Hyundai Grand i10 Facelft Review & Test Drive

Hyundai Grand i10

Hyundai Grand i10 Overview

The Hyundai Grand i10 was the most attractive package in its segment when it was launched back in September 2013. It was priced aggressively, looked smart on the inside, had class-leading interior quality, segment-first features and was backed by a reliable after-sales network. While the Grand i10 was offered with both petrol and diesel powertrains, the diesel motor was not the most powerful in the segment – the only downside in an otherwise brilliant package. The Grand i10 facelift has been launched in India just over three years after the original model – it appears to be better in every respect and takes on a vastly improved competition. But is the refreshed Grand i10 better than before and how does it stack up against rivals such as Maruti Suzuki Ignis?

The facelift helps the Hyundai Grand i10 remain a lucrative car to buy in its segment. While the exterior design changes are limited, there are significant improvements in terms of equipment on offer and the new 1.2-litre diesel motor. The problem is that most of these improvement are limited to the top-end variants.But, it fails to stand out amongst the competition, especially when compared to the Maruti Suzuki Ignis. View offers on Hyundai Grand i10  check Autozhop.

Hyundai Grand i10 Exterior & Look

As part of the 2017 update, the new Hyundai Grand i10 gets three big changes on the outside. In this top of the line Asta trim, it gets a more sculpted front bumper with day time running LED lights. These bumpers, says Hyundai, besides giving the Grand a sportier presence, also helps the car’s aeros creating an air curtain around the front wheels. The end result is better fuel economy.

The rear bumper is new too. And though it doesn’t have any functional benefit, it does give the Grand that hint of freshness its rear-end needed so badly. The alloy wheel design is new too. Among the smaller changes is a revised grille, a longer antenna and the keyless entry access button is now only on the driver’s side. So, have these changes given the Grand a new lease on life? Not visually. It still looks a little staid against its newest challenger, the Ignis.

Hyundai Grand i10 Interior & Cabin

Again, it’s more Seeta than Geeta on the inside. So, the virtues remain – the fit and finish is good, the ergonomics are spot on, and interior room as on the earlier car, is more than adequate for four. The boot space isn’t bad either. Plus, the quality on the inside is difficult to fault. It’s all hard plastic but the texture gives it an upmarket feel.

Additionally, Hyundai has updated the Audio system to a 7-inch touchscreen unit with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It has also thrown in a single zone climate control system and a reversing camera in the mix. The multifunctional steering wheel, cooled glovebox and the plethora of stowage spaces – enough for even Mr Mask himself to empty out his pockets – continue as standard on this top of the line Asta trim. For more details on Hyundai Grand i10  visit Kazembassy

But in terms of design, the Grand’s interior does look a little old now. The unimaginative circular aircon vents and controls, the dull buttons on the dashboard, and the lackluster analogue instrumentation seems like going back to the Nokia age all over again. I am not a fan of the seat fabric and design either. Seating comfort though, is pretty good.

Hyundai Grand i10 Engine & Transmission

But the performance, courtesy the new diesel engine, is outstanding on the new Grand i10 1.2 D. It displaces 1186cc and makes 75bhp. But more importantly, the torque rating is up to 190Nm from 160Nm on the older 1.1-litre engine. The specs on paper finally put it on par with the Maruti Suzuki Swift or even the Ignis for that matter. The gearbox meanwhile is a five-speed manual and there’s no automatic option on offer just yet.

On the road, the Grand i10 proves to be quicker than the Swift. It only took 13.2 seconds to complete the 0-100kmph run and another five seconds to go past the 400m mark from a standstill. There’s a dramatic improvement in the car’s driveability as well compared to the older Grand i10. The 1.2D is four seconds quicker in the 40-100kmph-tractability test against the 1.1-litre diesel powered Grand. What’s more, Hyundai says, the drop in fuel efficiency isn’t significant on the new car.

One can feel this difference even without the help of a VBOX. The throttle response is sharper, there’s more grunt all across the rev range, and courtesy the gearing, one can’t really feel the turbo lag on the new car either. The 1.2D Grand i10 pulls cleanly all the way to 4,500rpm and though it gets noisy past 3,500rpm, one doesn’t really need to go there. Keep the Grand i10 1.2D between the 1,500 to 2,500rpm and it is happy to motor around in this rev range all day be it in the city or doing triple digit speeds on the highway.

Hyundai Grand i10 Driving Dynamics

The ride and handling characteristic of the car, meanwhile, is almost the same as the older car. So, the new Grand i10 still has a supple and absorbent ride, which gets better with speed. It’s not exactly plush but it is settled and is a big positive for the car. It takes mild bumps, shallow potholes, road ripples and road joints in its stride and there’s no excess wallowing over undulating roads either. It’s only when the road patchiness gets serious that the Grand’s ride gets noisy, and at times a bit thumpy. The latter is especially true for the rear.

Around a twisty road, the vague and artificial feeling steering (mainly around the centre) takes away from the fun factor. The Grand also doesn’t feel very crisp and strong under brakes. And though it never felt nervous or wayward, be it entering a corner and making quick direction changes, it just doesn’t communicate or excite you enough to put a grin on your face. It’s capable, yes, but not a lot of fun.

Hyundai Grand i10 Safety & Security

The Hyundai Grand i10 features a driver-side airbag as standard across the range. On the top-of-the-line Asta variant which we have tested, safety features include dual front airbags, ABS, impact sensing door-unlock, rear defogger and rear parking sensors and camera.The Hyundai Grand i10, for the price, does not offer as many safety systems as the Ford Figo. The Figo, with 6 airbags, ABS and EBD trumps the Grand i10 in terms of safety.

Hyundai Grand i10 Verdict

The 2017 Hyundai Grand i10 might not be as refreshing (or different) to look at as the new Ignis. It might not even have the latter’s funky insides. And to be honest, even though it is easy to drive and live with, it isn’t exactly exciting for the driver; it’s quick 0-100kmph time notwithstanding. But, when it comes to being a functional hatchback, the Grand scores handsomely.

It is spacious, quiet, practical, and comfortable. It’s not short of equipment either with a fancy audio unit, steering mounted controls, a cooled glovebox, reversing camera and climate control. So yes, it is certainly worth buying. No wonder it is one of Hyundai’s highest selling cars in the country.

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