- Generous levels of space and equipment deliver value beyond expectation
- Lowest-in-class noise levels enhance comfort offered by roomy interior
- Perceived quality levels at level expected of B-segment cars
- New Generation i10, now one of the largest models in the A-segment, offers a greater number of comfort features and additional space for a more pleasurable environment for all occupants.
First, the enlarged wheelbase of New Generation i10 (up 5 mm to 2385 mm) allows for a longer, wider bodyshell, which gives way to one of the roomiest cabins in its class. Further cabin space has been created by moving the car’s gearbox forward by 25 mm.
Front seat occupants can enjoy 40 mm more legroom, which stands at a generous 1070 mm, as well as 16 mm additional shoulder room (1306 mm) and a class-leading 1008 mm of headroom.
Trunk capacity is boosted by 12% to a class-leading 252 litres (a 27-litre increase over its predecessor), easily accessed by the wide-opening tailgate. The rear seats fold 60:40, yielding a useful 1046 litres of storage space, accessed by one of the widest trunk openings (920 mm) in the A-segment. Uniquely for an A-segment car, all four doors can each hold a large-capacity bottle (1,0-litre size in the front doors; 0,6-litre in the rear doors); drinks holders positioned immediately rearward of the gear lever further boost New Generation i10’s functionality.
Results showed that customer clinic participants placed New Generation i10 ahead of key segment rivals in terms of both comfort and functionality, with 70% rating the car highly for ease of access and front seat roominess.
The bodyshell of New Generation i10 is stiffer, thanks to the use of high-tensile steel, tailored blanks, reinforcing loops and additional bracing, with torsional rigidity increased by 27% over its predecessor. High-tensile steel forms 29,2% of the body structure of New Generation i10 – a huge increase over the 9% utilised in Original i10. The firm underpinnings not only improve the car’s impact-resistance, but yield significant improvements in noise, vibration and harshness (NVH).
Other NVH counter-measures include larger hydraulic mountings for the engine, a triple-layer dashboard bulkhead with sound-deadening panel, dual door sealing strips, and two measures to reduce wind noise – careful refinement of the shape of the door mirror mounts and moving the radio antenna towards the rear of the roof. The results of the measures are impressive, with noise levels as low as 38 decibels (dB) at idle and 65 dB on rough surfaces – noticeably below those of key rivals.
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Reducing NVH levels can easily lead to increased weight, especially in the A-segment. Our focus for New Generation was therefore to use lighter materials and reduce NVH levels at source.Stefan MayManager, Vehicle Test & Development, Total Vehicle Evaluation, Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Centre
Generous standard equipment from the segment above
Hyundai continues to lead the way in new technology democratisation among global automakers, appointing New Generation i10 with features and equipment usually found in B- or C-segment cars. More luxurious equipment available includes steering wheel-mounted cruise control with adjustable speed limiter, heated leather steering wheel and front seats, hill assist control, Smart key with engine start/stop button, LED running lights, as well as full automatic climate control.
Mid-specification models, anticipated to be the best-sellers across Europe, include features that customers will value highly, such as front and rear power windows, remote central locking and height adjustable driver’s seat.
Even base models feature a generous standard of specification, including central locking, trip computer, daytime running lights and a full complement of active and passive safety equipment.
New Generation i10’s ‘true value’ proposition is expected to result in buyers moving towards higher trim lines, with as many as 87% expected to opt for cars in medium and high trim.
High levels of craftsmanship
Hyundai’s engineers and designers have worked hard to ensure that levels of craftsmanship found in New Generation i10 equal or exceed those typically found in B-segment cars. High-quality materials, the careful selection of colours and a thorough attention to detail leave occupants with a feeling of well-being – confirmed by customer clinic participants who found the illumination of the instruments and the design of the steering wheel, dashboard and centre console especially appealing.
The cabin of New Generation i10 contains no exposed metal, enhancing the impression of comfort and perceived quality. The full-width colour below-dashboard insert and matching trim add further sophistication to the cabin ambience. Attention to detail can be seen throughout – such as the multi-button power window cluster, damped centre console storage box and the fully adjustable, cloth covered front head restraints.
Hyundai’s perceived quality team was created to make sure that Hyundai models leave drivers and passengers with a lasting impression of high quality, and played a vital role in the development of New Generation i10.
The team ensured that controls feel substantial yet operating forces are in line with ergonomic ideals; that surfaces of the instrument panel and touch-points in and around the car look and feel refined, with screw heads concealed or covered in key places such as around the interior door handles; and that contact points are free of lines or contours that may detract from the high-quality feel. New Generation i10 leaves drivers and passengers with. The team also made sure that all instruments and controls were easy to reach and intuitively-placed for European drivers.