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Hyundai’s Grand i10 grabs the limelight

01.09.2014

THE small car segment is heating up as manufacturers try and give consumers more value for their hard-earned Rand.

Browse the entry-level market and you’ll find some good offerings. The Renault Sandero is certainly difficult to ignore.

Another one of those cars that may grab your attention is the new Hyundai Grand i10, essentially aimed at filling the gap between the i10 and i20. You may even be wondering whether there was a gap, in the first place. Well, apparently so, particularly regarding the price and size of the vehicle.

So let’s get down to the styling. The words “fluidic sculpture” are usually thrown around when describing Hyundai’s design language and the Grand i10 embodies similarities to its smaller sibling but with a fresh, modern approach. It’s 180mm longer and 65mm wider than the i10. While it might not be noticeably different at first glance, it’s only once you climb inside that the cabin opens up like a Disney movie. Its small 3 765mm body is deceiving because the interior is deceptively spacious.

It can easily carry four adults and the standard creature comforts boasts exactly what we’ve come to expect from the Korean brand. The engine is preppy. Small engines are becoming a common sight on our roads and the 1.25-litre powertrain certainly holds its own well. The five-speed manual gearbox fitted in our test mule is more than adequate with clearly defined gates.

Boasting 64kW of power and 120Nm of torque, the perky engine is perfectly suited to the urban environment, returning good fuel consumption figures of 5.9 litres/100km with a CO2 emissions rating of 130g/km. The i10 developed a solid reputation over the years with strong value and as Hyundai moves towards the premium segment, the enhancements and upgrades in the Grand i10 can be felt and are very much appreciated.

When I was behind the wheel, I couldn’t help but hark back to the era of the popular Getz, which shares many of the same dimensions with the  Grand i10. The drive quality is up there with the other cars in the segment, and the Grand does have a place on our roads. Having spoken to people in the market for this size vehicle, they’re rather fond of the styling and many people feel the engine size is more than adequate as we embrace down-sizing. The only concern was the price, which for our Grand i10 1.25 Fluid manual, will set you back R149 900.

Perhaps a bit steep but consumers know just how much Hyundai offers in terms of standard spec and the high service and maintenance plans are definitely confidence boosters.

Article written by Stuart Moir
01.09.2014
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