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The new i10 keeps the low costs and long warranty of the earlier car, but with a jump in quality

NOT every Business Car Manager reader spends a lifetime on the M4 motorway or picking up multiple overpriced takeaway coffees on the move. 

No, some readers will find themselves in the city instead and for them, a new Hyundai i10 is about to hit the streets.

Since its launch in 2008 the Hyundai i10 has been a popular car in the UK and was one of the major beneficiaries of the Scrappage scheme in 2010. Just look at the number of red, base-spec i10s you see on the road.

Company car tax for the new i10s will be less than £20 a month

The all-new Hyundai i10 – or new generation i10 as Hyundai likes to call it – has sharpened up its act with a host of improvements, and yet it still manages to retain its entry-level £8345 price tag.

Two petrol engines are available, both of which offer improved efficiency and performance compared with the current i10. The 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder engine offers 65bhp, with maximum power arriving further down the revs range than before, making it perfectly suited to city driving.

The 1.2-litre, 4-cylinder 86bhp unit offers improved performance but at the expense of fuel economy.

And talking of trade offs, historically the Hyundai i10 has put value and reliability above anything else – a car you’d buy with your head rather than your heart. The high level of standard specification and Hyundai’s excellent five-year warranty were perhaps the chief reasons you’d opt for an i10 and not something a little more European.

But all that could change with the new i10. 

The warranty is still there, but the new car looks far more appealing. It’s still unmistakably an i10, but it’s as though it has spent a weekend at a luxury health spa and has come back looking radiant. Premium, even. Maybe just the thing if you’re looking for a stylish office runabout or pool car.

It’s not just for show either. Underneath that buff and chiselled exterior lies a body that now uses 29.2% high-tensile steel, not only making it stronger, but also – as Hyundai claims – significantly better when it comes to noise, vibration and harshness.

Sound deadening  has been improved, there are new door seals and revised mirrors – a host of small changes which should make a significant difference.

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