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New car review: Hyundai i10 Blue

By Derby Telegraph | Posted: October 17, 2013

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Hyundai’s hot-selling city car now looks a little cooler and, in 1.0-litre Blue guise, is out to save the planet. Andy Enright reports.

THE Hyundai i10 has been a very strong contender in the city car segment, offering impressive standards of quality and design backed up by the generous spec you expect from Hyundai and its five-year warranty.

Now the face- lifted little car is on an efficiency drive with an all-new 1.0-litre engine, start/stop technology and a fashionably eco-tweaked green version called, naturally enough, the Blue.

While the i10’s 1.2-litre petrol engine continues in improved form (13% more power, 9.2% less CO2, 8.7% better fuel consumption), the 1.1-litre unit that was the staple of the original i10 range has been replaced by a brand new three-cylinder 1.0-litre engine that powers the Blue and claims a combined consumption of 67.3mpg. No one is happy on UK petrol forecourts these days but at least the i10 eases the pain inflicted by extortionate pump prices.

The Blue emits just 99g/km of CO2 and so exempts itself from VED. It’s currently the only sub-£10k five-seater car to achieve this, and the first of a family of Blue models that will feature similar environmental technology.

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With just 68bhp at its disposal, the new 1.0 i10 Blue just about wings frisky in the confines of an urban environment but its rather feeble looking 0-62mph time of 14.8 seconds is still a whole second quicker than the old 1.1 could manage. Like that car, it struggles a bit out of town but the new three-pot motor is a sweet engine with an engaging off-beat soundtrack that’s fun to work hard. And the precise action of the five-speed gearbox means it’s no chore keeping it on the boil.

The i10, at 2,380mm, has one of the longest wheelbases in its class. This should aid ride comfort and handling, while also maximising interior space. The long wheelbase has been achieved by pushing the wheels right into the corners of the car so as not to increase overall length by too much.

At 3,565mm long and 1,595mm wide, the i10 remains usefully compact.

The exterior design freshened up with reprofiled headlights, bumpers and grille is marginally more adventurous than before. The city car market was once riddled with nondescript wheeled boxes whereas modern offerings tend to lay on the cheeky style as thick as possible. The i10 falls somewhere between these two stools and gentle curves around the front end work well, the rear is a little sharper and the overall shape is neatly integrated.

City car buyers aren’t short of choice these days. Small, economical vehicles that can help them sidestep the worst of the environmental taxation burden are very much in vogue and if they can do so with some design flair and a little bit of cheekiness thrown in, well, so much the better. Hyundai’s refreshed i10 puts a definite tick in the boxes marked quality, practicality and value.

The addition of this Blue model not only sharpens the little car’s eco credentials but, with its three-pot motor, gives an extra dash of fun to the driving experience.

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