Hyundai follows a straight forward Indian philosophy: attractive styling, efficient robust powertrains and competitive pricing. Over the years, only Swift has managed to guard the Maruti’s fort amidst Hyundai’s constant bombardments. Moreover, Hyundai had a very spooky void between their i10 and i20, in both value and performance. Not anymore though. The all new Hyundai Grand i10 is their latest offering in the Indian hatchback segment. The car carries the fluidic design trait but in a more easy on the eye context. Up front, the car looks familiar yet fresh with hexagonal grill and bright headlamps. The side profile incorporates extra 100mm wheelbase beautifully with thinned out C-pillar and large glass area. Roof rails and ORVM (with integrated turn indicators) gives the Grand i10 a modern and upmarket aura. However, bigger tires could’ve been better. Rear end is distinctive with safe design attributes and stretched out taillights. Nothing is outlandish yet nothing is dreary either. Boot is large with 256lt capacity (50lt more than the Swift). Rear seats folds down completely with no 60:40 spilt utility. Interiors look refreshing and logically laid out. Two-tone theme has been used smartly with nice design lines. The instrument cluster is simple to read with somewhat class leading quality materials. The Hyundai Grand i10 comes loaded with great features like parking sensors, electric ORVM, ABS, dual airbags, keyless entry, cooled glove box etc. Segment 1st includes rear AC vents and integrated audio with 1GB memory. Extended wheelbase ensures decent knee and leg room for both front and rear passengers. Engine is where the Grand i10 really shines. The available options include a 1.2 Kappa (petrol) with 82PS@6000rpm and 114Nm@4000rpm power figures and ARAI rating of 18.9kmpl. And a 2nd gen 1.1 U2 CRDi (diesel) with 71PS@4000rpm and 163Nm@1500-2750rpm power figures. What’s really eluding is the efficiency of the diesel with ARAI rating of 24kmpl. However, a near about 19-21kmpl is expected in the real world conditions. Further, VGT means minimist turbo lag and being a Hyundai, a well planted highway ride is inevitable with nimble and zippy city maneuverability. Variants (Era, Magna Sportz and Asta) start from 4.29lakh and goes up to the 5.27 lakh for petrol and 5.23 lakh to 6.41 lakh (all prices ex-showroom) for diesel. This makes it a competitive VFM package for city dwellers with high intra-city runs who won’t mind weekend trips. While the Swift is more spirited to drive and Figo is spacious, the Hyundai Grand i10 is a better all-rounder than the former and definitely not toad faced as the latter. Hyundai for once has breached the Maruti’s fort but the question is how long before the native Smaug awakes.
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