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The tightly fought city car segment has been seeing a fresh wave of fresh talent and rejuvenation, so it was clear that a new 2014 Hyundai i10 was needed. A fresh twist to a formerly benchmark creating formula. This is the result.
The 2014 Hyundai i10 is one of the UK’s top selling city cars, offering a wide range of city car virtues – likability, spaciousness and cheapness to buy or lease. Now in its 2nd generation guise we can see this married to more quality, character and lower running costs. What more could you want?
To look at it, it’s clear that Hyundai have updated the smart design philosophy so that it’s less boxy than before, although it still retains a focus towards practicality being the longest car in the class at 3.7meteres in length. The comparatively large tailgate opens to reveal one of largest boots to be found amongst city cars too – a whole 252ltrs (10% more than before) which shows that they’ve put that extra length to good use. We’re talking almost supermini proportions here. Needless to say, this makes this car very practical, especially when you fold the back seats down to reveal a full cargo capacity of 1046ltrs. Sadly the back seats don’t fold completely flat which might aggravate some who need to rely on this as a flat load carrier. Then again you could just get a car that’s better suited if that’s the case. When you get in the back you’ll notice that its surprisingly spacious, the superior boot space not eating into the room here. There are also three proper seats, which is rare as most others in this segment only offer two belts and should prove to be a big selling point with the 2014 Hyundai i10. In the front cabin it still remains nicely spacious and comfortable. The dash is simple, smart and functional. It’s also greater quality then you’d expect. There is also plenty of nice storage to be found around this cabin. On the downside it’s probably not as slick as something like a VW UP! But then again in something like this it doesn’t really need to be. The Dot Matrix display is a bit old school these days and could have been a proper infotainment screen but again, these are details.
When you get behind the wheel of the new 2014 Hyundai i10, you’ll gauge that it’s quite a fun drive with good body roll control and supple enough suspension to soak up whatever the roads throw at it. The stiffer chassis and low centre of gravity make the turning crisp which works with the light and accurate steering. The steering isn’t the don when it comes to feedback, but you’ll find this in most cars in this segment. It’s also not the quietest car on the road still but it’s definitely an improvement on what it was like before. One thing to be cautious of is the brake setup, which is eager to say the least. It’s not too difficult to get used to but slamming the brakes is a sure fire way to give your passengers whiplash if you’re not careful. Parking is very accessible with a 9.56 metre turning circle – great for quickly nipping into fresh spaces.
There are 2 engines on offer in the Hyundai i10 – there’s the 66ps 3 cylinder 1ltr or the 87ps 4 cylinder 1.2ltr petrol units. The funny thing here is that the smaller 66ps engine is lighter and so ends up with a performance that’s not all too different from the bigger engine. The 0-62 reads at 14.9 seconds up to a top speed of 96mph, while the 87ps does it in 12.3 seconds up to 106n mph. The variance isn’t huge in practice and the 66ps should be sparky enough for the mean streets of the UK. The economy here is very good at 61mpg while the CO2 emissions can qualify you to free road tax if you opt for the mid-range SE trim on ‘BlueDrive’ 1ltr manual, which offers 98g/pk. Otherwise, you’ll be just over the 100 mark with 108g/pk in its normal guise. The 1.2ltr manual makes this up to 114g/pk.
All in all, what’s the low down with the 2014 Hyundai i10? The i10 has evolved from being a car that does all the staple city car virtues well in a rather no frills manner, to a car that builds on this by adding a bit more character and desirability. The Hyundai i10 excels here with low running costs, quality and spaciousness meaning that there is outstanding value to be had in buying or leasing one!
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Andrew has been in the motor trade for over 20 years. What he enjoys most about his job is the team spirit and the dedication of his work colleagues. He also appreciates the teams input in the improvement of the company.
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