New Hyundai i10 first drive

Tuesday 20 November 2007, 00:00 AM by Nick

Hyundai has launched its latest weapon in the small car segment, the i10. Better known by it’s code name the PA, the i10 was unveiled to the world in Delhi today by none other than Bollywood hero Shahrukh Khan.

An initial first drive of the i10 revealed a car that is clearly a generation ahead of the Santro. Comfort and refinement levels are higher, the dashboard looks modern and well equipped and ride comfort for both front and rear passengers is much improved. The i10 also displayed much better stability at high speeds; due to it’s stiff modern body structure.

In other areas the i10 is similar in character to the very successful Santro. The motor feels peppy, the steering is direct and quick to respond and the car feels well engineered and put together. It is powered by a re-worked version of the Santro engine 1.1-litre, the same 66bhp version of the motor that powers the larger Getz hatch.

It will be sold in three variants with the base version costing Rs 3.55 lakh and the top-end Magna O with sunroof costing 5.18 lakh (both ex-showroom, Mumbai). Available in a choice of ten colours all variants boast of beige interiors. A highlight of the interiors is the console mounted gearshift, which liberates decent space in the cabin. Safety equipment like airbags and ABS is available on the top variant. And there is an automatic gearbox equipped version on sale as well. Hyundai also offer an optional sunroof, making it the first small car to have this feature.

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