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4 February 2011

What is it?

It’s a car that Hyundai reckons could become a serious rival for eco-superminis like the VW Polo Bluemotion. No, seriously.

The three-pot version of the revised i10, called Blue, could be a worthy contender. Its new 1.0-litre motor has 68bhp and trims a second from the 0-62mph of the old 1.1 i10. But the Blue also comes with stop-start, low-resistance tyres and a gearshift indicator, so it delivers 67.3mpg, a rise of 8.4mpg over the 1.1, and CO2 emissions of just 99g/km.

Elsewhere, the i10 gets a mild styling refresh and extra toys in the cabin (air-con is now standard across the range, and some of the interior fabrics have been improved). It still feels basic, but in a rugged, well built way.

What’s it like?

The good news is that on the road, the i10’s key strengths - a willing, neutral chassis, feelsome steering and a super-slick, short-throw gearshift - are all still present. Even with just three cylinders, the Blue is a hoot around town. The trick tyres are a little noisier and they don’t help the ride, but nor do they ruin it.

There is a catch, though - and it is that the smallest engine no longer sits at the bottom of the range. Those green mods - and the stop-start system in particular, one suspects - lift the Blue’s price to £9195; that’s over a grand cheaper than any other sub-100g/km car, admittedly, and almost £6k less than the Polo Bluemotion, but it’s £1000 more expensive than the refreshed i10 1.2 Classic.

Should I buy one?

If you simply must have a green supermini, then, the Hyundai is an appealing high-value proposition. But in the realm of i10s, we’d save a few quid on the list price and stick with the 1.2.

John McIlroy

Hyundai i10 Blue

Price: £9195; Top speed: 93mph; 0-62mph: 14.8sec; Economy: 67.3mpg; CO2: 99g/km; Kerb weight: 1000kg (est); Engine: 3 cyls, 998cc, petrol; Power: 68bhp at 6200rpm; Torque: 70lb ft at 3500rpm; Gearbox: 5-spd manual

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5 February 2011

Autocar: "The good news is that on the road, the i10’s key strengths - a willing, neutral chassis, feelsome steering and a super-slick, short-throw gearshift - are all still present. Even with just three cylinders, the Blue is a hoot around town. The trick tyres are a little noisier and they don’t help the ride, but nor do they ruin it."

Sounds almost like it is a more CO2 friendly Citroen C1 / 107 / Aygo.

I know it isn't now the base model price wise but can you really blame Hyundai for pricing it as such considering the cost of the competition?

They deserve to do well with this car.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

5 February 2011

"and almost £6k less than the Polo Bluemotion.." really?

and well built and good to drive with 6 years warranty.

With this car, more than ever, 'badge consciousness' never looked more silly.

5 February 2011

I like the i10. My local Hyundai dealer offered me a very good trade-in against a 2010 model Style which has lots of kit for the money, but I just felt I'd more to do with my money, so I politely declined the deal.

I may just give the new model a go, however, because all reports are that they're well built cars for a reasonable amount of cash. The new 1.25 litre engine qualifies for a £20 tax disc, so the Style becomes an even cheaper long-term prospect.

I just hope the local dealer is as generous with a trade-in against this new model.

5 February 2011

[quote The Apprentice]

"and almost £6k less than the Polo Bluemotion.." really?

and well built and good to drive with 6 years warranty.

With this car, more than ever, 'badge consciousness' never looked more silly.

[/quote] +1. I couldn't have said it any better.

5 February 2011

That's a really successful facelift, in my opinion. The original i10 was pretty bland, but this updated model has the smart Hyundai face and looks much more distinctive as a result.

Anonymous

5 February 2011

'Blue' probably only really makes sense if you have to pay the London congestion charge. Standard 1.2 only emits 108g/km CO2 and is very marginally less economical, yet retains the 14" wheels and therefore, presumably, a better ride. In the real world will the 1.0 have to be worked harder to keep up with everyday traffic, therefore making the fuel savings even slimmer?

5 February 2011

Yes, the arithmetic doesn't make much sense. Going by the claimed fuel figures, the 1.0 litre model would save 25 gallons of petrol per year (at 12,000 miles pa), or about £150 at today's fuel prices. So even with the small road tax saving, you're not going to break even any time soon... Very few manufacturers have succeeded in persuading people to pay more money for a more efficient car. It seems that what most of us want is high performance and low purchase price.

5 February 2011

[quote The Apprentice]

"and almost £6k less than the Polo Bluemotion.." really?

and well built and good to drive with 6 years warranty.

With this car, more than ever, 'badge consciousness' never looked more silly.

[/quote]

Granted, the i10 is far cheaper than the Polo, so I see where you're going with the "badge" dig.......except that, aside from being better to drive, far more refined, better built with superior ambiance and materials, the Polo is actually a much bigger car than i10.

So, is it just to down to 'badge consciousness' to go for the VW over the Hyundai in this case (assuming they are directly comparable at all, given the difference in size)?

5 February 2011

[quote Overdrive]except that, aside from being better to drive, far more refined, better built with superior ambiance and materials[/quote]

superior ambiance? you must be a car saleman to talk like that! (better built too I doubt very much)

Fair enough I suppose the nearest size/price is the VW Fox, which has a diabolical interior, has similar price and residuals within 0.5% of each other but the I10 thrashes it on running costs and warranty. As Autocar have noted & praised the I10's drive there is no reason another Fox should ever leave the showroom.

http://www.volkswagencomparison.co.uk/VWComparator.html

5 February 2011

[quote The Apprentice]

[quote Overdrive]except that, aside from being better to drive, far more refined, better built with superior ambiance and materials[/quote]

superior ambiance? you must be a car saleman to talk like that! (better built too I doubt very much)

Fair enough I suppose the nearest size/price is the VW Fox, which has a diabolical interior, has similar price and residuals within 0.5% of each other but the I10 thrashes it on running costs and warranty. As Autocar have noted & praised the I10's drive there is no reason another Fox should ever leave the showroom.

http://www.volkswagencomparison.co.uk/VWComparator.html

[/quote]

lol @ car salesman thing. Well, sitting in my sheepskin coat, wearing my sovereign rings and puffing on my cigar let me say (in my best "Boyci's" voice) by all means disagree that the Polo is better built than the i10, but pretty much all reviews I've read rate the Polo as the best built car in its class. Now, what will it take for you to buy the car, sir? I'll throw in a set of quality plastic matts, if you sign on the dotted line today.

Agree with you on taking the i10 over the Fox though, which, as you say, are directly comparable. No argument there. To be blunt, the Fox is a pretty weak product. I would've taken its predecessor, the Lupo, over it too.

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