Grand i10 2013-2016 Era Review
Hyundai Grand i10, the South Korean auto maker's latest offering has been officially launched in the highly profitable Indian hatchback segment. The company introduced this hatchback in overall four trim levels along with an optional trim level taking the total number of variants to five. Also the company introduced this new model with both petrol and diesel engine options that allows the customers to choose according to their need and requirement. The Hyundai Grand i10 ERA is the base level petrol trim that is powered by the 1.2-litre Kappa Dual VTVT petrol power plant. This entry level petrol variant has basic comfort and convenience features integrated in it. What truly is impressive about this new model is its competitive price tag that will send a clear signal to the other manufacturers in the automobile segment about the fierce competition they will face. The company rolled out this new variant with the DNA extracted from the Hyundai i10 and i20 models. This makes it pretty much identical to these two hatchback models. This new Hyundai Grand i10 model is very stylish in terms of exteriors and interiors as well. It has been offered with most of the important features inside it, which will make it competitive in the entry level hatchback segment. Currently, this new model is offered in eight different color shades that lets the customers to choose their favorite option.
The exterior design of the new Hyundai Grand i10 is pretty much identical to the prevalent Hyundai i10 and i20 model series. The front facade of this hatch comes with the DNA of brand Hyundai, which will surely grab your attention in the first instance. This hatchback has been given a hawk wing style headlight cluster, which is radiant. This headlight cluster surrounds the small radiator grille integrated with a chrome strip and a chrome plated company logo in the center. Just under this grille, there is a body colored bumper housing a hexagonal shaped large air dam in the center. The side profile of this hatch is very sleek and lustrous. The door handles and the outside rear view mirrors are in black color, while the curvy wheel arches have been fitted with steel wheels. However, this base trim is not offered with full wheel covers. There is a protective side molding fitted to the door and it is adding a sporty elements on to its side profile. The rear profile of this hatchback is very beautiful and has the design elements of Hyundai Eon. The design of the bumper is very sporty and expressive and it has been integrated with reflectors for added style and safety.
This Hyundai Grand i10 ERA entry level trim comes with a trendy two tone beige and black interior key color scheme, which makes the cabin plush and pleasant. This base level trim also gets the blue interior illumination inside the cabin. The interior cabin section of this trim has been incorporated with some interesting comfort and utility features. The seats are covered in premium fabric upholstery and they offer utmost comfort for the occupants. The dashboard inside the cabin is very stylish and it houses a stylish instrument cluster, AC vents, a music system and an air conditioner unit as well with heater. The instrument cluster is very stylish and it provides detailed information regarding gearshift, fuel levels, engine running time, average vehicle speed and so on. The driver can adjust the outside rear view mirrors manually by sitting inside the cabin. This vehicle is a little bigger and spacious in comparison to the existing Hyundai i10 model series. This hatchback comes with a wheelbase of about 2425mm, which has brought in more leg room and shoulder space inside the cabin. On the other hand, it has a total height of about 1520mm, which is the reason for its impressive head space. Overall, this hatch is an ideal for all the families and individuals, who prefer an affordable yet stylish four wheeler.
Engine and Performance
The all new Hyundai Grand i10 ERA is the hatchback that sports a 1.2-litre, Kappa Dual, VTVT based petrol mill. This petrol powerhouse has been integrated with four cylinders and 16 valves that generates a displacement capacity of about 1197cc. This eventually releases a maximum power of about 81.9bhp at 6000rpm and yields a 113.75Nm of peak torque at 4000rpm. The company has mated this DOHC based petrol engine skillfully with an advanced 5-speed manual transmission gearbox that distributes the power to the front wheels and produces an amazing mileage.
Braking and Handling:
The company rolled out this entry level hatchback with conventional braking system that is highly reliable. The front wheels are assembled with disc brakes and the rear wheels are fitted with drum brakes, which functions efficiently in all conditions . On the other hand, handling this hatch will be better than any other model as its robust suspension system helps to maintain the car's agility and its stability. Its front axle has been skillfully fitted with McPherson Strut type of suspension, while the rear axle is fitted with coupled torsion beam axle suspension system. This robust system is further enhanced by gas type shock absorbers. Furthermore, inside the cabin, Hyundai has incorporated an advanced power steering system, which will never let you to feel the weight of this hatch.
The all new Hyundai Grand i10 Era is the entry level trim in its model portfolio and it is offered with pretty basic features inside. This variant comes with front and door map pockets, front room lamps, a tachometer, a multi-information display, a motor driven (electric) power steering system , a manual AC with heater, a front power outlet, front power windows, internally adjustable ORVMs, and so on.
This newly launched Hyundai Grand i10 Era comes with a strong and rigid body that assures protection for the passengers inside it. The company used high quality material to make the body strong that can resist minor damages. This Hyundai Grand i10 Era is the entry level trim, but still it comes with one of the most important safety aspect such as an engine immobilizer that prevents unauthorized access into the vehicle hatch. On the other hand, its headlamps are very powerful and provides better visibility. The side profile gets protective side moldings that reduces the risk of minor scratches in peak traffic.
Pros: Catchy body design, affordable pricing.
Cons: Safety features can be better, more comfort features can be incorporated.