The new Hyundai i10 goes on sale in the UK from 30th January 2014, with prices starting from £8,345.

Two petrol engines will be available: a 1.0-litre three-cylinder and a 1.2-litre four-cylinder.

The 1.0-litre produces a modest 66PS and 94Nm of torque, and can buzz its way to 62 mph in 14.9 seconds and top out at 96 mph.

The 1.2 produces 87PS and 120Nm, and completes the sprint to 62mph in 12.3 seconds, with a 106 mph top speed.

Economy is perhaps the more important benchmark.  The 1.0-litre is expected to achieve 60.1 mpg on the combined cycle, while emitting 108 g/km of CO2, placing it in VED Band B (£20 pa).

The 1.2 isn’t far behind, with 57.6 mpg and 114 g/km, just nudging it into VED Band C (£30 pa).

Three trims – S, SE and Premium – will be available.  The S model starts the range off with cloth trim, 14-inch steel wheels, central locking, and electric front windows, with air conditioning a £650 extra.

SE spec starts from £9,295 and adds remote locking, electric rear windows, heated door mirrors, body colour door handles and mirrors, and driver’s seat height adjustment.

The top-spec Premium grade is priced from £9,995 and goes on to add 14-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth connectivity, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, LED DRLs, front fog lights, rear speakers, and upgraded upholstery.

A 1.0-litre Blue Drive model will also be available for £9,595 that incorporates a number of changes such as stop/start and 13-inch wheels to reduce fuel consumption further to 65.7 mpg and CO2 emissions to 98 g/km.