Hyundai has been a huge success story all over the world and it isn’t a coincidence. The Korean car firm has a vast range of cars from small hatchbacks to large station wagons and everything in between. The most recent addition to the ever expanding Hyundai fleet is the new Grand i10. This hatchback is slotted in between the higher end i20 premium hatchback and the base model, first generation i10.
The Hyundai Grand i10 gets its power either from a 1.1 litre, 3 cylinder, U2 common rail fuel injected, diesel engine that puts out 70 bhp and 16.3 kg-m of torque at 1,500-2,750 RPM or a 1.2 litre, 4 cylinder, petrol engine with a power rating of 82 bhp and a torque figure of 11.6 kg-m at 4,000 RPM. Taking performance into consideration, the Variable Timing Valve Train (VTVT) technology incorporated into the petrol engine reportedly gives robust performance while not compromising on fuel consumption.
In order to make the driving experience of the new Hyundai Grand i10 free of hassles, Hyundai equips the car with a reasonably smooth 5 speed manual gearbox that’s an improvement over the rather coarse gearboxes used in their older cars. There have been design changes to both the exterior and the interior of the car to distinguish it from the regular, base model i10. Apart from the overall appearance, the car itself is longer and wider than the base version and the design aims at making the car more aerodynamic, enabling it be more efficient.
When one looks at this new hatchback more closely, the less it seems to resemble a regular i10. The amount of design feature changes on this car compared to the vehicle it is based on is immense. On the outside, the headlamp cluster has been redesigned, a new waistline moulding has been added, the car gets new alloy wheels and even a little boot spoiler has been integrated to improve driving stability.
Once one gets inside, they are bound to notice the air conditioner vent at the rear. This is the first time a car in this segment has it installed. Another feature that is sure to perk up a dull Monday morning is the push button engine ignition; it really is worlds better than a mundane key twist! For entertainment purposes, a 2 DIN audio system is provided that has the capability to play radio, CDs and MP3 files. There are also some very thoughtful features like a cooled glove compartment, a lamp that illuminates the luggage area when the boot is opened, storage space on the floor next to the hand brake, pockets behind the front seats for magazines and a driver seat height adjuster.
Hyundai, as all other car makers, are refocusing on safety. In the Grand i10, both occupants in the front get airbags, anti-lock braking systems, reverse parking sensors and an improved internal skeleton to enhance body rigidity. A multi-function steering wheel ensures that drivers can keep their eyes on the road while operating the phone or the audio system. Hyundai has packed all of this into a package that goes easy on the wallet too. The Hyundai Grand i10 price ranges from Rs. 5 lakhs to Rs. 8 lakhs, which is perfectly reasonable for such a capable little car. All of Hyundai’s offerings have performed extremely well and there is no doubt that the Grand i10 will write some more lines into Hyundai’s success story.