Editor’s word interior: The revamped version of the i10 looks and feels good. Even the bells and whistles it comes loaded with are good. There is sufficient space to seat four in comfort, and five will be a bit of squeeze.
The revamped version of the i10 has good looking interiors. The fit and finish of the plastics is good and even the feel good factor exists. The i10 comes loaded with so many bells and whistles which aren’t available on most of its competition.
The space in both the rows is sufficient, and the front row seats are fairly supportive. It is the rear seats that do not offer much support for your thighs. The boot space is also large when compared to the size of the vehicle.
D lite: This is the base variant of the i10 and comes only with 1.1-litre iRDE engine and misses out on standard features like Adjustable Steering Wheel, Central Locking, Power Windows, Wheel Covers, Tachometer, CD/MP3 Player, Fog Lamps and Body Colored Bumpers.
Era: This is also available with the 1.1-litre iRDE engine. It carries off features like Central Locking, Power Windows (Front) and Body Colored Bumpers, AC with heater, internally adjustable ORVMs, etc.
Magna: This variant comes with the 1.1-litre and 1.2-litre engines. It also carries few additional features like adjustable steering wheel, wheel covers, rear power windows, rear parcel tray, electrically adjustable mirrors.
Sportz: This variant of Hyundai i10 also carries Kappa2 engine and the additional features that this variant offers are CD/MP3 player, rear defogger, rear wash wiper etc.
Sportz AT: This variant of Hyundai i10 carries the same feature that Hyundai i10 Sportz offers, only the difference is that it comes with automatic transmission.
Sportz Option: It comes with Bluetooth connectivity, seat belt pretensioners, driver side airbag, and steering mounted controls for Bluetooth and audio player. The variant is powered by highly powerful Kappa engine.
Asta: This variant comes with the Kappa2 engine. The additional features that this variant offers are Remote Locking, Fog Lamps, ABMicra has one of the best ride suppleness as it has softly sprung suspension. The handling is decent for city driving, for which the hatchback has been built.
All the cars in this segment have a sorted ride as the suspension doesn’t jiggle and disturb the peace of the occupants. Road undulations are well-taken care by the suspension. The Micra has one of the best ride suppleness as it underpins the softest suspension set-up that glides over potholes. The Micra has the McPherson struts at its front and torsion beam at its end.
The suspension set-up being soft, it isn’t a great handler. The handling is just fine. It is just that some manufacturers have further raised the standards for some cars. Even the light steering wheel makes driving a breeze. Driving and maneuvering in city becomes easy.
S and Dual Front Airbags.
Asta AT: This variant carries the same feature that Hyundai i10 Asta with Sun Roof, only the major difference is that it comes with automatic transmission.
Ritz is based on the platform of the old Swift, but being a tall boy there is sufficient space on the inside. The fit and finish of the plastic is also decent and the bells and whistles on the offering are good. There isn’t much to complain about the Ritz, except the fact that it now looks aged when compared to competition.
Most of these cars are trendy on the inside, and are built to attract those young at heart. The Ritz gets a separate tachometer and a huge dial, which makes it look funky. The touch and feel of the plastics is decent and the overall fit and finish of the plastics is good for the price tag it comes for.
There is sufficient headroom and legroom for the front passengers and at the rear the Beat is a bit tight on knee room. With Ritz and Beat being a tallboy design, they offer the better head space than the Brio.
LXi/LDi: This is the entry-level model for the petrol and diesel engines with features like 60:40 folding rear seat, cup holder in console, ashtray, iCATS, child lock, power steering, manual air conditioner, body coloured bumpers, internally adjusted ORVMs, green tinted glass windows, roof antenna, double horn, etc.
VXi/VDi: This is the mid-variant that sits above the LXi/LDi and it gets features like fabric insert on door trims, front power windows, rear power windows, full wheel cover, black colored B pillar, seatbelt reminder, front seat under tray, etc.
VXi / VDi (ABS): This is upgrade model of petrol version with all the features of Maruti Ritz VXI with ABS (Antilock Braking System) as an extra fitment for safety.
ZXi: This is the highest trim level available only on the petrol version with extra features like radio + CD with speakers, parcel tray, seat height adjuster, cigar lighter, tilt steering, steering wheel mounted audio controls, dual air bags and front ELR seat belt with pretension.
Editor’s word engine:Hyundai has given the options of 1.1-litre and 1.2-litre engines on the i10. Both the engines are refined, have good performance and are frugal. There isn’t anything to be worried about with these engines.
Hyundai offers the i10 with 1.1-litre and 1.2-litre petrol engine options. The 1.1-litre engine is the one that powers the Santro, whereas the 1.2’s get the same block like the i20. The 1.1-litre engine produces 68bhp of power at 5500rpm and 99Nm of torque at 4500rpm. This engine is called as the iRDE. The NVH levels of the engine are fairly low and even the power delivery is linear.
One needs to downshift for overtaking. The engine comes mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The shifts on this box are slick and the throws are positive. The ARAI claimed mileage for the 1.1-litre of the i10 is 19.81kmpl.
The i10’s 1.2-litre mill is the new Kappa2 engine that has variable-valve timing to improve performance and efficiency. This engine produces 79bhp of power at 6000rpm and a maximum torque of 111Nm at 4000rpm. Power ratings of the Kappa2 are good on paper and even in the real world. Again Hyundai has ensured that the NVH levels are low and this mill is highly refined one.
With high refinement levels and the sort of performance one gets, the fuel efficiency figure does exceed one’s expectation. One may not have to downshift to overtake, and can easily potter around in city even in a higher cog. As per the ARAI cycle, the 1.2-litre of the i10 returns a fuel efficiency of 20.36kmpl.
Both the engines on the Ritz are good and picking amongst both won’t be a bad decision. Hence, choose the engine as per your usage. The drivability on both is good, and even the gearbox is slick. Fuel efficiency will not be a let down factor either.
Ritz gets the recently developed K-Series 1.2-litre petrol motor, which is refined but is a bit languorous as one has to work through, to extract performance. This mill produces 84bhp of power and 113Nm of maximum torque. Refinement levels of the engine are high, and it is a freely revving motor. The gear lever of the Ritz is short and the shifts are positive. The engine doesn’t pant at low speeds as there is sufficient torque even when you drive it in a higher gear. However, one needs to shift down for quick overtaking in the city and the highway.
Previous generation Swift had earned notoriety with its diesel engine. The engine was highly refined with low NVH levels and sufficient torque. The Ritz has the same 1.3-litre DDiS engine. This engine produces 75bhp and a maximum torque of 190Nm.
There is some amount of lag in this engine and it performs well only if the revs are kept above 2000rpm for best performance. One has to downshift to make those overtaking moves. The engine comes mated to a five-speed manual transmission that is slick with positive and short throws.
Editor’s Word on RnH: The i10 has good ride suppleness and the handling is decent. The feedback from the steering is also good. The only thing, which we weren’t impressed with, are the skinny tyres that come as factory-fitted.
The power-trains on all the hatchbacks in this segment are similar if not the same. It is the driving characteristics that vary. To be more specific, it is more of the handling that differs than the ride quality. All the cars in this segment have a sorted ride as the suspension doesn’t jiggle and disturb the peace of the occupants. Road undulations are well-taken care by the suspension.
Handling of the i10 is decent, but the skinny tyres reduce confidence as they run out of grip and often understeer. Even the steering wheel is light in the city and weighs up well, once the speed of the vehicle increases.
The Ritz being softly sprung, its ride is well compliant. The handling might just not impress you too much, as there is some amount of body roll. The Ritz isn’t made for driving enthusiasts.
The powertrains on most of the hatchbacks in this segment are similar if not the same. It is the driving characteristics that vary. To be more specific, it is more of the handling that differs than the ride quality. All the cars in this segment have a sorted ride as the suspension doesn’t jiggle and disturb the peace of the occupants. Road undulations are well-taken care by the suspension. The Ritz has one of the best ride suppleness as it underpins the softest suspension set-up that glides over potholes.
The suspension set-up is the softest on the Ritz. Drive it quickly around a bend and you shall notice the body roll as this hatchback lack the dynamism that other competition possesses. The steering feels a bit slack at higher speeds, which further doesn’t any confidence into the driver. However, it is lightweight at low speeds, which makes driving a breeze in city traffic.