Hyundai Grand i10 1.2 Kappa Petrol Review
“Mango” man is one who cares more about his budget than his choices and thus with a few lakhs in his pocket and a bank loan of another few lakhs he goes on a search for a perfect car that he could just use and keep himself alive along with his mere office pay. So what to do? Where to go? And which car to buy? are the questions that make him go crazy. He wants everything in the budget of nothing, fuel efficiency, quality, looks, spares and servicing all included in that! So, diesels go out of his reach (also he has a pay just to drive the car occasionally) and thus he goes on hunt for a petrol in his budget and reaches the nearest Hyundai showroom. Read out what he found out and what he returned home with!
Hyundai is known as a manufacturer that plugs in all the right jacks in every segment they enter with every product they offer. Grand i10 is no exception in the Indian auto motive scene, making it’s entry a year back, the car took no time to took the market with it’s storming sales figures and very soon reached into the top 10 sellers of Indian auto market.
The segment which this Hyundai aims at, is, the most competitive and hustle full segment with tons of cars flooded in of very small pricing gaps. Makers like Maruti Suzuki that had been ruling this segment and other members such as Chevy, Toyota, Tata are also on the cards to beat the sales figures. But with passing time, Grand has developed it’s own fan following which it took away from it’s predecessor the i10. People with a budget of 5-6 lakh aim at a car that could satisfy their all needs and this is where this car exceeds. We took a day out this Hyundai and found out what it’s got inside the flesh so hard and competitive.
Talking of exteriors, the Grand follows the design flair of Hyundai’s new “fluidic” language and looks catchy at first. Look at the car and it just gets you immediately. Fluidic design all over and it really feels like the successor of the old i10.
At the front, the car’s got a big smiling grille, similar seen on other Hyundai’s. The headlights are a bit stretched and swept back over the bonnet, makes it feel like being drawn off straight away from it’s elder siblings like the i20. Fog lamps with chrome garnishing provide ample of upmarket look. The Asta (not shown here) gets a full nourished chrome treatment all over the car, which, Hyundai thinks is liked by most of it’s customers.
The sideways of the car continue with what started at the front. The fluidic lines ascending from front to the back, makes it feel very aptly proportionate in every terms and give a big car feel. Large window glasses, high roof line, thin A, C pillars, all make the Grand i10 a looker. The 165/65 R14 tyres look a bit short on size but work very well. The Asta (not shown here) is equipped with better R15 alloy wheels that make it look better.
Come at the back and you see the swept back fluidic taillights that extend to the rear fenders of the car, look very cool. The lights have been molded deep and gives a distinct look from it’s rivals. The large Hyundai logo and i10 badges have been carried away from the ongoing old model and look pretty decent. Look at the bumper with long inside sweeping lines and big reflectors, give the car a muscular and “big” car look. Large rear windshield makes car feel spacious and goes with design very calmly, also helps increasing the visibility very well.
Overall, the design is something that catches you at very first and you will be smiling.
And You Enter INSIDE a new Era
Step inside and this is really where the Hyundai has been exceeding since it entered the Indian auto market scene. The cabin ambience is so good and upmarket that it would never let you feel you are driving a small car. The steering wheel has directly been carried over form the elder brother the i20, great to hold, chunky and full of features. You get steering mounted with audio controls, Bluetooth controls (Segment first here). The steering is also rack adjustable, thus finding your perfect posture is easy. One thing that might not be liked is the placement of steering stalks, they are placed far away from reach of hand on the go, and, need special attention while turning wheel, that’s disturbing and annoying!
The dashboard is wide and two tone colored, with chrome garnished bits such as the round A/C vents, just make the deal sweeter. Each part of the cabin holds a new quality statement in the segment and this Hyundai clearly wins here over any other rival in the segment or even the upper premium hatchback segment. The quality is so good that you won’t even feel to sit in a Maruti Swift if you have been in this Hyundai!
The steering quality, the steering stalks quality, audio controls, day lit speedometer with gear shift indicators and 3 trip meters, low slung dashboard offering good visibility, thin A pillars making maneuvering in tight gaps and city rides a piece of cake, 4 speaker USB AUX Bluetooth connectivity supporting 1 GB On Board memory Audio System (another segment first) would never make you feel bored on any of your drives.
A/C knobs feel a bit down on quality and lack the toughness of other bits like the audio controls or the door handles. The effectiveness of A/C is also a bit on the low side, with no automatic climate control, on a sunny day you would find yourselves constantly taking your hand on the fan speed knob. The fan speeds are just inaccurately set and doesn’t make it easy to cool the cabin. Also the A/C needs to work hard in high temperatures and takes time to cool down the cabin completely. But, it’s not as worse as it seems and could be corrected by Hyundai (if they want to).
Storage spaces inside the cabin are adequate and the door panels can easily hold on big water bottles. The centre console again has a good quality and ample space to put down your essentials. The center console follows a waterfall design as seen in most of the Hyundai cars.
Talking of the ergonomics, the easy to drive Hyundai is very user friendly in terms of finding a good seating position, the adjustable steering and the rightly placed gear knob would never tire you even on long highway stints.
The day/night mirror is also the segment first and makes driving more easy. Cooled glovebox another addition thus you can keep your essentials at right temperatures. Door panels just go right in the flow of your hand and are broad enough to relax your arms on drives.
Large glass area is what you would notice in this car, thus, providing ample of airy cabin and hence more relaxed driving experience. The ORVM’s are broad enough and provide good visibility, big rear glass also aids in good rear visibility during parking sessions.
Hyundai has fixed the Grand with rear parking sensors, another segment first here!
Get in the back of car and the first thing you notice is the space available (it’s just simply in excess for this segment car). Wide opening doors, large door carvings, all help in very easy and hassle free entry and exit of passengers. Sit on the rear seat and the first thing you notice is high seating (not seen easily in Hyundai’s). Front seats have been curved inside out and hence making out legroom space for rear passengers. The seat bench is comfortably cushioned but feels a bit hard at times, wish it was softer. Thigh support is enough, legroom and headroom are maximum in this class and rear passengers would not complain of claustrophobic space problems like in a Maruti Suzuki Swift!
Large rear windows provide enough visibility and comfort.
The rear seat can easily occupy 2 passengers but you make one more enter and things gets uncomfortable, not wide enough here.
Another segment first feature to notice is the rear A/C vent. Hyundai is known for setting trends and it has not failed in this car too. Rear A/C although not very effective but helps in cooling rear passengers effectively when given some time.
Door panels, here too, have enough of space and can hold on large bottles very comfortably.
Boot space is segment highest with 256 lts of capacity and hold on most of your weekend trip luggages easily. Boot lid is a bit high and for short people can be somewhat inconvenient while loading or unloading, at time.
All in all, great quality and space with full of features behold the Grand i10 and the Hyundai here has completely won the race from rivals. Well done Hyundai!
Talk of the engine, we, specifically tested the petrol engine because of the growing demand of the petrol variants and their practicality than the diesel siblings. Also petrol Hyundai Grand i10 is a car than fits in the budget of mass population of “mango” man!
Grand, here, is equipped with the 1.2 Lt 4 cylinder 16 valves Kappa VTVT (Variable Valve Timing with Reduced friction) engine that had been paying it’s duty in the outgoing models since a decade back!
No need to mention, the engine is enough powerful with 83 ps (81.86 bhp) on tap @ 6000 rpm. The engine produces a healthy torque of 113.75 Nm @ 4000 rpm.
Figures aside, Push Button Start (another segment first) you ignite the engine, the ultra light electric steering comes alive, push the light and easy clutch and slide the precise gearbox into the first, release the clutch and all the torque from this small engine starts pouring in.
Engine is very impressive in terms of responsiveness and light press of the accelerator leads to a forward surge in the movement of car. First, second gear ratios are shortened for easy city driving and more efficiency, while the third and fourth gears are what a enthusiast would like, they are really long enough to pull the car from the crowd and the torquey petrol engine works really great in theses conditions.
Talking of engine power, asiding the figures, it surely responsive at low revs and city driving is just what the doctor ordered but you try to rev this Hyundai besides 4000 rpm and the harshness of engine can be heard inside the very isolated and calm cabin too! It just doesn’t like to be revved in anyways and hence the petrolheads like me won’t like this nature of a highly capable petrol engine. Engine has been tuned for easy city driving and occasional highway stints and thus redlining it and bringing the metal out of it is not a good idea.
Gear shift indicator on the speedometer (also segment first) helps in driving car efficiently. Power never feels less in anyways but it’s just at high revs that you would like to have, here Suzuki engines beat Hyundai marginally which are very responsive through out their rev rang
At 100 kmph engine is rolling at a lazy 2800 rpm and thus making highway cruising effortless.
Talking of the gearbox, it’s precise like most Hyundai’s, but the gear knob feels rubbery at times and lacks the feel of the good detent pin fitted Suzuki Swift or even it’s elder brother the i20. Hyundai could work over that. The placement of gear knob is just perfect and approach to hand is very easy. Also the gearshifts are very light, mixed using with the light clutch makes this car the most effortless city car I have driven in days!
Come to the braking and you find yourselves getting hit to dashboard once a day, definitely! It’s just so damn great. Brake bites are very tight and hard and stopping this little Hyundai from triple digit speeds to a stand still takes no time. Brakes would become another reason for you to buy this car! Combined with ABS the deal just becomes more cozy. Comparing to other rivals, it’s best in class. Maruti should take a lesson fro here and upgrade braking.
Ride Chassis Balance Handling
Not a petrolheads cup of tea here. Hyundai’s have never been driver oriented and this one is no exception. Light steering, soft suspension combined together completely ruin the driving enthusiasm, but hold on and with time you would feel that the steering weighs up very well with speeds. Grand has one of the most accurate steering from Hyundai and definitely succeeds from the outgoing model. Suspension is soft and as a result city potholes and disturbances are ironed out well most of times, it’s just at hard patches of road that make this little car unsettle otherwise it’s just perfect for everyday city driving.
Over the highways, the suspension remains unsettled most of times and undulations of the surface are what you would have to face while driving. Although this Hyundai is more stable than, say, Verna fluidic over highways but still it remains uncomfortable most of the times over undulated highways. Pitching can be felt easily over high speeds. It’s only the plain road patched that provide confidence to push the car harder.
Overall, Hyundai Grand i10 provides ample of ride and chassis balance for daily driving but it’s not set up for enthusiastic driving like Ford’s and hence should be driven with ease, for what it has been manufactured.
Fuel Efficiency Figures
On the test Grand i10 1.2 Lt Kappa Petrol returned an overall mileage of 16 kmpl. Test show a city mileage of around 14 kmpl and highway runs around 18 kmpl. Not the best in the segment but something easy to live with.
What we say?
Hyundai is ranked 2nd manufacturer in Indian auto market scene in terms of sales and it sure be because the products it provides to the customers are just beyond words.
At 5.54 lakhs (ex-showroom) Grand i10 Asta is definitely a whole lot of costlier than other rivals, but, what Hyundai is providing to it’s customers is something that no other manufacturer does. May it be the high quality upper class interiors, may it be highest space, may it be the big car feel, may it be the fuel efficiency, servicing facilities, spare costs and resales, Hyundai exceeds overall from it’s rivals.
With NCAP ratings of 3.5 Stars and equipped with safety features such as ABS, front passenger and driver air bags, Grand i10 beats every other car on the face in terms of safety too.
And thus with overall winning of Hyundai won the “mango” man’s heart and he brought Grand i10 home.
If you still haven’t got a reason to buy this car, you won’t get more than!