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.
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.
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 biggest USP in the new Wagon R is its space. The Wagon R has acres of space, while even the interiors look contemporary. The build quality and the feel of the plastics isn't that great, but you can't get any better for this price tag.
The new generation Wagon R might retain similar styling to the previous car on the outside, but the interiors are all new. The Wagon R gets a new instrument panel, with newly designed centre console. Even the instrument cluster gets a dash of orange on it, to make it look sporty. The new steering wheel is similar to that on many other Maruti Suzuki vehicles. This is far superior to the previous generation Wagon R, which did look and feel a generation older in its design.
The new Wagon R is a lot more spacious than the previous generation Wagon R. The first and the second rows, both have sufficient space. There is ample of headroom and legroom in the car in both the rows, and even the boot size is good one. The thigh support on the seats could have been better. The older car didn't have much room for the second row, especially the knee. Also, the new Wagon R is more wider than before, which means more people can sit comfortably in it.
LXi: The LXi is the base model on the Wagon R, like most of the Maruti Suzuki products. It gets power steering, front power windows, air-conditioning. The ORVMs are manually adjustable in this version and it also misses out on integrated audio system.
VXi: The Wagon R doesn't come with a ZXi model and hence, the VXi is the top of the line model. The Wagon R gets rear power windows, integrated audio system with speakers, tachometer, adjustable steering wheel, front and rear fog lamps and vanity mirror.
VXi with ABS : This version gets all the features of VXi with the inclusion of ABS.
The 1.0-litre K-Series engine is a tried and tested mill. It is a happy to revv three pot engine and it is peppier than the older four cylinder 1.1-litre that it replaced. Despite the minus of one-cylinder, there isn't much of vibration during ideal.
The engine on the Wagon R is the Suzuki's K-Series 1.0-litre mill that also powers the Estilo, A-Star and the Alto K10. This engine is highly refined with low levels of NVH (noise, vibration and harshness). The power delivery of this mill is linear and there is sufficient power, not just to potter around in city in a higher gear, but also to make those quick overtaking moves. The five-speed manual transmission on the Wagon R is a cable shift, and the shifts on this transmission are a bit rubbery, despite the throws being short. As per the ARAI cycle, the Wagon R returns a fuel economy of 18.9kmpl.
The Wagon R also comes with a LPG option. Earlier, the company continued to sell the older design in the LPG variant. Now, it is being offered to the current generation. The LPG can be switched back to petrol as well. Hence it is called as Duo. The power from the LPG version is good and as the octane number of LPG is higher, the performance is as good as petrol.
The ride of the Wagon R fairly smooth and composed, as it is designed for this purpose. The handling isn't something that one can flaunt of.
Wagon R is the car for the masses, and hence its ride quality is fairly sorted. With the McPherson struts at the front and the trailing link at the rear, the Wagon R does well on bad roads. It is only the smaller size of the tyre that doesn't help much in absorbing the bumps.
The handling of the Wagon R is just decent. It is built for city driving and some amount of highway; hence the focus has been more on the ride. The new generation Wagon R being a bit wider has better handling than the previous car. The steering wheel is also light and easy to turn and park in the city.
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