly style. In fact the interior of the car, as well as being very roomy, is actually rather natty, with coloured inlays that stretch right across the dash and around the gearstick. They brighten up the cabin tastefully and add to the feeling of spaciousness.

The range begins with the S trim, which, as standard, comes with the 1.0-litre powertrain; cloth and vinyl interior trim in black and beige; central locking; electric front windows; daytime running lights and a tilt-adjust steering wheel. Prices start at £8,345 OTR (no change from the outgoing i10) and you can add aircon for £650.

Moving up to the mid-trim SE, customers will benefit from remote central locking; electric rear windows; body-coloured door handles and mirrors and the ability to adjust the height of the driver’s seat. Manual and automatic options are available at SE level, as are both engine sizes. Prices here start at £9,295. The range-topping Premium trim is the one Hyundai are really keen to shout about.

Buyers will enjoy features such as Bluetooth connectivity with voice recognition; steering wheel controls; rear speakers and LED daytime running lights. There are some additional nice design touches and Premium purchasers will need to find £9,995. Hyundai expect 90 per cent of purchasers to go for SE or Premium.

Hyundai i10 Launch Gallery

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