Hyundai Grand i10 Expert Review
Hyundai Grand i10 Expert Review - Check Advantage and Disadvantage
After the 'Grand' success of its compact hatchback 'i10', Hyundai has attracted all eyes(again) with its latest offering, the Grand i10(although the Grand i10 does not resemble in any aspect with the i10, except the name). After unleashing its fluidic design on Verna, Elantra, i20, the Korean maker has very beautifully shaped the Grand i10 on the same platform. Price starting from Rs. 4.58 Lakh (Ex-Showroom, Delhi), marketed as 'compact premium entry' by Hyundai, it will be definitely a joy to watch this hatchback perform.
Hyundai Grand i10 Exterior
Well, for a car with a wheelbase of 2425 mm, the design definitely feels tiny(3765x1660x1520 mm). From the front, the widely swept headlamps which are more on the bonnet side than the fender does make the car look sporty. The thin chrome stripped radiator grill with Hyundai's symbol embossed on it looks sleek. Cascading style large hexagonal air dam shows the evolving design concepts of Hyundai. The L-shaped fog lamps get a strip of DRLs(Daylight Running Lamps) which for sure, makes the car look trendy. Overall, there is hardly any room to complain about when it comes to the otherwise neat and clean design strategy induced by Hyundai.
The trend from the front continues to the sides too. With a broad set of wheel arches, very elegant sloping shoulder and waistlines reflect the architecture of fluidic design, somewhat rear sloping roof with sporty rooflines, electronically operated ORVMs with LED blinkers integrated on it and the chrome door handles. Also, the ORVMs get folded automatically when you lock the car and get unfolded(obviously automatically) when you unlock the car. The broadside moldings could have been a bit more proportionate with the overall dimensions of the car(but Hyundai says it creates a more dynamic impression). Having said that, the car gives a very strong message when we talk about aerodynamics. Both the front and rear windows are sufficiently wide(unlike the Swift), which adds to the symmetry. The newly designed 14 inches diamond cut alloy and steel wheels enhance the design further. A ground clearance of 165 mm is decent for a car of this caliber.
It's fascinating. The look from the rear is definitely fascinating. Especially the dual toned rear bumper with a new set of rear reflectors mounted on it which differentiates it from the crowd. The narrow taillamps could have been facelifted(with at least LEDs) which would have definitely added to the style quotient of the car. The integrated brake light on the rear spoiler enhances the visibility of the car.
Hyundai Grand i10 Interior
The quality of material used for the fabric and the dashboard makes the interior very premium. The car gets a huge 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The car also gets automatic climate control, controls for which are mounted beneath the infotainment system. Features such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink are exclusive only to this car in its segment.
To add further, the car also gets a storage of 1 GB. So no more draining battery of your devices or connecting them via. Bluetooth, AUX or USB. It gets Black and Beige toned interiors with very sleek silver accents for the AC vents. The entirely black steering wheel gets mounted controls for music, voice commands and also for receiving /rejecting calls. There is nothing fabulous about the instrument cluster. The dials for speedometer, tachometer, fuel indicator and temperature indicator are a cliche. The smart move was the display of gear shift indicator(and also Odometer) on the small LCD strip placed at the bottom center of Speedometer. It recommends the ideal gearshift thus contributing to the efficiency of the car. Also, the wide glovebox is fitted with AC vent, thus keeping the food or beverages cool and refreshing which might be a boon in intense climatic conditions.
Both front and rear seats also feature Black and Beige combination. The driver's seat is adjustable for height too. The upholstery feels good and seats will offer a good amount of lumbar and thigh support. However, the absence of 60:40 split seat folding for the rear seats might cause a greater amount of inconvenience for utilizing the boot space to its fullest(Capacity of 256 litres). None of them gets an armrest which was expected for a car with this individuality. Once again, provision of rear AC vent will definitely comfort the rear passengers(although the middle passenger might be less comfortable because of the positioning of the rear AC vent which is located exactly between the front two seats). The fixed handle mounted on the inside of the roof will cause discomfort for a somewhat tall person. Also, the sloping roof might create a lack of headroom for the rear passengers.
Hyundai Grand i10 Specification
The Hyundai Grand i10 features with two engine options. First, the same 4-cylinder, 1.2 dual VTVT Kappa petrol engine which is already tried and tested in some of the other cars from the Hyundai stable. The 1,197cc engine develops a peak power of 83 bhp at 6,000 rpm and peak torque of 114Nm at 4,000 rpm mated to 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic gearbox. Hyundai claims a mileage of 18.9 kmpl(fuel tank capacity of 43 litres) under standardized tests. Second, the 3-cylinder, U2 1.2 CRDi diesel engine which is capable of a maximum 75 bhp at 4,000 rpm and 190 nm torque at 1,750 ~ 2,250 rpm. This is a brand new engine keeping in mind the fierce competition from the 1248 cc diesel engine of Swift from Maruti Suzuki. Both the engines are refined and prepared to make the maximum of efficiency considering the Indian environment. The kerb weight for petrol variant is 935 kg and 1025 kg for the diesel variant.
In terms of safety, Hyundai has been conservative with the option of ABS and front dual airbags only in the top end variant which should have been kept optional right from the base variant. It also features a rear parking camera along with a proximity sensing buzzer which minimizes the possibility of a collision. Some of the unique features include automatic door unlocking for quick exits from the car in case it senses impact collision and also the automatic lowering of windows by 150 mm when the car detects any obstruction in frame with the help of sensors. It is equipped with MacPherson Strut suspension at the front and Coupled Torsion Beam Axle suspension at the rear.
1. The aesthetics of the car is definitely something which appeals the most.
2. The ergonomics surely make each control within reach inside the car thus ensuring maximum comfort.
3. Many distinctive(or privileged) and safety features which are exclusive for this car only.
1. The overall design of the car makes it less spacious especially for the third passenger in the rear seat.
2. No optional ABS + Airbag feature in any variant except the top end.
3. Integrated headrests for the front seats eliminate the convenience of adjusting the headrests according to the requirement.
Hyundai Grand i10 Expert Review Rating - 8.3/10
Hyundai Grand i10 Photos