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Hyundai Eon - Introduction

Hyundai’s new Eon is a significant car for the Korean manufacturer, and a model which marks a new strategy and approach to the Indian market. For the first time in its illustrious history in India, will there be two products from its stable competing at a similar price point. The new Hyundai Eon is slightly cheaper than its Santro stable mate, but the two cars’ prices overlap across the range. But let’s not judge the Eon that way, and instead let’s look at it independently, to evaluate the car for what it is. Of course, there are certain other assumptions one must get out of the way immediately, and that concerns Hyundai’s biggest competitor in this class – Maruti. The Hyundai Eon is definitely an attempt to tempt buyers away from the hot-selling Alto range, but its brief isn’t as simplistic as that. It will no doubt poach buyers away from other popular Maruti models as well, including the Wagon R and Santro.

Hyundai Eon - Design & Engineering

hyundai eon design review

To look at, the new Hyundai Eon appears both stylish and modern. The ‘Fluidic’ architecture is clearly evident, with a swooping beltline which starts just aft of the large headlamps, sweeping all the way back into the C-pillar. The big headlights and prominent hexagonal grille also ensure that the Eon is unmistakably a Hyundai, drawing a direct lineage to the face-lifted i10 and the new Verna. The chamfered wheel arches are also reminiscent of other modern designs, viz the Chevrolet Beat and Maruti A-Star. From the rear, the large tail lamps seem to have been inspired from Hyundai’s earlier i30 model. The only not-so-pleasing aspect of the Eon’s design is its rear bumper, which appears heavy and ungainly. Perhaps, Hyundai’s designers could look at incorporating some rear reflectors to alleviate this heaviness, like they have with the i10 and Verna.

Interestingly, the Eon shares the same wheelbase as the Santro, but it would be premature to assume that the Eon is simply a re-styled and re-bodied version of Hyundai’s stalwart. It’s true that the engine in the Eon is also a scaled down version of the Santro’s, but that’s largely where the similarities end. Of course, Hyundai’s engineers have made intelligent use of what they had lying around the shop floor, but the Eon is better for that, since it has tried and trusted mechanicals, and yet is frugal to manufacture and thus, cheap to sell.

There are a number of improvements to the Eon however, including optimised front suspension geometry to give the car better cornering stability, and tighter packaging for more interior room. The Eon’s engine is canted forward, and an electrical power steering system is used as well, which not only requires less space than a hydraulic unit, but also consumes less of the engine’s power, thus making the new Eon more energy efficient into the bargain.

The engine itself is a three-cylinder unit with three valves per cylinder, derived from the Santro’s 4-cylinder iRDE unit. It produces an impressive power of 56 PS and 74 Nm of torque, which is more than adequate for city use.

Hyundai Eon - Interiors & Comfort


hyundai eon interiors

Hyundai recognised that a premium and modern looking interior would be key to generating interest among buyers, and they have definitely pulled it off. The dashboard and centre console, as also the instrument binnacle are modern and funky looking, yet quite practical too. The glovebox is large, and there is a big stowage space on the dashboard in front of the passenger as well. At the rear though, there are no seat back pockets or door pockets, which mean little or no stowage for rear passengers.

The seat cushioning is slightly on the softer side, which on longer commutes, is not ideal, as I experienced some lower back discomfort.

The AC controls felt slightly fiddly to operate as well, but the large buttons for the stereo are easy to operate on the move, plus it has the benefit of a USB port. The stereo has only 2 speakers though, and the sound quality isn’t the best going around, so music lovers should consider this fact before opting for it.

The Eon’s dashboard and centre console have fluorescent yellow back lighting, which is a departure from Hyundai’ now common blue back lighting, which is standard across the model range from the i10 upwards.

The Hyundai Eon has one of the biggest boots in this class, meaning you’re not cramped for space, and a full-size suitcase can fit inside comfortably. You can flip the rear seat for more space, if required.

Rear passengers however are definitely going to feel the pinch, especially if the driver and front passenger are of a taller stature. There are some inherent compromises when you have a compact wheelbase to begin with, and it shows up in rear seat space.

Hyundai Eon - Performance & Handling

hyundai eon performance

The Hyundai Eon’s performance characteristics are a mixed bag of some good and some not so good. I really like the way the Eon accelerates smartly, belying its tiny 814cc engine. That’s a function of its shorter gearing, no doubt, but it retains a good spread of drivability as well. In Kolkata traffic, it closes distance and gets through gaps very easily, and dare I say it, better than some other three-cylinder cars in this class. On open roads however, it struggles to maintain higher speeds, but then this is not a car which should be used this way. The AC also puts a lot of load on the engine, and on hot afternoons with four passengers and the AC on, the Eon does have a challenge on its hands. We can live with that though, because the Eon is pretty frugal at the pumps, but more on that later.

The electric power steering felt woolly, however, and I didn’t like the feedback I got. I tried a non-power assisted version later, and liked it better. Yes, power steering is a boon in city traffic and while parking, but the Eon’s system could do with better feedback.

The Eon’s brakes are very powerful, and have a good amount of bite, with good feel from the pedal as well. Braking from high speed however, sees the car shifting weight over the front axle significantly, and you can feel the tail going light and twitchy. I expect it will be better with some passengers in the back, but if you drive sensibly and remain alert, the need for braking like that should not arise. For the record, the Eon is not available with ABS, even as a cost option.

Hyundai Eon - Fuel Efficiency

hyundai eon fuel efficiency mileage

This is the big talking point for the new Hyundai Eon, and rightly so. It records a spectacular 21.1 kpl in Indian Driving Cycle (IDC) tests, but these are under ideal conditions and no way representative of what the Eon is capable of in the real world. That’s what we are here for, and autojunction.in recorded a frankly impressive figure of 14.3 kpl in city traffic, with the AC on. This is a truly impressive figure, and full marks to Hyundai for having delivered on this front.

The Eon benefits from fuel saving technologies, like the electric power steering system and intelligent alternator management, which de-couples the alternator when not required, thus preserving engine power. There is a gear-shift indicator as well, which indicates to the driver the optimum time to shift gears, thus ensuring the car is always in the right part of the power band for most efficient use.

Hyundai Eon - Safety

hyundai eon safety

Safety is a priority for all carmakers today, and in the case of the new Hyundai Eon, there has been every effort to ensure the safety of passengers in the case of any unfortunate eventuality. Crumple zones and an engine immobiliser are offered on all variants, while the top-of-the-line Sportz variant also benefits from a driver-side airbag. However, ABS is not available on any variant, not even as a cost option, and this deducts some points from the Eon’s overall safety rating. A minor irritant is the lack of a day-night inside rear-view mirror, which is a basic feature, and should have been standard in the Eon. We hope Hyundai rectifies the same because dazzling lights from the traffic behind is extremely disconcerting for the driver.

Hyundai Eon - Verdict

hyundai eon expert car review verdict

There’s much to like about the new Hyundai Eon. It’s a stylish little car which is good to drive in city traffic, has a substantial boot, and is fuel-efficient as well. it is well priced too, and there’s a good spread of variants, form the basic D-Lite model, which starts at Rs 2.73 lakh ex-showroom without AC or power steering, to the fully-equipped Sportz variant, which has power steering, front power windows, built-in music system, front fog lamps, title steering, remote central locking and a driver’s airbag as well, priced at Rs 3.79 lakh, ex-showroom, Kolkata. 

For the money, the Eon represents a very tempting choice, in a chic, stylised package.


Hyundai Eon - Competition Check

Hyundai Santro, Maruti Wagon R, Maruti Alto K10, Maruti A-Star


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 Alternatives

Looking for other cars in the same segment and price range? Your choices are many. Click on any model of your choice to go directly to that page, so you can have a quick and easy reference of the specifications and features of competing vehicles in the same segment.

Hyundai Santro Xing
Rs. 3.1 Lacs. - Rs. 4.2 Lacs.

Hyundai i10
Rs. 3.9 Lacs. - Rs. 6.4 Lacs.

Chevrolet Spark
Rs. 3.4 Lacs. - Rs. 4.3 Lacs.

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Rs. 3.9 Lacs. - Rs. 4.8 Lacs.

Maruti Suzuki New Zen Estilo
Rs. 3.6 Lacs. - Rs. 4.2 Lacs.

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Rs. 3.6 Lacs. - Rs. 5.1 Lacs.

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Rs. 2.6 Lacs. - Rs. 3.8 Lacs.

Datsun Go
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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