Hyundai i10 Review

By Amithash Bhatt   |  August 13, 2013

Overview

Hyundai first launched the i10 in 2007 and since then the compact car has seen a number of upgrades. Now Hyundai Motors India has launched the facelifted version of the car and named it the "i10". The model features all -new front grille, new headlamps, tail lamps, adjustable headrests, new front and rear bumper. But one feature that steals the show is the new engine with VTVT technology. Interior design of Hyundai i10 is now more stylish with light-brown and beige two-tone colour scheme for the dash. The i10 also boasts of Bluetooth connectivity with steering mounted controls and an AUX as well as USB port for the sound system. Hyundai i10 is available in nine variants: Hyundai i10 1.1 D-Lite, Hyundai i10 1.1 Era, Hyundai i10 1.1 Magna, Hyundai i10 1.2 Magna, Hyundai i10 1.2 Sportz, Hyundai i10 1.2 Sportz AT, Hyundai i10 1.2 Sportz (O), Hyundai i10 1.2 Asta, Hyundai i10 1.2 Asta AT. The i10 Asta AT comes with a sunroof. The Hyundai i10 comes in a range of attractive colours including Blushing Red, Thunder Black, Sleek Silver, Champagne Gold, Ice Silver, Electric Red, Crystal White and Carbon Grey.


Powertrain & Performance

The i10 comes with a choice of two engines- the new 4-cylinder 16V DOHC Kappa2 engine and the 4-cylinder 12V SOHC iRDE2. The new 16V DOHC Kappa2 engine with first-in-class VTVT (Variable Timing Valve Train) technology ensures optimum mileage and performance. The VTVT system controls the valve operation based on engine requirement. This 2-litre Kappa2 motor throws away 78.9 bhp @ 6000 rpm and the peak torque happens to be 111.7 Nm @ 4000 rpm. Meanwhile, the 1.1 litre iRDE2 (Intelligent Responsive Drive Engine) has been tweaked to deliver peak power and it also ensures there's maximum mileage delivered with low emissions. The iRDE2 motor in the i10 churns out 68 bhp @ 5500 rpm and peak torque of 99 Nm @ 4500 rpm. The revolutionary Kappa engine offers the driver a choice of the extremely smooth, fun-to-drive, first-in-class 4-speed auto transmission and the exceptionally responsive 5-speed manual transmission. The iRDE 2 too has been mated to the extremely efficient and accurate 5-speed manual gearbox. The dynamic i10 has been equipped with an up-to-the-minute suspension system that suits Indian road conditions the best. There's the McPherson Strut with coil spring in the front and Coupled Torsion Beam Axle with coil springs in the rear that absorb all the humps on the rough Indian roads.


Build & Styling

The i10 is very different from its predecessor yet noticeably identifiable as the i10. The new radiator grille with the big wide air dam throws a pinch of aggressiveness, but gives the car a fresh and clean front fascia. The massive front bumper adds another pinch of aggressiveness. It is still in harmony with Hyundai's new design policy though. The rear bumper, meanwhile, adds grace and strength to the rear. It comes with reflectors and body-coloured insert moldings. The rear spoiler with the high-mount stop lamp highlights the rear. The slanting elongated wrap around clear headlamps add exquisiteness to the front fascia while the new uniquely shaped fog lamps, neatly embedded in chrome surrounds, complement that look. The long and sleek tail lamps brighten the rear and enhance visibility. The turn indicators on the outside mirrors intensify safety while turning and the style factor too. By the way, the OVRMs are electrically adjustable and possess the first-in-class heated function that automatically removes mist when the defogger is on. The i10 keeps you close to nature with the sunroof that slips forward or backward or jumps up with the touch of a button; so you could get fresh air and sunlight as desired. The car has another 'first-in-class' to its credit with the new micro-type roof antenna with better signal reception radiating beauty and sportiness too. The concealed rear wiper and washer with a wide sweep angle work with optimum efficiency. The tailgate handle neatly accommodates the Hyundai logo while giving the rear a touch of refinement. The full wheel covers in a new design enhance the i10's sporty side profile which flaunts 155/80 R13 tyres. The athletic side view is further accentuated by the new body-colour waistline molding that also offers to protect the body from dents and scratches. The dual-tone beige and light brown interiors create a brilliant impression which is perfectly complemented by the metal finish in the centre. There's chrome accentuation too adding opulence and sophistication to the interiors. Features like power windows in the front and rear, height-adjustable driver seat, motor-driven power steering and steering wheel remote control, the first-in-class foldable key, remote locking and unlocking facility with burglar alarm, and air conditioning add to convenience and safety. The ergonomically designed tall seats with new pattern upholstery, backrests and headrests in a single unit offer a fatigue-free ride while making you feel at home. Changing gears is no problem at all, and the centre console mounted gear lever takes away all the strain from the driver's aching hands. The new-look instrument cluster too has been ergonomically positioned on the dashboard. It provides all the useful info the driver needs at a glance. The shift indicator display here happens to be the first-in-class, offering the driver gentle reminders for gear change to ensure maximum fuel efficiency. For entertainment, there's an in-dash 2 DIN MP3 audio harmoniously integrated in the dashboard and has Aux-in provision for iPod playing. The centre console tray has been equipped with a USB port and Bluetooth connectivity too. Driver and passenger dual-front airbags, anti-lock braking system, reverse parking sensors, ELR seat belts with pretensioners, warning lamps in the instrument cluster, multi-reflector fog lamps and more work together assuring safety for all passengers.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros

    • Electrically Adjustable OVRMs with Heated Function
    • Audio and Bluetooth Controls on Steering Wheel
    • New Micro-Type Roof Antenna with Better Signal Reception
  • Cons

    • Lack of Diesel Variants