2014 Hyundai i10 city car © Hyundai

Friday Focus: 2014 Hyundai i10

At T W White & Sons we think the new 2014 Hyundai i10 city car could be the best vehicle the Korean manufacturer has ever made. Given Hyundai’s current range, that statement really carries some weight.

So as part of our Friday Focus series, we’re zooming in on the Hyundai i10 to explain why it’s pushing Hyundai further and faster.

REFINEMENT

One of the most impressive aspects of the 2014 Hyundai i10 is the new car’s refinement. Inside the cabin it feels much more grown up and more premium than recognised upmarket city cars like the Volkswagen Up!

That’s thanks to new soft-touch materials, which give a real air of quality. Add to that the increased level of interior space despite not really enlarging the Hyundai i10’s footprint over its predecessor and you’ve got a recipe for success.

2014 Hyundai i10 interior © Hyundai

PRACTICALITY

Which is where practicality comes in. Both front and rear seat passengers get much more room, as we experienced on the car’s launch, while the boot can also swallow more luggage, making it easier to live with day-to-day.

Despite its roomier interior, it’s still highly manoeuvrable and extremely easy to park, with the aid of rear parking sensors to help you judge distance and great all-round visibility.

PERFORMANCE

Two engines are on offer in the new 2014 Hyundai i10: a 66hp 1.0-litre three-cylinder and an 87hp four-cylinder 1.2. Both are petrols and both are nicely zippy and amazingly efficient. But we’ll come to that bit in a minute.

If you’ve never driven a three-cylinder engine before, make sure you test drive the i10 with this engine. It’s configuration gives lots of torque – great for zipping between the lights – and it’s incredibly refined. Makes a unique, musical engine note, too.

The more powerful 1.2 is better suited to longer journeys thanks to its extra power, but both engines are consummate cruisers on the motorway and perform brilliantly well, with 0-62mph taking just 12.3 seconds for the 1.2.

2014 Hyundai i10 city car © Hyundai

EFFICIENCY

That level of performance is great for a city car, but when it’s allied to fuel economy of 57.6mpg combined with 114g/km CO2 it becomes even more impressive.

Then there’s the 1.0-litre model. The standard version returns 61.4mpg combined with 108g/km CO2 while the even more economical 1.0 Blue Drive offers 65.7mpg with 98g/km CO2, meaning free road tax.

RIDE AND HANDLING

Hyundai has been busy making technical improvements under the i10’s skin. Alterations such as changing the angle of the rear shock absorbers has not only improved ride quality but furthered the car’s ability in the corners.

The new chassis means the 2014 Hyundai i10 is agile and stable, engaging, fun to drive and grippy, and safe and secure. It’s the perfect combination for a little car.

Having driven it, we love how it handles on a back road and how it rides with incredible comfort on motorways and in towns and cities. We want you to experience this, so as soon as we get the new 2014 Hyundai i10 in our showrooms, we’ll let you know.

2014 Hyundai i10 city car © Hyundai

SAFETY

The 2014 Hyundai i10 is more grown up (not at the expense of manoeuvrability, as we’ve seen) meaning it gets more equipment fitted as standard. This includes a tyre pressure monitor to alert you in case you pick up a puncture – this isn’t even standard on BMWs…

Electronic stability control comes as standard, as do six airbags, while a stronger body shell protects passengers better in a crash, and a more deformable, softer nose improves pedestrian impact safety.

2014 HYUNDAI i10 – SIMPLY BETTER

There’s only one way to sum up the new 2014 Hyundai i10 city car – it’s simply better.

In every respect the Korean firm has improved on what was an already cracking little car. We want to know what you think of the latest i10, so tweet to us @twwhiteandsons or let us know your thoughts on our Facebook page.

Keep an eye out for updates on the car here on our T W White & Sons Blog – as soon as it’s available for test drive, we’ll let you know.

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