Hyundai Grand i10 Facelift Review & First Drive

Hyundai Grand i10 Overview

The Hyundai Grand i10 was the most attractive package in its segment when it was launched back in September 2013. It was priced aggressively, looked smart on the inside, had class-leading interior quality, segment-first features and was backed by a reliable after-sales network. While the Grand i10 was offered with both petrol and diesel powertrains, the diesel motor was not the most powerful in the segment – the only downside in an otherwise brilliant package. The Grand i10 facelift has been launched in India just over three years after the original model – it appears to be better in every respect and takes on a vastly improved competition. But is the refreshed Grand i10 better than before and how does it stack up against rivals such as Maruti Suzuki Ignis?

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The facelift helps the Hyundai Grand i10 remain a lucrative car to buy in its segment. While the exterior design changes are limited, there are significant improvements in terms of equipment on offer and the new 1.2-litre diesel motor. The problem is that most of these improvement are limited to the top-end variants.But, it fails to stand out amongst the competition, especially when compared to the Maruti Suzuki Ignis. Apply car loan for Hyundai Grand i10 in Fincarz.

Hyundai Grand i10 Exteriors

So the new face is updated with what Hyundai calls the cascade design front grille. It does add a more contemporary element to the car’s face and makes it look a bit wider than before. The headlamps are the same, but in the higher specs you have daytime running lights at the base of the bumper next to the fog lights. This is unlike the European car where the DRLs have moved high up and centre – which is more distinct frankly. So that’s too bad! But good to get the LED DRLs nonetheless.

The bumper also has air curtains above the fogs. The sides and rear are mostly unchanged but at the rear the significant change is the new black insert in the bumper. The dual-tone look makes the rear look beefier and gives the car some heft – again enhancing its size visually. The car gets one new body colour – Red Passion – which is the same colour our test car was dressed in as you can see.

Hyundai Grand i10 Interiors

If you have been inside the Grand i10 before, it is going to be a familiar affair. The dual-tone dashboard and steering remain largely identical to the previous model, but with subtle updates. The seats have the right amount of cushioning and contour to keep you tucked in. The height of the driver seat can also be adjusted, which paired with the tilt adjustable steering lets you get into your preferred driving position.

The centre console now features a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system which supports voice recognition, MirrorLink, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and doubles up as the display for the new rear camera. The touch feedback and the UI experience is excellent and pairing the smartphone is as easy as it gets. The four-speaker output sounds good for a car this size though it isn’t as good as the 8-speaker Harman unit on the Tiago.

On the other hand, the Sport variant has a 5.0-inch touchscreen system which only gets Bluetooth, Aux and USB connectivity. The two base variants are deprived of any form of music systems which feels a little too harsh.Hyundai have also added automatic climate control to the Grand i10’s feature list, which was absent in the older model. However, this is present only on the top variant and largely helps in the ‘comfort and convenience department’. That said, the air-conditioning is effective, and the car still has rear AC vents which are a big advantage in the hot Indian summers.Check for Hyundai Grand i10  in ogequipment

The steering wheel remains the same old three-spoke unit. The leather cover continues to offer good grip and the addition of a voice recognition button adds to its practicality. Speaking of which, the car continues to feature power outlets at both front and rear to charge your phones and all four doors get power windows with one-touch functionality for the driver.Other than these changes, everything else remains the same and the car continues to boast the good overall build quality with good quality plastics and seats of its predecessor.

Hyundai Grand i10 Performance

The Hyundai Grand i10 is offered with two engine options – a 1.2-litre, 4-cylinder, naturally aspirated petrol motor paired to either a 5-speed manual transmission and 4-speed automatic transmission. The car we have tested is the new 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder, turbocharged diesel motor paired to a 5-speed manual transmission. The only time you feel the vibes from the engine is when you switch it off – the cabin shakes vigorously.

Petrol

The 1.2-litre unit is amongst the refined engines in the segment. At idle and on the move, the engine is silent and feels relaxed. It is only when you stray into the top of the rev range, do you sense the engine being vocal and uneasy. The low end isn’t as strong as say the Maruti Celerio, which will require you to downshift into first in most cases. The mid-range is where the action is, and keeping it in and around its torque band can be fun too.

On the highways, progress is swift upto 120kmph, after which the engine feels out of breath. Not to mention, the revs are already close to the redline at this point. That, coupled with the vocal whining of the engine will dissuade you from pushing any further.

The engine is available with either a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 4-speed automatic. Our pick remains the manual for the clutch is super light and the stubby gearknob is a slick to use. The torque converter automatic does a good job of swapping cogs and there’s nothing more you would want once stuck in a jam. That said, it isn’t too good at keeping the wallet happy. Take your pick.

Diesel

The diesel motor is basically a revised version of the 1.1-litre motor which powered the older car. The increase in displacement has in turn helped increase the maximum power output from 71PS to 75PS and peak torque output from 160Nm to 190Nm – this makes the car very easy to drive, especially in town. The new 1.2-litre ‘U2 CRDi’ motor now develops 190Nm of maximum torque – from a very low 1,750rpm – the Grand i10 feels peppy at all times. Out on the highway though, the Grand i10 feels sedate in comparison – the power trails off after 4,000rpm and progress is slower past 110-120kmph. The Grand i10 diesel has a 0-100kmph time of 17.32 seconds, which is decent.

The 5-speed manual transmission is a treat to use, it slots in very well even when used in urgency. The pull-up type reverse gear-lock works smoothly and feels nice to hold. The Grand i10’s new diesel motor is also efficient. It returned 19.23kmpl in the city and 22.19kmpl in the highway in our instrumented tests.

Hyundai Grand i10 Driving

Hyundai has tweaked the suspension of the new Grand i10, and boy what a difference it has made. Show the car a set of bad roads and it gobbles up all of it without breaking a sweat. Potholes and undulations, particularly, are absorbed with only a muted thump entering the cabin. Coupled with good NVH characteristics, the ride in the new Grand i10 is surprisingly well damped and quiet, unlike the loud thuds that you hear in some of Maruti Suzuki’s small cars. The ride quality clearly feels akin to a bigger car, and this surely is one of the Grand i10’s biggest plus points.The changes to the suspension have also resulted in improved handling, although the soft set-up does result in slight body roll when you push the car around the bends. However, it is not scary at all and I was very impressed with the car’s grip levels and ability to stick to an intended line. View offers on Hyundai Cars from Hyundai dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

The one aspect that Hyundai could have improved is steering feedback at high speeds. I wish it weighed up a little more which would have elevated the driving experience to quite an extent. That said, I remember how numb the steering felt in the previous car, so the improvement in this unit is more than welcome.The brakes offer a strong bite and pedal feel is quite firm too. However, some may feel the bite is a bit too sharp at low speeds. Personally, I like the set-up as it feels quite reassuring in an emergency stop. Our brake tests saw the car come to a standstill from 100kmph in 3.1 seconds, covering 42.7 metres in the process.

Hyundai Grand i10 Safety

The Hyundai Grand i10 features a driver-side airbag as standard across the range. On the top-of-the-line Asta variant which we have tested, safety features include dual front airbags, ABS, impact sensing door-unlock, rear defogger and rear parking sensors and camera.The Hyundai Grand i10, for the price, does not offer as many safety systems as the Ford Figo. The Figo, with 6 airbags, ABS and EBD trumps the Grand i10 in terms of safety.

Hyundai Grand i10 Cost in Chennai

Hyundai Grand I10 On-Road Price in Chennai ranges from 5,21,616 to 8,38,725 for variants Grand i10 1.2 Era Petrol and Grand i10 1.2 Asta Diesel respectively. Hyundai Grand I10 is available in 10 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Hyundai Grand I10 variants price in Chennai.Check for Grand i10 price in Chennai at Tryaldrive.

Hyundai Grand i10 Round Up

The facelifted Grand i10 looks better, has better features and is better to drive thanks to the new diesel engine that puts it on par with its rivals. Pair this to the improved cabin insulation, and the Grand i10 gets our thumbs up. But, with prices starting from Rs 4.58 lakh for the petrol and Rs 5.68 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the diesel, the lack of equipment in lower variants will force you to write a bigger cheque. Nonetheless, the updated Hyundai Grand i10 diesel is a well-rounded package and will continue to give cars like the Ford Figo, Mahindra KUV100 and the Maruti Ignis a run for their money. More importantly, the Hyundai is now better-equipped to take on its biggest rival – the Maruti Swift, till the new generation gets here later this year.

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