Hyundai Grand i10 Performance & Test Drive

Hyundai Grand i10 Overview

Slotted between i10 and Elite i20, in Hyundai’s line-up, Grand i10 was introduced in Indian market in 2013. Powering the line-up is a 1.2 litre, Kappa Dual VTVT petrol engine mated to a manual and an automatic transmission. The diesel variants draw power from a 1.2 litre, 2nd gen U2 CRDi unit and are offered only with a manual gearbox. Exterior styling is chic, in tandem with the rest of the Hyundai models. Cabin is snug in terms of room, especially the rear side and the quality of material used is at par with rivals in the segment. View offers on Hyundai Cars from Hyundai dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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Hyundai Grand i10 Look

Even design wise, the Grand is a complete departure from its predecessor. It’s longer, wider and almost as tall – tall enough to classify it as a tall boy. But thanks to its increased dimensions, you’d be hard pressed to say that it actually falls in this category. Overall the styling has taken quite a few steps away from quirky “Kei” car and a big leap towards proper Euro supermini. The Fluidic design language has evolved further with this car and the headlights are now much sharper, the car sports a much larger one piece grille and a funkier design around the fog lights which really spruces up the front end. Unlike a lot of other design efforts which seem to lose steam as they progress from the front to the rear, the Grand makes no such faux pas. The strong shoulder line accentuates the width of the car and the uniquely shaped waistline molding and 8-spoke diamond cut alloy wheels (on the top end Asta model that is) really accentuate the Grand’s more mature design. At the back, you see a clear departure from regular Hyundai hatchback design with brand new taillights, chunky reflectors integrated into the bumper and lots of slashes and cuts all around. Bottom line is that the Grand i10 is beautiful to behold, no matter what angle you look at it from and manages a wonderful mix of radical design and comforting conventionality to keep everyone happy.

Hyundai Grand i10 Comfort

Inside the car, a lot of beige has been used across all the variants for that premium feel. To top that, Hyundai has mated the beige color smartly with the black color, so the places which are more accessible to hands are covered in black to save them from getting dirty quickly. The interior also gets blue illumination, which looks brilliant at night. The blue illumination makes the car look very premium from the inside, and the feature is standard across all the variants. Hyundai has also used the space in the car very smartly, and has put map pockets in the front and rear seats of the car for keeping papers and other small things. There are pockets behind the front passenger seat as well. The pockets are missing from the base Era variant though. Hyundai’s flowing design follows the car everywhere and even the interiors are designed keeping the Fluidic theme in mind.

The door handles are curved, and are chrome painted in the Sportz, Sportz(O) and Asta models for the premium feel. Chrome is also visible on the gear knob and parking lever tip of the Sportz and Asta models. The top variant Asta gets the leather-wrapped steering wheel, which feels amazing to hold and feel. The centre display of the Grand i10 looks soothing and very futuristic. The top of the line variants Sportz(O) and Asta now offers 7-inch infotainment screen that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. In addition it also doubles up as a display for reverse parking camera. The Sportz get a 5-inch screen with no support for Android Auto and CarPlay. Era and Magna do not get a touch screen. Even the base variant gets the tachometer, which is very important for shifting gears correctly. The driver infotainment gets many warning lamps and indicators, which are standard across all the variants. The manual version of the car gets gearshift indicators for those perfectly-timed shifts for better fuel efficiency and more power. The door and tailgate ajar lamp saves the car from getting damaged and prevents accidents. There is also a low fuel indicator and driver seatbelt warning lamp across every variant. Multi Information Display or better known as MID brings many information from the car to the driver at one place. There is a digital clock, dual trip meter, and uncommon features like average vehicle speed and engine running time, which helps a lot during long trips. Hyundai Grand i10 has a good audio system with support for USB, Bluetooth and Aux-in available across Sportz, Sportz(O) and Asta variants with a 4-speaker set-up.

The leather-wrapped steering wheel in the top model also features the audio, bluetooth voice recognition controls for easy access. Convenience has taken a special attention with the Grand i10. Every variant gets motor-driven electric power steering for smooth drives around the city and does not take much effort to manoeuvre the vehicle. All the variants also get manual AC with heater, tinted windows and power outlets. Hyundai has really taken serious steps to make the vehicle very convenient, and the power outlets on the front and rear show that effort of the company. There are also power windows across all the models. The base version Era misses out on rear power outlets and power windows though. There are also electrically-adjustable outside mirrors across all the variants except Era which offers manual controls. There are also rear AC vents, a passenger and vanity tray, the base model gets deprived of these features as well. The Sportz and Asta models get the cooled glove box, push button start/stop and tilt steering. Driver seat height adjustment and adjustable rear seat headrests are exclusive to the top end Asta model only.

Hyundai Grand i10 Gearbox

As with almost all other Hyundai cars available at the moment, 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 Rideing

Hyundai has tweaked the suspension of the new Grand i10, and boy what a difference it has made. Show the car a set of bad roads and it gobbles up all of it without breaking a sweat. Potholes and undulations, particularly, are absorbed with only a muted thump entering the cabin. Coupled with good NVH characteristics, the ride in the new Grand i10 is surprisingly well damped and quiet, unlike the loud thuds that you hear in some of Maruti Suzuki’s small cars. The ride quality clearly feels akin to a bigger car, and this surely is one of the Grand i10’s biggest plus points.The changes to the suspension have also resulted in improved handling, although the soft set-up does result in slight body roll when you push the car around the bends. However, it is not scary at all and I was very impressed with the car’s grip levels and ability to stick to an intended line.

The one aspect that Hyundai could have improved is steering feedback at high speeds. I wish it weighed up a little more which would have elevated the driving experience to quite an extent. That said, I remember how numb the steering felt in the previous car, so the improvement in this unit is more than welcome.The brakes offer a strong bite and pedal feel is quite firm too. However, some may feel the bite is a bit too sharp at low speeds. Personally, I like the set-up as it feels quite reassuring in an emergency stop. Our brake tests saw the car come to a standstill from 100kmph in 3.1 seconds, covering 42.7 metres in the process.

Hyundai Grand i10 Safety

The braking prowess of the Grand i10 is nothing less than impressive. The car comes with front disc brakes and rear drum options. The brakes have a good bite and can bring the car to stop within a small distance. On the top variant, Asta, Hyundai offers one of the most advanced anti-lock braking system, which further brings down the stopping distance and is helpful in tricky situations.There is standard driver airbag available with all variants of the Grand i10. However, the company offers the passenger airbags with the top-end models only, which does show a highlight in the bill. Talking about safety, the Grand gets day/night mirror across all the variants except the base Era model. Hyundai also gives rear defogger as a part of equipment with the top variants. Hyundai provides a smart key with the Asta trims, which are convenient to use can be used to unlock the doors which work based on proximity to the key. The Magna version and other lower variants get standard keyless entry while Era does not offer keyless entry. The engine immobilizer, which surely reduces a lot of thefts, is standard across all the variants.

Hyundai Grand i10 Cost in Hyderabad

Hyundai Grand I10 Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 4,57,311/- (Grand i10 1.2 Era Petrol) to 7,37,439/- (Grand i10 1.2 Asta Diesel). Get best offers for Hyundai Grand I10 from Hyundai Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Grand i10 price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Hyundai Grand i10 Conclusion

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.

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