Hyundai Eon Hatchback First Look Review

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Hyundai Eon Overview

It’s not easy to upset Maruti. India’s largest automotive manufacturer however now has cause for a headache and it’s coming from as far south as it gets. In the city of Chennai, Hyundai is busy plotting to inject a big migraine with their new Eon. It’s aimed squarely at the Alto, India’s largest selling car which has been in production for a decade. The Alto monopolised the segment that had only one competitor – the M800 – and despite its global evolution to the A-Star, Maruti decided to retain the Alto brand in India knowing just how successful the car is in their scheme of things.

So the Hyundai Eon in India will target both the Alto and the A-Star, not to mention its very own stablemate, the Santro. The ground rules to play in this segment to date were just price and efficiency. Maruti literally wrote all the rules simply because there wasn’t anyone to play against. They were the only kid in a sandbox. So elements like contemporary design, comfort, packaging, performance, dynamics and features were all left to their own devices, no one gave those aspects a second thought. And it’s those areas that Hyundai is tapping into. Time to turn on the Eon. Check for Hyundai Eon price in Hyderabad.

Hyundai Eon Style

The Eon is the next embodiment of Hyundai’s new design language and what we now know as fluidic design. It’s funky and eye catching, and it’s closely related, cosmetically, to the new Verna and the i10. You see the same profusion of lines and shapes especially at the front with those well defined cheekbones highlighting this car. The sunken grille with the chrome strip and the Hyundai logo embedded in the centre is another distinguishing character. Yet its most interesting feature are its wraparound headlamps and the beefy wheel arches.

Viewed from a three quarter angle those clear lens headlamps with elaborately designed reflectors looked like giant Chinese soup spoons to me. But they are attractive and along with the rest of the elements adorning the Eon’s face garner a lot of attention. The rear hatch area is also very attractively turned out complemented by the crescent moon shaped tail lamps. The hatch looks a bit small though access to the boot is easy and unrestricted. Overall the Eon appears to be a very busy pallet yet it has a smooth cohesive sense about it which makes it attractive.

The Eon also has a very nice stance, contrary to Hyundai’s tall boy designs in the past the Eon looks short and wide, hunkering down with a quiet confidence. It’s less than 3.5 metres long and just a little over 1.5 metres wide with a 1.38-metre wide track and 170mm of ground clearance. It’s compact and yet looks much larger than the Alto, in fact it almost looks as large as its sibling the i10.

Hyundai Eon Space

Slip past the Eon’s wide-opening front door and you’ll be convinced you’ve got more than your money’s worth. The quality of plastics is good enough to belong on the bigger and pricier i10. Fit and finish is really good and there is nothing visibly low-rent about the cabin; except for the old-fashioned door locks on top of the sill. The beige plastics on the lower portion of the cabin further enhance the upmarket feeling.

The dashboard itself is smartly styled, with the centre console following the hexagonal theme of the Eon’s frontal styling. The dull silver trim also adds a touch of class here. The central AC vents are small and, expectedly, do not have a wide spread. We liked the large, easy-to-use knobs for the AC controls and also the convenient placement of the Aux/USB ports on the music system. The simple instruments that include a speedometer, fuel gauge and temperature gauge (there’s no rev counter) are easy to read on the move. A small digital readout here also indicates ideal gears for best fuel economy. Hyundai has scooped out a useful storage cavity on the top of the glovebox that is large enough to hold a bottle. The front door pockets can also a hold a bottle each and the big glovebox is very useful too.

Drivers will appreciate the good visibility out of the front windscreen, though the thick A pillars do create a small blind spot at T-junctions. Finding a good driving position is simple, and is made easier still by the tilt-adjust steering available on higher variants. Back support from the slender, single-piece front seats is quite good, but their tapering shape means your shoulders are left unsupported. The fixed headrests are a tad short too.

Entering or exiting the rear seat is not all that straightforward and requires you to angle your feet to avoid touching the body. Space at the back is comparable to the Alto’s but much less than in the Tata Nano, which remains the benchmark for roominess. Rear kneeroom is adequate so long as the front occupant doesn’t push his seat all the way back. Headroom, however,is not all that good. Also, the narrow rear windows make the Eon feel smaller than it is. Passengers in the back will also have to make do with a slightly short seat squab and limited shoulder support.Boot space, at 215 litres, is quite good for a car this size. You can even fold the rear seats when more space is needed. However, the loading lip is high and slightly narrow too.

Hyundai Eon Performance

The Hyundai Eon in India gets a 3-cylinder engine that was developed at Hyundai’s R&D centre in Hyderabad. It’s the same engine as in the i10 with one cylinder removed to reduce displacement. It makes 56PS of max power along with 75Nm of torque which is the best in class. Driveability isn’t great with max torque being generated at a fairly high 4000rpm which means you have to constantly shift down to lower gears. In urban areas you will find yourself using second and third gears constantly and that also keeps the revs high.To know more details on Hyundai Eon visit Iiit-bh

At engine speeds above 3000rpm it sounds buzzy and scratchy and the sound only dies out considerably when you shift to higher gears and keep the revs low and that largely happens on the highway. Yet its NVH is within comfortable limits and unless revved hard this engine is a quiet operator. It’s also very similar in feel to the Alto’s 800cc engine, in first gear there is a small flat spot under 1500 rpm that intermittently also shows up in second gear. At times unless revved hard it feels like the engine is dying out even though you’ve engaged first gear and released the clutch. The 5-speed transmission is smooth to operate, however on another car it felt notchy. I guess these are some of the consistency issues that Hyundai will have to sort out. The ratios nonetheless are spaced out quite a bit to provide the best fuel efficiency rather than performance, yet first to third gears sees the Eon gain momentum quickly enough.

PERFORMANCE & EFFICIENCY

With a kerb weight of 725kilos the Eon has a decent 77.24PS per tonne though with the tall ratios don’t expect the Eon to make progress very fast. So 100kmph comes up in a lazy 19.08 seconds by which time you are also inching very close to the quarter mile mark, that’s how much distance it covers to get to 100kmph. The quarter mile then takes another eight tenths of a second. With the strong low and mid range but just noise at the top the Eon feels slow in the roll-ons. Third gear overtaking acceleration is decently fast but shift into fourth or fifth and the 40-100kmph runs feel like an eternity has passed, both runs recording well over 25 seconds. The Eon is quicker than the Alto by a slim margin but at nearly two seconds, a margin it is. That said all of Hyundai’s efforts have been put into fuel efficiency. According to the ARAI figures the Eon returns an overall of 21.1kmpl, on our test cycles however she returned 15.6kmpl in the city and on the highway a brilliant 24.3kmpl but the overall adds up to just 17.75kmpl which is much lesser than what Hyundai claims.

Hyundai Eon Driving

The handling of Eon, owing to its small wheelbase, is remarkably good for its segment. The short turning radius enables the car to do quick moves in traffic or narrow town roads. The Eon is perfect for city due its small size. Ride quality of the vehicle is decent. The gas-type shock absorbers provide optimum comfort for the occupants and the McPherson struts give the vehicle that stability. The steering is very light, making Eon well suited for Indian roads, but there is no or very little feedback from the steering wheel, making it a lifeless and boring car to drive.

Hyundai Eon comes with disc brakes at the front and drum brakes at the rear. The brakes have good bite and can bring the car to a stop within a small distance. The car can come to standstill from 100 km per hour in 3.52 seconds, given the dry road conditions. There is good amount of body roll present due to soft suspensions, which are tuned to give maximum comfort to the occupants, but the set-up does make driving scary around the fast corners.

Hyundai Eon Safety

Hyundai has partly taken care of the safety by equipping the vehicle with a single driver side airbag. The reinforced cage of Eon is remarkably strong and has crumple zones to absorb the impact in an event of collision. There are impact beams on the doors of the car, making it pretty safe and strong. Even the floor of the Eon has impact beams to keep the cage safe.

There are self-restraining seat belts for the driver and all the passengers. Eon also offers child safety lock on the rear doors, which refrains children from opening the doors from inside the vehicle. The Eon also comes with a remote control security system for convenience. The Eon is pretty loaded on paper, but most of these features come with the top variants only. Otherwise, Eon is a pretty sorted-out vehicle. The top trim also features fog lamps and engine immobilizer, which are not generally seen in this segment. In short, the car is feature rich, but most versions don’t have them!

Hyundai Eon Cost in Hyderabad

Hyundai EON On Road Price is 3,86,610/- and Ex-showroom Price is 3,34,900/- in Hyderabad. Hyundai EON comes in 5 colours, namely Red Passion,Sleek Silver,Pristine Blue,Polar White,Star Dust. Hyundai EON comes with FWD with 814 CC Displacement and 3 Cylinders with Maximum Power 55 bhp@5500 rpm and Peak Torque 75 Nm@4000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Hyundai EON comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .

Hyundai Eon Conclusion

Where comfort and convenience is concerned the Hyundai Eon in India offers variants at six different price points that are equipped accordingly. In the basic D-Lite trim (Rs 2.69 lakh. All prices ex-Delhi) for instance you get next to nothing other than a car with four doors, four seats and an engine. No air-con, no power steering, nothing. The D-Lite with air-con option comes for Rs.2.92 lakh. I was surprised that in the lower trim you don’t even get the bottle holder in the door pads. Aren’t door pads common across the range? The electric power steering option is available from the Era (Rs 3.11 lakh) upwards. The cream only starts appearing three variants up with the Magna (Rs 3.36 lakh). The Magna with optional package which includes a 2DIN system, USB and aux ports comes for Rs 3.46 lakh.

As for safety I thought having just one airbag for the driver was a bit silly. And this is available only in the top variant the Sportz (Rs 3.71 lakh) which also features keyless entry and front fog lamps. Hyundai justifies the single air bag policy by saying this is not a family saloon or estate and they expect most owners to be single drivers without any passengers in the car most of the time. Hardly a justification. ABS also does not figure in any variant and I found that to be a bit disappointing.

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