What is it?
It's a new-generation city car from Hyundai, and will replace the Atoz. An all-new car, the i10 is built in India, where it’s a hot-seller.
On the outside, the i10 remains identical in length and wheelbase to the Atoz, but is a crucial 70mm wider. Hyundai has consciously stayed away from the Atoz's ‘tall-boy’ looks, so the i10 is 40mm shorter and looks all the better for it.
The car's 1.1-litre ‘Epsilon’ single-cam, four-pot motor is a carry-over from the Atoz, but changes to the management system and intake manifold have resulted in a marginal increase in power to 62bhp and 72lb ft of torque.
It uses a pretty conventional MacPherson strut setup up front and a torsion beam axle at the rear, but the new chassis is substantially stiffer than that of the Atoz.
What's it like?
For such a small, affordable car, the i10's interior feels really good. The lighter tones are a refreshing change from the dark interiors that are almost de-riguer in cars of this class.
The i10’s cabin is a big step forward in design and quality over its predecessor. The front seats are supportive, but the rear bench is a touch cramped for those with long legs. UK cars will be well equipped, with air conditioning, four airbags and a six-speaker integrated stereo being standard.