Hyundai i10 – Perfect Hatchback
The i10 is for Hyundai what the Swift is to Maruti or the Nano to Tata Motors- that is, a segment-defining model that turned out to be a game-changer of sorts as it improved the brand’s perception in the minds of Indian buyers.
Introduced in 2007, the i10 succeeded the ageing Santro and also emerged to be a genuinely global offering with the impressive build quality and immense appeal. More than a decade down the line, it still makes for a convincing family hatchback in the used car market, for more reasons than one.
Why you should buy Hyundai i10
- The i10 promises an adequately comfortable ride quality at city speeds, and can thus be termed as an urban-friendly small car in its true sense. Thanks to its diminutive footprint, thin A-pillars and a fairly large glasshouse, the i10 is the perfect tool to drive you through city traffic.
- Coupled with the light steering and the dashboard-mounted gear lever into the mix, the car is overall very user-friendly for the kind of roads that India generally has.
- With a weight of 865kg, the i10 is one of the lightest hatchbacks in its class. Besides, it offers a surprisingly well-built cabin that has stood the test of time.
- So, let’s just say a rattle-free cabin should not be much of a hassle as compared to the likes of an old Maruti Suzuki Swift. These factors should give buyers of pre-owned cars to go for an i10.
Also, note that Hyundai had introduced the i10 with several trim levels and that means one can pick up a used car from a variety of models with additional features, a bigger engine option r even an automatic gearbox.
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However, the most popular version remains the Sportz 1.2 Kappa2 (O) which is equipped with a driver side airbag, audio system with Bluetooth connectivity, steering wheel mounted audio controls, central locking, and power windows as standard.
This version is also accompanied by the 1.2 litre Kappa engine that offers decent pep for daily driving.
Other features of Hyundai i10
The Hyundai i10 despite its good looks, does not seek too much attention. It is also quite contemporary, and seemingly, Hyundai has deliberately toned down its fluidic design. It has a more mature design.
Other features that are sure to impress car-buyers include, rear parking sensors, rear AC vents, electrically foldable and operating ORVMs, push button start stop, 2 Din Audio with 1 GB memory, cooled glove box, etc.
Its superb fuel efficiency (around 11 to 13 kmpl) coupled with great pricing also makes it a value-for-money purchase. Especially in the second-hand car market, you can get a used i10 for around Rs. 2.2-2.5 lakhs.