Hyundai Grand i10 Review

By Amithash Bhatt   |  September 7, 2013


Hyundai has been the most successful contender in small car segment for more than a decade now. It has proven its design capabilities through remarkable powertrains like Kappa series and has kept itself customer centric by launching products which have stood up to the requirements of masses. After Santro, i10 and i20, Hyundai has now sculpted a small car which sets to disturb peace of mind of its rivals. Called as Grand i10, this new hatchback for the first time from Hyundai will debut a small diesel engine in compact car segment, a move that could bring greater gains for the company and let other market leaders thinking. Apart from this new powertrain, Hyundai has also worked on dimensions and overall sculpture to make Grand i10 more contemporary, having an exhilarating theme. Standing in between Next Gen i10 and i20 models, the hatchback will compete with Swift, Beat, Figo and Etios Liva. Hyundai has also made sure to build the cabin with necessary comfort features, escalating convenience in some areas and aesthetics in others.

Hyundai Grand i10 is offered in eight different colour shades which comprises of both lively and neutral colour tones for that executive feel. Wine Red, Golden Orange, Twilight Blue, Stardust and Phantom Black are few options in the list.

Powertrain & Performance

Hyundai Grand i10 comes out with both petrol and diesel mills with the petrol version being Kappa Series engine and the diesel one being the 2nd Generation U2 CRDi. The 1.2L petrol fueled Dual VTVT motor is similar to the engine used in i20. This 1197 cc engine is capable of delivering 82 bhp @ 6000 rpm with maximum torque of 113.75 Nm @ 4000 rpm. The efficiency and power delivery at every instant is improved with the help of Variable Timing Valve Train. The 3-cylinder diesel motor comes from 2nd generation Hyundai U engine series and embodies Variable Geometry Turbocharger for better performance. It is 1120 cc engine which produces 70 bhp @ 4000 rpm and has a rated peak torque of 159.8 Nm @ 1500-2750 rpm. The diesel engine is quite torquier which necessitates lesser gear shifts while moving around in city traffic. The fact that the engine starts off with the push of a button, makes these mills more lovable.

Both the engines are mated to 5-speed manual transmission system which has smooth shift gear knob, making driving a pleasure in all conditions. Gas type shock absorbers of suspension system enhance drive quality by deriving greater stability from wheels while moving on different types of roads.

Build & Styling

The South Korean car maker has smartly designed the exterior of Grand i10, by imparting traces of Fluidic Design Philosophy and embodying sportiness and contemporary attitude into it. The result is a car which is modern, stylish, sporty and bigger than the previous generation i10. Fluidic Design traits are visible in headlamps, frame of fog lamps and rear bumpers while its sporty characteristic can be seen through roof rails, alloy wheels and rear roof spoiler. Matte-black side body cladding not only adds more weight to the personality but also makes the Grand i10 distinctive from all other hatchbacks in market. The trunk lid design too is quite distinguishable in its design and Hyundai has stated that the width of rear windscreen has been increased as per the necessities of Indian consumers. The wraparound tail lamp design and turn indicators mounted on ORVM add more glare to Grand i10.

While building the interior of Hyundai Grand i10, the company had decided to make the cabin roomier and leave large DLO to make it feel airy. Growing up in size, having a wheelbase which is 45 mm greater than Next Gen i10, the cabin of Grand i10 is spacious and comfortable. The Black and Beige upholstery theme with attractive graphics on fabric material makes the space more aesthetically pleasing. Manual AC is fit over the dual-tone dashboard which has rear passenger air-vents in between front seats for better cooling. The 2-DIN audio system with Bluetooth connectivity has steering mounted control buttons for easier operation. Design of dashboard is quite simple, yet looks irresistible because of Beige and Black colour scheme.

Apart from basic security features like Immobiliser and Central Locking System Hyundai has incorporated some advanced features like Rear Parking Sensors and airbags for both driver and front passenger for added safety. Anti-lock Braking System comes as an optional equipment in Grand i10.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros

    • Superb Value for Money
    • Loaded with Features
    • Spacious
  • Cons

    • Not as futuristic looking as the i20