Hyundai Grand i10 Overview
It is facelift season in the car industry. The intense competition across segments has finally led to brands being pushed to the point where model year refreshment is becoming inevitable. There are a number of models that are also going through the middle of their generation cycle, which then means that they are not dated in terms of design and appeal. But, to stay in the fray these cars need to be called attention to and their perceived value may need a boost.
The Hyundai Grand i10 is just at that spot in its lifecycle. It is still an attractive small car that offers features above segment-average and is delightful to drive on city roads and the highway. But new competition (read Suzuki Ignis) is pushing the Grand i10 down the line on the list of probables being drawn up by buyers in the segment.Hyundai Motor India’s response is the refreshed 2017 Grand i10. A more redefined exterior styling, a couple of new high-tech features, and a slightly improved performance and fuel efficiency are the key highlights.
Hyundai Grand i10 Style
The exterior of the 2017 Grand i10 pretty much remains the same. But the addition of a few design flourishes gives it a sportier look. The 2017 Grand i10 sports Hyundai’s new design identity with the cascade design front grille and aerodynamic profile, characterised by signature Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language.
At the front, the redesigned Grand i10 features additions like the new radiator grille, redesigned bumper, new LED DRLs (daytime running lights) and an air curtain, which has been added for higher aerodynamic stability — said to be a segment first. At the rear, it gets a dual tone bumper and new circular reflectors.
While the exterior design changes are mostly only cosmetic, the Grand i10’s cabin gets a few additions that are meant to make it more modern and user-friendly. The big addition is the new seven-inch touch screen infotainment system with smartphone connectivity compatible with protocols like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Mirror Link. The system also offers dedicated Voice recognition, which can be activated through a button on the steering wheel.
The new 2017 Grand i10 offers enhanced safety with features like the rear parking assist system, dual airbags, ABS, reverse parking sensors and a newly introduced rear parking camera with display on the touch screen.
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.
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. For more info on Hyundai Grand i10 check ieso2013
Hyundai Grand i10 Engine
The powertrains, both petrol and diesel, have been slightly tweaked for improved performance and better fuel efficiency. The familiar and proven 1.2L Kappa Dual VTVT petrol engine generates 83PS power at 6,000rpm and a tweaked 11.6NM of torque at 4,000rpm. It also delivers an improved fuel efficiency of 19.77 kmpl for the manual transmission and 17.49 kmpl for the four-speed automatic. The diesel engine has now grown in displacement size and is now the 1.2L U2 engine. It is more powerful and generates 75PS of power at 4,000rpm with 19.4KgM of torque and yet also delivers an improved mileage of 24.95 kmpl. The petrol engine version gets both manual and automatic transmission options, while the diesel gets only the manual.
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 Driving
Hyundai Grand i10 performs pretty well on both city and highway roads. It’s a charm to drive the car and it can take quick turns in heavy city traffic. The Grand i10 runs on front McPherson strut with coil spring and the rear is the coupled torsion beam axle with coil spring. As a Hyundai trademark, they always set the car with soft suspensions. Book Hyundai Grand i10 Test Drive at Tryaldrive.
The Hyundai Grand i10 too comes with soft suspension set-up, which increases the ride quality on the bumpy city roads, but at the same time, at high speeds, the car rolls a bit but without losing control. High-speed manners may not be as impressive as some of the other cars, but it’s not appalling either. The steering of Hyundai Grand i10 is very nice to hold and has little feedback from the road. The handling is not very sharp, but the car is not meant to be a great handler, but rather a perfect city car with great ease of use, and it does that very well in that department.
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 Cost in Chennai
Hyundai Grand I10 On-Road Price in Chennai ranges from 5,21,616 to 8,38,725 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 Chennai.
Hyundai Grand i10 Conclusion
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. .