Hyundai i10 Review & Ratings
- 21 December 2015
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
First released in October 2007 in New Delhi, India, the Hyundai i10 was designed to replace the outdated Hyundai Atos. It was originally intended for the Indian market. The country has quite a fondness for the subcompact hatchback. Over the years, the car's fuel-efficient engine and practical design caught the rest of the world's attention and had a long-lasting impact.
Over the years, consumers and critics alike have given this subcompact car has numerous accolades and awards.
Although the car was released 7 years ago, the design of the car has kept up with the times by maintaining a modern and sporty look. With its clean lines and practical design, you will be mesmerized by its aesthetically wonderful external features. Small as it may be in stature, the i10's chrome radiator grille was designed to have people look at it over and over again, as it creates a strong impression. To make the rear end compliment the front part of the car, rear spoilers are installed not just for it aesthetic value, but also for its functionality. A sunroof has also been installed, in order to let you have a feel of fresh air or sunshine whenever there is perfect weather.
Driving during the night requires focus and a brightly lit road, so with the newly-designed clear headlights, night vision is vastly improved, thus the visibility of the road is increased. The rear combination lamps on the i10 complements the stylish design of the headlights at the front. To further increase the beautiful rear of the car, the spoilers are integrated with brake lights to increase visibility while not sacrificing on looks.
Fog lamps are installed to make sure driving during foggy weather is much safer. The i10 also has rear bumper reflectors to let drivers behind you notice you easily. The outside mirrors are designed not only to look good, but also to provide for a safer travel.
When it comes to the wheels, the i10 comes with a uniquely designed 14-inch alloy wheel to provide a dynamic look on this small car.
With great design comes great practicality and this is what the i10 offers to its drivers. Stepping inside the car, you would not think that this was a car built by a Korean automotive company 10 years ago. From the dashboard to the trunk, the design is modern and colorful. A long way away from a monotone or a two-toned interior design popularized in its day, the i10 comes in multiple toned designs that are strikingly beautiful.
Powering this compact car is a very efficient 1.0-litre Dual CVVT Kappa, which provides owners with an all-aluminum construction to bring the weight down, so that fuel can be used more efficiently. Transmissions come in both manual and automatic varieties. The manual comes with a robust 5-speed transmission, while the automatic variant ha a 4-speed transmission.
As small as the i10 is, it comes with a height adjustable driver's seat, seatbelt, steering wheel, and a rear headrest to provide the most comfortable ride a subcompact car can offer. A secret compartment under the passenger’s side seat is also provided, so you can keep a few valuables safe on a longer journey.
Apart from being a small car, the i10 has a Rear Parking Assist System (RPAS), which will probably make it the easiest car to park around. New drivers will look like seasoned veterans when parking in tricky spots.
Safety in any car cannot be overlooked, which is why the Hyundai i10 comes with a 13-inch front disc and a 7-inch rear on a 4-channel ABS, so braking in an emergency will definitely be safer. The i10 also boasts a rigid chassis to provide additional protection from intense impacts.