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Hyundai Grand i10 - Introduction


Hyundai has designs on becoming the No 1 car-maker in India. To usurp Maruti’s throne, Hyundai knows it has to fight in the compact segment, which is where the Grand i10 comes in. Smartly positioned between the existing i10 and i20, the new Grand i10 will form the fifth hatchback model from Hyundai. We drive this latest hatchback car, to give you the complete lowdown of how it performs.


Hyundai Grand i10 - Design & Engineering


For starters, the new Hyundai Grand i10 is essentially a stretched version of the all-new i10, which has just debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Based on feedback from Hyundai India’s product and marketing teams, Hyundai’s engineers in Korea modified the new i10 platform to create the Grand i10. The Grand i10 is based on what Hyundai calls its ‘BA platform’ while the new i10 is on the ‘IA’ platform. To create the Grand i10, Hyundai’s engineers essentially extended the wheelbase of the car, adding 40mm between the B- and C-pillars. This has resulted in an equivalent increase in rear legroom, a crucial aspect of new-car decision making among Indian car buyers. The new Hyundai Grand i10’s wheelbase measures 2,425 mm, which is more than the Maruti Ritz (2,360 mm) but less than the Ford Figo (2,489 mm).

At 3,765 mm in length overall, the new Grand i10 is what Hyundai India’s marketing team classifies as ‘compact premium entry’. These finer segmentations are important, because Hyundai’s arch-rival Maruti has used its understanding of the Indian market to good effect, cornering the lion’s share of sales. When Maruti introduced the new Swift in 2011, it pushed the model upwards in price, with the Ritz playing a crucial role as a cheaper alternative. To compete with Maruti, Hyundai had to have a product to compete with the Ritz, and thus the Grand i10 was born.

When I first laid eyes on the new Grand i10 in the flesh, I must admit to being pleasantly surprised. The proportions of this car are very good, the level of detail is thorough yet restrained, and the lines and proportions are near-perfect from almost every angle. Hyundai’s designers have adapted the ‘fluidic’ theme perfectly to this new car. Of course, the car has to appeal to customers in numerous geographies, including the demanding European market, but Hyundai can rest on its laurels for having designed a smart-looking and appealing hatchback.


hyundai grand i10 rear view


At the front, the typical hexagonal grille and arrow-shaped headlights give the Grand i10 a purposeful look, while the gently rising beltline meets the C-pillar in an upward kink. This line defines the car’s stance, flowing into the wrap-around tail-lights. The rear bumper gets plastic reflectors which alleviate any heaviness in the design, a tactic first employed on the face-lifted i10. The only fly in the ointment is the plastic cladding on the lower half of the doors. These indeed have some utility in our congested traffic, but don’t look very nice in my opinion. A crease in the sheet metal would have done very nicely instead, to give some definition to the shape.

The shape of the C-pillar itself is different compared to the European i10. While the Indian Grand i10 has a conventionally-shaped C-pillar which is raked forward, the European i10 has a C-pillar which is raked the other way. Arguably, the European design looks cooler to me, but Hyundai claims that customer clinics in India indicated otherwise, hence the change.

Under the skin, the Hyundai Grand i10 features conventional monocoque construction, with McPherson strut front suspension and a torsion beam rear axle. Gas-filled dampers have been employed at all four corners. A lot of time and energy was expended on the driving dynamics of the new Grand i10, but more on that in the Performance and Handling section.

Hyundai will offer the Grand i10 in a total of four-trim levels with two engine options, taking the total number of variants to eight. For now, both petrol and diesel versions of the Grand i10 come with a five-speed manual transmission as standard, but Hyundai has confirmed that an automatic petrol version will be available later, probably launched just in time for the festive season.


Hyundai Grand i10 - Interiors & Comfort


hyundai grand i10 interior

Start-stop button, standard with the smart key on the Grand i10 Asta variant, is to the right of the steering wheel. This feels more intuitive to use, placed close to where the conventional key would be otherwise.


Step inside the new Grand i10, and the logically laid-out design is immediately apparent. It is a very simply and lucid interface, and other manufacturers would do well to emulate such a design. The dual-tone black and beige plastics are good too, with a level of quality which is better than other cars in this sub-class, including the Maruti Ritz, Ford Figo and Honda Brio. The steering wheel-mounted controls for audio and telephone are also neatly and clearly laid out, and not once along the drive did I accidentally press any of the buttons, otherwise a common grouse with such a layout.

The front seats are large, but bolstering isn’t the best. After a long stint behind the wheel, I had a slight back-ache. The driver’s seat adjust for height and the steering wheel has tilt-adjust, meaning people of varying stature will be able to find a comfortable driving posture.  The rear seat is wide enough for two adults, but fitting three at the rear is a squeeze, unless they’re kids, or small-built adults. The seating posture, legroom and bolstering are at par for the class. The new Grand i10 does have more rear legroom than the Ritz, but falls short of the Figo in this regard. The rear seat does have height-adjustable headrests on the top-of-the-range Asta variant.


new grand i10 rear seat space


What the Grand i10 does have though, is rear AC vents, a first for a hatchback in India. It was a hot day in Rajasthan, with the temperature in the mid-30s, so such a layout is welcome for rear passengers. However, the same compressor feeds both the front and rear vents, so the level of cooling is moderate. The benefit of rear vents is that it helps to make the rear part of the cabin comfortable a little more quickly than otherwise. That said, the Grand i10’s air-conditioning is acceptable, but not best in class. These rear vents are only available on the Asta variant.


hyundai grand i10 interior details

The Bluetooth pairing feature does not work while the car is moving, which is a useful safety feature, but frustrating if the person trying to pair the device is not the driver.  Cooled glovebox and rear AC vents are both useful features, but the rear vents aren't particularly effective.


The music system in this car features USB and Aux-in connectivity on the Sportz and Asta variants, while the Asta also has Bluetooth connectivity and in-built storage capacity of 1 GB. Why just 1 GB, I enquired with Hyundai’s engineers, but didn’t get a satisfactory answer. The unfortunate aspect though is that sound quality in the Grand i10 is nothing to write home about. The music sounded tinny and flat, even while playing an audio CD. If you are a music lover, you might be disappointed.


hyundai grand i10 boot space

The Grand i10 has an accessible and usable boot, much better than either the Maruti Ritz or Honda Brio, but not quite as spacious as the Ford Figo.


Hyundai Grand i10 - Performance & Handling


The Grand i10 is available with either a petrol or diesel engine. The petrol is the familiar 1.2-litre four-cylinder Kappa motor, which also serves the i10 and i20, producing 83 PS and 114 Nm. The diesel engine is an all-new 1,120 cc three-cylinder engine, christened U2 CRDi. Given the Indian car buyer’s penchant for diesel, it was essential for Hyundai to launch the Grand i10 with a diesel heart. This new U2 CRDi produces 71 PS and 160 Nm, adequate given the car’s weight.


hyundai grand i10 performance

Diesel Grand i10 boasts of good drivability, but engine runs out of breath very soon.


There is a hint of torque-rock at start-up, but after that this three-cylinder diesel idles quite smoothly. You can hear a gravelly undertone as you accelerate, but the excellent NVH characteristics of the Grand i10’s body shell keeps this to a minimum. Maximum torque comes in at a lowly 1,500 rpm, meaning the diesel Grand i10 will happily pull from low speeds even in a higher gear. Drivability is very good, and married to the light steering and clutch, the Grand i10 is a very easy proposition to drive in traffic. Of course, traffic conditions on the outskirts of Jaipur do not compare to Mumbai or Kolkata during rush hour for example, but the Grand i10 shouldn’t be too much of a pain to drive.

The trade-off to this ease of drivability is that on the highway the diesel Grand i10 does not possess the verve of the Ritz diesel for example, whose Multijet engine provides vastly superior performance. The diesel Grand i10 runs out of breath quite quickly, and indeed, it makes little sense to rev this engine beyond 3,500 rpm, since the torque peaks and begins to tail off much before that. Instead, if you shift judiciously and ride the mid-range torque this engine offers, the Grand i10 feels much more in its natural element.

The petrol Grand i10 is nearly opposite in its demeanour; the low-rpm performance is acceptable, making it easy to drive in traffic, but the 1.2 Kappa feels quite flat in the mid-range, which means for highway use you need to wring its neck to get a move on. Do that though, and this motor really sings, zooming happily close to its 6,000 rpm red-line.

One really impressive facet of the new Grand i10 is the well-judged balance between ride quality and body control. Notice I said ‘balance’ and not ‘compromise’, and with good reason. The new Grand i10 has the best of both attributes of any hatchback yet to wear the stylised H badge. Indeed, its poise beats even the larger i20, which feels springy and pogo-stick like in comparison. The Grand i10 manages ripples at highway speeds with aplomb, and filters sharp-edged potholes too. The ride isn’t of the jiggly variety on Indian roads, neither does it do the ‘bunny-hop’ over sharp speed-breakers like so many other hatchbacks. Top marks to Hyundai here. It beats the Ritz and Brio for ride quality by a country mile, and is only just shaded by the Figo.

The steering feel however, a critical factor of a car’s handling, lacks the feedback one wants. It does the job faithfully, and the electric assistance in the Grand i10 is better judged and way more consistent that in the Ritz for example, but it remains a little lifeless, feeling something like a game controller rather than a mechanical part linked to wheels and road. I don’t think you’d notice it at all unless you’re driving spiritedly in the hills, but nevertheless.

Braking is another performance aspect where the Grand i10 scores high marks. Of course, we were in the ABS-equipped Asta variant, but the Grand i10 brakes securely, with a progressive feel to the brake pedal. The brakes felt strong without feeling grabby, and even our high-speed braking test was handled easily.


Hyundai Grand i10 - Fuel Efficiency


hyundai grand i10 fuel efficiency


Hyundai claims the Grand i10 is one of the most fuel-efficient cars in its class. According to standardised tests, the new Grand i10 managed 24 km/l with the U2 CRDi diesel engine, and 18.9 km/l with the 1.2 Kappa petrol motor. Of course, these figures will not be achievable in the real world, but neither do I expect this car to be particularly heavy on fuel either.


Hyundai Grand i10 - Safety


hyundai grand i10 safety

Designed for Europe, built and sold in India too.


Given that the new Grand i10 is based on the new i10, itself a global model, one expects that it will be constructed to the very latest standards. And that it is, as confirmed by Hyundai’s engineers. Of course, ‘Indianisation’ means that the Grand i10 is equipped differently when compared to the new i10. With the Grand i10, Hyundai India only offers ABS and airbags on the highest Asta variant. A rear wiper and defogger is similarly only offered on the highest Asta variant. Hyundai India needs to take the lead here, ideally offering ABS as standard on even the Magna and Sportz variants, or as a cost option at the very least. ABS is critical is preventing so many accidents from being fatal. As a responsible manufacturer, I sincerely hope Hyundai India takes this feedback positively and implements this.


Hyundai Grand i10 - Verdict


hyundai grand i10 road test verdict


It is very rarely that a car debuts to fill a niche, albeit a substantial niche. But with the Grand i10, that is exactly what Hyundai seeks to achieve. There’s little to fault the new Grand i10 for. I quite like the way this car has been styled, and the interiors are very well put together for the kind of money you’re paying. Driver ergonomics are good, and the car is packed with features. This is the best dynamic package we have seen from Hyundai yet, and testament to its responding positively to criticism. Of course, some of the nice to have bits like the rear AC vents, Bluetooth connectivity and the ‘diamond cut’ alloy wheels are only available on the Asta variant, but the company is still going to compete strongly on value, as always.

But Hyundai haven’t resorted to under-cutting the competition in any way. Instead, the company believes that the car buying public will see the Grand i10 for what it is, compare it to its most obvious rivals, and make a choice accordingly. The first-in-class features, forms the spine of much of the company’s marketing efforts. Of course, Hyundai India is fully aware that the Grand i10 could cannibalise some of its own sales from either end of the hatchback segment, from either the i10, or the i20. Still, this is a risk worth taking.

Finally, the ease of drivability and good fuel efficiency, especially with the new U2 CRDi diesel will also prove to be a strong draw for urban commuters, particularly in the big metros. The new Hyundai Grand i10 will make a mark for itself in the market, for sure.


Hyundai Grand i10 - Competition Check

Maruti Ritz, Honda Brio, Ford Figo


Length x Width x Height (mm) 3765 x 1660 x 1520
Wheelbase (mm) 2425
Fuel tank capacity (lt) 43
Engine & Transmission
No of cylinder & configuration 4 (Petrol), 3 (Diesel)
Valvetrain 16 (Petrol), 12 (Diesel)
Capacity (cc) 1197 (Petrol), 1120 (Diesel)
Power (PS @ rpm) 83 @ 6000 (Petrol), 71 @ 4000 (Diesel)
Torque (Nm @ rpm) 113.75 @ 4000 (Petrol), 159.84 @ 1500-2750 (Diesel)
Gearbox 5-Speed MT and 4-Speed AT
Suspension & Brakes
Front suspension McPherson Strut
Rear suspension Coupled Torsion Beam Axle
Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Drum
Wheels & Tyres
Tyre size and type 165/65R14", Tubeless
Fuel efficiency
ARAI (kpl) 18.9 (Petrol), 24 (Diesel)

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Hyundai Grand i10 Review

Recent User Review

by rishabh kaushik, 26

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.

by Mukesh Moond, 08

I purchased this car at Dhanteras. This car's milage is the best. Some features is first on this car eg. Music player 1 gb memory, Rear ac vent etc. I lobe this car