Hyundai seems to have studied the Indian market well before launching their latest small car. The Grand is one of those few cars that actually lives upto its name. It comes with a roomy cabin, a plethora of features and peppy engines in diesel and petrol options. But does it have what it takes to take on the rivals in the highly competitive premium hatchback segment?
Hyundai’s Fluidic design language means that the Grand looks the part with its smooth flowing lines and curves all across. The front-end is dominated by the huge hexagonal grille and the sculpted headlamps. The rears isn’t as special but the car has a nicely balanced stance when viewed from any angle. Overall, it looks nice and modern. The Indian version of the car gets an extra 100mm of wheelbase to help give rear occupants more legroom.
The Grand’s cabin is a nice place to be in, with Hyundai running a beige and black combination. It has a feel-good factor about it thanks to good quality materials and nice texturing. A circular theme runs through the cabin which looks nice and fresh. The steering adjusts for rake but not reach and the top-end versions get height adjustable drivers seats. The rear seats offer plenty of head-and shoulder room as well. But because it isn’t very generous on width seating three abreast will be an issue at the back. This is the first car to come with rear AC vents in this class. You also get an air-cooled glovebox as part of the deal. The boot is well shaped too, and there is plenty of space across the cabin to keep your knick knacks in.
Engine, transmission and performance
The Grand is available with two engine options. You get a 1.2-litre petrol with 82bhp and 1.1-litre diesel engine with 70bhp. We drove the 1.1-litre here, which promises to be the popular choice among buyers. Hyundai makes one of the best diesel engines in the market and the Grand’s unit is no different. It is supreme on refinement. Even when you rev it hard the engine remains pretty smooth. Power delivery starts at around 1,500rpm, which is relatively low considering that it’s a diesel. Driveability is good and the light steering and clutch along with the slick gearshift makes it an easy car to drive around town. In fact this is one of the slickest gearshifts in its segment, which does take the sting out of city driving. Out on the open highway though the engine runs out of revs quickly and you will have to downshift to overtake that slow moving bus up ahead. Hyundai claims a figure of 24kpl for the car, which sounds good for its class and size.
Ride and handling
The suspension set up is on the softer side, which means that it manages to keep the patchwork roads at bay when travelling at city speeds. However, out on the highway, the suspension doesn’t inspire the same confidence as some of its rivals do as speeds build up. The car tends to pitch and wallow at less than smooth road surfaces. The super light steering wheel means that you don’t feel very confident at higher speeds as well and there is decent amount of body roll to have any fun for the keen driver.
Safety and equipment
The top versions of car come with two airbags along with ABS. Hyundai has loaded the car with equipment so you get electrically operated side view mirrors, a stereo with 1GB storage and Bluetooth connectivity, as well as steering mounted controls. Oddly, climate control is missing. You also get rear parking sensors, rear defogger as standard kit along with keyless entry and a start/stop button among other things.
The Grand ticks all the boxes for a hatchback buyer. It has practical interiors, refined engines and competitive pricing. Though some rivals might be more involving to drive they simply can’t match the Grand’s appeal as an excellent value-for-money package. It’s the ideal small car for the city.
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