2023 Author: Eric Donovan | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-21 15:44
Spring cleaning at Hyundai: after the compact Golf Hunter i30, the i10 comes onto the scene. The successor to the Atos stands out from the crowd with a fresh and cheerful interior and offers an attractive overall package for less than 10,000 euros.
By Sebastian Viehmann
The “empty nests” are an important target group in the small car segment. This refers to couples between the ages of 50 and 70 who have no children or whose offspring have already left the house. For the occasional visit to the grandchildren or a trip to the museum, the demands on the car are usually not great: it has to be comfortable, agile and economical, the operation must not raise any questions and, if necessary, the car should offer additional space for two people.
In the club of the lower ten thousand - based on the purchase price in euros - the selection is now quite large. The top dogs are the Daihatsu Cuore and the identical trio Citroën C1 / Toyota Aygo / Peugeot 107. The Chevrolet Matiz and of course the Dacia Logan are also available for less than 10,000 euros.
In this price segment, you often have to cut back on equipment, performance, comfort and ambience. The new Hyundai i10 shows that this can be done without a big stomach ache. It is intended to strengthen the Koreans' market share in the A segment and is being built in India.
From the outside, the i10 doesn't exactly exude the charm of the Fiat 500. But the friendly face with the chrome clasp on the grill, the thumbs-up taillights and the sweeping rise on the C-pillar still give it points on the cuddly scale. The cardinal goal of the 3.57 meter long and 1.6 meter wide Hyundai is: maximum space in the minimum space.
The Korean cannot quite keep this promise: The headroom on all seats is good, and the trunk is 225 liters (910 liters with the rear seats folded down) larger than the Cuore or C1. But in the back it pinches on the knees when two tall adults sit one behind the other. The rear headrests are not high enough for giants either.
A plus of the Hyundai compared to the C1, Cuore or Matiz is the chic interior. The curved instrument panel frames easily legible clocks, and the center console protrudes down from the large radio like a tongue. Small shelves are distributed in the interior. Colored surfaces on the seats, on the dashboard and in the door panels banish any need for savings. Above all, the pleasant-to-touch plastics or the neatly fitted switches with their decorative panels never give passengers the feeling of sitting in a cheap car.
With its small turning circle and manageable dimensions, the i10 becomes a parking lot king, even if you unfortunately cannot see the bonnet very well. The i10 is very pleasant to drive and can hardly be disturbed even in fast corners. The chassis is a bit bumpy with transverse joints, but all in all it deserves the rating of comfortable.
Gasoline comes later
Under the hood there is a 75 hp diesel engine and a 1.1 liter gasoline engine with 66 hp. The engine fulfills basic requirements - no more, but also no less. Around the bottom, the i10 is lively on the move and dashes away from the traffic lights. As soon as you leave the next town sign behind you, switching work is the order of the day. Because you can only force the small four-cylinder to work at the right speed - a meager 99 Newton meters of torque are available.
From 100 km / h, not much happens even in fourth gear. It takes 15.6 seconds to get there (four more than the much lighter Daihatsu Cuore), and somewhere between 150 and 160 km / h is over. After all, the engine is economical with an average consumption of five liters (diesel: 4.3 liters). Those who want to move the i10 often outside of town should consider the new 1.2 16V petrol engine with 75 hp. It will be available at the end of the year, offers a significantly better torque curve, at least on paper, and comes in conjunction with a crisper, tuned chassis.
The i10 is shifted with a smooth but precise five-speed gearbox. Alternatively, a four-speed automatic is available, which can only be recommended to old women who are unwilling to change gear. The machine is sluggish, lets the engine roar loudly and sucks the liveliness out of the i10's veins like Dracula does the blood. The acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h is extended to 18.5 seconds, the fuel consumption increases by almost one liter to 5.9 liters per 100 kilometers (factory specification).
The prices for the i10 have not yet been determined, but the basic version will remain under the magical 10,000 euros mark at 9,990 euros. The previous model was recently offered for well under 8,000 euros. In addition to the “Classic” basic equipment, there is the “Style” package, which includes central locking, electric windows, side airbags and power steering. There is always a CD radio, ABS and two airbags as standard. ESP costs a whopping 550 euros extra.