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Hyundai Eon - Introduction

Hyundai Eon

For nearly a decade, the Maruti Suzuki Alto had been the undisputed leader in the entry level hatchback segment. Many competitors like the Chevrolet Spark and the much hyped Tata Nano tried to usurp its throne, but in vain. Finally, in October 2011, Korean auto major, Hyundai launched the Eon which proved to be a ‘tough’ contender and threatened to end Alto’s domination.


With its compact dimensions, fluidic design, stylish interior, decent handling, and frugal engine, it wasn’t difficult for the Eon to quickly gain a lot of attention and soon enough it started eating into Alto’s market share.


But despite the Hyundai Eon being a good overall package, it was considered to be pricier in comparison to the Maruti Suzuki Alto. Also, the fact that the Alto K10 offered a more powerful engine and the arrival of the Datsun Go only made matters more challenging for the Eon.


Therefore, in order to further strengthen its position in this segment, Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL) has introduced the 1.0-litre Kappa engine for Eon priced at Rs 3.94 lakh (ex-showroom Kolkata). The new 1.0-litre Eon is being offered along with the existing 0.8-litre Eon range and will be available in a single Magna+ trim only for the time being.


The Hyundai Eon 1.0-litre Kappa Magna+ variant is Euro 5 compliant and the 3-cylinder petrol motor is equipped with the Dual VTVT technology developing 69PS and peak torque at 94 Nm returning an ARAI-ratified fuel efficiency of 20.3 kmpl.


Early this week, we got behind the wheel of the Hyundai Eon 1.0-litre Magna + and took it for a spin around town. Read on to discover how it fared.


Hyundai Eon - Design & Engineering

Hyundai Eon

Hyundai’s smart and compact hatchback finally gets a new heart. It is Hyundai's 1-litre, 3-cylinder engine from its updated Kappa II family of engines which was so far only offered on the i10 in Europe and will now power the Eon along with the existing 814cc motor making India the first market to get the Eon with this 1-litre powerplant.


Barring the 13 PS of additional power aimed at boosting performance, vibration levels which earlier was a definite flaw with the Eon is now lower and overall refinement has improved which comes across almost instantly when compared to the 814cc engine. The engine is very well mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox and the gear slots in smoothly.


Hyundai Eon


The Magna+ trim that we tested similar to the Sportz variant rides on 13-inch wheel while the remaining variants get slightly smaller 12-inch wheel.


Apart from this, nothing else has really changed on the exterior of the Eon. Hyundai’s fluidic architecture is a hit and has found acceptability among the customers. With its large, pulled back headlamps, stylish rear tail lamps, compact design and cheeky looks, the Hyundai Eon in my opinion is the best looking car in the segment closely followed by the Datsun Go. 

Hyundai Eon - Interiors & Comfort

Hyundai Eon


Step inside and you are greeted to the same stylish interior that one finds in the existing model range. The beige and brown interiors add a touch of class. The dashboard is far superior in look and feel in comparison to the staid Maruti Suzuki Alto K10.


Hyundai Eon


Front seats are quite comfortable and provide good overall support. The rear seat, although comfortable is ideally suited to accommodate only two adults. In comparison, the Datsun Go with a bigger wheelbase (2,450mm in comparison to Eon’s 2,380) is more spacious. The 215-litre boot can just about accommodate two medium sized bags and is 50-litre less than that of the Datsun Go.


Hyundai Eon


Surprisingly, in order to control costs, Hyundai is not offering the 2 DIN music system with auxiliary input and USB, digital clock, tilt steering and internally adjustable ORVMs on the 1-litre Magna+ trim which is otherwise available on the 0.8-litre Magna+.

Hyundai Eon - Performance & Handling

Hyundai Eon

The new Hyundai Eon 1.0-litre is powered by a 998 cc, 3-cylinder Kappa petrol engine with dual VTVT technology. The powerplant is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission and develops 69PS of maximum power at 6,200 rpm and 94Nm of peak torque at 3,500 rpm. And the extra 13PS is noticeable and boosts the performance of the compact Eon.


We were pleasantly surprised with the drivability and handling of the Hyundai Eon 1-litre Magna+. The new 998cc engine is more responsive and punchy compared to the grossly underpowered 814cc motor which makes this car so much more fun to drive.


Hyundai Eon


The Hyundai Eon’s steering feedback has remained unchanged. In the city, the light and nimble steering make driving the Hyundai Eon 1-litre Magna+ through the congested traffic infested roads feel like a walk in the park. It also excels while parking in tight spots. However, at highway speeds, the light steering does not weight up as much as expected.


Road grip is pretty good for its size as the Eon firmly held on to the ground even while cutting quick corners. However, it wouldn’t be fair to expect sports car like dynamics from an entry level hatchback like the Hyundai Eon. Suspension is tuned to suit city driving conditions, and considering its dimensions, the Eon does a fair job in absorbing bumps and potholes to keep your ride quality decently smooth. The slightly bigger profile 13-inch wheels definitely aid the ride quality.

Hyundai Eon - Fuel Efficiency

Hyundai Eon

The Hyundai Eon 1.0-litre Magna+ boasts of an ARAI-ratified mileage of 20.3 kmpl (0.8 kmpl less than the standard Eon and o.60 kmpl less than the Datsun Go). Although we didn’t get an opportunity to conduct a real world mileage with the 1.0-litre Eon, however, expecting around 14 kmpl is entirely possible as the standard 814 cc Eon had registered 14.3 kmpl fuel efficiency when autojunction.in had performed a proper mileage test with it in city driving conditions.

Hyundai Eon - Safety

Hyundai Eon

Today, safety is considered a top priority for car makers around the globe, and even in the case of a budget small car like the Hyundai Eon 1.0-litre Kappa Magna +, the Korean auto manufacturer has made every effort to ensure safety.


The Hyundai Eon 1.0-litre Kappa Magna + that we tested came equipped with engine immobilizer, central locking, keyless entry and front fog lamps. However, there is neither the driver-side airbag nor ABS which could be grounds of deducting some points from the Eon’s overall safety rating.


It’s worthwhile pointing out that the Hyundai Eon Sportz variant which is about Rs 1,000 cheaper than the 1.0-litre Kappa Magna + benefits from a driver-side airbag. 

Hyundai Eon - Verdict

Hyundai Eon

There is little doubt that the Hyundai Eon is an ideal city car. Its compact dimensions, stylish fluidic design, well-packaged interior, decent handling and frugal engine make it ideal for the first time car buyer. It is brilliant in start-stop traffic and a breeze to maneuver through congested city road and tight parking spots.


The Hyundai Eon 1-litre Kappa is priced at Rs 3.94 lakh (ex-showroom, Kolkata). At this price point, the Eon is more expensive that the top models of both the Datsun Go and Maruti Suzuki Alto K10. The top-end Sportz trim on the 814cc version which is still better loaded and benefits from more features and comforts including a driver-side airbag is Rs 1,000 cheaper. Also, the 0.8-litre Magna+ which is almost Rs 30,000 comes equipped the 2 DIN music system with auxiliary input and USB, digital clock, tilt steering and internally adjustable ORVMs which is absent in the 1.0-litre Magna+ trim.


So the question is whether it really makes sense to buy the 1.0-litre Kappa Magna+? The answer is yes. This car is a practical choice for people who want an entry level hatchback for their daily commute but do not want to compromise on driving pleasure. Those who complained about the existing 800cc 3-cylinder pot being grossly underpowered and dull to drive, now has an option of upgrading to a punchier and more responsive 1-litre Kappa engine with dual VTVT technology.


The Hyundai Eon 1-litre may not be as spacious at the Datsun Go or match up to the driving dynamic and engine refinement of the Alto K10, but for someone looking for their first car, it is a complete package and in my opinion the better looking among the three. Lastly, being a Hyundai, it offers peace of mind in terms of service touch point across the country and reasonable cost of maintenance. 


By Joydip Sur


Hyundai Eon - Competition Check

Maruti Suzuki Alto K10, Datsun Go, Chevrolet Spark


Length x Width x Height (mm) 3495x1550x1500
Wheelbase (mm) 2380
Ground clearance (mm) 170
Fuel tank capacity (lt) 32
Boot space (lt) 215
Engine & Transmission
No of cylinder & configuration 3
Valvetrain 9V SOHC
Power (PS @ rpm) 56 @ 5500 (0.8) / 69PS @ 6200 rpm (1.0)
Torque (Nm @ rpm) 76.5 @ 4000 (0.8) / 94.14 @ 3500 (1.0)
Gearbox 5Speed Manual
Suspension & Brakes
Front suspension McPherson Strut
Rear suspension Torsion Beam
Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Drum
Fuel efficiency
ARAI (kpl) 21.1 (0.8) / 20.3 (1.0)

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Hyundai Eon Review

Recent User Review

by zahanat ali hashmi, 11

Just want to share me 5 star excellent experience with my new hyundai eon magna plus, its an excellent car in its segment having beautiful luxurious feeling interior, excellent comfort on jerky roads, excellent handling in every condition and very economical on petrol. Proud to be a hyundai car owner.

by Chandrakant Singh, 19

I Bought this 4 months back. Initially it was not giving mileage it was only 15kmpl but after 2 services its giving plump which is main plus point in Hyundai Eon. one more thing I want to add that Its has to be more Spacious in Dikky. It is ideal car for 4People incl Driver.

by Jaydeep Chakraborty, 30

Buying my own car has been a dream to me. Also while doing so I had to keep in mind the my budget and fuel expenses. Buying the Hyundai Eon has been the perfect decision. The car is trendy and offers a comfortable ride. The rear sitting arrangement is also to my family's liking. Hyundai has really given India its Trendsetter.

by Sanjay, 21

I am using the car for last one and half month. It has travelled about 350 km. Its looks, style all seem to be good. But It is not giving good mileage. With AC on it is giving About 8-10 km per litre in the city. However, my first service is due after two month and dealer is telling me to wait for the service and assuring that after that it will give the mileage.

by pankaj verma, 26

Exterior Superb. It's look is superb compared to other less valve cars. Interior (Features, Space & Comfort) More spaceous than alto and it has more leg space and high comfort. Engine Performance, Fuel Economy and Gearbox Performance is not so good and not so bad,it has more fuel efficiency,little difficult with gear changing. Ride Quality & Handling Average handling and ride quality. Final Words Overall it's a grt car. only the negative that can be projected is it's low power, other than that it is a nys car.

by aryan, 13

The Hyundai Eon is worthless car, Problems 1) The car is hell lot of vibration 2) the mileage is NOT MORE THEN 13kmpl in highway and JUST 6-8kmpl in city . 3) Eon is a tin box car. 4) EON will bump like bull car 5) Eon cannot the the pickup with 5 passenger with a/c on. 6) The worse thing if you take LPG vi rent, the service station will said sir this is LPG CAR it will happen for any problem. This mean YOU ARE LOOTED TO HAVE HYUNDAI EON.

by Ketan C Joshi, 13

Got my all new huyndai eon D-lite+ LPG a month before and now after riding almost up to 1000 KM in city, highway and mountain area also, it is right to so it is the car delivering highest customer value. I am fully satisfied with the performance of this car. The Positive thing are 1. Got free insurance for one year under a scheme from company in addition to that accesories up to Rs. 1500 from dealer after bargaining ( A good statr isnt?) 2. Shape and positioning of LPG tank is such that ample space is available in the car for luggage. 3. Peformance of AC is also up to mark. 4. Handlig of the car is what i liked most as even in city traffic or on narrow roads, on sharp turns,or on highway at full speed 100% control and smooth, easy and steady riding experience was delivered by the car. Braking is also up to mark. 5. The exterior+interior of the car is beauty not found is other cars in segment at price level comparison. 6. Last and Most important thing that is milage, and yet here also running fully on LPG i.e. @ 46 Rs. ltr in my town eon has delivered me milage of almost 20 KMPL ( Driving mostly at a speed of 50 to 60 KMPH). What i disliked: 1. Feeled low powered on hilly areas. 2. Found some problem in engaging reverse gear ( it may be fault of my driving style) Conclusion: Comaring with other cars in segment such as alto, spark and some oldies such as maruti 800, omni etc. i think this car really has set high standards. Even we can compare it with cars in next higher segment such as brio, i10, getz etc. and can say that it will be most valuable pick without any doubt. Recommended: For city riders for its milage, handling, and low parking space requirement. ( On highway it will work as savings machine for you)

by Ayanava Sarkar, 29

I bought Hyundai EON at the month of January 2012. I would suggest to buy this car for its great fuel efficiency, best in class boot space, ground clearance and many other features.The car itself has enough interior space, good ac effectiveness, brake efficiency & steering effectiveness, but the pickup slightly goes down if the ac is on. The car is highly controlled even the speed is above 100 km/hr & due to its aerodynamic style & 814 CC engine the mileage is highy satisfactory even in busy city traffic. Hyundai Cars have also service outlets. So I would like to rate this car for best small family car & value for money.


My friend who bought a new Eon asked me to drive his car. I did a test drive. I found the leg room was not enough on both front & back side. The gear was vibrating in the 1st gear. I gave both feedback to him. He also admitted that he felt the same. He also informed that if he fits two more speakers for his music system in the rear side, he can not keep luggages comfortably during long journey. But I told him that for the price the features of the car suffice the need.


Look is an important factor for selecting right car from the market. The fluidic design, exterior and interior look made Eon to be the first car for many people. The cars are available in 5-6 vibrant colors which are looking superb. Dashboard is stylish; space is comfortable, good leg space for front and rear passengers. The speedometer and odometer is functioning well and looking good. The most excellent feature is - the car shows the correct gear for respective speed which increases fuel efficiency. The car is not suitable for bad roads and potholes because shock absorber system is not effective. Air conditioning system is good but the pick up becomes slow after running AC. The mileage is about 12-14 kmpl in city. Overall the car is value for money.

by rajender, 14

ya this what the indian car lovers want.it looks great good ,cool fuel efficiancy ,nice dash board,good pick upand finally relief from boring disigns