Selasa, 06 Agustus 2013

New Car: 2014 Hyundai i10

The new Hyundai i10 has been revealed - a car that Hyundai describes as a supermini in a city car package.

The no-frills i10 five-door has been a fixture on Britain’s roads ever since it became the most popular car bought on the Scrappage Scheme three years ago. An amazing 110,000 have been shifted since it was launched in 2008, making it Hyundai’s best-selling model in the UK.

Existing owners might be shocked to learn a the new grown-up i10 - which cost from £4,995 with the £2,000 Scrappage discount - will start at around £8,500 when it goes on sale on January. That’s up £150 on the current i10 price, although Hyundai claims the increased space, quality and equipment will seduce buyers once again.

We were certainly impressed by the extra space on offer, considering the new grown-up i10 dimensions are just 80mm longer and 65mm wider than the old car. Hyundai claims the boot space is the largest in class, at 252 litres – one litre more than in a Volkswagen up! and 27 litres more than in the outgoing i10.

The rear is so roomy that a six-foot passenger can comfortably sit behind a six-foot driver, which should be more than adequate for the target market of families wanting a second car. They’ll also be impressed by the array of cubbies and bottle holders, plus the dashboard's soft-touch plastics and well engineered controls.

Hyundai product marketing chief Christian Loeer told us: “We found most customers preferred this type of craftsmanship to the bare-metal surfaces of the up!.”

Equipment includes a heated leather steering wheel, keyless entry, a speed limiter and cruise control. Equipment on the S, SE and Premium trim levels has yet to be decided, but all models will get six airbags, electronic stability control and a tyre pressure monitoring system.

The petrol-only engine range is carried over from the current car, and is the same as in the Kia Picanto, with which the i10 shares its platform. Power and emissions figures have yet to be released, but we can expect less than 100g/km of CO2 from the three and four-cylinder 1.0-litre engines. The 1.2 four-cylinder, likely to offer 90bhp, will come close, too.

Hyundai is promising a more dynamic drive, and will be hoping this – along with the step up in quality and practicality – will help the i10 improve on its Driver Power rating. The current model was the worst-performing Hyundai in Auto Express’ latest owner satisfaction survey, finishing a lowly 135th.

The car will be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September ahead of its January 2014 release date. For more details click here.

Thanks to: Auto Express

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