Hyundai i10 to go on sale from £8345 in January next year
Matt Burt
14 October 2013

The new Hyundai i10 will cost from £8345, the same as the outgoing model, when it goes on sale at the end of January 2014.

At 3665mm long, 1660mm wide and 1500mm high, the Korean company’s new A-segment challenger is 80mm longer, 65mm wider and 50mm lower than the car it replaces.

Unlike its predecessor, which has been on sale for five years, the new-generation i10 is a thoroughly European car. It was designed and engineered at Hyundai’s technical centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany, and comes off the recently expanded production line in Ízmit, Turkey. 

Two petrol engines will be available. A 1.0-litre, three-cylinder produces 65bhp at 5500rpm and maximum torque of 69lb ft at 3500rpm. Mated to a five-speed manual transmission, it covers 0-62mph in 14.9sec and can hit a top speed of 95mph.

A four-cylinder, 1.2-litre engine is also available. It delivers 86bhp at 6000rpm and 89lb ft at 4000rpm. The manual-equipped version of this engine takes 12.3sec to reach 62mph from a standstill and goes on to a top speed of 106mph.

Hyundai has taken steps to improve the noise, vibration and harshness qualities of the new i10 without adding weight. High-tensile steel forms almost 30 per cent of the body structure, compared to the nine per cent utilised in the original car. There are also larger hydraulic mountings for the engine, more sound deadening in the dashboard bulkhead and uprated door seals. 

To reduce wind noise, the radio antenna has been moved towards the rear of the roof and the shape of the door mirror mounts has been refined. The new Hyundai i10 has a drag coefficient of 0.31, the lowest in the segment.

Hyundai says a 2385mm wheelbase – five millimetres up on the outgoing car – and wider front and rear tracks have helped to improve ride quality.

Hyundai says the car offers legroom that matches the class best, and the greatest luggage capacity in the sector, with the boot holding 252 litres with the rear seats up and 1046mm with the bench folded.  

Three trim levels will be available at launch. Designated S, SE and Premium, they follow the template established by the recently launched Hyundai ix35.

An £8345 price tag will buy a manual transmission S 1.0 which features standard equipment, including cloth and vinyl interior trim, 14in steel wheels, central locking, electric front windows, CD tuner with USB port, daytime running lights, ISOfix points and a tilt-adjust steering wheel. Air-con is a £650 option on this derivative.

The SE trim, which starts at £9295, adds remote central locking, electric rear windows, heated door mirrors, body colour door handles and mirrors, a height adjustment on the driver’s seat and a black B-pillar.

The most frugal variant across the range will be the SE Blue Drive 1.0 equipped with a manual gearbox, stop-start and low rolling resistance 13in tyres. Specified as the only four-seater in the range – the other variants are all five-seaters – it produces 98g/km of CO2 and costs £9595.

The top trim level, Premium, includes 14in alloys, Bluetooth connectivity with voice recognition, a multi-function steering wheel, LED daytime running lights, front fog lamps, rear speakers and door mirror indicators.

An automatic transmission is available with the SE trim level and 1.2-litre engine, at a cost of £10,495.

Hyundai expects to sell 74,000 examples of the new i10 across Europe next year, accounting for a 6.3 per cent share of the region’s total A-segment market. In the UK, the outgoing i10 has consistently sold around 20,000 units each year since 2009.

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14 October 2013

Mmmm, so part vinyl seats and no air con on the basic model, sticky ,sticky. This contrasts with the full cloth seats and aircon on my current i10 classic for £6995. Progress eh?

14 October 2013
jonfortwo wrote:

This contrasts with the full cloth seats and aircon on my current i10 classic for £6995. Progress eh?

The list price of your car has never been £6995 though has it. That's with a four-figure customer saving... Which will likely come onto the new model in time.

14 October 2013

But it did have air con as standard, not a £650 option. Hyundai are being a bit greedy.

14 October 2013

disappointing you have to buy a specific model to drop under 100g/km. And its very slow compared to the rather old fashioned C1/Aygo/107 which gets under the tax free point without stop/start. I think they need to put a bit of money into powertrain developement

14 October 2013

What makes / why is the Blue Drive a four seater whilst all other models have five?

14 October 2013

I suspect that by restricting the Blue Drive to four seats, the EU test can be carried out with a lower simulated weight setting on the rolling road to the benefit of fuel consumption / CO2 figures (I'm sure the test is carried out at half payload or something).
Obviously in the real world, this would make no difference whatsoever, but if it manages to a CO2 figure below 100gm/km, then it would make sense.
Anyone got any better ideas?

14 October 2013

This is the i10 right, so the micro sector Aygo/Up!/Twingo class. Near £8500 seems quite pricey for the starting block of a budget brand small car. This is the same as the Citigo in 5 doors. I suppose that is who Hyundai think is their main competitor although I have only ever seen 1 on UK roads, there again, I don't live in Eastbourne or Worthing. Hyundai don't quite seem the value car maker they once were unless you get a significant discount .

15 October 2013

Only seen one, yeah right, with in excess of 100,000 sold in teh UK, they are everywhere, not just Eastbourne, which as a statement is truly ridiculous.

I suggest that you really stop and look, you will see dozens about, My M-I-L has one, and I managed to get her a deal for £6750, with full tank, mats and mudflaps, not a bad deal, she loves it, and is by far and away better than the S-Reg 206 she had before.

It is quick, nimble, easy to drive and park, has plenty of room in the front and rear, good door openings, wider that some, and teh little 1.2 is a joy, not too economical as she only does local journey's, but better than the 206.

The latest car will come down in price in about 8-12 months and will be better equipped within 12 months of that, the i10 is a great car, and over 100,000 people have found this out too.

15 October 2013

The base model is priced £350 higher than the 5 door Picanto. The Kia gets remote locking and a seven year warranty as standard, as opposed to key central locking a five year warranty and a slightly bigger body. You pays your money...

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