i10 is a popular Hatchback car produced by the Korean car maker Hyundai Motor Company. The car was first launched in October 2007 in India and in 2008 in the UK market. In India the car produced at Hyundai’s Chennai plant for domestic as well as for export in the international market.
Ever since its launch the car has won several awards and accolades like ‘Indian car of the year Award 2208’, ‘Car of the Year’ BS Motoring, ‘Car of the Year’ by CNBC TV 18 Autocar , `Compact Car of the Year` by NDTV Profit Car & Bike Awards, `Car of the Year` by NDTV Profit Car & Bike Awards and `Car of the Year` by Overdrive Awards. The car is competing with the likes of Maruti A-Star, Ritz, WagonR, Tata Indica Vista, Honda Brio and Ford Figo.
Hyundai i10 is available in 2 engine options namely 1.1 L IRDE engine and 1.2 L Kappa engine. The iRDE2 1.1 SOHC 5 Speed Manual with 4 cylinders and 12 valves has a displacement of 1086 cc and can churn out maximum power of 69 PS @5500 rpm and maximum torque of 10.1 kg.m @4500 rpm. The Kappa 2 1.2 VTVT 5 Speed Manual and Kappa 2 1.2 VTVT 4 Speed Automatic engine comes with 4 cylinders and 16 valves. The engine has a displacement of 1197 cc and can churn out maximum power of 80 PS @6000 rpm and maximum torque of 11.4 kg.m @4000 rpm. Hyundai has also introduced the 1.1 Era and 1.1 Magna LPG variant with eco-friendly ‘Blue Drive’ technology. The Hyundai i10 1.1 L IRDE engine delivers a mileage of around 14 kmpl in city and 19.8 kmpl on the highways. The 1.2 L Kappa engine with 5 speed manual transmissions can deliver fuel efficiency of 15.5 kmpl in the city road conditions and 19.2 kmpl on the highways while the automatic transmission engine can deliver a mileage of 15.4 kmpl on city roads and 20.3 kmpl on the highways.
In terms of exterior look, the next-gen i10 really looks very daunting. With the chrome grille section, the long and slanting wrap around clear headlamps imparts the front has with an aggressive and stylish look. On the roof, the vehicle has a sporty looking micro roof antenna and an electric Sunroof that can slides forward/backward & tilts up with the touch of a button for fresh air & natural light inside the cabin when desired. On the side, the i10 has outside rear view mirrors with turn indicators on it. The new design full wheelcover adds to the aesthetics of overall side profile. Moving on to the rear, the vehicle sports a rear spoiler with high mounted stop lamp that lends it a sporty stance and at the same time augments aerodynamics. The rear combination lamps have a sleek and elongated design. The rear bumper design along with the i10 body colour insert moldings which prevents scratches gives a feeling of strength and imparts an added appeal.
The inside of the i10 has a 2 tone beige and brown interior that gives a feeling of a smart interior. The car can adjust 5 people though it may sometimes feel to be a bit squeezed depending upon the person. The driver’s seat height can be adjusted as per the convenience. The front as well as rear has a good legroom and headroom while in the rear it is just decent. The seats have ergonomically designed single unit backrest and headrest that provides enhanced comfort and for back and neck. The two tone dashboard looks quite good and houses features like 2-din audio having Aux-in provision for playing i-pods, Radio, CD and MP3 & digital clock, air condition controls & vents, a glove box etc. The 3-spoke power steering wheels can be tilted and have mounted audio and bluetooth controls that ensures comfortable music listening and call handling while driving. The instrument panel has a blue illumination and consists of gear shift indicator (M/T only), tachometer (Petrol only), electronic petrol fuel indicator, electronic tripmeter & odometer, digital clock on audio display, low fuel warning lamp, door & tailgate ajar warning, driver seat belt warning, ignition key reminder and battery saver. Some of the other features of the car include internally adjustable outside mirrors, electrically adjustable outside mirrors, front power windows, rear power windows, driver side front power window with autodown & illumination, intermittent front wiper & washer, rear wiper & washer, rear defogger, passenger vanity mirror, driver vanity mirror, luggage compartment lamp etc.
In terms of safety, the i10 consists of front fog lamps, inside rear view mirror (day & night), central locking (5 doors), foldable key, keyless entry with burglar alarm, seatbelt pretensioners, ABS, dual airbags, reverse parking sensor, engine immobilizer and impact sensing auto door unlocking.
Overall, the i10 is a good choice over its other competitors. The vehicle scores well over its competitors in terms of style and average mileage in a lower cost.