Hyundai i10 – Ireland’s Top-Selling City Car.

The Hyundai i10 is the personification of the classic ‘City Car’ – short in length, tall in height, and with five doors as standard. Now in its second generation, the i10 was facelifted in 2017, with a refresh to both the exterior and interior in an effort to keep it competitive with its rivals – such as the Volkswagen Up!, Škoda CitiGo, Toyota Aygo, and Kia Picanto, amongst others. Visual improvements included a new cascading front grille, and LED daytime-running-lights as standard, while an improved infotainment system was the main update in the car’s, otherwise faultless, interior.

Distinctive Good Looks;

Featuring a sharp, distinctive exterior look, and a high-quality spacious interior, the Hyundai i10 also benefits from a wonderful platform which underpins the car, and reinforces the car’s dynamics and refinement. It will come as no surprise, that the Hyundai i10 was Ireland’s best-selling small car in the first quarter of 2019, and is set to continue this trend throughout the year.

Engine, Gearbox & Specification Options;

Three trim levels are available in the Hyundai i10 – Classic, Deluxe, and Premium, with standard specification across the range including such features as 6 airbags (with a front passenger airbag deactivation switch), seat belt reminder, tyre pressure monitoring, ABS, blue & black seat material, and a 60:40 split-folding rear seat. The 1.0-litre petrol engine in the i10 produces 65bhp and 95Nm of torque, and is capable of returning up to 60.1mpg (4.7l/100km) on a combined driving cycle. The 0-100km/h sprint can be achieved in 14.7-seconds, with a claimed top speed of 155km/h (where permitted). The standard 5-speed manual gearbox in the Hyundai i10 is perfectly suited to the car’s 3-cylinder engine, which is lively, quick to rev, and provides a pleasant sound in return. An automatic gearbox option is also available with the 1.0-litre petrol engine for added driving comfort.

Test Car;

My test car was a Hyundai i10 ‘Deluxe’ model, fitted with a 5-speed manual gearbox. Standard specification in the Deluxe model includes height adjustment on the driver’s seat, 14” alloy wheels, body coloured door handles & mirror casings, electrically operated & heated door mirrors, side mouldings, leather & chrome steering wheel and gear knob, LED daytime-running-lights, manual air-conditioning, cruise control (manual gearbox only), keyless entry, and speed & impact-sensing automatic door locks. Boot space in the Hyundai i10 is competitive in its class, with 252-litres available with the back seat rests in the upright position. However, drop the rear seats, and the cargo area increases to an impressive 1,046-litres.

Refined Road Manners;

On the road, the i10 offers great refinement on all types of road surfaces – a rarety in the city-car class – while the car’s handling is superb. The car’s capable engine and smooth manual gearbox take the strain out of keeping up with motorway traffic, as the car is quite happy to compete for control of the fast lane when the opportunity presents itself.

Verdict & Pricing;

When considering the purchase of a city car, buyers will ultimately look for a car which will attract low running costs, be easy to drive, possess smart looks, have big-car comfort, be well built, spacious, and be fun to drive. Having spent time behind the wheel of the wonderful Hyundai i10, I can safely say that Hyundai’s top-selling city car is all of the above…and more. Ex-works prices for the new Hyundai i10 start at just €13,745 for the Classic model, €15,245 for the Deluxe model I tested, and €16,245 in top-spec ‘Premium’ trim. Hyundai’s 5-Year, unlimited mileage warranty comes as standard, along with a 5-Year roadside assistance package, and free vehicle safety checks for 5 years too.

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