The Hyundai Grand i-10 is the second generation of the Hyundai i-10 developed by the carmaker primarily for the Asian market. The hatchback is a slightly bigger version of its sibling and was premiered on 31st October 2007 in New Delhi India. For domestic and international markets, the Hyundai Grand i-10 is manufactured in India at the Hyundai Chennai plant.
Outlook and Exteriors
Gazeat the Hyundai Grand i10 and the family lineage looks most prominent, i.ethe hexagonal air-dam and the slim chrome grille. The stretched- back headlights and the circular fog lamps in a matte black housing, add a dose of freshness to this hatchback.
From the side, a very subtle effect of Hyundai’s fluidic concept is visible on the Grand i10. There are body colored ORVM’s with turn indicators, matte black roof rails, chrome door handles, black B-pillar and body graphics/waistline molding to give this hatchback a sporty vibe.
At the rear, there are two combination tail lights that melt to the side, an integrated spoiler with a stop lamp, a rear wiper and two rear bumper reflectors for added safety.
The Hyundai Grand i-10 has a length of 3765mm, scales to 1660mm in width and measures 1520mm in height. The car has a wheelbase of 2425mm and a ground clearance of 165mm.
Interior, Features and Ambience
In terms of the cabin, the Grand i-10 is sure to bring a smile on your face. The in-house is clean and uncluttered with everything within hand’s reach. Shiny plastics and the presence of silver accents at places uplift the ambience of the hatchback. The dashboard is dual-toned housing a 2-Din music system with AUX, USB and Bluetooth connectivity. Apart from that, there are front and rear AC vents, manual height adjust for the driver’s seat, engine star/stop button, cooled glove box and a luggage lamp in its equipment list. The special edition grand i10 gets a 6.2” touch screen infotainment system as well as red and black seats as an addition.
Coming to the sitting arrangement of the car, the front seats of the Grand i10 are well bolstered and provide a proficient amount of lumbar and under-thigh support.The seats are comfortable and the Grand i10 scores big in space. However, the absence of adjustable headrest in the front seats is a disappointment for this otherwise capable car.
The back seat is sizeable with equally comfortable and supportive seats as the front. Though, the shoulder room is decent, the seating of three people abreast can be a tight squeeze for this small Hyundai car. Clearly an addition of 25mm in its wheelbase did not help much in its cause.
However, what is good about the back seat is the availability of a rear AC, a power point for charging phones and the positioning of the seat belts. They can be slotted out of the way when not in use.
The Grand i-10 extends a capacious boot space of 256 litres.
Engine and Performance
The Hyundai Grand i-10 is available with two engine options. First up is the 1.1-litre (1120cc) 3-cylinder 2nd Gen U2 diesel engine mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. It has a maximum power output of 71bhp and a peak torque of 160 Nm. This engine has a fuel efficiency of 15.4kmpl in cities and 19.6kmpl on the highways.
In terms of performance, the diesel-powered engine is a linear and smooth sailing power-mill. However, it evades revving and is not the engine to be behind if an exciting ride is demanded. There is no punch of torque that we are used to see in the MultiJet and the DDiS engines.
Though, this engine is much capable for city drivability as there is no sudden eruption of torque. Its consistency makes ambling in traffic pretty effortless at low speeds.
Second is the 1.2-litre (1197cc), 4-cylinder Kappa dual VTVT petrol engine coupled with either a 5-speed manual transmission or a 4-speed automatic gearbox. This engine has a maximum power output of 83bhp and a peak torque of 114Nm. It has a claimed fuel efficiency of 11.7kmpl in cities and 16.3kmpl on the highways.
Similar to the diesel version, this petrol-powered engine is best suited for city drivability as a frequent shift in gears is not required at low speeds. It is not a fun-to-drive engine as the throttle response is average.
Ride Quality and Handling
A test drive of the Grand i10 made it apparent that the hatchback is not a very exciting car to drive. It weighs more towards being a practical and smooth cruising vehicle. However, the refinement levels are decent. NVH levels (Noise, Vibrations and Harshness) are controlled and the cabin is sufficiently quite in the petrol-powered-variant, the diesel-engine is a tad bit noisy.
What is noteworthy in this Hyundai car is its ability to absorb road breaks and deliver a flat ride. The MacPherson Strut suspension up front and Torsion Beam suspension in the rear tires plant the car even at high speeds. Though there are visible body-rolls, the car feels mature and confident while cornering.
Braking and Safety
To bite speed, the Hyundai Grand i-10 is equipped with disc brakes in the front tires and drum brakes in the rear tires. For added safety, the hatchback offers dual front airbags, Anti-lock brake system (ABS) and reverse parking sensors.
The Hyundai Grand i10 is your buy if you are in the market looking for an easy to drive small car filled with equipment and a fuel efficient engine.