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Rating 9 9

2010 Hyundai i10 Kappa2

2nd Feb 2011 8:00 am

With the brilliant Kappa2 engine under the hood, the already superb i10 takes a big step forward and drives itself clean out of the reach of any of its nearest rivals

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  • Make : Hyundai
  • Model : i10

In tune with the step up in performance are the aggressive looks. The smiling front has gone under the knife and it now looks more mature. The larger hexagonal grille mimics Hyundai’s family look, the new headlamps look classy and the front bumper now houses a larger air dam.

The outside rearview mirrors on the top-end variant come with integrated turn indicators and body coloured mouldings. The rear bumper too comes with a body coloured rub strip as compared to the black-coloured one on the old i10. The re-sculpted rear bumper also gets reflectors and parking sensors. The design of the tail-lamps has been tweaked as well, giving it a more angular look.

On the inside, the all-beige interiors are now replaced with a two-tone finish. The dash now sports a dark grey colour and, thanks to the darker shade, it no longer reflects in the front windscreen on sunny days. Otherwise, the design and layout of the cabin are similar to the outgoing car.

We like the way the interiors are still airy, comfortable, well detailed and solidly built. Things like the silver finish on the centre console, top-notch switchgear and precise fit of plastic parts deliver a feel-good factor you wouldn’t expect in this segment.  Front seat comfort is good, with good overall support. The rear seat is just right too with decent amount of space present.

The tall 80 profile tyres are carried over onto this car as well, and bump absorption and ride quality are pretty decent. Large craters do cause some crashing and it does get quite choppy over high speed bumps but otherwise most road irregularities are dealt with silently.

The overall stance, the positive feel from the electric steering system, and the confidence with which the i10 Kappa2 handles and corners also means that you can really have a blast driving this car. That said, the i10 does suffer from relative lack of grip due to the narrow 155 section tyres and the added performance of the Kappa2 engine means you often feel the need for extra grip.
 

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