i10 1.0 Blue Stop&Go
drive of Hyundais new i10
range, the cheapest five-seat
car on the market to achieve a
sub-100g/km CO2 available in
Blue and other colours...
HYUNDAI'S NEW i10 BLUE the headline act for the
revised range goes on sale next month. The i10 Blue (as
it's called, but other colours are available!) costs £9,195 and is powered
by a new 99g/km, 1.0-litre, 68bhp, three-cylinder, petrol 'Kappa'
engine with Stop&Go and has a five-speed manual gearbox. Up to 20% of new owners
are expected to go for this model but it could be higher
if the financial climate gets even tougher.
This means that its 99g/km of CO2 emissions incurs no road tax and, for those
who live in London or commute, there will be exemption from the Congestion Charge.
Although the i10 Blue costs £1,000 more than the refreshed 1.25-litre Classic
specification on which it is based, Hyundai points out that the annual Congestion
Charge for a daily visit or commute would be £2,500 a year so the i10 Blue still
saves owners a fistful of money.
With an official 67.3mpg Combined Cycle fuel consumption figure and a group
9 insurance rating, this model is also ideal for young drivers, financially
hard-pressed families and older buyers. Financially-astute company car drivers
opting for any new i10, five-door city car will only pay 10% Benefit-in-Kind
company car tax.
1.25-litre models are expected to remain the best-selling versions and they
have a revised four-cylinder petrol engine which has 85bhp 10bhp
more than the old unit with CO2 emissions of 108g/km.
growth of the
Hyundai brand in the UK
in the last few years
has been impressive and
with more and more
dealers being added, the
new cost-saving small
i10 models cannot fail to
be a big addition to the
This, too, means £0 road tax, but £20 for the second year onwards. These versions
have a group 12 insurance rating. The 1.25-litre model is available with Classic,
Active, Active Auto and Style trim and equipment levels at prices ranging from
£8,195 to £9,595.
For the first time the latest i10 range is covered by Hyundai's Five Year Triple
Care package. This is a consumer favourite which offers five year's unlimited
mileage warranty, five year's roadside assistance and five year's free health
checks yet another worthwhile ownership cost-saver.
The award-winning i10 is Hyundai's best-selling model range, with 19,500 of
them sold last year. They expect to sell up to 20,000 units in the ten months
of sales this year as the Korean manufacturer aims for 64,500 UK annual sales
in 2011 that's more than Honda and very close to what Citroen
The previous i10's sales success speaks for itself and the five-door city car
(3.5 metres long and 1.6 metres wide) has consistently received numerous awards
and accolades from the motoring media for its value for money, long warranty,
cheeky styling, roomy interior and nimble performance. They are also well built
The new i10 benefits from a series of cosmetic changes that bring a fresher
look. These include a redesigned radiator grille, more angular headlights and
new front air intakes all of which combine to create a more hexagonal frontal
shape one that will be a signature feature on all future Hyundai
models. A reshaped lower bumper and angular front fog light recesses complete
the new front-end.
The design upgrades continue on the sides and back of the car, with new style
wheels and redesigned rear lamps and bumper completing the new i10's streetwise
look. In addition to Blue there are six colour schemes available, including
two new ones Ice Silver and Crystal White.
conditioning is standard across the range and there are also four airbags, five
seats, Isofix mountings, electric windows, colour-coded bumpers, central locking,
an integrated radio with MP3-compatible CD player, USB and iPod plug-in
all standard. For the record, boot space is 225 litres with the seats up and
an unexpected 910 litres with the rear seats folded
level of equipment is standard on the entry-level 1.25-litre Classic trim as
well as low-CO2 1.0-litre Blue versions. For those who desire even more there
are two further steps up the range, but only for 1.25-litre models.
all-new Active trim, expected to take 50% of sales, is available with a manual
or automatic gearbox and gains 14-inch alloy wheels, rear electric windows,
front fog lights, a height-adjustable driver's seat, power outlet, electric
door mirrors, remote central locking and colour coding on the exterior mirrors
and door handles.
ride and drive
characteristics for both
1.0 and 1.25-litre models
is very much the same
lively, nimble and
at home on main roads
despite the relatively
At the top of the specification tree, the Style version now adds new chrome
fascia and door inserts, chrome interior door handles, a leather steering wheel,
gear knob and handbrake, a rear roof spoiler and even heated front seats and
an electric sunroof. Around 35% of buyers are expected to go for this spec.
One possible downside is that the 1.0-litre low-CO2 engine is only available
with the Blue specification same as Classic but with 13-inch steel
wheels, which is a pity because I can see a need from customers for a low-CO2
version with a higher specification. But, and it is a big but, the £1,000
price premium for the 1.0-litre unit over the 1.25-litre engine would make them
It would also have been agreeable to have an on-board computer function which
a miles-per-gallon readout surely with such good fuel economy
it would be good to let owners see how little fuel they were using.
The ride and drive characteristics for both 1.0 and 1.25-litre models is very
much the same: lively, nimble and at home on main roads and motorways despite
the relatively compact size. The distinctively sounding three-cylinder engine
in the 1.0 Blue version gives a top speed of 93mph with 0-62mph taking 14.8
seconds. The four-cylinder 1.25 engine feels a little smoother and a little
more responsive and gives a 102mph top speed with a zero to 62mph time of 12.2
ride and road holding is a little bouncy and top heavy causing body roll on
winding country roads but it is, after all, a commuter car although
one with the ability to tackle the occasional longer motorway journey.
Cruising at 70mph with either engines is not an issue, although being a narrow
tracked but relatively tall car, side wind gusting was evident. Roads noise
from the tyres was also very noticeable. Real-life fuel consumption for both
engines is, I suspect, around the 55mpg mark but with no on-board computer I
cannot confirm that.
Reasons to buy include economical to run with very low taxes, roomy, reasonable
specification, nimble around town, easy to drive and attractive styling. Not
so welcome are the high price premium over the larger 1.25-litre engine, no
on-board computer to check on real-life fuel economy, tyre noise intrusion and
it's prone to side wind gusting.
The growth of the Hyundai brand in the UK in the last few years has been impressive
and with more and more dealers being added, the new cost-saving i10 models cannot
fail to be a big addition to the brand's success. David Miles
Hyundai i10 1.0 Blue Stop&Go | £9,195
Maximum speed: 93mph | 0-62mph: 14.8 seconds | Overall Test MPG:
Power: 68bhp | Torque: 70lb ft | CO2 99g/km