Hyundai Eon Overview
Introduced in October 2011, Hyundai’s mini-hatchback challenges Maruti’s ace model in the segment-Alto. While the fluidic design philosophy became a talking point, the hatchback was also considered a bit pricey compared to Alto series. Lacking diesel engine like other models in the segment, Eon is available in petrol and LPG fuel options. Mechanicals include a 800cc and 998cc petrol units mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. Hyundai Eon price range in India is between 3,27,391/- to 4,56,201/-, check for detail pricing of Eon in Carzprice
In its product cycle spanning five years, Hyundai Eon mini-hatchback has undergone subtle additions and is now readying for a makeover likely to come out around festive season this year. Offered with petrol and LPG options, the Eon line-up derives power from a 800cc unit and a 998cc engine just like its arch rival Alto K10. But where it misses out on is the AMT unit making do with a five-speed manual transmission.
Hyundai Eon Design
The Eon is built on a completely new platform and to say that the Eon is good looking would be an understatement. Of late Hyundai has adopted their ‘Fluid’ design philosophy and we have seen the results of that on theVerna and the next generation Sonata and Elantra will carry the same design theme. The Eon too uses the same Fluidic design philosophy with the characteristic hexagonal face and the swept back headlamps. The elaborately designed headlamps, massive wheel arches, creases on the bonnet and the triangular fog lamps look cool. All these elements also add visual bulk to the design of this small hatch and this car is sure to appeal to a broad cross-section of people. At the side the shoulder line is prominent and it swoops up along the rear window. At the rear are the massive comma-shaped tail lamps and an integrated rear spoiler which carries on the overall funky look. The rear wind screen in large and the shut lines around the hatch are tight. Hyundai wants its customer to think of the Eon as a modern car which carries a small tag and overall the appearance is swanky it is really hard to think of the Eon as a budget hatchback.
Hyundai Eon Cabin
Get inside and you will be greeted by one of the best designed interiors with the quality of the fit and finish matching it. The Eon gets the segment’s best looking dashboard (equalled by the recently launched Renault Kwid maybe) and it’s hard to believe in this segment. Hyundai has upheld its reputation of putting the best looking interiors with amazing build quality.The interiors get a black and beige layout. The dashboard is spread like the wings of a bird with a V shaped centre console.The instrument cluster features a large circular pod that houses the speedometer and a MID at the bottom, displaying the odometer, trip meter and shift indicator. There are two small circular pods on either side showing the fuel level and engine temperature gauges. Overall, the meters are easily readable and are designed neatly. The lack of a tachometer is easily felt and there is no option for the same even in the top variants.
The steering wheel is nicely designed with a V-shaped silver highlight in the middle and is of a good size, if not a tad bigger. The steering wheel also gets a first-in-segment tilt adjustment.The centre console houses the middle AC vents and a 2-DIN audio system and air conditioning controls below. The switches and knobs are of good size and quality.The glove box is wide and deep, offering lots of space for your needs. Other storage spaces come in the form of a storage spot on the top of the dashboard, bottle holders on the front doors, door pockets and cup holders in the middle.Both the front and rear seats offer amazing under thigh support especially in this segment. The front seats get integrated headrests that are positioned very efficiently and the cushioning is also good. At the rear, the space available is one of the best in the segment (not surprising considering that the Eon gets the same wheelbase as the Santro and i10).215 litres of boot space means you can travel with your luggage neatly tucked in the rear. The boot space is one of the biggest in the segment miles ahead of the Alto’s 177 liters and Nanos abysmal 80 liters. Only the newly released Renault Kwid beats the Eon as its boot space stands at 300 liters.
Hyundai Eon Engine
The Hyundai Eon in India gets a 3-cylinder engine that was developed at Hyundai’s R&D centre in Hyderabad. It’s the same engine as in the i10 with one cylinder removed to reduce displacement. It makes 56PS of max power along with 75Nm of torque which is the best in class. Driveability isn’t great with max torque being generated at a fairly high 4000rpm which means you have to constantly shift down to lower gears. In urban areas you will find yourself using second and third gears constantly and that also keeps the revs high.
At engine speeds above 3000rpm it sounds buzzy and scratchy and the sound only dies out considerably when you shift to higher gears and keep the revs low and that largely happens on the highway. Yet its NVH is within comfortable limits and unless revved hard this engine is a quiet operator. It’s also very similar in feel to the Alto’s 800cc engine, in first gear there is a small flat spot under 1500 rpm that intermittently also shows up in second gear. At times unless revved hard it feels like the engine is dying out even though you’ve engaged first gear and released the clutch. The 5-speed transmission is smooth to operate, however on another car it felt notchy. I guess these are some of the consistency issues that Hyundai will have to sort out. The ratios nonetheless are spaced out quite a bit to provide the best fuel efficiency rather than performance, yet first to third gears sees the Eon gain momentum quickly enough.
Hyundai Eon Driving
As far as the ride quality and handling characteristics are concerned, both the 0.8L and 1.0L behave similarly as there are no differences in the suspension setup. The Hyundai Eon gets the typical McPherson strut to the front and torsion beam axle to the rear for the suspension duties. While the Eon goes smooth as long as the roads are smooth and can absorb slight aberrations of without a problem. But as the going gets tough, the Eon does get going but you will feel each and every bit of those large bumps.
When it comes to handling, predictable is the word that describes that of the Eon. Hyundai Eon doe a neat job of going around the city traffic without any drama. Over the highways, while the straight line stability is good, going around the curves will rob you off the confidence. The skinny tyres are the major reason and hence we recommend wider tyre upgrade at the earliest. The tyres take no time to understeer if pushed hard and the body roll also crops in.While the light steering is good for the city commutes, the feedback from it is almost nonexistent on the highways. The brakes though have a nice bite to them and inspire confidence during high speed braking situations.
Hyundai Eon Safety
Driver airbag is optional from D-Lite + onwards and is a standard provision on the top end variant while missing out on the entry level trim. Other safety features like central locking, keyless entry, front fog lamps, engine immobilizer, seat belts in front & rear and inside rear view mirror are offered on the hatchback.
Hyundai Eon Price
Hyundai Eon Ex-Showroom Price in India ranges from 3,27,391/- (EON D Lite) to 4,56,201/- (EON Magna O Optional). Get best offers for Hyundai Eon from Hyundai Dealers in India
Hyundai Eon Conclussion
The Hyundai Eon has always made for a fine entry-level car but the lack of power did hurt those who were regularly driving over inclined roads or carrying occupants with them. With the boost in power, the Hyundai Eon makes a much stronger case for itself. Sure it is far from polished in the dynamics department and the rear seat lacks much space but when you look at the big picture, you simply can’t deny this car offers you more than your money’s worth, in terms of visuals (exterior and interiors). Only offered in Magna+ trim, the 1.0-litre Eon costs Rs. 34,000/- more than the 0.8-litre version in the same variant. For the extra money you pay, you get drastically better performance which transforms the experience of driving this car significantly.