Hyundai Grand i10 Review

By   |  February 24, 2017

Overview

Hyundai has been one of the most successful contender in small car segment for more than a decade now. After successful models such as the Santro, i10 and i20, Hyundai released a new model, called the Grand i10. Despite being in the same segment as a lot of very capable other cars, the Hyundai Grand i10 held its own and managed to become one of the bestselling car in its class. To keep the appeal for this car high, Hyundai has now launched its latest iteration.


Powertrain & Performance

The Hyundai Grand i10 comes with both petrol and diesel engine options. The petrol engine has been carried over from the previous generation model; it is a 1.2 litre dual VTVT motor, which is capable of delivering 82 bhp with a maximum torque of 116 Nm. Buyers of this version also get to choose between a 5 speed manual transmission and a 4 speed automatic gearbox. The engine is frugal as well, returning a mileage figure of 19.77 kpl when connected to its manual gearbox and 17.49 kpl when coupled to the automatic. However, Hyundai has gotten rid of the old 1.1 litre diesel engine and instead replaced it with an all new 1.2 litre, 3 cylinder diesel engine. This motor produces 74 bhp and has a rated peak torque of 194 Nm. The diesel engine is now much torquier, which necessitates a lesser number of gear shifts while navigating through city traffic. This new diesel motor is quite refined and has been tuned for fuel economy as well, returning an impressive 24.95 kpl. Gas type shock absorbers provide for a smooth ride quality, and the on-road stability is reasonably good as well.


Build & Styling

The South Korean car maker has smartly designed the exterior of Grand i10, by imparting the Fluidic Design 2.0 philosophy. The car is still unmistakable as a Grand i10, but upgrades and redesigns have been done in certain select regions to improve upon the styling of the previous generation Grand i10. The car now gets a new front grille, new fog lamps, LED daytime running lights, a dual tone rear bumper, diamond cut alloy wheels and much more. The matte-black side body cladding looks good as well.

On the inside of the car, you get several new features such as a large 7 inch touchscreen infotainment system, support for Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink screen mirroring, an automatic climate control with rear AC vent, voice recognition, navigation (by using a paired smartphone), dual front airbags, ABS, push button engine ignition, reverse parking sensors with a rear view camera, and a cooled glove box, amongst others. The amount of room inside the Grand i10 has always been one of its highlights as well.


Verdict

The Grand i10 was definitely one of the best selling cars in its segment and a high volume seller for the Hyundai. These updates have been included just in time so as to prevent any decline in the demand for this car. The diesel version of this car is now especially good thanks to its punchy engine and the automatic gearbox provides for a smooth and stress-free drive as well. Hyundai has also been working on the after-sales aspect of this car to provide even more peace of mind to its buyers and has now brought in a new 2 years/unlimited kilometres warranty plan for this car as well. With all these measures in place, we are sure that the Grand i10 will continue to remain one of those models that customers will be filling out order books for at a considerable rate.