The new i10 now comes with a more powerful engine. The new 1.25 liter Kappa engine comes with 77 horses which is 11 horses more than its predecessor and 119Nm of torque, which is 20Nm more than the previous model that comes with the previous Epsilon 1.1 liter engine. At the moment, Hyundai Sime Darby is still selling the previous version and the new Kappa version will surely give those thinking of buying a compact car something to think about.
This would be one of the few models out there which has a decimal point in the engine configuration and in its name where this car is known for its quality in driving. As compared to its more established competitor, the Perodua Viva, it comes with a slightly shorter (10mm) wheelbase while being an A-segment car, it is quite spacious when seated 4 passengers. Sold for RM49,668 for the standard specifications model, you can opt for the higher version which costs RM52,688. The latter comes with additional safety features like ABS and dual airbags in front while a rear spoiler, 14 inch alloy wheels and electric side mirrors too are included.
The only setback about the new i10 is perhaps the price which is about the bracket for the bigger Perodua Myvi. Competing with the likes of the Viva in terms of price might not be the best way so Hyundai would most likely bank on its driving quality which supposedly handles better and is more comfortable. But as with most cars in Malaysia go, pricing goes a long way, after all when the i10 was first launched, it was the price which attracted the buyers to opt for the Korean brand instead of the local brands of Proton and Perodua. Surely that would be the hinging factor on whether this model could go the mile of its predecessors but if the buyers could see beyond the price and look at the quality then it would surely sell very well.