Hyundai Grand i10 Overview
The Grand i10 incorporates many futuristic features. Hyundai has modified the car especially for India by giving the vehicle bigger rear windows to minimize the claustrophobic feel as the rear seats are used more in India than in European countries. The brilliant-looking diamond-cut alloy wheels look sharp and make the exterior of the vehicle even more premium to look at. Hyundai has used high-quality materials on the inside and outside of the car. Enter the vehicle and there is the dual tone scheme. The plastic quality is very premium. Hyundai sells both petrol and diesel engines with the Grand i10, unlike the old i10 in which the diesel engine was missing. The petrol unit is the tried-and-tested 1.2-litre Kappa VTVT while the diesel is powered by a newly developed 1.2-litre U2 engine. On the inside, the car gets many first-in-the-segment features, like 1 GB internal memory, which can be used to store music. Book a test drive for Grand i10 in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive
Hyundai Grand i10 Exterior & Style
Hyundai designs its cars brilliantly and the Grand i10 is no different. The Grand i10 follows Hyundai’s elegant Fluidic design language strictly. The car looks beautiful, elegant and premium than any other car in its segment. The Grand i10 matches the design of its bigger cousin Hyundai i20 closely but is more compact than i20. The Grand, as the company likes to call it, is focused on the youth of the country and it does not disappoint.
The elegant-looking vehicle has sculptured bodylines, which makes the car very soothing to look at. The subtle crease, which starts just before the front door and connects to the tail lamps, makes the car elegant while the strong-shaped crease on the bottom of the front and rear doors makes the car look very aggressive. Following the Hyundai design language, Grand i10 gets sweeping headlamps, making the front fascia very strong. The fog lamps have been placed very conveniently in the especially-designed dams with black inserts to give it a manly look.
The Grand i10 also gets roof rails in the mid and top variants, which adds to the sporty look. The Grand i10 looks very sporty and the rear spoiler makes things even better. Premium as it can get, Hyundai also offers optional diamond-cut alloy wheels on the top-of-the-line Asta variant and Sportz(O) AT. The Magna and Sportz variants get full size wheel covers, while the base Era model gets just the steel rims. Hyundai has also made a point by equipping body coloured bumpers with all variants. The base model misses out on body-coloured door handles, tail gate and mirrors. Hyundai has made a lot of things exclusive to the top-end variants. The micro roof antenna does not come checked with the base Era model.
The Sportz and Asta models get the chrome dipped outside door handles for a premium look. The waist-line moulding, which saves the car from a lot of scratches, is also missing out from the base Era, Magna and Sportz models. The sporty-looking roof rails come as standard only with the Sportz and Asta models. The premium-looking indicators on the outside rear view mirrors also come as standard only with the Sportz and Asta models. Hyundai has made the Grand i10 brilliant but a lot of things are yet missing on the lower variants.
Hyundai Grand i10 Interior & space
Step inside and the cabin has an airy and premium feel. Be it the seat covers, plastic trim on the dashboard or doors, the buttons and even the touchscreen operation – everything has a feel-good factor. Hyundai has not altered the design inside; you still get the dual-tone theme, four large circular AC vents on the dashboard, a deep-set instrument cluster, a three-spoke steering wheel with large multi-function buttons and the high-mounted gear-shift lever. The centre console still sticks out a bit like before but now gets two new additions – a large 7.0-inch touchscreen display and a fully-automatic climate control console.
While the screen is well integrated, the buttons around it seem to have been designed in a hurry and do not have the same feel as the buttons of the previous non-touch infotainment system. The climate control console is a welcome addition and brings the car up to date with its rivals. The front seats are comfortable; the cushioning is neither hard nor soft. In fact, the seats are slightly contoured to give passengers a snug feeling. The driver seat is adjustable for height too. The only gripe are the integrated headrests – these look out of place in a cabin that is otherwise premium looking/feeling and also limit adjustability for shorter or taller passengers.
Rear seat passengers will find that the Grand i10 is best used as a two seater for a comfortable trip. Though the cabin is wide enough to accommodate three passengers, a slightly raised centre tunnel and the rear AC vent console curb room for the centre passenger. The unavailability of a headrest (the other two passengers get adjustable ones) and a lap-belt (three-point units for the other two) make it a less safer position to be in too.
The legroom, knee-room are adequate enough for passengers even with 6-footers occupying the front seats – though it is not class-leading. Tall passengers will find no reason to complain about the headroom. The rear bench can be folded down, but cannot be split-folded – this does reduce convenience slightly. The luggage compartment has a 256-litre capacity which is unchanged from before – it is 5 litres more than the Ignis to remain the largest in the segment.
Hyundai Grand i10 Engine & Performance
The Grand i10 offers both petrol and diesel as a choice for motive force. The petrol engine here is the 1.2-litre KAPPA mill which has really proved itself a worthy choice for quite some time in both the i20 and the older i10. The most exciting thing under the hood though is a brand new cutting-edge 1.1-litre U2 diesel engine. It might only have three cylinders, but this state-of-the-art motor produces 71PS of power at 4,000rpm and 160Nm of peak torque coming it between 1,500 and 2,750rpm. What strikes you most about this engine is just how refined it can be. A small amount of rumble does creep into the cabin at idle rpm, but that is to be expected from a car in this segment. Performance isn’t what you would call blistering, with the run to 100km/h from a standstill dispensed off in a fairly ponderous 17.5 seconds. At 150km/h, top speed too isn’t anything to write home about, but it’s pretty much at par with others in this segment.
However it’s not about mere numbers and figures with this motor. The most impressive thing about this mill is its sheer drivability, even at fairly low engine speeds. It pretty much picks up in any gear and driving around even in extremely heavy traffic conditions is an absolute breeze. But in the higher range of the rpm spectrum, it does lose steam rather quickly. So not the ultimate engine for high-speed highway cruising. On the other hand, the clutch action is long, but quite light and the 5-speed manual gearbox is one of the slickest shifters we’ve seen in a long time. With a combination like that coupled with shortish ratios for the first three gears, the Grand i10 is at its absolute best in driving about in the urban jungle.
Hyundai hasn’t just worked magic with the engine and gearbox though. What impressed us most was the work done on the suspension. Compared to other hatchbacks from the same company, the Grand i10 seems significantly better sprung. This setup is still fairly soft mind you, but through long undulations, the car doesn’t wallow at all and even if you show it some corners, the body roll, though present, feels extremely well controlled. So what you end up with is brilliant ride quality over even the most broken of roads without the suspension feeling wishy-washy in any way. In fact, even when you take the Grand all the way up to its top speed on a wide open highway, the car feels extremely well settled even without carrying a full complement of occupants. Brakes too have good feel and bite and can bring the car to a dead stop from 80km/h in less than 30 metres. Honestly, you would have to be extremely ham-fisted and lead-footed to find yourself in a hairy situation with this Grand.
Hyundai Grand i10 Driving Dynamics
The Hyundai Grand i10 has a suspension tuned for city use; it is neither too soft nor too hard – it feels just right. The suspension always works noiselessly, letting in only the most harshest of bumps inside. The combination of suppleness and firmness means the ride is never uncomfortable. This combined with the low engine noise and vibrations makes the Grand i10’s cabin a good place to be in.The steering is light to use and combined with the tight turning radius makes the Grand i10 a usable city car. Out on the highway, the light steering does reduce your confidence – but the suspension and brakes (backed by ABS) work fine.
Hyundai Grand i10 Braking & Safety
Driver airbag is standard across variants but co-passenger airbag is offered in Sportz and above variants. ABS and smart key are present exclusively on the top end trim, missing out on the rest of the line-up. Features such as central locking, front fog lamps, day & night inside rear view mirror, keyless entries are missing in the base trim. Rear defogger and reverse parking sensors are the two other vital features available from Sportz onwards.
Hyundai Grand I10 Ex-Showroom Price in Chennai ranges from 4,57,206/- (Grand i10 1.2 Era Petrol) to 7,37,608/- (Grand i10 1.2 Asta Diesel). Get best offers for Hyundai Grand I10 from Hyundai Dealers in Chennai. Check for Grand i10 price in Chennai at arzprice
Hyundai Grand i10 Verdict
Hyundai Grand i10 is a very affordable car and by all means is the best choice in its segment. The Grand i10 has a long list of features, which look very good and inviting on paper. The base model somehow misses out on few key things like ABS and passenger airbag. This mid-sized hatchback looks very pleasing to the eyes and comparatively looks better than most cars on the road. The Hyundai Grand i10 packs almost every feature needed in a car in a compact package. With the segment-first features, like the integrated memory, Hyundai has surely attracted many tech-savvy buyers towards the new model.
The elegant-looking diamond-cut alloys make the car even more appealing. Important safety features, like the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and passenger front airbag, are missing in the standard list, and they come only as an option with higher variants. Hyundai has surely made a point on including all the features in the vehicle but not all are available with the Era or the Magna model. Even with the missing features, the Hyundai Grand i10 is a good choice in the segment and the sales figure of the car just puts concrete to our thoughts.