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Hyundai Grand i10 test drive review

  • Oct 08, 2013
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Introduction:

Inspite of being the second largest car manufacturer in India, Hyundai Motors did not have an afforable diesel hatchback offering in India. The i20 is present, but then again, it is a premium hatchback and hence out of reach for most of the new car consumers. The i10 is only sold with a petrol engine and with soaring fuel prices and newer rivals, the i10' sales have taken a hit in the last couple of years. This is where Hyundai had to do something right very quickly and thus was born the idea of the Grand i10.
Launched on the 3rd of September 2013, the Grand i10 has taken off to a flying start, selling over 8000 units in September and in the process was the 6th largesrt selling car in India for the month. The Grand does look like the i10 but trust us, there is not much common between both the cars. Lets have a closer look at the Korean giant's latest baby for ever expanding India car market.

The Design



The Grand i10 slots in perfectly well between the i10 and the i20 hatchbacks. However, keeping in mind with modern times, the design of the grand is a huge step forward as compared to some of the other cars in the same price band. It is a grown up hatchback without a doubt and dimensionally is a far bigger car as compared to the i10 - longer and wider but lower in heigth. This also imparts a sportier design feel. Designed at Hyundai's European design centre in Germany using design cues of Hyundai’s globally acclaimed ‘Fluidic Design’ theme, the Grand has been tweaked a bit for Indian tastes - the bigger rear window for example which is also a functional help. Further, as compared to its European model, the Indian version is longer by 100mm with a wheelbase that's longer by 40mm.




The slopping roofline along with integrated roof rails gives a sporty and aerodynamic feel while at the front, the elongated sharp headlamps, sleek wraparound tail lamps and segment unique 2 tone diamond cut alloy wheels lend a premium and sporty feel to the Grand - however, these are optional on the top end version. Among the current crop of hatchbacks in the similar price band, the Grand i10 does manage to stand out and in the process, makes some of the other hatchbacks look sober and dated. Infact, the promotional Golden Orange color is thoda hath ke and does make the grand look chic.
Other colors include the Phanton Black, Star Dust, Silky Beige, Sleek Silver, Pure white and Wine Red.

The interiors



I personally own a Hyundai (the i20) and love the fact that the vehicle always gives you a sense of high quality and luxury at the given price. The Grand is no different and infact, kudos to Hyundai for not getting into any cost cutting measures and using materials of a lower quality. The Grand easily feels from a segment. The flow of the design, the feel of the materials and the feature list go a long way in making a customer feel pampered. It wont be wrong to say that the interiors of Grand instill a wide sense of space with high quality fit and finish - something that Hyundai has always been known for. To address the space related needs of the Indian customers the cabin of Grand offers generous legroom, ample headroom and shoulder room along with large boot space - 256 litres or 50 litres more than the Swift! The 2-Tone Beige and black interior gives premium and luxury touch to the interiors of Grand. Dimensionally Grand is longer and has larger wheelbase compared to its European version to cater to the space related need of Indian customers.



For enhanced comfort of the rear passenger the Grand offers first-in-segment Rear AC vents which also ensures efficient all round cooling. Moreover, the rear window design on Grand is wider to avoid claustrophobic feel for the rear occupants.

The Grand offers host of advance and hi-tech features like smart key with push button start and stop for keyless entry/exit and ignition on/off, auto folding outside mirrors which automatically opens and folds when the car is unlocked and locked. The tilt steering offers the most comfortable driving position while the cooled glove box keeps the beverages and food items cool & fresh. The car also gets dual power outlets.



The Grand offers great audio experience with integrated 2-DIN music system with first-in-segment 1 GB internal memory to store and play music of choice. It offers Bluetooth, USB and Aux-in connectivity for unlimited music access. Moreover, the steering wheel has audio, bluetooth and trip meter controls for enhanced driving pleasure. However, a fuel economy display is missing and the rear seats do not offer a split design for split folding. Likewise, the seat belts cannot be adjusted for height and a dead pedal is missing as well.

The power-plants




As expected, on the engine front, the Grand comes with a choice of both a 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.1 litre diesle engine. The petrol engine is the same that is seen on the i10 and the i20 but has been reworked a lot here. While the ARAI rated economy has dropped to 18.9kmpl which is 7% less than the i10, the power has been bumped to 82Bhp and the engine produces a torque of 114Nm. The Grand is heavier than the i10 and this along with reworked gearing for better punch in city traffic could be the culprit for reduced economy.



The motor in itself feels pretty smooth and responsive but then again the diesel model is the one that is selling like hot cakes. This all new 1.1-litre 3 cylinder engine makes 70Bhp of power and 160Nm of torque. A smaller engine helps as far as fuel economy is concerned and the Grand diesel gets a rated figure of 24kmpl, more than the Swift and far more than Figo diesel. On the road, the diesel engine excels with next to zero turbo lag and at high speeds, doesnt feel out of breath easily. We didnt get a chance to drive the car in traffic and were mostly on the fantastic Jaipur bypass. However, we did tease a few big SUVs around and surprisingly, the Grand diesel kept gaining speed, even after an indicated 120km/h without an issue. The engine remains silent for most the part and the slick gearbox simply adds to the overall driving experience.
Like most Hyundai's the Grand i10 comes with a light steering and suspension geared towards comfort. The Grand is a no nonsense car that is very comfortable to live with and at the end of the day, isnt this what you and me actually want in a car?

 Trim levels and pricing



The Grand i10 is sold in four version of Era, Magna, Sportz and Asta. The entry level Era comes loaded with decent amount of features like a MID (no fuel economy display though), front power windows, air-con and power steering. The top of the line Asta version however surprises us with the fact that safety aids like ABS and dual airbags are optional. Likewise, even the diamong cut alloys wheels arent standard.
What sets the ball rolling in the favour of the Grand is the pricing. The petrol range starts from Rs 4.29 lac and extends to Rs 5.47 lac. The diesel models are priced in the range of Rs 5.23 lac and Rs 6.41 lac. While other rivals do have a running discount, there are way too many parameters going in the Grand's favours. This is a lovely car that deserves to sell and its time the Indian middle class families start getting pampered without breaking the bank!

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