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The new and improved Hyundai i10 set to hit the city streets

Story: Gavin Braithwaite-Smith | Posted 22 October 2013 | In Car News. Cars. News

The new i10 keeps the low costs and long warranty of the earlier car, but with a jump in quality

NOT every Business Car Manager reader spends a lifetime on the M4 motorway or picking up multiple overpriced takeaway coffees on the move.

No, some readers will find themselves in the city instead and for them, a new Hyundai i10 is about to hit the streets.

Since its launch in 2008 the Hyundai i10 has been a popular car in the UK and was one of the major beneficiaries of the Scrappage scheme in 2010. Just look at the number of red, base-spec i10s you see on the road.

Company car tax for the new i10s will be less than £20 a month

The all-new Hyundai i10 #8211; or new generation i10 as Hyundai likes to call it #8211; has sharpened up its act with a host of improvements, and yet it still manages to retain its entry-level £8345 price tag.

Two petrol engines are available, both of which offer improved efficiency and performance compared with the current i10. The 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder engine offers 65bhp, with maximum power arriving further down the revs range than before, making it perfectly suited to city driving.

The 1.2-litre, 4-cylinder 86bhp unit offers improved performance but at the expense of fuel economy.

And talking of trade offs, historically the Hyundai i10 has put value and reliability above anything else #8211; a car you#8217;d buy with your head rather than your heart. The high level of standard specification and Hyundai#8217;s excellent five-year warranty were perhaps the chief reasons you#8217;d opt for an i10 and not something a little more European.

But all that could change with the new i10.

The warranty is still there, but the new car looks far more appealing. It#8217;s still unmistakably an i10, but it#8217;s as though it has spent a weekend at a luxury health spa and has come back looking radiant. Premium, even.

Maybe just the thing if you#8217;re looking for a stylish office runabout or pool car.

It#8217;s not just for show either. Underneath that buff and chiselled exterior lies a body that now uses 29.2% high-tensile steel, not only making it stronger, but also #8211; as Hyundai claims #8211; significantly better when it comes to noise, vibration and harshness.

Sound deadening  has been improved, there are new door seals and revised mirrors #8211; a host of small changes which should make a significant difference.

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