The Grand i10 is part of Hyundai’s bread and butter range, but it has been under severe threat from the much cheaper Tata Tiago for a while now. Hyundai have smartly reduced the prices of the entry level versions and have added a lot more features to the top versions to make it a more compelling buy. The company hopes that all these things along with the addition of a more powerful diesel engine will bring buyer focus back onto the Grand i10.
Seeing the new Grand i10 for the first time in person is like meeting an old college buddy who has got a new pair of glasses. You know something is different but can’t exactly tell immediately. The front gets a new bumper with LED daytime lamps in it along with a slightly modified grille and fog lamps. The side profile is the same but you get new diamond cut alloy wheels as standard on the top versions. The rear also retains much of its design save the new bumper which has a huge piece of black plastic insert in it. Overall, it’s a design that won’t offend anyone but won’t wow you either.
The Grand always came with high quality interiors and it’s no different with the new car. Perceived quality levels are good and you now get more equipment as well. The new car gets a reverse parking camera and a touchscreen for the entertainment unit. It also gets Android Auto as well as Apple Car Play. The top-end Asta version also gets automatic climate control. The cooled glovebox is a useful feature as well.
The seats offer decent cushioning but support for the lower back could have been better, especially in the front seats. The rear seats have good room for three and even an AC vent.
Engine, performance and gearbox
The 1.2-litre petrol engine makes 82bhp of power but the big change is on the diesel. Hyundai have replaced the 1.1-litre unit with a 1.2-litre engine and power is up from 71bhp to 74bhp now. While this may not seem like a lot, in real world conditions, the new Grand feels a lot more relaxed to drive and has even better flexibility as well.
The diesel engine is hugely refined and even when you rev it hard, it doesn’t become obtrusively loud.
The petrol engine has always been a very refined unit and buzz free. What you will like is the smooth power delivery. But it doesn’t feel as nippy as some rival engines. That said, the gearbox on both versions is good. The throws are short and accurate and the clutch has a nice and light action too.
Special mention must be made of the automatic gearbox. It’s nippy and doesn’t suffer from any lag. However, it’s only a four-speed unit and Hyundai should consider upgrading it to a five speed unit soon.
Ride and handling
The Grand rides well for such a small car. At slower city speeds, it soaks in the bumps without fuss and remains stable even when speeds increase. Some undulations do enter the cabin at higher speeds, but it’s only the sharpest of sharp crevices. For everyday city use the suspension is very comfortable and takes the sting away from the worst of worst roads.
The light steering won’t be great for agile handling but it also means that you won’t have to put in any effort while driving this car. It’s an easy car to park and won’t tire you even after a long day behind the wheel.
The Grand i10 has always been a very good all-rounder and now even more so. It offers you a roomy cabin, lots of features and good build quality as well. You should definitely short list this car if you are in the market for a premium hatchback. It’s one of the best out there.