27 March 2014
Road Test: Hyundai i10
Be on notice that this opens my personal crusade for 2014. That inflator/sealant kits are not good enough. Even in the smallest of cars. They're for the convenience of the manufacturer, not the customer. Like the loss of real people in your local bank. Like the closed rural Garda station. Like the eminently frustrating phone systems that require one to 'Press 1/2/3/4' through many layers of automated voice to get to a real person who might be able to tell you to whom you should be talking.
So, this year, any car I review that doesn't have a spare, will get a thumbs down on that particular aspect.
If it looks like it fits in on our roads, that's no surprise, as the new i10 was developed under the direction of Hyundai's design centre in Europe. That's also the reason for the high quality interior, as we in Europe do demand much better trim and fittings than in other parts of the world. And it's built in Turkey, geographically Europe and with a strong tradition in good car-building.
If the buzz of the little 1.0 engine sounds familiar, that's because the car uses the same powertrain as the current Kia Picanto, a close cousin to the i10 and a car for which this writer has a personal soft spot. The Hyundai is wider, longer and a tad taller than the Kia, though they share the same wheelbase.
Emissions from the manual are 108g/km, so the road tax is a handy €190, and the official 4.7L/100km fuel consumption is equivalent to over 60mpg.
Its segment is city car, but I happily drove it around my own countryside area in all sorts of weather and road conditions and the new i10 never faltered or complained (it is easy to nip around some of the more notorious potholes which we drivers ARE complaining about locally).
From €11,995 for the Classic, the review Deluxe is €13,495 and the Deluxe Automatic €15,495. There's a 5-year unlimited distance warranty and matching roadside assistance.
Just for the heck of it, lets have it again. Hallelujah!