Hyundai Grand i10 Expert Review

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Introduction

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?

Pros
  • New smartphone-compatible infotainment system (at least on the top-end Asta) works brilliantly
  • Spacious passenger and luggage space; convenience features very well thought out
  • Cabin feels upmarket; overall quality is top notch
  • Peppy diesel engine - extra torque helps it potter around town easily
Cons
  • Integrated headrests for the front seats reduce usability
  • Audio system is not standard in base variants
  • Base variants are equipped with only a driver-side airbag and no ABS; the Maruti Ignis offers dual airbags and ABS as standard
  • ABS is only offered on the top-of-the-line Asta variant

Stand Out Features

  • New 1.2-litre diesel motor makes the Grand i10 better suited for the city

    New 1.2-litre diesel motor makes the Grand i10 better suited for the city

  • Auto folding ORVMs during lock/unlock is useful and adds a premium touch

    Auto folding ORVMs during lock/unlock is useful and adds a premium touch

  • 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

    7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

  • Superb NVH control and overall quality of the interior makes the Grand i10 feel a segment above

    Superb NVH control and overall quality of the interior makes the Grand i10 feel a segment above

CarDekho Verdict

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.

" If looked at in isolation, the Grand i10 is still a comfortable, spacious, feature-laden family hatchback for the city. "

But, it fails to stand out amongst the competition, especially when compared to the Maruti Suzuki Ignis.

Exterior

The Hyundai Grand i10 was never exciting to look at, though it was certainly smart. With the facelift, the Grand i10 adheres to the company's new design philosophy.

As the front, the biggest changes include a new ‘cascading grille’ design, a reworked upper grille and a redesigned bumper with new fog-lamp surrounds and the all-new LED DRLs. At the side, the changes are limited to the redesigned 14-inch alloy wheels. At the rear, there’s a new bumper which includes a large black insert with circular reflectors.

 

At the rear, there’s a new bumper which includes a large black insert with circular reflectors. The new rear bumper design is expected to divide opinions - the pre-facelift model looked smart and the redesign feels unnecessary.

Exterior Comparison

Maruti Swift Hyundai Grand i10 Tata Tiago Toyota Etios Liva
Length (mm) 3840 3765 3746 3884
Width (mm) 1735 1660 1647 1695
Height (mm) 1530 1520 1535 1510
Ground Clearance (mm) 163 165 170 170
Wheel Base (mm) 2450 2425 2400 2460
Kerb Weight (kg) 955Kg - 1060 930
 

The Grand i10 also offers one of the most spacious boots in its class at 256-litres.

Boot Space Comparison

Tata Tiago Hyundai Grand i10 Maruti Swift Toyota Etios Liva
Volume 242-litres 256-liters 204-liters 251-litres

Overall, the little Hyundai does carry a nice design that is bound to please many and possibly offend none.

 

Interior

Step inside and the cabin has an airy and premium feel. Be it the seat covers, plastic trim on the dashboard or doors, the buttons and even the touchscreen operation - everything has a feel-good factor. Hyundai has not altered the design inside; you still get the dual-tone theme, four large circular AC vents on the dashboard, a deep-set instrument cluster, a three-spoke steering wheel with large multi-function buttons and the high-mounted gear-shift lever. The centre console still sticks out a bit like before but now gets two new additions - a large 7.0-inch touchscreen display and a fully-automatic climate control console.

While the screen is well integrated, the buttons around it seem to have been designed in a hurry and do not have the same feel as the buttons of the previous non-touch infotainment system. The climate control console is a welcome addition and brings the car up to date with its rivals.  

The front seats are comfortable; the cushioning is neither hard nor soft. In fact, the seats are slightly contoured to give passengers a snug feeling. The driver seat is adjustable for height too. The only gripe are the integrated headrests - these look out of place in a cabin that is otherwise premium looking/feeling and also limit adjustability for shorter or taller passengers.

Rear seat passengers will find that the Grand i10 is best used as a two seater for a comfortable trip. Though the cabin is wide enough to accommodate three passengers, a slightly raised centre tunnel and the rear AC vent console curb room for the centre passenger. The unavailability of a headrest (the other two passengers get adjustable ones) and a lap-belt (three-point units for the other two) make it a less safer position to be in too. The legroom, knee-room are adequate enough for passengers even with 6-footers occupying the front seats - though it is not class-leading. Tall passengers will find no reason to complain about the headroom. The rear bench can be folded down, but cannot be split-folded - this does reduce convenience slightly. The luggage compartment has a 256-litre capacity which is unchanged from before - it is 5 litres more than the Ignis to remain the largest in the segment.

Technology & Equipment

The Grand i10 now features simple LED DRLs, which are placed low down on the front bumper alongside the fog lamps. While these are bright and do their job well, they look like after-market units. An interesting thing about the DRLs is that they switch off if you engage the parking brake even when the car is switched on; this can be beneficial to other road users as they can be sure that you are not about to move even though your engine is on.

Inside, the biggest change in terms of equipment is the new 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment screen. This can be connected to your smartphone via MirrorLink and has Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility for added convenience. The Grand i10 is also offered with a rear parking camera with guided-display on the new infotainment screen.

The Hyundai Grand i10 is one of the first cars I have tested which has seamless smartphone connectivity. It also surprised me with its responsive touchscreen. The infotainment system also responds well to the steering-mounted controls. The new Grand i10 also gets voice command for the infotainment system to take advantage of the smartphone connectivity.

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.

Performance Comparison (Petrol)

Maruti Swift Toyota Etios Liva Tata Tiago Hyundai Grand i10
Power 81.80bhp@6000rpm 78.9bhp@5600rpm 84bhp@6000rpm 81.86bhp@6000rpm
Torque (Nm) 113Nm@4200rpm 104Nm@3100rpm 114Nm@3500rpm 113.75nm@4000rpm
Engine Displacement (cc) 1197 1197 1199 1197
Transmission Manual Manual Manual Manual
Top Speed (kmph) 160 kmph 160 Kmph 150 kmph 165 Kmph
0-100 Acceleration (sec) 12.3 Seconds 14 Seconds 14.3 Seconds 12.9 Seconds
Kerb Weight (kg) 880Kg 930kg 1012kg -
Fuel Efficiency (ARAI) 20.4kmpl 17.71kmpl 23.84kmpl 18.9kmpl
Power Weight Ratio 92.95454545454545 bhp/ton 84.83870967741936 bhp/ton 83.00395256916997 bhp/ton -

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.

Performance Comparison (Diesel)

Hyundai Grand i10 Toyota Etios Liva Maruti Swift Tata Tiago
Power 73.97bhp@4000rpm 67.04bhp@3800rpm 74bhp@4000rpm 69bhp@4000rpm
Torque (Nm) 190.24nm@1750-2250rpm 170Nm@1800-2400rpm 190Nm@2000rpm 140Nm@1800-3000rpm
Engine Displacement (cc) 1186 1364 1248 1047
Transmission Manual Manual Manual Manual
Top Speed (kmph) 151.63 Kmph 180 Kmph 155 kmph 150 kmph
0-100 Acceleration (sec) 13.21 Seconds 17.5 Seconds 14.8 Seconds 16.29 seconds
Kerb Weight (kg) - 1010kg 985Kg 1080kg
Fuel Efficiency (ARAI) 24.0kmpl 23.59kmpl 25.2kmpl 27.28kmpl
Power Weight Ratio 1080kg 66.37623762376238 bhp/ton 75.1269035532995 bhp/ton 63.888888888888886 bhp/ton
 

Ride and Handling

The Hyundai Grand i10 has a suspension tuned for city use; it is neither too soft nor too hard - it feels just right. The suspension always works noiselessly, letting in only the most harshest of bumps inside. The combination of suppleness and firmness means the ride is never uncomfortable. This combined with the low engine noise and vibrations makes the Grand i10's cabin a good place to be in.

The steering is light to use and combined with the tight turning radius makes the Grand i10 a usable city car. Out on the highway, the light steering does reduce your confidence - but the suspension and brakes (backed by ABS) work fine.  

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.

Variants

  • Diesel
  • Petrol
Variants Features Price
Grand i10 1.2 CRDi Era Driver Airbag, Front Power Windows, Manual Air Conditioning, 5.9 Lakh*
Grand i10 1.2 CRDi Magna [ In adition to 1.2 CRDi Era ] Electrically Adjustable ORVM , Rear AC Vents, Front Fog Lamps, [ Variant 1.2 CRDi Era price ] + 55,200 =  6.45 Lakh*
Grand i10 1.2 CRDi Sportz [ In adition to 1.2 CRDi Magna ] Passenger Airbags, Rear Parking Sensors, 5.0-Inch Touchscreen , [ Variant 1.2 CRDi Magna price ] + 57,500 =  7.03 Lakh*
Grand i10 1.2 CRDi Asta [ In adition to 1.2 CRDi Sportz ] Anti Lock Braking System, Push Button Start/Stop, Automatic Climate Control, [ Variant 1.2 CRDi Sportz price ] + 44,700 =  7.47 Lakh*
Variants Features Price
Grand i10 1.2 Kappa Era Driver Airbag, Front Power Windows, Manual Air Conditioning, 4.74 Lakh*
Grand i10 1.2 Kappa Magna [ In adition to 1.2 Kappa Era ] Front Fog Lamps, Rear AC Vents, Electrically Adjustable ORVM , [ Variant 1.2 Kappa Era price ] + 74,200 =  5.48 Lakh*
Grand i10 1.2 Kappa Sportz [ In adition to 1.2 Kappa Magna ] Passenger Airbags, Rear Parking Sensors, 5.0-Inch Touchscreen, [ Variant 1.2 Kappa Magna price ] + 51,800 =  6.0 Lakh*
Grand i10 1.2 Kappa Asta [ In adition to 1.2 Kappa Sportz ] Anti Lock Braking System, Push Button Start/Stop, Automatic Climate Control, [ Variant 1.2 Kappa Sportz price ] + 50,400 =  6.5 Lakh*

The Hyundai Grand i10 powered by the 1.2-litre petrol motor is offered in a total of 6 variants, while the Grand i10 powered by the 1.2-litre diesel motor is available in 4 variants.

The base Era variant is available with front power windows, manual air-conditioning, a driver-side airbag and gear-shift indicator. The Magna variant gets the above features and front fog lamps, keyless entry, full wheel covers and rear AC vents. The Sportz variant gets, over the equipment mentioned above, rear parking sensors, rear defogger, a cooled glovebox and a 5.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The additional equipment on the Sportz(O) variant include a 7.0-inch infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, LED DRLs and 14-inch alloy wheels. The top-of-the-line Asta variant is offered with ABS, push-button start/stop, automatic climate control and a rear spoiler.

It makes most sense to go for the Sportz(O) variant and up; the lower variants seem too spartan in comparison. It is especially surprising that the Era and Magna variants are not offered with a multimedia system at all from the factory. The ABS is limited to the Asta variant, making it the most sensible buy.

 

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