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Why The Hyundai i10 is Rocking The UK’s Roads

July 8, 2014

After making its UK debut in January 2008, the highly popular Hyundai i10 car took the British automotive industry by storm. The little Hyundai was met with surprisingly positive reviews, and the South Korean brand surprised its skeptics. Since its launch, the city car has gone from strength to strength, gaining traction in a budget conscious market. Hyundai announced that it was upgrading the car and in January 2014, the eagerly anticipated second generation i10 was released – known as the “Grand i10” in international markets.


The new i10 was developed using the competing Kia Picanto as a test mule for its parts – and it seems some of the Kia’s design has made its way onto the Hyundai. The second generation i10 features an attractive and modern design – maintaining the design cues which made the original so popular and improving on those that missed the mark. New additions include a chrome detailed radiator grille, sleek and elongated tail-lamps and 3D wraparound headlamps. In terms of practical design, the new i10 is almost identical to its older version, maintaining its “compact on the outside, spacious on the inside” 5-door format.


The i10’s bumper is aerodynamically designed which reduces forward air flow resistance and rear spoiler effect – improving its fuel economy and driving stability. The i10 is offered with a choice of two petrol engines: a three cylinder 1.0L or a more powerful 4 cylinder 1.2L unit. The 1.0L produces a humble 65 bhp – enough for a tootle around town – but will leave you wanting more on the motorway. The more capable 1.2 L is our pick of the range, producing a capable 86 bhp – and offering a good balance of power, refinement and fuel economy.

Hyundai are offering the new i10 in three different trim levels – S, SE and Premium. The supermini is well equipped, with standard models coming with electric windows, a CD player and USB connectivity. Higher end models add features such as alloy wheels, heated door mirrors, air conditioning, LED headlights and bluetooth connectivity for relatively bargain prices.


Retailing in at exactly the same price as its predecessor, but with more room and equipment – at only £8345 – the upgraded Hyundai i10 offers truly exceptional value for money, making it one of the most affordable city cars around. Even the top of the range i10 Premium comes with an attractive price tag at £10,695, especially considering its extra generous equipment levels.

It’s not hard to see why the Hyundai i10 is rocking the UK’s roads – it’s really rather brilliant. Check out our review on the i10’s bigger sister, the equally brilliant i20 here.

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About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.