Hyundai has launched a series of updates for its popular i10 city car – including a new 1.0-litre engine with CO2 emissions of just 99g/km.
The latest Hyundai i10 also features revised styling and more standard equipment, but retains the modest asking price and Hyundai’s Five Year Triple Care warranty package.
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Hyundai i10: frugal new 1.0-litre petrol
Changes to the i10’s appearance are designed to bring it into line with the latest Hyundai models, the ix35 and ix20.
But by far the most significant change for 2011 comes with the introduction of a new 1.0-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine. This new ‘Kappa’ unit replaces the old 1.1-litre four-cylinder, and brings considerable efficiency gains.
It’s being launched in a special eco-edition of the i10 called the Blue – the first of a whole new range of fuel-sipping Hyundai Blue models. With stop-start as standard, this i10 emits just 99g/km CO2 and returns claimed fuel economy of 67.3mpg.
With just 68bhp, it’s not the fastest thing in the world – 0-62mph in 14.8 seconds, 93mph top speed – and priced at £9,195, it commands a £1,000 premium over the entry-level 1.2-litre petrol model. But it is also the only five-seater under £10,000 to qualify for free road tax and London Congestion Charge exemption. For a petrol-engined car, the i10 Blue’s eco credentials are excellent.
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1.2-litre engine also improved
All this doesn’t mean the existing 1.2-litre petrol engine has been sleeping on the job.
Also known within Hyundai as a Kappa engine, this four-cylinder unit also benefits from improvements. Power increases 13% to 85bhp, CO2 falls 9.2% to 108g/km and fuel consumption improves 8.7% to 61.4mpg.
This little try-hard manages 0-62mph in 12.2 seconds and tops out at 105mph. It’s available in three trim levels – Classic, Active and Style – starting at £8,195.
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Air-con and iPod connector as standard
As with the previous version, the Hyundai i10 continues to pack a generous level of standard equipment.
Notable features include air conditioning across the range, and now iPod connection as well. Four airbags, six-speakers, electric windows and central locking are standard on all models.
In addition, every i10 comes complete with Hyundai’s Five Year Triple Care package: five years’ unlimited mileage warranty, five years’ roadside assistance and five years of free vehicle health checks. Tough to beat.
On sale now, it seems likely the latest Hyundai i10 will continue to prove popular with budget-orientated buyers.
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