Hyundai Grand i10 test drive review and pictures

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When Hyundai entered various global markets almost two decades back, it was often the center of jokes for its unorthodox methods, with most critiques running it down in almost every single way. However, the Korean giant didn’t have to wait long before they not only silenced the critiques, but gave enough reasons to make the competition stand up and take note. Rivals took a beating and today, the company is among the top four manufacturers in almost every single market it sells products in. The same goes for India as well and with great products like the i10, i20 and the Verna, Hyundai enjoys a comfortable 2nd number spot in the Indian automobile segment.
Their foothold is all set to strengthen with the launch of the next product, the Grand i10. To be slotted between the i10 and the i20, the Grand makes sure all the dozen off launches in the segment in the last couple of years will not give the company a reason to feel threatened!


How does it look?

Though the Grand i10 looks like the i10 in many ways, it has been engineered from grounds up. There is almost nothing that the Grand i10 shares with the i10 and yet, it has a close resemblance. Hyundai did this deliberately to continue on the same design language and keep the family fluidic design theme going. However, this has been done cleverly and the Grand i10 clearly looks a generation ahead as compared to the i10. The design makes use of Hyundai’s Fluidic design philosophy and we particularly love the way the front execution – the front is short with a small bonnet which is raised to impart sportiness and all this compliments well with striking two tone alloy wheels which are the best in the segment.

The Grand i10 is slight longer than the i10 and wider too and this helps to do away with the tall boy design.

Is it modern on the inside?

All Hyundai products in India are known for their high quality and practical interiors and the Grand is no different. I own an i20 back home and the quality on the Grand even bettered that! Hyundai has worked very hard to make sure that an owner feels this hard earned money has been spent well. The design of the fascia is modern and the high placed gear lever, like the i10, liberates a lot of space between the front two seats. Cubby holes are found everywhere and as far as practicality goes, the Grand does the job well.
What is surprisingly very good is the space inside. With the front seat adjusted for my height (I stand 6 feet tall), I gave the rear seats a try. My knees didn’t touch the back of the front seat and the redesigned rear windows (which are bigger now) easily imparted an airy feel. The first in segment rear air-con vents is a well thought feature and we hope this makes it to the i10 and i20 in the near future as well.
The Grand i10 comes with all the bells and whistles expected in this segment including Bluetooth connectivity, auto fold electric mirrors, smart keyless entry with start-stop etc.

Same engines?

The Grand i10 comes with an option of both a 1.2-litre petrol and an all-new 1.1-litre diesel engine. The former can also be found in the i10 and the i20 and is known for its smooth operation. The engine performs well in city usage though on the highway with a full load of passengers and air-con working, you do have to work a bit on the gears. That said, it is fairly economical and the 5-speed gearbox is a joy to use. The 1.2-litre petrol is also available with a 4-speed automatic.

The talking point here however is the new 1.1-litre diesel motor. It is the 2nd generation CRDi engine and is loosely based on the 4-cylinder 1.4-litre diesel engine that Hyundai already has in India. However, many internal parts are new and in the Grand i10. Hyundai claims that the Grand i10 the most efficient in its class.
As part of a special preview, we drove the diesel Grand i10 in Hyderabad and immediately loved it torque flow. Turbo lag is next to nil and this means that the car won’t be giving the driver unwanted power jerks in traffic. The engine picks up from under 1500rpm easily and has a smooth buildup of torque. It may not be quick in outright acceleration but the way it behaves in 4th and 5th gear at over 2500rpm is remarkable. The Grand i10’s ability to cruise at 120-130km/h is phenomenal and there is no sign of strain from the engine at all. A generic acceleration run from standstill to 100km/h came up in roughly 16 seconds which is bang in the territory of other diesel powered hatchbacks in this segment.

Summing it up

This car really is a ‘grand’ step for Hyundai in India. The i10, in spite of it having been around for a decade, is still doing great numbers and the Grand will only add to that. It does everything the i10 does but in a better way. It feels bigger, is plush and gives that sense of ‘extra’ in every parameter. The icing on the cake of course is the brilliant diesel engine and we can safely assume that the petrol Grand i10 range will start at around Rs 4.75 lac ex-showroom Delhi. The diesel of course will be a lac more but given the complete package of space, quality and design, there is no getting away from the fact that Hyundai will have the last and the grandest laugh of all.

Stay tuned for a comprehensive test drive report in the first week of September!

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37 Comments on “Hyundai Grand i10 test drive review and pictures”

  • prannoy noel wrote on 13 August, 2013, 16:49

    Waiting for the release of grandi10

  • Saravanan wrote on 13 August, 2013, 23:06

    Really tempting ….

  • vikas sharma wrote on 13 August, 2013, 23:37

    nice car 4 tuff computition in indian market…

  • Boby Michael wrote on 14 August, 2013, 2:57

    lil bit late but agud step from hyundai..

  • Deepak Yadav wrote on 14 August, 2013, 9:09

    Would like to have a test drive

  • M.N. VENKATESH wrote on 14 August, 2013, 11:04

    I am a proud owner of Verna Fluidic. The car is doing well and serviced well
    by qualified & smart technicians. I really look forward to add one more Hyundai product – i10 Grand to gift it my beloved wife, who always take a second look at i10, I really want to surprise her with a very special & image driver gift

  • IQBAL ALAM wrote on 14 August, 2013, 11:42

    I had purchase I10 Era last year sep 12 mileage is very poor iam getting 11 to 12 Km per lts.

  • Arun wrote on 14 August, 2013, 12:18

    I have i10 it’s mileage is 9 to 10 from first day.
    I hate this car service guy did all tricks but no use.
    I think hyundai bluffing the people claiming more mileage.

  • anant wrote on 14 August, 2013, 14:34

    Go for Nissan Micra… which looks similar and is less pricy ..It comes for Rs. 4.25 Lacs and has a mileage of 15 km /ltr. 

  • Sudharsan wrote on 14 August, 2013, 14:40

    I have purchased a i10. Mileage is around 10-12 KMPL whiich is worst in the category. Hyundai will definitely lose the market share if there is no improvement in fuel efficiency. As the market now is completely different and competitive as it was b4 2 yrs.

  • Rakesh Joshi wrote on 14 August, 2013, 15:14

    I am waiting for diesal i10

  • Nidil Lakshmanan wrote on 14 August, 2013, 20:10

    that was something that should have been launched atleast a year before. It would have reigned above the Figo, Swift and the Micra. I am thirsty to take a drive of the Grand i10. Hope it has ABS and EBD in all its versions..

  • K.NANDARAJ wrote on 14 August, 2013, 22:32

    What is the expected price for i10 grand automatic.

  • Prasanna Kane wrote on 15 August, 2013, 13:23

    My i10Magna 1.2 gives a very poor fuel consumption.It gives only 7 to 9 km/lit.I have availed 1st free service but there is no improvement.Request Hyundai H.o. to look into.I am at Pune and am customer of Sanjay Hyundai

  • DAILY PARSON wrote on 15 August, 2013, 21:33

    I 10 grand is a nice & good looking car i m interested to buy

  • abhijeet rout wrote on 16 August, 2013, 13:46

    hundai should brought more cars in the market and have new look to compit with maurti. you have brought the i10 grand but maurti told that i will take reavel which means that he want to spread maurti all over india so pls hundai less your than maurti then u will see who will be the leadind brand. pls listen to my voice i am agreat fan of hundai

  • abhijeet rout wrote on 16 August, 2013, 13:54

    see every body is telling to less the price of hundai amaze

  • Ghansham wrote on 17 August, 2013, 9:20

    Will wait and see the performance of the car .
    The looks will be good and the quality good but effective pricing is a must

  • ayush wrote on 22 August, 2013, 18:21

    WHts the mileage of grand i 10

  • sukhraj bajwa wrote on 22 August, 2013, 20:43

    Drive at speed of 55 to 60 km/h to get mileage of 20+ im sure u will get it high speed cost both fuel and life

  • Saurabh wrote on 22 August, 2013, 23:19

    What about the suspensions ? soft suspension and bumpy rides is what makes Hyundai cars ” Not everyone’s delight” specially the backseat, I heard they tuned it differently this time so have things improved or is the same bumpy ride and hide speed turns feel not so safe as always.. 

  • ashfaq khan wrote on 23 August, 2013, 0:10

    I m using I 10 PETROL car since 3 years .Now I m eagerly waiting for diz car hop my expectations are going to fulfill by hundai I love & proud to being pat of hundai family.

  • Syed Kamran wrote on 23 August, 2013, 5:14

    I have been driving Hyundai i10 sportz 1.2 for the last 3 years but i am sure after completion of my EMI i’ll sell this car b,coz fuel consumption is so high co. tells 20.5 kmpl but we get 10 to 11 kmpl.  I think co. has decided not to sell cars in Indian market ahead.

  • vivek sharma wrote on 23 August, 2013, 9:28

    My i10 given average of 26km/Litre with cng and with petrol its 18 km/ltr. Car milage also totally depends upon your driving style.

  • Dheeraj Khanna wrote on 23 August, 2013, 9:32

    I own a 2009 i10 sportz model, which gives me 12.5 – 13 km/l in city with heavy traffic on regular petrol. With Shell petrol and a little sane driving it goes upto 13.5 km/l. on highways I have got 22 km/l at times. All in all this car is a small wonder. Grand i10 with the kinda features listed above seems to be a real good product. Way to go Hyundai in understanding the Indian customer needs.

  • Chaitanya wrote on 23 August, 2013, 14:43

    Reply to those who are worried about mileage: If you really give priority to fuel efficiency, then you should not look at Hyundai. Look at Maruti and no other.

  • MAYANK wrote on 23 August, 2013, 17:31

    “Chaitanya” YOU ARE RIGHT
    Looks really cool at an affordable is fab car with a beautiful look .it has a good design . i must think that it is very comfortable car.

  • pavankumar wrote on 23 August, 2013, 21:07

    i wait i10 grand amezing hundai

  • SANTOSH wrote on 23 August, 2013, 22:07

    Really waiting foe the release.

    Yesterday i went to the showroom at Moosapet and got the info like i.e, going to be released next year.

    Whom we need to believe?

  • MAYANK wrote on 24 August, 2013, 13:04

    Very impressive….Looks really cool at an affordable price.
    it is fab car with a beautiful look .It looks like very good sports vehicle.outside look & interior is very good. i must think that it is very comfortable car.
    congratulation to all Hyundai team. good work

  • chennuri wrote on 24 August, 2013, 17:45

    Mileage is not bad as quoted above ,its all depends driving and gear clutch shifting in the city in the traffic, I own i10 since 2010 and had decent mileage in city and Highway   

  • admin wrote on 25 August, 2013, 17:05

    Dear SANTOSH

    The car is due for launch on 3rd September 2013 – along with prices. More info here ->

  • Sandeep Panwar wrote on 26 August, 2013, 10:50

    I have i10 irde from last 5 years. The meter clicked 82000 and still I am getting 19 KMPL with AC on on highways. In city drive I am getting around 15-16 KMPL. I love the car and proud to have it.

  • Nanda Kumar wrote on 26 August, 2013, 10:52

    Sir, I have purchased i10 in March, 2010. Though the Car and its features are extremely good, I am totally unsatisified with its mileage, which hardly gives around 10 kms within City. My efforts of bringing this issue with Trident and Advaith at every servicing went in vain. My maintenance of Car and driving is excellent, with so far covering a mileage of below 10000 kms. Request Hyundai to kindly look into for suitably remedy. Regards.

  • manish wrote on 27 August, 2013, 12:05

    kya baat kya baat

  • Satish Pawar wrote on 27 August, 2013, 20:26

     waiting for diesal i10 & good looking car

  • srikanth wrote on 17 September, 2013, 11:18

    looking very smart.. and performance is i thing depending on driving right… 

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