Why would I buy it?
Sporty design, interior fit and finish, loaded with features and light controls.
Why would I avoid it?
Inconsistent ride quality, no top-end automatic on offer.
What is it?
The Hyundai i10 has been around for over 12 years, and over the course of time, it has received various updates; the 2nd gen Grand i10 being a significant one. This right here, however, is the third-generation model, and it gets a new nameplate - Hyundai Grand i10 Nios. It gets an updated platform and the design has been overhauled significantly, both, inside and out. However, it does not replace the Grand i10; in fact, both the cars co-exist under Hyundai’s two-pronged strategy to take on the rivals. That said, does the Grand i10 Nios have what it takes to dethrone the segment leader, the Maruti Suzuki Swift? We find out.
The design of the Grand i10 Nios is sporty and striking, something that'll immediately appeal to the millennials. It carries the family look upfront, with the large cascading grille, and we are glad that Hyundai has gone for a piano black/silver finish for it. Boomerang-shaped LED DRLs have been integrated into the far corners of this grille, which is a unique design element. What's more, the clamshell bonnet and the sleek projector headlamps add an air of sportiness to the fascia. And completing the whole look at the front are the first-in-segment projector fog lamps.
On the side, 15-inch dual-tone diamond-cut alloys and roof rails serve to highlight the profile. However, lower variants get 14-inch monotone black alloys. Then there's the 'G-i10' badge on the C-pillar, which resonates the Grand i10 brand name. The squat stance and the pronounced wheel arches lend an athletic look to the Nios. Things at the back, though, are rather conventional with wraparound halogen taillights. The Nios branding on the tailgate highlights the cars identity, while the faux scuff plates add some ruggedness to the bumper. The Grand i10 Nios is available in eight exterior colours, including two dual-tone paint schemes.