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Hyundai i10 updated with 99g/km Blue edition

Effucient i10 Blue is exempt from car tax

Hyundai i10 Blue

The ultra-green Hyundai i10 Blue

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.

Hyundai i10 Blue rear

Hyundai i10 Blue is the only four-seat, C-Charge-exempt car for less than £10k

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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New Hyundai i10 update including new exterior looks

Hyundai has also made the 1.2-litre engine more economical

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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Hyundai i10 interior update

Hyundai has upped the standard specification of the i10

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. 

Read the full review of the current Hyundai i10


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