Hyundai Eon Facelift First Drive Overview

Hyundai Eon

Hyundai Eon Overview

Launched in 2011, the Hyundai Eon is one of the best-selling cars from the Hyundai stable. The car is aimed at the budget customers and is undoubtedly the most good-looking vehicle in its segment with amazing specs. Hyundai Eon has the best expressive face among all the cars in its segment, thanks to its fluidic design language. The tiny little car has flowing lines throughout its body and looks premium for the price it comes at.

The interiors of the Eon are pretty well-managed and do not feel claustrophobic. The plastic inside feels premium to touch and is of good quality. The huge amount of beige used inside the vehicle instantly makes the vehicle very premium to feel and the fluidic design language on the console of the vehicle makes the interiors look plush. Hyundai has installed multimedia system, in the form of CD MP3, and the system also gets Aux-in and USB ports, which are few things missing from most of the cars that fall above its segment.Apply car loan for Hyundai Eon

The Eon draws power from a small 814 cc petrol engine. The mill makes a maximum of 56 PS and never feels underpowered if moved only around the city traffic. The gear ratios are bit odd. The driver needs to constantly take care of keeping the car in the right tune of power. Often, the gearbox has to downshift to get more juice during those overtake manoeuvres. The Eon returns a phenomenal 21.1 km per litre, as per the ARAI.

Hyundai Eon Design & Look

Hyundai Eon is undoubtedly, a very nice looking hatch in the segment. The grille and bumper at the front feature a well-ordered translation of the aggressive design lines that are now part of every Hyundai car as of now. The grille is flanked by large pulled back headlamps on either side which adds a nice finishing to the front fascia.From the sides, the car is nearly identical to elder sibling Hyundai i10. The design engineers have given a rather solid looking shoulder that flows up to the rear, lending a nice sporty touch to the car. The Sports Edition launched in 2017 also comes with side body molding graphics on each side and roof rails, taking the sporty quotient to the next level.

At the rear end, the roof spoiler is visually striking and does their best to add to the overall style statement. The rear profile is nicely summed up by half-moon shaped tail lights that go well with the tail gate. The 1.0L version can be differentiated with the 800c variant with the new badging.Overall, it seems to be clear that Hyundai is not stingy when it comes to designing small hatchbacks. The car is still a head turner in its class but needs a more improved design to stay up in the competition.

Hyundai Eon Cabin & Comfort

Hyundai cars have always been known for being feature- heavy in their respective segments and this one is no different. The variant we tested was the Magna+ (O). It gets a 2-DIN music system with AUX, USB and iPod compatibility. The seats are two-tone with the ones at the front getting good side bolstering.

The dashboard is a combination of black and beige and it gets a cubbyhole above the glovebox as well. Everything falls easily to hand and the fit and finish is good for the price. The rear seating, however, is only good for two people, though. The front visibility from the driver’ seat is not all that great thanks to the sloping bonnet. However, this is not much of an issue as the dinky dimensions of the car and good view from the sides make it quite easy to manoeuvre in tight situations.

While the feature list may have been outstanding when the car was launched, its major rival, the Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 (which was facelifted last year) has now caught up and offers similar levels of equipment. However, the Alto K10 feels low-rent and the inside looks cheaper compared to the Eon.

Hyundai Eon Engine & Transmission

The engine of Eon is derived from the reliable Santro workhouse. Even though it is only a 3-cylinder engine, it stays peppy, and with the iRDE technology, the engine of Eon stays reliable and fuel efficient.Hyundai Eon carries an 814 cc, 3-cylinder, 9-valve SOHC engine mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The engine derives a maximum power of 55.2 bhp (56 PS) and 7.6 Kgm of peak torque. The engine of the LPG model is similarly powered but returns a better fuel efficiency than the petrol model. The Hyundai Eon can do a sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in like 21.1 seconds and the compact hatchback can reach a top-speed of 135 km per hour. The 3-cylinder set-up does vibrate a bit, but that is ignorable given the performance of the vehicle. For more info on Hyundai Eon  visit Oksociety

The Eon comes with a fuel tank capacity of 32 litres while the LPG models get a tank capacity of 32 litres. Hyundai Eon gets an ARAI certificate of 21.1 km per litre, which is exceptional in its class. The car performs very well in the city road conditions but runs out of breath as soon as it sees open highways. Hyundai Eon’s dry weight is less than 800 kilos, with the frugal 3-cylinder engine. With 814 cc displacement and the maximum power of 55.2 bhp, the car can be stamped as a decently-powered hatchback. The 5-speed manual transmission sends the power to the front wheels. The hatchback does alright when it comes to the city traffic speed. Eon can touch the 100 km-per-hour mark from standstill in 21.1 seconds.

The iRDE engine can power the Eon to the speed of up to 135 km per hour. Being small, the engine is peppy and can zip through the road. The LPG version of the vehicle does get some load in form of LPG cylinder but even then, the Eon feels quick and gets its way easily around the traffic. Hyundai has fitted a 3-cylinder, 9-valve engine in the Eon. The engine generates a moderate 55.2 bhp at 5500 rpm and a maximum torque of 7.6 Kgm at 4000 rpm. The power is transmitted through a 5-speed manual gearbox. With car weighing just 795 kg, Hyundai Eon never feels underpowered. The car is rated above its main rival Maruti Alto 800. With its small body and frugal engine, the Eon can negotiate most of the city roads with ease.

Being a 3-cylinder set-up, the Eon does make noises when ripped hard on open stretches. There are also noticeable vibrations when the car is tested to its limits. The car is not made for open highways and with the kind of engine it comes with, it justifies the price tag and its capability on city roads more than often.

As an entry level hatchback, the onus of giving good mileage naturally comes upon this car. The small 3-cylinder engine is tuned to give high-fuel efficiency. This makes Hyundai Eon deliver ARAI certified fuel economy of 21.1kmpl. The bigger 1.0L engine returns 20.3kmpl which is slightly lower but still high on mileage. For price details on Hyundai Eon check AutoZhop.

Hyundai Eon Driving Dynamics

The handling of Eon, owing to its small wheelbase, is remarkably good for its segment. The short turning radius enables the car to do quick moves in traffic or narrow town roads. The Eon is perfect for city due its small size. Ride quality of the vehicle is decent. The gas-type shock absorbers provide optimum comfort for the occupants and the McPherson struts give the vehicle that stability. The steering is very light, making Eon well suited for Indian roads, but there is no or very little feedback from the steering wheel, making it a lifeless and boring car to drive.

Hyundai Eon comes with disc brakes at the front and drum brakes at the rear. The brakes have good bite and can bring the car to a stop within a small distance. The car can come to standstill from 100 km per hour in 3.52 seconds, given the dry road conditions. There is good amount of body roll present due to soft suspensions, which are tuned to give maximum comfort to the occupants, but the set-up does make driving scary around the fast corners.

Hyundai Eon Braking & Safety

Hyundai has the best in class braking capability and it is really surprising. The car has a good bite force and comes to halt without and fuss and side movements. In terms of safety, the carmaker has given a reinforced body structure to counter huge force generated on impact. Other than that, you get driver side airbag, front fog lamps, engine immobilizer, central locking, child safety rear door locks, and remote keyless entry.

Hyundai Eon Cost in Ahmedabad

Hyundai Eon On-Road Price in Ahmedabad ranges from 3,68,996 to 5,05,349 for variants EON D Lite and EON Sportz respectively. Hyundai Eon is available in 10 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Hyundai Eon variants price in Ahmedabad.Check for Eon price in Ahmedabad at Tryaldrive.

Hyundai Eon Round Up

We would recommend the Hyundai Eon for its ride, looks, and build quality because the Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 – its largest rival (in terms of sales numbers) – matches the Hyundai on other counts like features and specifications.And as an added advantage, the K10 is cheaper too. But, Hyundai’s ace is its warranty. We know for any first time car buyer nothing conveys hassle free ownership as well as a strong warranty, and on this count with 2 years/unlimited warranty compared to Alto K10’s 2 years/40,000km, the Eon makes great sense.

The small hatch is basically available in 7 different variants. The base model D-Lite is priced at Rs. 3.33 lakh while the top spec Magna Plus can be purchased at the price tag of Rs. 4.66 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. Hyundai Eon is still nothing short of impressive and holds a prominent position among the league where Maruti Alto, Renault Kwid, and Datsun redi-GO are already competing against each other.

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