While manufacturers such as FCA, PSA or Opel have come into play to withdraw from the low-profit entry-level market in the small car class, Hyundai has made a strong commitment to the same segment. That means unchanged i10 and is just a little bit better in the new generation than it already was. Getting a lot of car for little money is not easy; but the smallest of all Hyundai models offers just that. In the medium term, the Hyundai i10 should primarily deal with models such as the Toyota Yaris, a Honda Jazz or Kia Picanto.
The new model generation of the Hyundai i10 replaces the previous model, which was introduced in 2013, two centimeters flatter and two centimeters wider than before. Since the Hyundai i10 was first launched on the European market in 2008, the Korean car manufacturer has sold more than 1.1 million vehicles with the i10 logo. The new tens combines visual influences from Hyundai (side view), Ford, (radiator grille), Renault (Zoe rear view) and Toyota (hood of the Aygo) in one vehicle, making the newcomer much fresher than a city car. For the first time, there is a black or red contrasting roof on request, which is intended to expand the visual possibilities of individualization.
Although the wheelbase has grown by four centimeters and the wheels have slipped further to the corners of the vehicle, the Hyundai i10, available from the beginning of February, has remained almost the same length at 3.67 meters. In contrast to some of its direct competitors, the Hyundai is available with either four or five seats, although in the second row, despite the easy entry, due to the overall length, no three people can sit seriously. "While the front seats and the load space have not been changed compared to the predecessor, the extended wheelbase means that there is more legroom in the second row," said Adrian Pere, Product Manager of the i10. In fact, you can sit reasonably up to a height of over 1.80 meters in the rear – if no three people have taken a seat here. The loading volume remains unchanged at 252 liters, which can be expanded to 1,050 liters by folding down the rear seats. The slightly lowered loading edge makes it easier to load heavy objects.
Just like the exterior, the interior and here especially the cockpit are more modern than before. The hard plastic that is used everywhere is not very flattering, but it looks reasonable and does not look as cheap as in the past. You can hardly ask for more in the 10,000 euro class. The all-round visibility in the short Hyundai i10 remains unchanged, because even small people can easily overlook the corners of the vehicle, and in this class you have got used to the fact that the steering can only be adjusted in height or the seat could be longer. There is also an easy-to-use eight-inch multifunction screen in the center of the dashboard. "We got some of the equipment details from the i20," explains Adrian Pere, "that applies to driver assistance systems such as assistants for emergency braking, high beam, lane keeping, speed limit or fatigue." Not all models offer that in this class.
There is nothing really new about the engines. The new generation of three-cylinder turbos will only be introduced with the upcoming generation of the i10 N-Line, which has an output of 100 hp and will only follow in the second half of 2020. So the one-liter three-cylinder with 67 hp and the much better 1.2-liter four-cylinder with 84 hp have to fix it. Both engines continue to work together with a manual five-speed manual transmission, whereby both drives can now be combined with a five-stage automatic transmission on request. In any case, you should choose the more powerful engine with 62 kW / 84 PS, because the three-cylinder one-liter is tired, loud and listless. The 1.2-liter four-cylinder not only makes the Hyundai i10 significantly faster thanks to its 118 Nm maximum torque at high 4,200 rpm, and the engine is just better at the gas between 2,500 and 3,500 rpm and benefits from an unladen weight of less than one ton , From a standing start, the front-wheel drive accelerates to 100 km / h in 12.5 seconds and is 171 km / h.
The automatic transmission is nervous and not only makes the engine sluggish, but also sometimes pushes consumption up to an unacceptable 7.5 liters. The precise manual control does a much better job, with standard consumption starting at 5.1 liters. The chassis is also quite tight due to the mounted 195/45 R16 wheels and, together with the rigid body, ensures that the Korean small car is quite crisp and somewhat uncomfortable. You shouldn't touch the 10,990 euro Hyundai i10 1.0 Pure. The best buy is the Hyundai i10 1.2 trend with a manual five-speed gearbox, which, however, already costs 15,690 euros, but in addition to parking aid, air conditioning and an eight-inch touchscreen including DAB radio, it also offers aluminum rims and seat heating.