Hyundai Grand i10 Facelift Review & Test Drive



Hyundai Grand i10 Overview

Hyundai Grand i10 has replaced the i10 in the international markets but India being a vast and budget-concerned market, Hyundai decided to keep both the cars in the market, and put the Grand i10 between the current i10 and i20, filling the gap between the two vehicles. The Grand i10 gained popularity just after reaching the market and currently is doing best sales figure on the sales chart. The Grand, as it is popularly known as, follows the Hyundai trademark Fluidic design language strongly. The car looks slightly bigger than i10 and more like i20. The Grand i10 looks very premium and has currently is one of the best hatchbacks offered in this segment.

The Grand i10 incorporates many futuristic features. Hyundai has modified the car especially for India by giving the vehicle bigger rear windows to minimize the claustrophobic feel as the rear seats are used more in India than in European countries. The brilliant-looking diamond-cut alloy wheels look sharp and make the exterior of the vehicle even more premium to look at. Hyundai has used high-quality materials on the inside and outside of the car. Enter the vehicle and there is the dual tone scheme. The plastic quality is very premium. Hyundai sells both petrol and diesel engines with the Grand i10, unlike the old i10 in which the diesel engine was missing. The petrol unit is the tried-and-tested 1.2-litre Kappa VTVT while the diesel is powered by a newly developed 1.2-litre U2 engine. On the inside, the car gets many first-in-the-segment features, like 1 GB internal memory, which can be used to store music.

There are also features like Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), and dual air bags for the driver and the co-driver to keep the occupants safe in an event of accident. Hyundai Grand i10 is available in five variants in both petrol and diesel but most of the features listed in the car are reserved for the top-end Asta model. Important features like seat height adjuster and headrest adjuster are standard only in the Asta variant. Also, important safety features like the Anti-lock Braking System is available only in the top variant while two airbags (driver and front passenger) are available in the top three variants now. The top model also gets rear spoiler, which is missing from the other variants. The brilliant-looking diamond-cut alloy wheels also come as standard with the top model and Sportz(O) AT.

Hyundai Grand i10 Style

Honestly speaking, Hyundai Grand i10 has never been a looker. The aim of the carmaker was rather more on functionality than the appearance. Hence, the car still looks clearheaded but appeal a large number of enthusiasts without attempting to impress a particular niche of customers. The facelifted model brings an all new front look with the headlights and the upper portion of the grille carried from the previous model. The changes can be seen in the form hexagonal grille going a little angular along with changes in the bumper.

Then there is alteration in the fog lamp enclosure which is now sleek and features air ducts on the top, foglamps in the mid and LED daytime running lights at the bottom. All these changes at the front lend the car a sportier look. At the sides, the only addition is the new 14-inch diamond-cut alloys adding to the bold character. The rear profile features revised bumper and a large black plastic board running across the breadth of the car. Overall, the car has been improved on the design front and scores well in terms of contemporariness.

Hyundai Grand i10 Space

People familiar with the car will find the similar ambiance inside. The carmaker has retained the upmarket cabin with the two-tone dashboard and steering remaining the same as before. However, they do get subtle changes. The key attention will be definitely the new 7-inch touchscreen infotainment unit with the interface similar to that of sibling Elantra sedan. And this is not a plain jane unit but powered by Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and even MirrorLink. The navigation apps of your smartphone can be easily integrated into the system.

The infotainment also provides visuals from the rear camera. On the other hand, the lower variants get the 5-inch touchscreen unit which supports USB, Bluetooth, and Aux-in connectivity. The output from the 4-speakers is good enough for the car of this stature.Check for Hyundai Grand i10 price in Pune at CarBing.

The seats have now become more comfortable and supportive. They now get the right amount of cushioning to keep you tucked in. You get ample amount of legroom at the rear. The height adjustable driver seat and the tiltable steering wheel set you in the preferred driving position. Coming to the feature list, the carmaker this time has installed automatic climate control which adds more to the comfort factor. And the rear ac vents are just icing on the cake, especially in the torching summer weathers.

Further, the feature list continues to impress us with the addition of voice recognition button added to the steering wheel. Other than that, you get the same comfort and convenience including power outlets at front and rear, cooled glovebox, one-touch power windows, push-start stop button and electrically adjustable ORVM. Talking about space, as the name (grand) suggests, it’s utterly convenient for 5 passengers. The car offers best in segment 256L of boot space.

Hyundai Grand i10 Gearbox

Hyundai introduced the car in both petrol and diesel engine options. The tried and tested petrol engine – 1.2-litre VTVT engine comes from the i10 and i20 models. This engine used to do its duty on the i10 and is still available with the bigger i20 model. The 4-cylinder engine has 16 valves and has a displacement of 1197 cc. Working on full load, the engine produces a maximum of 83 bhp at 6000 rpm and maximum torque of 114 Nm at 4000 rpm. The petrol powered engine is smooth and frugal and does the job very nicely.

The diesel versions carry the newly developed second generation U2 CRDi technology. With a displacement of 1186cc, the new engine has 3-cylinder with 12 valves. The diesel mill generates a maximum of 74bhp at 4000rpm and the torque figure peaks at 190 Nm spread across a wide range of 1750-2250 rpm. Hyundai bolts a 5-speed manual transmission with the Grand i10 on both petrol and diesel models. The Korean giant in order to offer a wide range to the customers also fits an automatic gearbox with the Grand i10.

Hyundai Grand i10 is a complete package and with the moderate power it comes with, which is better than most of the models in the segment, Hyundai has tuned the engine of the Grand i10 in a very good way. The Hyundai Grand i10 promises to offer an impressive fuel efficiency of 24 kmpl with the diesel engine, which is among the best if not the best in the segment. And with an average fuel efficiency of 18.9 kmpl with the 1.2 petrol Kappa2 engine its at par with other hatches in this segment. The real world conditions might bring down the mileage by about 15-30%, but even after driving on moderate speeds, the fuel efficiency remains commendable.To know more information on Hyundai Grand i10 check Getreadyoregon

Hyundai Grand i10 Driving

Another area where improvements have been made is Ride and Handling.The suspension of the new Grand i10 has been tweaked a little and is coupled with good NVH characteristics, offering you a well damped and quiet ride. It now sports commendable sound insulation and good bump absorption. The car now is well-controlled and tackles those wavy surfaces with utter confidence. The steering wheel is light enough for city-drives and returns to center quite nicely on the move. The gearbox is light with a short throw which makes shifting gears a joy. Even the clutch is nice and light.

Hyundai Grand i10 Safety

The brakes of the car offer a strong bite force with the pedal being firm. The car comes to standstill in a few seconds. The safety kit remains identical to the previous model and lags behind the competition. The only thing standard in the car is dual front airbags.But as you move to higher variants, you get anti-lock braking system, passenger side airbag, keyless entry, rear parking sensors with camera, impact sensing door lock and central locking.

Hyundai Grand i10 Price in Pune

Hyundai Grand I10 Grand i10 1.2 Era Petrol Ex-showroom Price is 4,91,337/- and On Road Price is 5,83,660/-. Hyundai Grand I10 Grand i10 1.2 Era Petrol comes in 6 colours, namely Wine Red,Star Dust,Golden Orange,Pure White,Sleek Silver,Twilight Blue. Hyundai Grand I10 Grand i10 1.2 Era Petrol comes with 1.2 Kappa Dual VTVT with 1197 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 82 bhp@6000 rpm and Peak Torque 114 Nm@4000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 18.90 Kmpl . Hyundai Grand I10 Grand i10 1.2 Era Petrol comes with Manual Transmission with FWD.

Hyundai Grand i10 Round Up

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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