A decade ago, a car offering air conditioning, electric windows, 14-inch wheels, six-speaker stereo and four airbags would have been seen as impressive if it cost £13,000. And now Hyundai is able to bring buyers all this in a car costing half this amount.

The new i10 city car is priced from just £6,495 – and even the entry-level Classic has air conditioning, four airbags, front electric windows, electric power steering, central locking and a CD player with MP3 compatibility.

It’s not just the Classic entry model that offers fantastic value. The mid-range Comfort has additional features such as rear electric windows, remote control central locking and 14-inch alloy wheels.

Go for a top-of-the-range Style and the specification adds a rear spoiler, 15″ alloy wheels, heated front seats and even an electric sunroof. This range-topper costs just £7,595, less than some rivals’ entry level models!

It’s not just the purchase price which makes the i10 easy on the pocket – all i10s are powered by a 1.1 litre petrol engine which is capable of averaging more than 56mpg. Classic and Comfort models produce just 119g/km of CO2 too, qualifying them for the VED band B and making the tax disc cost just £35 a year.

Even better news for drivers who live or travel into the London Congestion Charge zone, the i10 Classic and Comfort models are entitled to a 100 percent discount from 27th October 2008 following the Mayor’s announcement today (12th February 2008). This could save drivers entering the capital daily a massive £2,080 each year.

All trim levels also have Hyundai’s Five-Year unlimited mileage warranty as standard too – and that alone would cost hundreds of pounds if added to the purchase price of rivals.

The i10 will appear in Hyundai dealers from 2nd April.

Hyundai i10 Pricing

1.1 Classic: £6,495
1.1 Comfort: £7,095
1.1 Style: £7,595
1.1 Comfort Auto: £7,895