Hyundai has revealed the new digitalised set of images of the updated i10 which is sold under the Grand i10 nameplate here in India. While Hyundai sells both the i10 as well as the next generation Grand i10 in India but in other International markets the South Korean automaker has actually discontinued the previous generation car.
The Grand i10 in India gets more space inside compared to its predecessor; it also gets rear AC vents. As far as the powertrain is concerned the Grand i10 sold in the India gets the 1.2 Litre four cylinder Petrol engine and also a 1.1 Litre three cylinder diesel engine.Coming to the European variant of the i10, as you can clearly see in the images the updated hatchback gets few cosmetic updates on its exterior for more emotional appeal. Apart from the exterior the interior too has received few nicks and tucks here and there as well. However there are no changes made under the hood.
DESIGN AND STYLE ;
Unlike some of its hatchback rivals, Hyundai i10 was not as good looking. The looks were one thing that went against the car but it finally has been taken care of in the revamped models. The car is known for its smartness and coupled with the better exterior looks, it sure makes a strong case this time around.
Inspired by the new fluidic concept, the design is not really a big step forward. The bolder, bigger headlamps give the i10 a more upmarket look. The frontal form gets a hexagonal form, which again is in tune with the new looks that can be seen on other Hyundai products as well. The sides and rear of the car too have undergone a design change with new style wheels, and redesigned rear lamps and bumper to give the new i10 contemporary and streetwise look. Dimension wise, the i10 is 3585 mm long, 1595 mm wide (as wide as the Chevrolet Beat) and 1550 mm tall. All versions come with 155/80 R13 wheels and the i10 is available in eight different color options. All the versions come with standard steel wheels without optional alloy. The top-end versions with rear spoiler and integrated brake lamp look nice. The rear view mirror integrated indicators for some of the higher versions look good as well.
CABIN AND COMFORT ;
The dashboard and centre console continue to have the same layout but what has changed is the equipment list which just got better. You now get a 7-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system which also gets Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and a reverse camera. It also gets Bluetooth, Aux-IN and USB connectivity but misses out on a CD player. The sound quality is fairly good for this price range but the rear camera could’ve definitely been better, especially during the dark when the images appear slightly unclear. The Grand i10 now gets an automatic climate control and trust me, the AC is a chiller even in scorching heat. The steering continues to get audio and phone controls. The interiors are comfortable and airy as ever and the keyless-go function is convenient too. The seats are supportive and cabin room is good but a third passenger at the rear could be a tight fit.
ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION ;
The Hyundai i10 Era has an in-line petrol engine of 1.1 litre 68bhp iRDE2 (Intelligent Responsive Drive Engine) which is capable to churn out 68bhp of output at 5500rpm and give a maximum torque of 99Nm at 4500rpm. The 1.1 litre 1086cc engine has four cylinders along with three valves per cylinder. The iRDE2 petrol engine is matted to five speed manual transmission with SOHC valve configuration and comes with front wheel drive option. The Hyundai i10 Era can attain a top speed of 149kmph with the 1.1 litre 68bhp iRDE2 petrol engine. The acceleration of the car from 0 to 100kmph is in 15.5 seconds which is fair enough with the engine being used by the car. The Hyundai i10 Era gives a mileage of 15.4kmpl when it is being used in city. At the same time, on the highways, the car gives a 19.2kmpl of mileage. The fuel used in the Hyundai i10 Era is petrol and the car complies with Bharat Stage IV emission norms of the country. The fuel tank capacity of Hyundai i10 Era is of 35 litres. The Hyundai i10 Era has a 155/80 R13 size of tyres which have a better grip on road. The radial type tyre helps the car to be stable while driving in speed. The 155/80 R13 size tyre is tubeless which decreases the chances of puncture on road. The Hyundai i10 Era has hydraulic shock absorbers. The kerb weight of the Hyundai i10 Era is of 870 litres.
RIDE AND HANDLING ;
The Hyundai Grand i10 has a sorted suspension and I personally love the ride quality it offers. It feels planted at all times and the suspension soaks bumps with ease. Even on really bad roads, the car remains stable and doesn’t cause any sort of discomfort. What really gets to me is the steering which is positively light at city speeds but feels lifeless as the speeds increase. It doesn’t inspire much confidence while driving fast on the highway or while cornering. Feedback offered is also very less and this is one of the factors that makes the car far from fun-to-drive.
SAFETY AND SECURITY ;
Hyundai i10 lacks essential safety features like airbags and anti-lock-braking system. Other safety equipment available on the hatchback include engine immobilizer, day and night inside rear view mirror, central locking for all doors, fog lamps in front, foldable key and keyless entry. Ventilated disc brakes in front and drum units at rear provide power to retard speed.
The above noted changes made to both the exterior and interior of the Hyundai i10 are minor but this will give the hatchback a new lease of life. The reason why we are interested particularly in the European spec i10 is because expect the Indian spec Grand i10 to carry over the same changes here as well. We do hope that some of the interior updates are too carried over to the Indian spec hatch as well.
Hyundai I10 1.1 Era Ex-showroom Price is 4,38,888/- and On Road Price is 5,25,396/- in Bangalore. Hyundai I10 1.1 Era comes in 4 colours, namely Pure White,Star Dust,Sleek Silver,Wine Red.Test drive Hyundai I10