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Hyundai Revamps The i10

By raccars Published

The next generation of Hyundai's smart supermini is on the way, with improvements including a more spacious cabin, cleaner engines and a more comprehensive range of equipment.

The previous i10 has seen considerable success in the UK, partly thanks to the Scrappage Scheme that has helped Hyundai to shift 110,000 units since its arrival on the scene in 2008. In fact it is the brand's best selling model in Britain, so the new version has a lot to live up to.

Buyers of the existing Hyundai i10 paid from £4,995, after the Scrappage Scheme discount of £2,000, so the next generation sounds appears to have ideas above its station with a starting price of £8,500. But Hyundai is confident that it is offering enough improvement in the package to convince consumers to part with the extra cash. The car will be available from January 2014.

Although the updated i10 is only 65mm wider and 80mm longer than its predecessor, the interior feels much larger. Hyundai is keen to point out that its boot leads all the competition, including the VW up!, with 272 litres of available space, which is 27 litres bigger than the first generation i10.

The passenger area of the cabin is equally spacious, with even six-footers able to sit in comfort in the rear. Every inch of space has been utilised with handy cubby holes and bottle holders. The controls are rather smartly made and dashboard materials are reassuringly good quality for a budget car. While the i10 is supposed to be a no frills vehicle, Hyundai's market research showed that customers prefer a more engineered finish than seen in the utilitarian up!, for example. However Hyundai is determined that the i10 should retain its status as a value proposition.

Options will include a leather trimmed, heated steering wheel, speed limiter, keyless entry and cruise control. Specifics for the trim levels have yet to be confirmed but the i10 will have a three model line up dubbed S, SE and Premium. Safety features include six airbags, tyre pressure monitor and electronic stability control across the board.

The existing model's petrol engine range, as shared with the Kia Picanto, will be retained for the new car and will be admirably frugal. The three and four cylinder 1.0 litre units generate sub-100g/km levels of CO2 emissions, while a 90bhp four cylinder 1.2 litre version won't be much higher.

Hyundai is campaigning on a serious upgrade in quality and driving dynamics to justify the increased price, the results of which will be seen first at the new i10's public debut in Frankfurt next month.

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