Hyundai Grand i10 is the new entry-level diesel model for the Korean manufacturer. The Grand i10 slots-in between the i10 and the i20, offering stylish looks and many segment first features. The new model is developed in India and will soon be exported to European markets. The highlight of the next-generation car is the all-new 1.1-litre diesel engine developing 70bhp and 160Nm.
The all-new Grand i10 follows Hyundai’s fluidic design philosophy. The front of the car is dominated by a standard hexagonal grille and well sculpted headlamps that resemble the design of the i20. The fog lamps are big with bold black surrounds adding more aggression to the fascia. The Hyundai Grand i10 resembles the current i10 from the side, but it is noticeably wider, longer and taller than the current model. This car has side moldings – but these are not standard puny strips, but shapely wide black belts that add character to the car along with roof rails. The rear of the Hyundai Grand i10 looks like a shrunk version of the i20 and the overall design makes it evident that the car will slot in between the current Korean hatchback siblings – the i10 and the i20.
The Grand i10 is lot bigger than the i10 hatchback and hence offers lot more cabin space, along with 258 liters of boot space. In fact Hyundai has really worked on providing comfortable car for India and this version is 100mm bigger (wheelbase) than the car that will be exported to Europe in the coming months. The beige-black interiors make the car roomier and the cabin is long enough for full sized adults in both front and rear seats.
Hyundai is known for offering segment-first features and the Grand i10 is no different. The top-end variants – the Asta, gets climate control, rear parking sensors, steering mounted audio controls, driver seat height-adjustment, tilt-steering and integrated music system that has segment first 1 GB internal memory to store songs. However, the most interesting addition to the Hyundai Grand i10 is the rear AC vents, which is not only a segment first feature but something that is not available even on the bigger i20 hatchback. To summon up the interiors – the Hyundai Grand i10 will seat three people on the rear-bench and still have space in the boot for week’s shopping.
The next generation Grand i10 is powered by a 1.2-litre four-cylinder kappa petrol engine developing 80bhp and 112Nm. The same unit powers the smaller i10 hatchback and it has an ARAI efficiency of 18.9kpl. The diesel engine is all-new with displacement of 1.1-litre via three-cylinders and produce close to 71bhp and 160Nm of torque. Looking at the numbers it feels a bit underpowered but it will have decent performance owing to its light weight and has brilliant ARAI efficiency of 24kpl. The Grand i10 is the third car in the segment after the Chevrolet Beat and the Ford Figoto a have diesel engine option.
The Grand i10 is available in four trims – Era, Magna, Sportz and Asta. With the current pricing the car sits above the Ford Figo and the Chevrolet Beat, but undercuts the segment leader Maruti Swift. We think the features list on the car is brilliant, but Hyundai should have offered at least a few safety features as standard. Both ABS and two airbags are only optional extras that are available on order for extra price with the top-end Asta petrol and diesel variants.