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Hyundai Grand i10 Overview

The Grand i10 Nios is the newest addition to Hyundai’s line-up in India and that makes it their fourth hatchback model-line on sale at the moment. All four of them reside between `4.5-9.5 lakh, and that might seem like one too many! The Nios fits into the line-up between the Grand i10 (prices of which have been cut) and the Elite i20. Hyundai is aiming this car at young families, single owner-drivers and other such upwardly mobile groups. People who want a small car but are also looking for something that is stylish, modern and with a feel-good vibe. Time then to find out if the Nios delivers on these promises.Check for Hyundai Grand i10 price in Hyderabad.

Hyundai Grand i10 Exterior & Look

The Hyundai Grand i10 was never exciting to look at, though it was certainly smart. With the facelift, the Grand i10 adheres to the company’s new design philosophy.

As the front, the biggest changes include a new ‘cascading grille’ design, a reworked upper grille and a redesigned bumper with new fog-lamp surrounds and the all-new LED DRLs. At the side, the changes are limited to the redesigned 14-inch alloy wheels. At the rear, there’s a new bumper which includes a large black insert with circular reflectors.At the rear, there’s a new bumper which includes a large black insert with circular reflectors. The new rear bumper design is expected to divide opinions – the pre-facelift model looked smart and the redesign feels unnecessary.

Hyundai Grand i10 Interior & Comfort

Hyundai has managed to retain the Grand i10’s very upmarket cabin, even managing to improve it in many ways. Fit and finish in fact are every bit as good, with some bits feeling even better made, and quality of the bits you touch, like the gear lever and the steering wheel, feel so good – this still feels like a car from a segment above. There’s now a new 7.0-inch touchscreen audio system, with an interface similar to that of the Elantra, and what’s nice is that you even get Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as part of the software suite. The unit is intuitive and touch sensitivity is nice too. This new audio system will also support voice commands once your smartphone is connected to it. And the screen also doubles up as a display for the newly added reversing camera.

The other big addition to the equipment list is the automatic climate control system from its compact sedan sibling. For those looking to buy the lower Sportz variant, even that gets a 5.0-inch touchscreen system with Bluetooth. Even the seats are very comfortable and supportive, and there’s so much legroom in the rear that being chauffeur-driven is not a problem either. There’s just one complaint. While all variants come with a driver airbag, variants upwards of Sportz get dual airbags. And an anti-locking braking system (ABS) is only available only on the top-spec Asta variant. Neither of the variants gets speed-sensitive door locks, which is something that the competition from Maruti gets.

Hyundai Grand i10 Engine & Transmission

The Hyundai Grand i10 is offered with two engine options – a 1.2-litre, 4-cylinder, naturally aspirated petrol motor paired to either a 5-speed manual transmission and 4-speed automatic transmission. The car we have tested is the new 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder, turbocharged diesel motor paired to a 5-speed manual transmission. The only time you feel the vibes from the engine is when you switch it off – the cabin shakes vigorously.To know more details on Hyundai Grand i10 check Iiit-bh

Petrol

The 1.2-litre unit is amongst the refined engines in the segment. At idle and on the move, the engine is silent and feels relaxed. It is only when you stray into the top of the rev range, do you sense the engine being vocal and uneasy. The low end isn’t as strong as say the Maruti Celerio, which will require you to downshift into first in most cases. The mid-range is where the action is, and keeping it in and around its torque band can be fun too.

On the highways, progress is swift upto 120kmph, after which the engine feels out of breath. Not to mention, the revs are already close to the redline at this point. That, coupled with the vocal whining of the engine will dissuade you from pushing any further.

The engine is available with either a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 4-speed automatic. Our pick remains the manual for the clutch is super light and the stubby gearknob is a slick to use. The torque converter automatic does a good job of swapping cogs and there’s nothing more you would want once stuck in a jam. That said, it isn’t too good at keeping the wallet happy. Take your pick.

Diesel

The diesel motor is basically a revised version of the 1.1-litre motor which powered the older car. The increase in displacement has in turn helped increase the maximum power output from 71PS to 75PS and peak torque output from 160Nm to 190Nm – this makes the car very easy to drive, especially in town. The new 1.2-litre ‘U2 CRDi’ motor now develops 190Nm of maximum torque – from a very low 1,750rpm – the Grand i10 feels peppy at all times. Out on the highway though, the Grand i10 feels sedate in comparison – the power trails off after 4,000rpm and progress is slower past 110-120kmph. The Grand i10 diesel has a 0-100kmph time of 17.32 seconds, which is decent.

The 5-speed manual transmission is a treat to use, it slots in very well even when used in urgency. The pull-up type reverse gear-lock works smoothly and feels nice to hold.The Grand i10’s new diesel motor is also efficient. It returned 19.23kmpl in the city and 22.19kmpl in the highway in our instrumented tests.

Hyundai Grand i10 Driving Dynamics

The other area where this car is improved is ride and handling. It now takes to the road like a much bigger, more expensive car with commendable sound insulation and good bump absorption. And that little bit of an edge that the earlier car had over sharp bumps, Hyundai seems to have been able to get rid of that too. Even pitching and bobbing on wavy surfaces are well-controlled and the car feels planted and confidence-inspiring at highway speeds. Its steering might not feel very sporty or lively but it is light enough in the city and returns to centre quite nicely on the move. The real jewel, however, is the gearbox. It is light, has a short throw, and, with well-defined gates, makes shifting gears a joy. Even the clutch is nice and light, although the action is a bit springy and at times is a bit difficult to modulate; especially considering the stall characteristics of the three-cylinder motor.

Hyundai Grand i10 Braking & Safety

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 Cost in Hyderabad 

Hyundai Grand i10 On Road Price is 5,78,856/- and Ex-showroom Price is 4,91,337/- in Hyderabad. Hyundai Grand i10 comes in 6 colours, namely Wine Red,Star Dust,Golden Orange,Pure White,Sleek Silver,Twilight Blue. Hyundai Grand i10 comes with FWD 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 100 KMPH at N/A . Hyundai Grand i10 comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .

Hyundai Grand i10 Conclusion

With the facelift and the updates to the diesel engine, Hyundai has taken a good product and made it even better. The car feels fresh, beautifully built and the additional power of the diesel makes it a bit nicer to drive too. Sure, even more power on the diesel would have been nicer still and the new Grand i10 still lags behind when it comes to safety kit. But look at what the Grand i10 offers as against what you pay for it, and it’s pretty clear why more than 10,000 buyers a month sign on the dotted line for the car. This clearly is one of Hyundai’s best cars.

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