Hyundai i10 Hatchback 2014 Review | Recombu Cars

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Hyundai i10

Hatchback 2014

Andy Goodwin reviews and tests the new generation, 2014 i10, and can’t quite believe how it is.

When the Hyundai i10 city car arrived in 2008 it proved and for all that small cars have to be noisy buzz-boxes, low quality going hand-in-hand a low price tag. It was grown-up and with smooth petrol light steering and a sweet gearbox. Us Brits lapped it up, 110,000, a third of all European

The 2013 model aims to even less road and better quality, while addressing one shortcoming of the original i10 – its If the i10 used to be Vanilla, the new model is at choc chip.


a tough gig designing a city You have to fit five people, an engine, running gear and equipment in a space three-and-a-half long and less than two wide, and then make it pretty. It’s all about — for example, lots of headroom is great for occupants, but can a car’s appearance and make it like a wedding cake.

The previous i10 did look a bit top-heavy, so now 80mm longer, 65mm and 50mm lower and it looks as a result.

The headlights stretch back – in keeping the current trend – the is the same shape as the latest i30 and are neat rubbing strips the bottom of the doors, both car park protection and making the car less portly when from the side. Both the mirrors and radio aerial been sculpted to produce as wind noise as possible. all about quality inside, Hyundai setting itself the of having no exposed metal or heads in the cabin.


The increase in overall has paid off in the boot, where 252 litres of storage space ten per cent more than and one litre more than the VW up. legroom is also joint and we were impressed to find a over six feet tall sit in the back quite happily, also to ample headroom. believes the i10 offers B segment in an A segment car, and it’s some will look at the i10 as a alternative, despite it being the class below.


There are just two petrol a 1.0-litre three-cylinder with and a 1.2-litre four-cylinder with Both engines perform around town, but saying both feel quicker acceleration figures of 14.9 and seconds from rest to suggest. Both feel being coaxed to motorway

We preferred the feel of the 1.0-litre to its smooth growl under and enthusiastic response to quick with the slick five-speed gearbox. It’s more than the Volkswagen up. Citigo and if not as quick off the mark.

What’s impressive is the suspension tuning. has started from scratch, and 30 per cent high-tensile steel in the construction (up from nine per This has given them a platform, and coupled with and steering tuned in Germany at the and on the derestricted Autobahn, the i10 feels stable and planted through corners than most city cars.

This is the steering Hyundai in recent too, with precision and weighting.

Economy environment

Despite only two engines, the choice of a Blue Drive eco version and automatic means the i10 straddles different road tax bands. The Drive emits 98g/km of making it free to tax, the standard 1.0-litre isn’t far with 108g/km. The 1.2-litre emits 114g/km of CO2, is a little high for a car with 85bhp, but still won’t the bank.

Disappointing, however, is the automatic, which emits of CO2. While an acceptable in 2008, in 2013 this is than a 313bhp BMW 435d, so if you an auto-only driving license, the i10 may not be the car for

Equipment value

Hyundai made its trim levels to understand, with S, SE and Premium and Blue Drive denoting with extra fuel-saving Starting from £8,345 the S is competitively priced, but a lack of will limit its appeal. You do get locking, electric front and a CD player with USB input.

An S model with air-con £8,995. For £9,295 the SE trim remote central locking, rear windows, heated mirrors, driver’s seat adjustment and a black B-pillar the side windows, while is a £175 option. Premium is rather impressive, with voice recognition, 14-inch LED daytime running lights, fog lamps and steering wheel controls.

The biggest disappointment is the which feels last-generation, a basic dot-matrix display. like to have seen a system, even as an option, given the neat plug and system in the VW up!


There too many bells and whistles but you do get a strong little car, six airbags as standard, as well as control. The one unexpected feature in class is a standard Tyre Monitoring System, which you to a puncture. There’s no optional Safe system, however, is available in the up! and Citigo to potentially low speed collisions.


The original Hyundai i10 was a hit and going by our first experience of the model, it has the potential to be an even success. After a long you get out of the i10, look back at it, and quite believe you were in such a small car. The cabin, smooth ride bumps and handling stability all your mind into you are driving a far bigger car.

a significant step forward for the only let down by a mediocre system. It might not be quite as as the up! but it wins for interior refinement.

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