Attention Catching Exterior
The Hyundai Grand i10 NIOS might look like the lower-priced Santro thanks to the family design philosophy but it has got enough fancy bits on the outside to help it stand out among the competition or even in a crowd of cars.
In this top-of-the-line model that we are driving today, you get diamond-cut 15-inch alloy wheels, boomerang shaped LED DRL inserts in the grille, projector headlamps and fog lamps, blacked-out pillars for the floating roof effect and just for some extra pizazz, a faux scuff plate at the rear. There’s a very European premium hatchback feel to the whole design of the Grand i10 Nios and that’s not a bad thing at all as it does grab quite a few eye balls.
Step into the cabin and you can instantly tell that this is where Hyundai has spent most of its money when developing the Grand i10 Nios. Gone are the days of beige and black and instead it is now a grey and black affair with a rather pleasant look grey upholstery for the seats.
The cabin is quite a nice place to be in thanks to colour schemes used all around. The Nios, over the previous model, has grown in size across all the dimensions creating more space inside. The plastics on the all touch surfaces are of high quality with this special fish skin pattern on the doors and dashboard adding just that little extra touch that sets the car apart. We also like the way the touchscreen system and instrument cluster have been integrated into one large unit.
One of the selling points of Hyundai cars has been the features and this car with its NIOS tag does well to carry on the family legacy.
In this top-spec Asta variant that’s in the frame, you get climate control with rear vents, wireless charging, button start, seat-height adjustment for the driver’s seat and folding rear bench for additional storage. The highlight of the cabin is this eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto as well as Arkamys sound system developed for use in Hyundai cars. What’s more, all versions of the Grandi10 Nios get dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors and seat belt pre-tensioners.
Efficient Diesel Engine
The Hyundai Grand i10 Nios is powered by a BS4 compliant 1186cc four-cylinder diesel engine producing 74bhp/190Nm. This engine, for the first time in the history of the i10 range, is being offered with an automated manual transmission but what we have here is the five-speed manual which is standard across the range.
It’s a peppy little engine with some lag under the 2000rpm mark, but once the turbo has spooled-up you get a nice linear punch allowing for quick build-up of speed. This easy availability of torque so low down also allows for quick and rather effortless overtakes. It’s efficient too as in our real world efficiency tests, this car and engine combination returned 22kmpl on the highway and 16.13kmpl in city conditions. Hyundai has not yet launched an upgraded version of this diesel engine to comply with the BS6 regulations but will announce it within the coming months.
Ease in City Driving Conditions
While this might be called the Grand i10 Nios with a double emphasis on the word more, it is still a compact hatchback with a city friendly footprint.
You get a light steering, a cushy low-speed ride and sufficient insulation to filter out the vagaries of the outside world. The light steering is especially a boon as it allows you to parallel park and make quick U-turns when necessary. Because of the large amount of torque available, you only need to switch to first gear if you are moving from standstill.