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High five for i10

The Hyundai i10 has greeted the New Year with an award for the best new car buy for 2014. The little city car scooped the gong from the website CarBuyer.co.uk. The i10 also landed the award for best city car. The award is based on results from the website's car testers. Each car tested is scored out of five in the categories of comfort, reliability, running cost, practicality, safety, engine, performance, value, price and optional extras.

The Hyundai i10 has greeted the New Year with an award for the best new car buy for 2014. The little city car scooped the gong from the website CarBuyer.co.uk. The i10 also landed the award for best city car. The award is based on results from the website's car testers. Each car tested is scored out of five in the categories of comfort, reliability, running cost, practicality, safety, engine, performance, value, price and optional extras. From this comprehensive assessment a score is given, which is used to calculate the winner. Aside from the overall winner, there are 16 category winners, including best estate, 4x4, family car and convertible.

Reflecting on the i10's win, the judging panel singled out the car's style, value, quality and refinement as being particularly note worthy. The i10 scored highly on value too, with a sticker price of just £8,345. Hyundai also enjoyed success in the large SUV category, where it beat off rivals like Land Rover to win best in class. BMW also did well in the awards. The i3 won best electric or hybrid car, while the 3 Series won best executive car and the 5 Series best large executive car. Mercedes took the luxury car award, while Ford picked up best small car for the Fiesta and best hot hatch for the Fiesta ST. SEAT took the gongs for best family car with the Leon and best MPV with the Alhambra. Volkswagen's Golf Cabriolet was best convertible, with Toyota picking up best coupe for the GT-86. The awards rounded off with the Dacia Duster taking best small SUV, Mazda 6 taking best large family car and the Skoda Octavia winning best estate.

Although missing out on any individual car category award, Korean firm, Kia, walked away with the special Buyer's Award for their seven-year warranty. Commenting on the Hyundai i10's victory, Carbuyer.co.uk editor, Steve Fowler, said: "The new Hyundai i10 is a brilliant car, offering a real grown-up feel and plenty of space at an incredibly low price. It's fun to drive and cheap to own, too: the perfect car for cost-conscious car buyers."

The success of Far East carmakers like Hyundai and Kia continues to grow. The firms tend to offer good quality, well-equipped cars at low prices, eating into the traditional markets of the mass market European manufacturers. Indeed, the absence from the list of European manufacturers like Renault, Peugeot, Citroen and Fiat is particularly striking. European marques like these have had a difficult few years and will be hoping for a better 2014.

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