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The Hyundai Grand i10 has been a success from the word go and the only piece missing from the jigsaw has now been added by Hyundai which is an automatic transmission. While rumours of a diesel automatic continue there are no plans for it and you can buy the automatic Grand i10 only with the petrol engine.
The Grand i10 automatic is available in two variants and with prices starting at Rs 5.64 lakh the automatic version will have many takers. Hyundai has also discontinued the i10 automatic to make way for it and of course create some space between the i10 and the Grand i10.
The reasons for going for an automatic small car are plenty and the positives far outweigh the negatives. These days many of us commute over long distances thus spending a large amount of time in bumper to bumper traffic and even overall we spend more time in our car so the convenience of an automatic is alluring to say the least.
Hyundai, Maruti and other car makers know this and as a result there are many automatic small cars out there. So the Grand i10 automatic is the latest of this growing breed of cars and we took it out for an exclusive drive to see if it is worth your money or not.
Hyundai Grand i10 automatic gearbox performance
First impressions are very positive and it seems just like the i10 auto the Grand i10 auto feels at its best in stop-go traffic. The Grand i10 auto gets a 4-speed automatic and coupled with the 82 bhp 1.2 Kappa petrol engine the performance is very good at low revs and it is responsive.
However as is the case with being a torque converter 4-speed automatic gearbox, it is not very keen to downshift and thus if you want to squeeze out more performance you have to do manual shifting though mind you the engine feels a bit strained at high rpm's. Thus on our short drive the Grand i10 felt best with light taps on the throttle and in the city.
Hyundai Grand i10 automatic fuel economy
The official ARAI fuel efficiency figure of the Hyundai Grand i10 automatic stands at 16.7 kmpl which is pretty good. Our drive was too short to conduct an efficiency test though we got 10-11 kmpl and we say the Grand i10 auto efficiency figures will depend on your driving style and an aggressive driving style will see it dip below or stay at 10 kmpl though drive sedately in city the Grand i10 will deliver close to its official figures.
Fuel economy comparison (ARAI figures)
Nissan Micra CVT - 19.34 kmpl
Honda Brio AT- 16.5 kmpl
Maruti Ritz AT- 17.16 kmpl
Hyundai Grand i10 AT- 16.7 kmpl
Price and Value
The Hyundai Grand i10 automatic is available in two variants with the Sportz priced at Rs 5.64 lakh and the Asta at Rs 5.92 lakh (all prices ex-showroom Delhi). Just like the manual variants the Hyundai Grand i10 AT is very well equipped and other than the basic features like power steering and power windows it gets smart key, parking sensors, CD/MP3 player with USB/Aux-in while the top of the line Asta gets addded features like 1 gb internal memory, steering mounted audio controls, Bluetooth and driver's seat height adjust.
As you might think equipment wise very few cars come close here but in the automatic small car space we think the Grand i10 automatic is one of the best buys simply because it does the basics so well. It has the best interior and also driving wise it feels the best among the other Hyundai small cars. The automatic variant offers good value and on the basis of this evidence is well worth the money.