Hyundai i10 city car (c) Hyundai

Driven: 2014 Hyundai i10 review

The 2014 Hyundai i10 is a landmark car for the Korean carmaker. The first generation i10 moved the game on from the Atoz city car, but with this new variant, Hyundai is heading upmarket and has got the Volkswagen Up! squarely in its sights.

Just like the firm’s most recent range of premium products, including the Hyundai i30 and Hyundai i30 Tourer, the new Hyundai ix35 and the simply fantastic Hyundai Santa Fe, the 2014 Hyundai i10 is much more grown up and refined.

You can tell that by just looking at the thing. The manufacturer has employed its now famous Fluidic Sculpture design language to create a crisply-styled, sharp-looking five-door city car that will definitely turn heads around your local town centre.

Hyundai i10 city car (c) Hyundai

Look a little closer and there are some neat details present too, such as the full-sized water bottle holders in each of the doors.

Inside the new cabin the totally revised interior really creates an ambience of class and refinement – something that’s backed up by the European engineering instilled in the car (but more on that later).

As we’ve already seen, the new 2014 Hyundai i10 is 8cm longer and 6.5cm wider than the old car, meaning there’s more space inside the cabin. The interior is roomy up front and with easy access to the rear thanks to the five-door body style, there’s plenty of space to relax. Cramped leg and headroom is simply not an issue.

The growth in dimensions means luggage capacity is up by 10%, too. There’s more boot space than a VW Up! at 252 litres, rising to an amazing 1,046 litres with the rear seats folded.

Hyundai i10 city car (c) Hyundai

Once inside and on the move, the i10’s grown-up attitude comes through in spades – this might be a compact city car, but it doesn’t mean you have to compromise on comfort.

The car’s suspension is wonderfully compliant, meaning the ride quality is extremely smooth and the chassis unruffled over, well, ruffled Tarmac.

There’s lots of grip to call upon for when you’d prefer a bit of fun on a country road and the accurate steering means the car is easy to place here, and around town.

Three engine options are available in the UK: a 66hp 1.0-litre three-cylinder, a more eco-focused 1.0 Blue Drive model, and an 87hp 1.2-litre four-cylinder. All are petrol and normally aspirated.

Hyundai i10 city car (c) Hyundai

Both units deliver excellent performance, with the 1.0-litre keen and willing to rev. 0-62mph comes up in 14.9 seconds and is accompanied by a nice musical and muted three-cylinder soundtrack.

With 69lb ft of torque produced right in the mid range, it’s a strong performer around town, with plenty of punch to zip between the lights.

The 1.2-litre four-cylinder engine is equally as good – if you do a few longer distance journeys, this is the option to go for as combined with the optional cruise control, it’s very smooth.

If town, urban and country driving makes up the majority of your miles, the 1.0-litre might be for you, as it’s slightly more efficient. It returns 61.4mpg combined with 108g/km CO2 emissions, while the even more frugal Blue Drive motor offers an amazing 65.7mpg with 98g/km CO2, meaning free road tax.

Hyundai i10 city car (c) Hyundai

The 1.2 is still a strong performer when it comes to efficiency, returning 57.6mpg combined with 114g/km CO2.

The way both engines perform is indicative of how upmarket the new 2014 Hyundai i10 is. Quiet and refined, it offers many features from the class above at city car prices.

Bluetooth with voice recognition, rear parking sensors, cruise control with speed limiter, LED daytime running lights, all-round electric windows and heated door mirrors are all available depending on model.

Zipping around town safety is strong too, with six airbags fitted as standard alongside the new, stiffer body shell to improve passenger protection in the event of a crash.

Amazingly, the front is also softer and more deformable than before, so it should reduce injuries from pedestrian airbags should the worst happen.

So, the new 2014 Hyundai i10 is a brilliantly comprehensive all-round city car. Best of all, priced at £8,345 it’s exactly the same price as the outgoing i10. Amazing.

We want to know what you think of the new 2014 Hyundai i10 – do you like the updated looks? Impressed with the efficiency and the performance? Amazed at the practicality given the car’s city-friendly size?

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