2015 Hyundai i10 | new car review
* Priced extremely well
* Spacious interior for a small car
* Safety features offered
* Poor quality of materials used around the cabin
* Small engine - a 1.2 liter unit
* Dated exterior that has served its life and is due for a change
Simplistic, that’s probably the best way to describe the 2015 Hyundai i10. Being the smallest vehicle in the brand’s line-up, everything from the clam shaped hood to the boot, to the 13 inch steel rims, are all relatively small. The i10 is undeniably a Hyundai with the hexagonal grille up front and we’re glad the surgeons haven’t given it a serious “fluidic sculpture” treatment… yet. Facelifted in 2011, the car looks dated and is due for a change.
For starts, the passenger cabin offers a lot of space for a small car. Next, hard plastics all around coupled with a dated design makes the cabin a boring space to be in. Moreover, the material quality used in general feels below expectations. The two-tone interiors accentuated by a touch of silver at places is a breath of fresh air in what is otherwise a very basic trim inside the car.
The tall design means more headroom than most competitors.
On Safety, the i10 is kitted with 4 channel anti-lock ABS brakes, pre-tensioned seatbelts for the front seats and dual front airbags for the driver and passenger – an impressive feat for a small car – we give Hyundai points for this.
What’s on offer?
A single engine – a 1.2 liter unit compliant with Euro 5 emission norms is offered by Hyundai in the Middle East markets. The unit produces 86 horsepower and 120 Nm of torque. Depending on whether you’ve got an active left foot, the i10 either comes with a 5 speed manual or a 4 speed automatic transmission.
With a price tag of AED 30,900 to AED 34,900, the 2015 Hyundai i10 is significantly cheaper than its rivals. Based solely on its simplicity, low initial and running cost, the i10 is the ideal city runabout for people looking for a car to just transport them from point A to point B. Despite its small size, the Hyundai i10 offers safety features not seen in many cars in its segment.
|Specifications||2015 Hyundai i10|
|Engine/ Cylinders||1.2 litre 4-cyl|
|Max Power |
|86 hp @ 6,000 RPM|
|120 Nm @ 4,000 RPM|
|Tranmission||4 speed automatic / 5 speed manual|
|Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|0-100 km/h||13.8 secs|
|Top speed||160 km/h|
|Price||AED 30,900 - 34,900|