After the huge success of the Hyundai Santro and Santro Xing, it was only time that the company came out with another small car, the Hyundai i10. The Hyundai i10 was a strong comeback by the company to rope in not only the Hyundai loyalists but also cater to a larger audience. Hyundai i10 is positioned at the lower end of Hyundai’s hatchback subcompact range. The Hyundai i10 was launched in October 2007, replacing the Hyundai Atos also known as the Santro in some markets.
The development for the Hyundai i10 concept was code-named Hyundai PA. The Hyundai i10 targeted primarily at the Indian market and intended for production in India, given the popularity of hatchback subcompacts in the country. The Hyundai i10 is produced in India at Hyundai India Chennai plant for the domestic and export markets.
The Hyundai i10 modified has a large gaping air-dam, pulled-back headlamps, chrome-lined grill, integrated clear lens fog lamps, a bonnet that has a clam shell hint and a rear window with an upswept kink. The Hyundai i10 tailgate has a chrome-lined boot-release handle and an integrated roof spoiler on the top- end versions. Overall length (3565 mm) and wheelbase (2380 mm) of the Hyundai i10 are identical to the Santro with slightly more interior space; ergonomic design was intended to accommodate tall drivers and increasing rear knee room.
The Hyundai i10 interior otherwise is a congenial place to be in. Colour coded bumpers and side moldings are complemented by an interior featuring chrome finishes, fresh colors and fabrics and blue dash illumination, while USB connections are standard across the Hyundai range. The Hyundai i10 interior has plastic dash housing with an optional integrated stereo.
Beneath its stylish looks and fluidic design lie clever technologies that deliver superb economy, enabling the Hyundai i10 modified to take urban driving in its stride. The Hyundai engine is essentially the same 1.1-litre unit that powers the Getz 1.1 too and is a beefed-up unit of the trusted Santro, albeit with slightly more power which is now peak-rated at 67 horses with iRDE pasted on top of it. Hyundai i10 is not as fast off the line as its smaller sibling, Santro, but it performs admiringly to dismiss the run to a hundred clicks in 14.5 seconds.
Santro is at one end of the spectrum, Getz on the other end, and Hyundai i10 sits between the two as far as placing the product in the segment is concerned. Managing 16.8kmpl on the highway, the Hyundai i10 lay rubber on 12.3 kilometers of road before emptying the fuel tank further by one liter when while running in the city.
Hyundai i10 Competitors
The variants of Hyundai i10 that are available in India include Asta, Asta w/Sun Roof, D-lite, Era, Magna (O) with Sun Roof and Sportz. The Hyundai i10 India price is around Rs 4 lakhs and comes in colours like Crystal White, Stone Black, Oyster Grey, Virtual Yellow, Electric Red, Deep-ocean Blue, Champagne Gold, Blushing Red, Sleek White and Alpine Blue. The Hyundai i10 competes with the likes of Maruti Suzuki Wagon R and Tata Indica Xeta while the Maruti Suzuki A-star now also competes for attention in the automatic transmission.
The hatch is a small car with a fully loaded package, the Hyundai review says the i10 provides more space and is quicker than its counterparts; also it is the only car which has an automatic variant in the segment. The Hyundai i10 is a quality choice for those who enjoy riding their cars.
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