Frankfurt 2013 marks the debut of the new Hyundai i10 hatchback – and it’s going upmarket with some delightfully premium features. T W White & Sons is live at the German auto expo and checking out the new car, we can confirm you will be seriously impressed…
The new Hyundai i10 is a fresh-faced challenger in the city car segment that’s aiming to take the fight to more expensive urban runarounds like the MINI and Fiat 500, while still offering strong value for money.
As a result it gets technology we’re more used to seeing on bigger executive German saloons, some efficiency improvements and a greater degree of practicality, too.
Those premium features on the new Hyundai i10 include automatic climate control, a heated leather steering wheel, cruise control with speed limiter and front curtain airbags to improve safety.
And even with all this equipment available, the range will still be priced keenly. Rumours suggest the range will open at around £8,500, offering much more quality than before and strong value for money. Even its premium rivals better watch out…
Expect to see the new Hyundai i10 on sale in the UK early in 2014.
And you will see it, as the new car’s design is striking to say the least. The latest Hyundai i10 is underpinned by an “all-new” platform, making the car 80mm longer (including a 5mm longer wheelbase) and 65mm in wider. The new i10 has also had 50mm shaved off its roofline, giving a less upright and sportier look.
Combined with Hyundai’s “fluidic sculpture” design language, the i10 looks revitalized, more upmarket and certainly more refined.
The same can be said for the interior, too. The i10’s increase in dimensions means the car now provides “best-in-class legroom and cargo capacity,” according to Hyundai. That means no knee squashing for passengers in the front or rear and a 10% boost in luggage space to 252 litres with the rear seats in place.
Hyundai claims to have improved refinement inside the new i10’s cabin, too – we did sit inside the car on the Korean firm’s show stand and the interior is swisher and smarter than the outgoing car.
The Korean carmaker hasn’t yet outlined the range of engines that will power the new Hyundai i10, but expect revisions to the current line-up, offering more power and greater efficiency.
That means the motors will supersede the i10’s current 1.2-litre unit, producing 85hp, as well as the 1.0-litre ‘Blue’ variant churning out a grand total of 68hp. The latter is currently the most efficient, returning a claimed 67.3mpg combined with 99g/km CO2 emissions, so expect even better figures for the new Hyundai i10.
The outlook for the new Hyundai i10 is good, then – plenty more gadgets and gizmos, on-point styling and even better efficiency are hard factors to ignore, especially at this price.
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