Monday, 22 May 2017

Ten Cars For The Young Professional

So you’ve finished school, college or university and got yourself a new job? The only problem is you are still driving that old banger you’ve had since you were seventeen! You can’t pick up colleagues and clients in that thing, it’s time to be a real adult and get yourself something a little more fitting to your new role. You are officially a young professional.
The problem now is which one to choose? You want something that looks nice and professional without being boring, after all, you still have to look at it every day! It should have a nice interior, it doesn’t need all the bells and whistles but it should at least be a pleasant and comfortable place for yourself and others to sit. You need it to be reliable, something that many forget about. You won’t keep that fancy new job of yours for very long if you keep arriving late because your car won’t start now will you? You may have to travel long distances for work, your car needs to be able to deal with those long drives comfortably so it will need to have a decent amount of power too.
Many of you will be tempted by whatever the latest hatchback is, let me just stop you right there. Hatchbacks are great, in fact there are many of them on this list but remember this isn’t your first car anymore. Provided you haven’t been a vehicular menace for the last few years, your insurance shouldn’t be costing you thousands of pounds anymore and as a result you can actually think about getting a larger, more powerful and luxurious vehicle! Interested now? I thought so.
Remember you don’t need to have saved up all the money for one of these. Creditplus is your friend and while financing may not have been available when you first started driving, it probably is now. As long as you’ve been registered on the electoral role for a few years and kept up to date on any credit card or loan payments you should be just fine getting finance on the vehicle you want.

1. Audi A3

The Audi A3 is a staple for many new professionals; few other cars combine the practicality of a small car with the looks and luxury of larger vehicles.
The A3 is a great alternative for those set on buying a Golf, a similar price and performance level but will hold its value far better when it comes time to move on.
As you would expect from one of the German big three it’s very well built and the interior is a great place to sit, perfect if you need to pick up those clients or new colleagues of yours. All of the engine options are strong and a choice of suspension set ups allow you to pick a car that works best for your driving needs. You may be surprised as the prices you can pick these up for second hand.

2. Mini Cooper

You can’t go anywhere without seeing a Mini Cooper at some point and there is good reason for that, they are great cars. While they may not be so mini anymore, you will feel the benefit of all that extra space in the cabin.
The Mini has grown up since it’s original days and is now a great driving, well equipped and comfortable car to be in. While they certainly aren’t cheap brand new, the saturation of the market has made these very easy to pick up second hand for a reasonable price.

3. Ford Mondeo

You may not have thought of a Mondeo and I can understand why. The Mondeo you probably knew growing up was a pretty drab affair and not particularly easy on the eyes either. However, take a look at what they look like now.
That is a good looking car by anyone’s standards. I’m not saying they look like Aston Martins but they kinda do, that front end looks very familiar and it really is a smart looking vehicle all around.
This might not be one for you city dwellers as it is obviously a larger car than the hatchbacks you are used to but for those who might be doing some serious miles, this would be a great choice. The ride quality is really good and Ford’s efforts in the refinement department don’t go unnoticed. The interior is a nice place to be, while it doesn’t quite stack up to the luxury brands it certainly doesn’t feel cheap, also improved sound dampening removes almost all outside noise. It even has a fancy 8-inch screen infotainment system for all your gadgety needs. All that for extremely reasonable prices.

4. Vauxhall Insignia

Another saloon now and yes you really can get a proper saloon for your second car. You probably weren’t expecting to see this one on the list either. The Vauxhall Insignia has the size and luxury looks of much more expensive cars but a fraction of the price. If you want to make an impact and look professional at work, this would be a good way to go about it.
The Insignia is particularly popular with companies who buy them for company cars and there is a reason for that. They are great value, they look smart and they handle long distance driving without any problem at all. The ride comfort and refinement are excellent, however that softer suspension means you won’t be winning many races, but that’s not what this car is about. It’s about professionalism on a budget and it hits that nail right on the head. The interior is great, you can have it with or without leather and even the base model comes very well kitted out. Definitely worth considering.

5. Fiat 500

The Fiat 500 has come a long way from its origins, conceived way-back-when as an alternative to the scooter would you believe it? Like the Mini and Beetle it was built as a cheap car for the masses but take a look at one now and you will find a whole lot of style and luxury for a very affordable price.
This car will be perfect for all you city dwellers, the small size will make it ideal for city driving and fitting into those little parking spaces. It comes with a few different engine choices, the standard being a 1.2 petrol which is more than enough for the average driver, being such a small car. If you are mainly doing city driving then the 0.9 litre twinair might be the choice for you. Also you won’t have to pay the London congestion charge, a nice little bonus! The cabin is a nice place to be, nothing too fancy and it doesn’t have a lot of the toys some of the other cars on this list have. You’ll get CD/MP3 and air-con standard but things like Bluetooth connectivity only come with the higher trim levels.

6. Citroen DS3

The Citroen DS3 is a fantastic car, it was voted ‘2010 Car of the Year’ by Top Gear magazine, yes that’s right, car of the year. It also came first four years in a row in the supermini category of the JD Power Satisfaction Survey UK. Those are some pretty high accolades and would be silly to ignore them.
DS is Citroens premium sub-brand and it means Distinctive Style, and you get shed loads of that with the DS3. It’s a very quirky and stylish car, certain to turn some heads and impress in the company car park. Every engine option that comes with the DS3 is considered strong by reviewers, no matter which you choose you will have an enjoyable driving experience. The DS3 well equipped even as base model with electric windows, cruise control, daytime running lights and central locking. The car looks young and funky but reserved enough for the serious professional, which is what you are!

7. Lexus IS

Surprise! A wild Lexus appears! I bet you hadn’t even considered something like this, don’t lie to me either, I know you hadn’t. I’m not saying you are going to get a new one of these, particularly the brand spanking new 2015 model, unless you are a very professional new professional. You can, however, pick one of these up second hand for not an absurd amount of money. This is because everyone is obsesses with German cars at the moment and the second hand market for luxury Japanese cars isn’t in such high demand so bargains can be had and you get a lot for your money because it isn't one of those big German three.
These were made as a direct contender for the BMW 3 series and Audi A4s but you can get yourself a good quality second hand one for much less than you would get a similar condition one of the others. Lexus are renowned for their quality and the styling means it wouldn’t look out of place anywhere, certainly looks professional and stylish enough for picking up even high profile clients or colleagues. Also your friends will probably think you’re doing better than you actually are if you drive a Lexus and who doesn’t want that?! They come with loads of kit: suede seats, cruise control, climate control, headlight washers, front fog lights, keyless entry and 17-inch alloys are all standard. Also, check out that interior. That is a pretty interior.

8. Mazda 3

The Mazda 3 is an excellent all around car, a great hatchback but also big enough to worry some of the saloons on this list. It looks great, good enough for you to look back at after you’ve parked it yet refined enough so that your colleagues will know you mean business.
The petrol engines are nothing to write home about but they certainly do the job, albeit with a bit of noise. The 148hp diesel, however, will pull you along nicely and is all the power you need for any motorway driving you will be doing. The nice thing about the Mazda 3 is the fact that they know they needed to price the 3 to be competitive. Which means they heavily undercut rivals like the VW Golf, that means second hand prices are a steal. Quality hasn’t always been Mazda’s strong suit but they’ve upped their game here and the 3 has a nice feeling cabin and it’s got a smart infotainment system too. 16-inch alloys, air-con, Bluetooth, USB connectivity and steering wheels stereo controls are standard so why even bother spending more on higher trim levels, there’s no point.

9. Seat Leon

The Seat Leon is one of my personal favourites on this list, you might notice that the Golf is lacking from this list, well that’s partly down to this car (and the A3). As Seat is part of the VAG group (they make VW’s) this car uses the same platform as the Golf, same deal with the A3. The Seat Leon is something a bit different, you can’t drive 100 metres down the road without seeing a Golf of some variety, the Leon offers a bit of variety, something a little bit different and I think that’s important for the new professional. To stand out.
The Leon comes with a range of engines to choose from, including a great diesel for those of you with fuel economy in mind, it comes very close to Golf Bluemotion territory in terms of MPG. The Leon also looks great, it nicely fills the gap between the executive looking A3 and the quite reserved style of the Golf, a little more flair to make you stand out. There’s plenty of room inside for those pesky colleagues of yours we keep talking about and as it’s from the VW group you know the interior is gong to be nice. Everything feels well made and is finished nicely, also there is a swanky touch screen system which is a breeze to use. The entry level model comes with that nice touch screen, air con and Bluetooth which is probably enough for most. The SE spec comes with a few extra bits, electronic lock differential for examples, front fog lights and some interior touches. The higher spec models start getting expensive and really cater more toward performance than comfort. All round a really great car.

10. BMW 1 Series

Most people head straight in for the financed BMW 3 Series when thinking early BMW purchase and indeed it’s a fantastic car and our best seller. Let me me just give you an alternative option though, the 1 Series. First of all, the 3 series is a big car, do you need that much car right now? The 1 Series offers the same prestige you get with the badge, the same luxury interior and looks but for a lot less and you simply may not have the money for a 3 series right now. Don’t worry you can always get one a year or two, save that money to buy flowers for your mum! Anyway, the smallest 114i is the smallest engine they offer and should be more than enough, however there is always the 116i or 124i if you fancy a bit more power and quite frankly you don’t need the 135i, it’s expensive, don’t be silly.
Obviously as a BMW, it’s going to cost a bit more than some on this list, however these have been in production a while now so second hand ones aren’t exactly hard to come by and are very reasonably priced and easily financed. The 1 Series is a bit of a Martmite car, people either love the styling or they hate it, personally I quite like it. However, if you are one of the many who doesn’t like it then take a look at the coupe version above. It is essentially just a smaller 3 series, very nice looking and bound to turn some heads. The entry level 1 series is a bit sparse on accessories however the interior is as you would imagine, lots of leather and metal, it feels well made too. You get alloy wheels, DAB digital radio and satnav as standard, we might suggest getting a slightly better optioned one though. All in all though, you can’t argue with the badge and build quality, the 1 series means business and that’s what you want.
Those are my suggestions then, I hope they’ve been useful. There are some really great cars in this list and some that seem to get overlooked a lot just because they aren’t what is super popular right now. A sensible buyer considers all of the options when buying a car and doesn’t just decide based on what everyone else is driving!
Take a look at the variety of Hyundai models offered by Group1 Hyundai or take a test drive in a Hyundai - enquire from a Hyundai dealership near you!
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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Hyundai Creta long term review, first report

The high-in-demand Creta has been handling some heavy tasks in its very first month.

Moving is a painful exercise, but it forced me to wade through the sea of nonsense – primarily knick-knacks and gear – that I had accumulated over the years as an auto professional. Despite my initial resistance, I eventually started filtering the must-haves from the must-nots and after much heavy-hearted siphoning, my pool of must-haves could have easily been confused by my wife as the recipe for a motorcycle garage sale.
In preparation for the relocation, I had sought help from our long-term Hyundai Creta stationed at the Mumbai office. While picking it up, I was once again pleasantly taken aback by its reassuring and robust air. This might be an urban SUV, but it does stand above the jumped-up hatchback brigade. As I wiggled through the city, I was glad that the SUV-ness extends to more than just its looks, a point highlighted at the Vashi toll naka. Sitting a head above almost everything else on the road does help relieve the stress of driving remarkably. The urban SUV capabilities are really well executed too, because its light clutch and refined engine makes driving in stop-go traffic all the more easier. The Hyundai Creta rolled over Mumbai’s patchwork roads effortlessly and sailed over the new flyovers – the city’s only saving grace – one after the other as we weaved our way out of the city and headed towards Pune.

The second we hit the expressway, I switched into home stretch mode and even though traffic is quite heavy nowadays, driving on the expressway is easy and relaxing. The six-speed gearbox coupled with the engine’s straightforward power delivery helped me breeze through traffic on the expressway. The Creta’s quiet cabin and fuel-sipping nature makes it feel like a very long-legged companion. Its suspension is surely one of the best tuned set-ups from Hyundai, but as I drove over uneven concrete, I knew that Hyundai has to get the finer details in wheel control ironed out too. The only other errant bit was the sun visor, which rotated freely in its socket. Hmph! As night fell, one other thing that became clear was that the headlamps just weren’t illuminating the road ahead as brightly as you would expect from a car of this class.

Next morning, as I heaved boxes, bags, boots, ovens and small furnishings towards the Creta, I wondered how many round trips this would take. Boot flipped open and the rear bench folded down, the Creta was ready for the challenge. The wide opening doors and the inviting space within the cabin made it easy to load some of the furniture and pack in much of my stuff. Tyres, unassembled furniture, helmets, leftovers rolled up in bedsheets and lots more, all found their place into the Creta’s boot. I must have saved on one trip for sure. Off-loading the luggage was just as easy, and then it seemed like the hard part was, of course, heading back to Mumbai to hand over the Creta back to office.

To speak to an expert about the Hyundai Creta, find a reputable Hyundai dealership, such as Group 1 Hyundai, in your area.

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Thursday, 26 January 2017

Hyundai H100: The 1.3 ton workhorse you need for your business

Do you own a business? The Hyundai H100 models are fantastic commercial vehicles. Their versatile and trustworthy performance make them an asset to small businesses. If you are looking for commercial vehicles for sale, there are plenty of reasons to consider the H100.
H100 for sale
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The H100’s Exterior

The ceramic white exterior of the Honda 100 complements its robust design. The H100 for sale expertly combines functionality with style. Its sleek lines form a muscular exterior.
The large windscreen, big headlights and wide front grille create a bold impression on the road. Its commanding exterior design inspires confidence.

A look at the Hyundai H100 interior

The interior provides the driver with comfort and convenience. The layout and features are designed to increase driver efficiency. The better the work environment, the better the performance of your staff. Additional space provides the driver with more room to move.
hyundai h100 interior view
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The console is ergonomically designed so that the driver has everything that they need in easy reach. There is plenty of storage space in the Hyundai H100. A convenient feature of this model is its sunglasses storage compartment. The cup holders are another note-worthy feature. If you are looking for a vehicle with a practical design, then finding a H100 is a good choice.

Payload and Features in the H100 Hyundai

The Hyundai H100 is a powerful workhorse. It is designed to tackle any task or terrain. While it delivers an exceptional performance, it still offers efficient operating costs. Its payload is comparable to that of larger vehicles. Its crew capability is also impressive. It has a dynamic dropside deck.
A note-worthy feature of the H100 for sale is its power steering. The power steering offers both precision and safety. This feature supports the driver and reduces driver fatigue. The steering wheel is height adjustable which contributes to the comfort of the driver.
hyundai h100 for sale
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The Hyundai H100 redefines the light truck category. Its extensive list of features set it apart from the crowd of commercial vehicles on the market today. One of the many reasons to find a Hyundai H100 for sale is its dynamic performance. Its power and tilt steering is another highlight of these vehicles.
All these factors as well as its 2.-litre Diesel engine means that the H100 fares well against its competitors. Its extraordinary performance and design means that it surpasses its competitors with ease.
Customise and Accessorise your H100
You can customise these commercial vehicles for sale from Hyundai with a wide range of accessories. Towbars and bullbars increase its capabilities. The canopy which is available for these models can also come in handy. The H100 accessories mean that you can ensure that your vehicle meets your requirements. The H100 has a 1.3 ton load capacity. It is renowned within its category of vehicles.
h100 accessories
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There are three models available including the Euro ii C/C, Euro II Deck and Euro Deck II A/C.
Find a Hyundai H100 for sale on Truck and Trailer and add a capable 1.3 ton vehicle to your fleet today. Not only does it boast an outstanding performance, it also offers support to your drivers. With so many advantages to owning a Hyundai H100 it is easy to see why these commercial vehicles are so popular. If you are a small business manager or a fleet manager, don’t miss out on this opportunity to improve your business operations.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Hyundai’s Fleet Offerings

Hyundai’s Fleet Offerings

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY (HMC), in partnership with Hyundai Automotive South Africa (Pty) Ltd. (HASA), expanded its local medium commercial vehicle line-up by adding the HD72 medium-duty vehicle to the South African market.

This adds to HASA’s existing commercial vehicle line-up which includes the well-known Bakkie (H100), the Tipper and the Panel Van.

Since the Hyundai Bakkie entered the competitive LCV market in 1997, Hyundai has established itself firmly among small businesses with a need for reliable, versatile transport. The diesel Bakkie took on far more established competitors and proved itself a viable option with a long list of standard benefits.

Now, in addition to the standard Bakkie and the Tipper, Hyundai Trucks has introduced the new HD 72 truck, aimed at  business operators as well as bigger fleet owners in need of a versatile and reliable vehicle to facilitate their daily operations. Its versatile nature and low maintenance make it a useful tool for enhancing the productivity of all businesses in need of a reliable 3.5 ton truck.
The introduction of the HD72 builds on the company’s strong and successful relationship with HASA which has served as HMC’s distributor for passenger cars, sport utility vehicles and light commercial vehicles for the past few years.

Power and reliability

Power and reliability defines the true value of a truck and that is what makes Hyundai trucks so appealing. For the most economical performance, the D4DA 3.9-litre turbocharged intercooled engine with a built in turbo protector produces a maximum output of 114 Kw @ 3200 RPM and displaces 380 NM @ 1800RPM. The result of the inter-cooled engine is a flat torque curve allowing for a better torque range, giving the HD 72 better durability under load, economy and superior performance. All this ensures that it comfortably carries a load capacity of 4180kg.

The bigger picture
While there are currently only four vehicle ranges in the South African Hyundai stable, it is apt to take a look at the world-wide organisation so as to put into perspective the muscle and might behind the brand.

Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Co. has grown into the Hyundai Automotive Group which includes Kia Motors Corp. and over two dozen auto-related subsidiaries and affiliates.
Hyundai motor vehicles are sold in 166 countries through 4 504 dealerships and showrooms. In South Africa, Hyundai commercial vehicles are distributed and serviced through specialized commercial outlets and the current outlets will constantly monitor demand to ensure that any region requiring a dealership or service center is catered for.

Locals benefit
With all this expertise and muscle behind the brand, local South Africa customers benefit greatly in many spheres, not least of which is in the spec of the vehicles. Take, as an example, the safety features on the HD72.

The HD72 truck series is the result of the company’s continuous efforts to produce safer vehicles. The long list of safety advances in the HD72 truck series impresses, with a higher level of protection against frontal and side collisions.

A number of factors contribute to the increase in cab strength and rigidity. Among others, these include the injection of foam into the front pillar cavities and the reinforcement of the roof panel with steel ribs for improved rollover protection. To reduce the risk of fire, interior materials are flame-retarded. Vehicle stability has been enhanced by increasing the front and rear wheel tread distance. A large-capacity brake booster helps improve braking performance by increasing the braking pressure. In addition, a large-capacity vacuum pump increases braking pressure while requiring minimal pedal effort. Drum brake linings are larger for additional friction and better braking performance.
Vehicle stability and control during sudden braking manoeuvres is enhanced by the load sensing proportioning valve which distributes braking force between the front and rear axles in proportion to the cargo weight distribution.
Several solutions were developed in response to the challenge of improving visibility. First, the size of the windscreen was maximized thus improving forward lines of sight. The vertically stacked headlamps cast a stronger beam for better night driving visibility. And long wiper blades increase the glass sweep area. The wiper arms include built-in washers which are more effective in dispersing washer fluid particularly to the outer edges. The wiper control now features an adjustable intermittent setting.

Low noise and vibration
Driver comfort has become more and more important in vehicle design and another example of superior design in the HD72 lies in the attention given to reducing cab noise and vibration. It is well known that noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) are the automotive engineers’ toughest enemies. But Hyundai’s HD72 engineers have brought down NVH to the levels of a passenger car. Impressively low NVH performance figures were attained through a combination of factors including the application of the very latest NVH testing equipment and the use of an electronic cab analysis system.
Significantly large reductions in NVH levels were obtained by removing the roof water drip rails as well as by specifying a moulded door panel instead of the previous welded one. In order to reduce wind noise, the corner vane has been removed and the door opening gap has been reduced to 4.3mm. In addition, triple door seals were applied and more sound deadening material has been installed.
The HD 72 is fully imported as a chassis cab unit thereby giving the customer the opportunity to choose their own locally manufactured body configuration to suit their particular needs.
When you buy a Hyundai, you’re not just buying a ‘truck’. You’re buying into a world-wide network of innovation and expertise with local attention focussed on satisfying the growing band of discerning customers in the South African market for Hyundai Trucks.

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Thursday, 20 October 2016

Review of the 2016 Hyundai Veloster

Want an affordable car that stands out from the crowd? This three-door hatchback might win you over with its distinctive styling, impressive list of available features and reasonable price tag. Ready to learn more about Hyundai's unusual compact hatch?


Lots of features for the money; both engines are reasonably fuel-efficient; three-door styling is unusual and distinctive.


Not as sporty as it looks; has a harsh and noisy ride quality; acceleration is pretty slow with the base engine; despite a third door, rear-seat access and headroom are limited.

What's New for 2016

For the 2016 Hyundai Veloster, a limited-edition turbocharged Rally Edition debuts with Rays wheels, matte blue paint and sportier suspension tuning than the Veloster R-Spec. The Veloster Turbo gets a new seven-speed automated manual transmission and new seats. An upgraded navigation system with HD radio, second-generation Blue Link and Apple Siri Eyes Free integration is available for base and Turbo models.

If your ideal car is one that is small, fuel-efficient and offers great value, a compact hatchback could be the way to go. There are many cars in this class that meet those requirements, and some are even fun to drive. At first glance, the 2016 Hyundai Veloster appears to fit into this subsection, with a wide, low stance and muscular fender flares. But the actual driving experience may leave you wanting.
Certainly, there are some cool aspects to the Veloster. Its unique three-door body style, with the third door on the passenger side, offers easier access to the rear seat than a two-door coupe can. Inside, the Veloster comes with a substantial number of standard features, including a rearview camera, a touchscreen infotainment system and satellite radio, all of which are typically optional extras in this class. Estimated fuel economy is good, too, with both engine and transmission packages hovering around the 30 mpg mark in combined city/highway driving.
But while the Veloster meets the basic requirements of a compact hatchback, it doesn't offer much in the way of excitement. The base engine is extremely slow and the turbocharged engine, while definitely an improvement, is slower than pretty much every hot hatch on the market. The suspension, particularly in the sportier states of tune, transmits a flurry of impacts into the cabin while traveling on rough surfaces. Usually this is a natural byproduct of capable handling, but even around corners the Veloster seems out of place.
While there are no three-door vehicles to compare against the 2016 Hyundai Veloster, there are plenty of two- and four-door rivals to consider. The 2016 Ford Fiesta is one of our favorites, with three engines to choose from, including an extremely satisfying performance-minded ST variant. The 2016 Volkswagen Golf is a bit more expensive, but the cabin has higher-quality materials and the sporty Golf GTI practically invented the "hot hatch" segment. The 2016 Mazda 3 is one of our favorite cars as well, with a 0-60-mph time that beats the Veloster Turbo by a hair; it gets better fuel economy to boot. While the Veloster has some high points, we think most of the competition is more desirable overall.

The One to Buy
The Hyundai Veloster is extremely slow when powered by the standard four-cylinder engine. According to a spokesperson for Group 1 Hyundai in Midrand, as its name suggests, the 2016 Hyundai Veloster Turbo adds a more powerful engine in addition to a variety of luxury features.

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Thursday, 11 August 2016

7 reasons to buy a Hyundai i10

So you ask if the Hyundai i10 is a good car? Yes, here is why:

1. Looks
The previous i10 was a good car, but it looked a little, well, awkward.
That has been rectified in the current model, however: Hyundai’s European design studio has styled a cute little city with a twist of sophistication.
It looks right at home in the modern metropolis, with its hexagonal grille and strip of daytime running lights and should appeal to stylish city dwellers.
2. Equipment
The i10 is a city car, so it’s unreasonable to expect a great of kit as standard, but it’s not exactly barren in there: central locking, electric front windows, CD/tuner/USB and Isofix are standard on all versions and, depending on the trim level you opt for, you can get Bluetooth connectivity with voice recognition, steering wheel controls and LED daytime running lights.
Not bad for under 11 grand.
3. Good to drive
The last i10 was a quite fun to drive, but the new version has reined that in a bit in favour of a more consistent experience.
There’s plenty of grip, it feels well balanced and the steering is light, but just as it should be for a city car (making it easier to turn and park in tight spaces).
4. Comfortable
The i10 might be a compact city car, but it’s surprisingly spacious inside, with adults even to fit in the rear without too much contortion.
The occupants aren’t discomforted too much, either, by the ride: the car copes well with the speed humps in town and even manages to remain stable out on faster roads alongside larger vehicles.
5. Cheap to run
The two petrol engines – a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder and a four-cylinder 1.2 – are not exactly the most powerful you’ll ever control, but the upside is that official consumption figures of 60.1 and 57.6mpg will mean visits to the filling station won’t be too regular.
CO2 emissions of 108g/km and 114g/km also mean vehicle excise duty also won’t break the bank.
Then when you factor in insurance groups of 1 to 4, the i10 makes a strong case for one of the cheapest cars to run on the road today.
6. Reliability
Hyundai i10 warranty offers a five-year, unlimited mileage warranty, plus five years of roadside assistance and five years of annual vehicle health checks, so it’s confident that owners are not going to be clogging up its dealership service centres with problems.
Results of recent customer satisfaction surveys also suggest that owners are happy with the day-to-day running of their cars – and that’s always a good sign.
7. Holds its value
The i10 really started to make serious inroads into the city car market during the scrappage scheme a few years ago and despite its greater availability since then, second-hand values have remained strong.
The blend of reliability and low running costs make it particularly appealing to young drivers looking for a first car, so when you come to sell yours, you should be able to get a decent price for it.
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