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DoneDeal of the Week: the Opel Karl and Hyundai i10 are great city cars

Fancy a new 171 supermini? We’ve picked two just for you.

Image: Gowan Motors Navan Road

LOOKING FOR A practical small car that is stylish and good to drive? Then this 2017 Opel Karl for €12,695 may be the car for you.

The Opel Karl is a great supermini. It has a roomy and practical cabin and the boot can hold 206 to 1,013 litres. Its 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine produces 75hp at 6,500rpm and peak torque of 95Nm at 4,500rpm. It is mated to a five-speed manual transmission.

The Opel Karl is nimble and has a City drive mode which makes the steering super light – meaning parking in even the tightest of spaces is a breeze.

Source: Gowan Motors Navan Road

This particular model comes in S trim and has safety features including Hill Start Assist, remote control deadlocking, Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with traction control and a tyre pressure monitoring system. It also gets a rear roof spoiler, daytime running lights, multi-function trip computer and 14-inch steel wheels.

Source: Gowan Motors Navan Road

Hyundai i10

Hyundai’s i10 delivers big on driveability and is one of the best small cars on the market. It hasn’t got the style of the Opel Karl but it is more refined and offers a better driving experience. This 171 Hyundai i10 is priced at €15,590 and comes with a scrappage deal.

Source: Brian Doolan at Fitzpatrick's Kildare

Like the Opel Karl, the Hyundai i10 is powered by a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine. It produces 66hp at 5,500rpm and 95Nm of torque at 3,500rpm. It is mated to a five-speed manual transmission.

Source: Brian Doolan at Fitzpatrick's Kildare

The Hyundai i10 is a very comfortable car to drive and the cabin is well insulated from wind, engine and tyre noise. The boot can hold 252 to 1,046 litres and there is a decent amount of room for rear passengers.

Source: Brian Doolan at Fitzpatrick's Kildare

This particular model comes in Deluxe trim and has a tyre pressure monitoring system, speed and impact sensing auto door lock, trip computer, radio with USB, MP3, RDS+ and iPod connection, Bluetooth with voice recognition, cruise control and front and rear grip assist.

So, if you are looking for a new 171 car that is stylish and practical then take a look at the Opel Karl. If you are looking for a car that offers a better drive and with a more refined engine then the Hyundai i10 may be for you.

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