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Hyundai Grand i10 Features, Performance & Test Drive

Hyundai Grand i10

Hyundai Grand i10 Overview

Hyundai introduced the first ever Grand i10 in the late 2013 and it instantly became the top-selling B-segment hatch in the subcontinent. All that happened because of the vehicle’s attractive style, well-built interiors, generous equipment and efficient powertrains. Whenever Hyundai launches a new hatchback, there is always a ton of excitement and the new Grand i10 certainly qualifies as the most exciting hatch to come to India and that too, after a long span of time. Korean auto giant has made a great effort and left no stone unturned. This time, Hyundai has provided the car with a mid-life update and focused on almost all areas to give it a new identity.Apply car loan for Grand i10.

Hyundai Grand i10 Design & Style

Changes to the BA (compared to the IA) focused on improving the glass area at the rear to bring in more light into the rear seat of the Grand i10 and also at improving the airy feel of the car’s interiors. So, the rear windows are wider with the belt line being straightened and given a gradual slope upwards instead of the IA’s design where the line rises sharply past the midway point at the rear window.

The India-spec (BA) Grand i10 is also about 100 mm longer overall and features a wheelbase which is about 70mm higher than the IA version. Apparently, Hyundai Motor India’s R&D centres in Chennai and Hyderabad worked together with HMC’s research facility in Namyang, Korea to put together these changes in the BA.

The new Grand i10’s design is even more modern and even less quirky compared to the existing i10. In fact, there is a very European flavour to the Grand i10 looks and stance. It is still a bit like a tall-boy, but overall looks squatter and actually seems to be like a cross between the current i10 and the i20.

Hyundai’s familiar fluidic design lines are the most evident at the front, especially in the hexagonal grille and the elongated, peeled-back headlamps. A gradually rising A-pillar and the less rakish windscreen add to the squat appearance. The rear is taut with the roof sloping down sharply and merging into the C-pillar. The relatively small tail-lamps and the oversized rear fender together frame the hatch door and give the rear and a fairly consistent design. Rear glass wiper, a roof spoiler and rear parking sensors are features that may be offered depending on the variant.

The new Grand i10’s dimensions are fairly generous with the overall length being 3,765mm, the wheelbase being 2,425mm and the width being 1,660mm. It is still well below the four-metre length limit. But, Hyundai designers and engineers have together managed to pack in more space inside the cabin of the Grand i10.

Hyundai Grand i10 Cabin & Comfort

The cabin of the Grand i10 feels airy and spacious the moment you step into it. There a few elements on the dashboard that seem familiar and look like they may have been borrowed from another Hyundai model especially the air-conditioner knobs and the hexagonal top half of the centre stack. The chunky, three-spoke steering wheel feels nice to hold and the top trim variants feature stitched leather trim and steering mounted controls for the audio system and cruise control.

A two-tone colour theme has been adopted for the interiors, which also flows into the seat upholstery for the Grand i10. The gear shift stick has been positioned just below the centre stack and almost on the dashboard just like in the i10 .This improves reach and ease of use especially for shorter drivers. Overall the cabin feels solid and fit and finish quality seems a notch above the average hatchback, though you are still surrounded by a sea of plastic all around. Check for Hyundai Grand i10 in Cmap

Two other factors that contribute to the comfort levels in the Grand i10’s cabin are the quality of the seats and the low noise levels. The seats are comfortably cushioned and even the rear seats feature wide base squabs. There has been a lot of work that has gone into the NVH packaging (Noise, vibration and harshness) making the cabin very quiet and considerably isolated from engine vibrations.

Another highlight is the extremely effective airconditioning. A number of new improvements to the aircon system in the car have been co-developed with Visteon – the vendor for the product. There is also a cooled glove-box. Other convenience features include auto-closing door mirrors, smart key and push-button start and stop, and Bluetooth handsfree phone pairing with the music system.

One other India-centric feature is the rear aircon vent. Just the addition of the vent that ducts cool air for distribution at the rear, also manages to improve comfort levels at the rear.

Hyundai Grand i10 Engine & Gearbox

Coming to the drivetrains the Grand i10 facelift still is offered with both petrol as well as diesel engines under its hood.

The petrol variant gets the 1.2L, four cylinder Kappa Dual VTVT Petrol unit which generates about 83 PS of peak power at 6,000 RPM and 11.6 KGM torque at 4,000 RPM. The engine is paired to a 5 speed manual transmission while there is also an option of 4 speed automatic transmission available as well. According to Hyundai the Alternator Management System has helped improve the fuel efficiency while the air curtains makes contribution towards better aerodynamics and reduced NVH levels which helps to further boost the overall fuel efficiency figures.

The updated hatchback surely stores a big surprise under its hood, the diesel variant of the Grand i10 now is powered by a new 1.2L U2 Diesel engine which is slightly bigger and more powerful than the old 1.1 Litre unit. The new diesel powertrain generates about 75 PS of peak power at 4,000 RPM with 19.4 KGM of torque in between 1,750 -2,250 RPM. The unit gets only 5 speed manual transmission option. For more information on Hyundai Grand i10 check AutoZhop.

In this update, the carmaker has tweaked the engines a little to marginally improve the mileage figures. Hyundai has added new alternator management system and with the improved aerodynamics, the car promises to return good mileage. Where the petrol powered Grand i10 delivers ARAI certified 18.9kmpl, the diesel on the other hand, returns 24kmpl.

Hyundai Grand i10 Ride & Handling

The suspension setup of the new Grand i10 has been tweaked and boy, that’s the area where it shines. The car gobbles up the bad roads and potholes without breaking a sweat. The ride quality is amplified by nice NVH levels that make the car damp and serene on roads. It clearly feels like you are sitting in a segment above car.The Grand i10’s ride quality is a combination of stiff and pliant. I think it is a right mix considering how bad our roads are both in the urban and semi-urban areas of our cities. There is a bit of body roll when the car is thrown into corners or during urgent overtaking manoeuvres, but nothing very disconcerting, and it is much lesser than the current i10.

Hyundai Grand i10 Safety & Security

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 On-Road Price in Pune ranges from 5,83,660 to 9,05,207 for variants Grand i10 1.2 Era Petrol and Grand i10 1.2 Asta Diesel respectively. Hyundai Grand I10 is available in 10 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Hyundai Grand I10 variants price in Pune. Check for Grand i10 price in Pune at Tryaldrive.

Hyundai Grand i10 Final Word

Surely there are plenty of changes available on the new Grand i10 which not only enhanced the visual appeal of the hatchback but also at the same time have made the Grand i10 a well equipped car of its segment. The advantage of fuel efficient drivetrains along with a an upgraded diesel drivetrain surely makes the entire package more appealing. The availability of a 4 speed automatic transmission alongside manual transmission also allows the hatchback to lock horns with its rivals with more confidence. .

Hyundai Grand i10 is available in four different variants including Era, Magna, Sportz, and Asta. Looking at the pricing details, its base trim Era gets the price tag of Rs. 4.69 lakh and goes up to Rs. 7.46 lakh. Its top-selling variant 1.2 CRDI Sportz is available at the price tag of Rs. 7.06 lakh. Overall, the facelifted model looks nice, better equipped and comes with improved drivability and powerful diesel engine, all that makes it a better car against the rival Maruti Swift, Ford Figo and Maruti Suzuki Ignis in the segment.

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