The Hyundai Eon was launched in 2011 and is a very important car for Hyundai as its aimed at the budget small car segment. Design wise, the car looks way more expensive than it really is. Credit for that goes to Hyundai's 'Fluidic Sculpture' design. The new design theme of Hyundai is reaping great rewards with the new Verna and this, the new Eon- we certainly approve of these designs! The Eon has an aggressive look with some great detailing thrown in. We loved the swept back headlamps and the half-moon shaped tail-lamps that give it a mini i10 look. And the side profile of the car is pretty well designed as well with a flowing rear and no tall boy like design. Park the i10 and the Eon side by side and it is the Eon that has a more futuristic design. The whole car does not have a hint of boxy-ness but it is certainly the best looking entry level hatchback out there.
The interior is cheerful and airy and pretty well made. What I liked was the use of nice materials and plastic quality was good as well. There is nothing here that is crude and feels built to a price. Hyundai have used beige in the cabin that brings in the luxury factor automatically as well. The design of the dashboard is curvy and the layout is simple. In terms of equipment, the Eon has a CD MP3 audio system plus Aux-in-port and USB. Space on the Eon is average.
Powering the Eon is an 814 cc petrol engine. It has three cylinders/9 valves and makes 56 PS. In the city, the performance of the engine is adequate and you do not feel it is underpowered. In traffic you have to keep in the right gear to extract the full performance and if you do that there won't be many issues about driving the Eon in the city. But if you apply more speed, things go a bit downward in the Eon. The Eon has a fuel economy of 21.1 kmpl, as certified by ARAI. In the city if you keep it in the right gear and drive sedately the Eon will deliver fuel economy in the region of 17-18kmpl easily.
The suspension in the Eon comprises of a Torsion Beam Axle with Coil spring at the rear and a McPherson Strut with Coil spring and anti-roll bar at the front and a Gas type shock absorber. After driving it in the city and going over some rough and even doing some mini off-roading, we have to say that the Eon rides very well. The suspension does a good job of filtering out many of the potholes despite the car having puny tyres! Refinement on the Eon is average at best as there is some noise getting in the cabin. Prices for the Eon start at Rs 2.7 to Rs 3.8 lakhs ex-showrrom and that is a great price for this package! For a detailed analysis read below..