Hyundai Grand i10 Performance & Test Drive

Hyundai Grand i10 Ovwerview

The new for 2017 Hyundai Grand i10 is the Korean carmaker’s answer to the Maruti Suzuki Ignis. Now, while the Ignis – and no matter how you cut it – is youthful, trendy and a bit peculiar, the Grand i10 is more staid and non-polarising. As part of the 2017 upgrade the Grand does get some styling tweaks; the front bumper is sportier and gets LED DRLs, the rear bumper now has a slab of additional black cladding along with large round reflectors, and the alloy wheel design is new too. But, it’s still more a white Tee mixed with blue denim than a beard, suspender and bright ankle length pant ensemble, which is the Ignis.

Hyundai has, however, made a bigger change to the drivetrain. The petrol is essentially unchanged – four-cylinder, 1197cc, and 83bhp engine mated to either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic. Hyundai does claim that the petrol-powered car is now more efficient though. The diesel engine in the meantime has grown. It now displaces 1186cc and makes 75bhp. More significantly, the torque rating is up to 190Nm from 160Nm. The gearbox, like in the petrol, remains a five-speed manual but there’s still no automatic option available on the diesel powered Grand i10.  Hyundai Grand i10 price range in India is between 4,61,035/- to 7,40,681/, check for detail pricing of Grand i10 in Carzprice

Hyundai Grand i10 Design

Changes to the BA (compared to the IA) focused on improving the glass area at the rear to bring in more light into the rear seat of the Grand i10 and also at improving the airy feel of the car’s interiors. So, the rear windows are wider with the belt line being straightened and given a gradual slope upwards instead of the IA’s design where the line rises sharply past the midway point at the rear window.The India-spec (BA) Grand i10 is also about 100 mm longer overall and features a wheelbase which is about 70mm higher than the IA version. Apparently, Hyundai Motor India’s R&D centres in Chennai and Hyderabad worked together with HMC’s research facility in Namyang, Korea to put together these changes in the BA.

The new Grand i10’s design is even more modern and even less quirky compared to the existing i10. In fact, there is a very European flavour to the Grand i10 looks and stance. It is still a bit like a tall-boy, but overall looks squatter and actually seems to be like a cross between the current i10 and the i20.

Hyundai’s familiar fluidic design lines are the most evident at the front, especially in the hexagonal grille and the elongated, peeled-back headlamps. A gradually rising A-pillar and the less rakish windscreen add to the squat appearance. The rear is taut with the roof sloping down sharply and merging into the C-pillar. The relatively small tail-lamps and the oversized rear fender together frame the hatch door and give the rear and a fairly consistent design. Rear glass wiper, a roof spoiler and rear parking sensors are features that may be offered depending on the variant.

The new Grand i10’s dimensions are fairly generous with the overall length being 3,765mm, the wheelbase being 2,425mm and the width being 1,660mm. It is still well below the four-metre length limit. But, Hyundai designers and engineers have together managed to pack in more space inside the cabin of the Grand i10.

Hyundai Grand i10 Cabin

The cabin of the Grand i10 feels airy and spacious the moment you step into it. There a few elements on the dashboard that seem familiar and look like they may have been borrowed from another Hyundai model especially the air-conditioner knobs and the hexagonal top half of the centre stack. The chunky, three-spoke steering wheel feels nice to hold and the top trim variants feature stitched leather trim and steering mounted controls for the audio system and cruise control.

A two-tone colour theme has been adopted for the interiors, which also flows into the seat upholstery for the Grand i10. The gear shift stick has been positioned just below the centre stack and almost on the dashboard just like in the i10 .This improves reach and ease of use especially for shorter drivers. Overall the cabin feels solid and fit and finish quality seems a notch above the average hatchback, though you are still surrounded by a sea of plastic all around.

Two other factors that contribute to the comfort levels in the Grand i10’s cabin are the quality of the seats and the low noise levels. The seats are comfortably cushioned and even the rear seats feature wide base squabs. There has been a lot of work that has gone into the NVH packaging (Noise, vibration and harshness) making the cabin very quiet and considerably isolated from engine vibrations.

Another highlight is the extremely effective airconditioning. A number of new improvements to the aircon system in the car have been co-developed with Visteon – the vendor for the product. There is also a cooled glove-box. Other convenience features include auto-closing door mirrors, smart key and push-button start and stop, and Bluetooth handsfree phone pairing with the music system.One other India-centric feature is the rear aircon vent. Just the addition of the vent that ducts cool air for distribution at the rear, also manages to improve comfort levels at the rear.

Hyundai Grand i10 Performance

It is quick! And not because the earlier diesel Grand i10 was a laggard. Apart from the tweaks on the outside and the new touchscreen multimedia system, the new Grand i10 also boasts of a new, higher capacity, more powerful diesel engine. It’s still a three-cylinder unit as the older 1.1-litre engine, but with the torque rating being significantly higher and tweaked turbo settings, the new car feels much more alive.Just to bring things in perspective, the Grand i10 1.2D posted a 0-100kmph time of 13.21 seconds making it quicker than even the Swift. Compared to the older Grand, it’s almost seven seconds faster to 100kmph. The difference in in-gear roll-ons (a reflection of the car’s driveability) is equally telling. The new Grand completes the 40-100kmph roll-on in 4th gear in just 12.89 seconds while the older diesel took over 17 seconds. The Grand i10 1.2D also only takes 18.34 seconds to complete the 0-400m run.

Even if we were to keep the times aside, the new car’s throttle response is more alert. And, even though the 1.2-litre diesel doesn’t have the same seamless power delivery characteristic of the older, lesser powerful engine, it’s still quite linear. Moreover, one can finally feel the presence of a turbo under that hood, but its lag is rarely felt. The sweet spot, especially in the city is between 1,500 and 2,500rpm. There’s enough torque to keep up and overtake traffic, the engine remains quiet and vibe free, and though we haven’t tested it yet, this should also result in good fuel economy figures.Another plus over the older engine is the improvement in the top-end performance. While the older 1.1-litre would start losing steam close to 3,500rpm, the new engine keeps up the momentum till about 4,500rpm, with a slight drop in the rate of acceleration at around 4,000rpm. It makes the new diesel powered Grand i10 a much better highway car as a result.

The only downside is the noise and a hint of vibrations that creep in beyond 3,000rpm. The engine begins to take the typical granular diesel engine note hereon and only gets louder as the revs rise. But lest we forget, we love the shift quality of the gearbox; it has short, crisp and predictable throws. The clutch is a delight to use too, especially in stop and go traffic. It is light and progressive.

Hyundai Grand i10 Rideing

The ride and handling characteristic of the car, meanwhile, is almost the same as the older car. So, the new Grand i10 still has a supple and absorbent ride, which gets better with speed. It’s not exactly plush but it is settled and is a big positive for the car. It takes mild bumps, shallow potholes, road ripples and road joints in its stride and there’s no excess wallowing over undulating roads either. It’s only when the road patchiness gets serious that the Grand’s ride gets noisy, and at times a bit thumpy. The latter is especially true for the rear.Around a twisty road, the vague and artificial feeling steering (mainly around the centre) takes away from the fun factor. The Grand also doesn’t feel very crisp and strong under brakes. And though it never felt nervous or wayward, be it entering a corner and making quick direction changes, it just doesn’t communicate or excite you enough to put a grin on your face. It’s capable, yes, but not a lot of fun. View offers on Hyundai Cars from Hyundai dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

Hyundai Grand i10 Safety

Talking about the safety features, the facelift Grand i10 gets advanced safety features like Rear Parking Assist System with Dual Airbags, ABS, Reverse Parking Sensors and newly introduced Rear Parking Camera which displays all the output on the newly added 7.0 Inch touchscreen monitor.

Hyundai Grand i10 Price

Hyundai Grand I10 Ex-Showroom Price in India ranges from 4,61,035/- (Grand i10 1.2 Era Petrol) to 7,40,681/- (Grand i10 1.2 Asta Diesel). Get best offers for Hyundai Grand I10 from Hyundai Dealers in India

Hyundai Grand i10 Verdict

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.

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