Hyundai Grand i10 was launched earlier this month and we bring you a comprehensive review of it.
All Hyundai cars pretty much look very familiar to each other and follow the fluidic design theme but none the less the cars are good-looking with some great features added and also brilliantly priced to double up the pleasure the Korean car manufacturer has given a diesel heart to the Grand i10.
It’s been priced between Rs. 4.29 – 6.41 lakhs (ex-Delhi). Grand i10 is positioned between the i10 and i20 hatchbacks and will be offered in both petrol and diesel engines.
Grand i10 Exterior Looks
The New Grand i10 is longer with a 2,425mm wheelbase, and is also wider. The car looks quite stylish, though the cars follows the fluidic language it does not have the sharp creases seen on the other Hyundai cars this car carries a subtle look with a large hexagonal grille and swept-back headlamps flaunts a chrome surrounded fog lamp which is cutout in the bumper, chrome door handles, side indicator which is integrated to the ORVM’s, diamond cut 14-inch alloy wheels, roof rails and the rear spoiler, chrome surrounds enhances the look of the car.
Rear tail lamp gels nicely into the boot lid with large reflector makes the rear bumper look good, it gets an electromagnetic boot release which can be activated by the button sitting under the Hyundai logo and the parking sensors well integrated into the bumper. The Grand i10 badging sits on the upper left side of the boot lid.
Grand i10 Interior Looks
Hyundai has drastically improved the look and feel with dual tone black and beige interiors which truly impresses everyone. The quality of plastic fit and finish across the car is now right up and the competition will take time to catch up with. The AC vents gets chrome surrounds and all the controls are placed ergonomically, the storage space inside the cabin is also very generous with each door having bottle holders and cup holders between the front seats.
Feature Rich Has a multifunctional steering wheel, rear AC vents, a cooled glovebox and a stereo with 1GB internal storage and Bluetooth telephony which are standard keyless entry and Engine start/stop button.
Instrument cluster remains pretty basic with Speedo meter placed at the centre, a tachometer to the left and temperature and fuel gauges to the right which is complimented with Hyundai trademark Blue light to brighten up the dashboard however there is no automatic climate control offered in any of the variant.
Audio system – Sound quality is decent by OEM standards and audio system works. USB, AUX, CD & is Bluetooth ready. The car gets two charging points, one at the front and one just under the rear AC vent.
Seating – The seats are comfortable and supportive. Front seats has integrated headrest but it has been ergonomically designed which hold well and surprisingly for a small car of this size there is enough Leg room, head room, knee room and shoulder room but it lacks under thigh support. Considering the size of the vehicle Grand i10 has 256 liters of boot space.
Handling- Though none of the Hyundai’s are know to be great handlers the new Grand i10 makes no difference in the setup The car rides well, but offer unpredictable handling mainly due to too the soft suspension and steering which is very mute with no proper feedback. It uses McPherson struts in the front and a torsion beam rear. However, in the city, the Grand i10 is good enough to take on the potholes and easy to maneuver in the crawling traffic.
Engine – Grand i10 is available in two engine options
- 1.1-litre second generation U2 CRDi diesel engine.
- 1.2-litre Kappa engine
Petrol Engine – The DOHC 1.2L 4-cylinder VTVT petrol engine generates 81PS @ 6,000 rpm and 114Nm @ 4,000 rpm which is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. It’s the same engine which is tried and tested which is doing duty on Current i10 and i20.
Hyundai Grand i10 delivers an ARAI certified fuel efficiency of 18.9 kmpl* the company will also launch a 4-speed Automatic at a later stage.
Diesel Engine- The 1,120cc 3-cylinder common rail diesel engine produces 71 PS of power @ 4,000 rpm and 160 NM of torque @ 1,500 – 2,750 rpm unlike the 3-cylinder engine which are noisy and lot of vibration this engine is more refined and does not does not feel like a 3-cylinder motor as the company has added a balancer shaft to reduce the vibrations and a sound deadening material to improve NVH levels making the car barely audible from the cabin until you rev past the 3000 RPM mark.
Hyundai Grand Diesel i10 delivers 24 km/l as per the ARAI certified figures
Final Verdict -Hyundai Grand i10 is ready to take on the challenge and has also upped the segment standard in terms of quality and refinement added with some safety features with good utilization of space and also considering how good it looks. We think Hyundai has got a winner in its hand.