Hyundai gives the little i10 a refresh

Better looks, more tech
by Gerard Jude Castillo | Sep 1, 2016

The Hyundai i10 is a car that doesn’t make you feel like you bought a bargain-basement model despite its size. Since the first generation came out in 2008, it has given motorists a no-frills yet stylish package for the everyday commute.

Now, Hyundai has come out with a refreshed version of the Mark II iteration. This time, though, it puts a bit more style and a lot more tech into the mix. The front end, for instance, now features the signature cascading grille. The new fascia is set to become the face of the company and signals a bold step for this little hatch. It also comes with foglamps front and rear, a revised body side molding, and stylish 14-inch alloy wheels. The overall appearance is a lot more premium.

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Moving inside, the cabin gets a host of new colors. Customers can choose between the standard shade of red, or go with hues of blue, orange, or beige. All the choices reflect the youthful vibe this car is trying to project.

Apart from the vibrant interior packaging, the new Hyundai i10 receives a tech-savvy infotainment system. The seven-inch touchscreen boasts navigation, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for seamless device connectivity. The aforementioned nav system comes with a seven-year free subscription to Live services, providing users with real-time traffic, weather, and other updates.

Safety is also part of the i10’s suite of new goodies. Front collision and lane departure warning systems help avoid accidents, and keep occupants and pedestrians out of harm’s way. Plus, niceties like automatic climate control, and heated seats and steering wheel are just some of the many convenience features on offer.

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The new Hyundai i10 is powered by either a 1.0- or 1.25-liter gasoline engine paired with a choice of a six-speed manual or four-speed auto. There is even a 1.0-liter Liquified Petroleum Gas motor for the green-minded motorist. While it is only available in Europe at this time, we’re sure Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. will bring it in eventually. 


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