WITH the Grand i10, Hyundai has reworked its first subcompact hatchback to show there’s art to city driving.
The Grand i10 has already received awards that include the 2014 Indian Car of the Year, Compact Car of the Year of AutoCar India, Car of the Year of CarBuyer (UK) and Best City Car of What Car?, the UK’s most comprehensive car buyer’s guide.
According to Hyundai, credit to the Grand i10’s winning streak goes to its new “chic icon” design concept, which is a refinement of the iconic elements of the mini city car. The car is 80 millimeters longer and 65 millimeters wider than its predecessors, and its new sporty lines are neatly packaged in a five-door hatchback shape.
The car’s front, rear and sporty profile blend seamlessly to project style and grandness that are not usually present in regular subcompact hatchbacks. Hyundai’s hexagonal grille, along with bigger and brighter headlamps, a wide windshield, fog lamps and 14-inch alloy wheels, cuts a spirited figure. The car’s outside mirrors are electrically adjustable and foldable.
The Grand i10 comes in new color choices; Red Passion, Golden Orange, Aqua Blue, Wine Red, Twilight Blue, Star Dust and Silky Beige. These add to the standard Sleek Silver, Pure White and Phantom Black colors.
The car is roomy enough to fit four passengers and carry up to 256 liters of luggage. Its seats are a lot comfier, the glove box keeps refreshments cool, and power windows in the front and rear (with automatic down function for the driver side) ensure convenience.
The Grand i10 carries a number of premium features that are usually not expected from a subcompact. It has a smart key with push-button start and its steering wheel can be tilted and is electrically assisted by Hyundai’s Motor Driven Power Steering that helps lessen the load on the engine, improving fuel economy.
Driver information available on the instrument panel includes a trip computer that displays distance to empty, average fuel consumption, average vehicle speed, elapsed time, and instant fuel consumption. An eco indicator encourages more efficient driving. The car also has a navigation system and a rear-view camera that guides its driver when backing up or when parking.
An LCD touch-screen with AM/FM radio and CD/DVD/MP3 player that has four speakers, a USB slot, an auxiliary input jack and iPod connectivity with Bluetooth capability serves as the car’s audio system.
The Grand i10 has two gasoline engine choices—a 1.0-liter and a 1.2-liter—that provide fuel-efficient performance in city and out-of-town drives. The 1.0-liter engine makes 65hp at 5,500rpm and 94Nm at 3,500 rpm. The 1.2-liter mill churns out 86hp at 6,000rpm and 120Nm at 4,000rpm. A five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic transmission can be fitted with the engines.
The Grand i10 is now sold at authorized Hyundai dealerships with the following introductory prices; P518,000 for the 1.0 E MT, P558,000 for the 1.0 S AT, P658,000 for the 1.0 L AT and P688,000 for the 1.2 L AT.