Road test: Hyundai i10 Blue
The Hyundai i10's recent success is mostly the result of the Government's Scrappage Scheme, it now boasts a new look and a green, sub 100g/km Blue version.
But is there more to this supermini than great economy figures? I spent a week with what could be the most affordable five-seat car to be under the magic 100g/km emmissions figure, the £9,195 Hyundai i10 Blue to find out.
The current car dates back to 2008, but this is the first mild re-fresh. At the front, there are new lights, family grille, plus a reprofiled front bumper, grille and bonnet.
There are no changes at the the side of the i10, with just a new set of rear light clusters and a subtle rear lip spoiler completing the light make-over.
Our test car was fitted with one of two new engines available for the i10, the new 68bhp 1.0-litre which has an Eco Drive indicator telling you the most efficient time to change gear and Hyundai's ISG stop-start system. With emissions of 99g/km and 67.3mpg fuel consumption figures, this car is going to be very cost-effective to run.
The i10's steering is light with a plenty of feel and along with its small dimensions, parking is a doddle. It's fine on the motorway too.
With its low-rolling restance tyres lacking grip and soft suspension, the i10 Blue rolls a lot in corners. It's still fun to drive though as the handling can be adjusted by the throttle. The i10's ride is suprisingly grown-up for what is a city-car, even if the green tyres equal more road noise.
Inside the i10 Blue feels a bit basic, but in a rugged solidly-built way. Overall, the i10 Blue's cabin isn't quite up to European rivals, but it's certainly not far off.
The 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine is surprisingly smooth and sounds enthusiastic. Revving it hard is the way to make the most of what performance is available, but this will hurt the i10 Blue's green credentials.
Working the engine hard also means stiring the light, smooth five-speed manual transmission that proves to be a good combination with the 1.0 litre engine. The i10 Blue is no fireball in the performance department, 60mph comes up in a less than impressive 14.8 seconds and the top speed is just 93mph.
The i10's doors open wide and considering the size, there's actually enough room for lanky six-footers in the back. Sadly, the 225 litre boot is a bit on the small side, but should be big enough for the weekly shop.
The central locking is operated by a key and the wing mirrors are manually adjustable, but the i10 keeps up Hyundai's high-value reputation with air-conditioning, electric front windows and a six-speaker single-CD stereo all as standard.
The standard-fit, six-speaker single-disc CD player with six-speaker sounds good enough and if that's not enough there's a port to play your MP3 player through. A navigation system is available as an accessory.
To sum up, if you're looking for a high-value, grown-up city car that's environmentally aware and good to drive then the i10 Blue is all the car that you need.