What did we say in the road test?
It was the first of Hyundai ‘i’ cars to be introduced in the country, which meant a new-generation of cars – machines that were contemporary, well-built, great quality and with universal appeal. The easy performance from the 1086cc 12-valve motor combined with a slick five-speed tranny meant effortless driving. A well-weighted steering allowed for driving precision. Our evaluation of the automatic i10 with the new Kappa motor showed that here was a small car that was a breeze to drive for city-dwellers. And it was not that bad on the highways too, with the extra oomph from the Kappa engine helping matters.
Why is it better than the rest in the segment?
The ‘export quality’ of the i10 makes all the difference; it’s a well-engineered car that’s at home in India as well as any other developed country. Now that’s saying a lot. It was our Car Of The Year 2008 too.
Where did we drive it?
Our initial drive was a 600-km stretch on the deserted roads of Rajasthan. We did several comparisons in and around Mumbai, and the automatic went with us to Pune and back. We drove the Kappa when it was first introduced between Chennai and Pondicherry, and as if to come full circle, it was the same with the new facelifted i10 as well.
What do we like the most about it?
The i10 came as a breath of fresh air in the small car segment populated by Suzukis. It still is, especially after the comprehensive facelift.
One thing we would like to change in it
Hyundai makes some breezy diesel motors. How about one of those in the i10?