You’ve seen the Euro-spec second-gen Hyundai i10 before, when it was unveiled at the same time as the Indian-spec Grand i10 last month. We now have more details of the former, and a treasure trove of pictures to go along with it.
On display at the ongoing Frankfurt show, the Turkish-built Hyundai i10 was designed and engineered in Rüsselsheim, Germany, and is the first A-segment Hyundai to be designed, developed and built in Europe.
The city car is 80 mm longer, 65 mm wider and 50 mm lower than the model it succeeds, with a 5-mm longer wheelbase. This means more space inside, as well as a best-in-class 252-litre luggage capacity (fold the back seats down for 1,046 litres).
Exactly how much interior space is there? Front leg, head and shoulder room are 1,070 mm, 1,008 mm and 1,306 mm respectively, while the corresponding figures for the back are 820 mm, 960 mm and 1,301 mm. The boot opening is one of the widest in its class at 920 mm.
The use of high-tensile steel, tailored blanks, reinforcing loops and additional bracing increase torsional rigidity by 27%. Improving NVH are larger hydraulic engine mountings, a triple-layer dashboard bulkhead with sound-deadening panel, and dual door sealing strips, amongst others.
As a result, noise levels are measured at 38 dB at idle and 65 dB on rough surfaces – lower than its key rivals, says the Korean carmaker.
Hyundai has injected the i10 with a dose of its Fluidic Sculpture design language. The result is a vehicle with more presence, sophistication and athleticism, as well as more aerodynamic qualities – the drag coefficient is a low 0.31. There’s a hexagonal grille, side body mouldings, LED DRLs and LED indicator door mirrors (higher trims only).
New seat trim options can be had for the interior. Base variants get a cloth and vinyl mix in beige and black. Mid- and top-spec cars get tricot cloth in blue or orange with woven side panels in black. Woven pattered cloth in red with black leather-like side panels are an option on top-spec variants.
The dashboard trim can be had in red (top spec only), calming blue, vibrant orange or refined beige (base spec only) – and is mirrored by the gear lever surround and door pockets. Making it easier to see out of are a shallower windscreen and thinner A-pillars.
On to equipment – electric power steering, all-round disc brakes and a trip computer are standard across the range. Mid-spec cars get power windows all round and a height-adjustable driver’s seat, while top-spec kit includes cruise control and speed limiter, LED DRLs, heated leather steering wheel, heated front seats, hill assist control, Smart key with engine start/stop button, and auto climate control.
The Hyundai i10′s list of standard safety equipment is impressive, comprising six airbags, seat belt reminders, ABS, EBD, ESC, TPMS and VSM. Emergency Stop Signal and Hill-start Assist Control are optional.
Three dual-CVVT Kappa engines have been announced – a 66 PS/94 Nm 1.0 litre three-cylinder, an 87 PS/120 Nm 1.25 litre four-cylinder and a 67 PS/90 Nm 1.0 litre LPG three-cylinder (1.1 litre Epsilon discontinued). Five-speed manual and four-speed auto ‘boxes are available, with the LPG only getting the manual.
Additionally, a 1.0 litre petrol-engined Hyundai i10 Blue Drive is capable of returning a combined 4.3 litres per 100 km and emitting 98 grams of CO2 per km. It’s equipped with the five-speed manual, a start-stop system and only four seats.
Suspension is taken care of by MacPherson struts with anti-roll bar up front and a coupled torsion beam out back. The setup has been revised to offer better ride comfort and handling, as well as less brake dive.
Depending on the variant, the new Hyundai i10 weighs between 933 and 1,051 kg. Wheels come in 155/70 R13, 175/65 R14 or 185/55 R15 sizes. There are 11 body colours to choose from, including solid, metallic and pearl finishes.