Forecourt Update: Hyundai i10 S
Hyundai's Entry Level City Car
What Is it?
The Hyundai i10 S is the lowest cost, entry level, version of the manufacturer's city class vehicle. Its purpose is to be a practical town car, so - unlike some rivals - it has 5 doors to make access to the rear of the cabin straightforward. Cargo capacity is 252-litres rising to 1,046-litres when the rear seats are folded flat. Such figures are class competitive and the seats split 60/40.
What Engine Does It Have?
Power comes via a 1.0-litre, 66PS, petrol engine that is teamed to 5-speed manual transmission. 0-62mph takes 14.9 seconds and top speed is 96mph. This 3-cylinder averages 60.1mpg rising to 70.6mpg on the extra-urban cycle. In town it hits 47.1mpg. Carbon emissions are 108g/km which equates to Road Tax Band B. This ensures it can be taxed for free in year 1, then £20 thereafter (current rates).
What Equipment Does It Have?
The i10 S specification is for those that like the basics. It has: power steering, electric front windows, trip computer, 2 speakers, radio/CD/MP3 player, daytime running lights and central locking.
Anything Else I Need To Know?
Despite its entry-level status, this city car has a wide range of safety features. Euro NCAP – the independent body that assesses vehicle safety – awarded it 4 out of 5 stars. The safety rating relates to the range in its entirety not the S trim specifically.
New i10 S features include the electronic stability programme that helps maintain a safe line through corners. It monitors the wheels then – if a tyre loses traction and starts to push the vehicle offline – brakes whichever corner is necessary to force it back.
This trim also has anti-lock brakes that reduce the chance of it skidding on (say) a wet road. It complements brake assist that provides extra power should the driver need to stop in a hurry.
It has a tyre pressure monitor too. If a tyre is low on air – perhaps because it has a puncture - the driver is warned via a light on the dashboard. The S also has a front/rear seatbelt reminder system, plus a range of airbags. If a child seat has to be placed into the front of the vehicle, the front passenger airbag can be switched-off to prevent it hurting the infant if deployed.
How Much Is It?
The Hyundai i10 S costs from £8,705 on the road. The price includes a 5 year, unlimited mileage, manufacturer warranty that can transferred to all subsequent owners should the vehicle be sold.