MANY South Africans will remember the Hyundai Getz, which was launched locally in 2003 and which helped put the Korean brand on the map locally, with its low price, reliability and solid standard specification.
Enter the i10 Grand, a larger version of Hyundai’s small car and the spiritual successor to the Getz. The budget segment is a tough place to compete in with the likes of the VW Polo Vivo, Ford Figo, Toyota Etios and the recently introduced Renault Sandero. Now, Hyundai looks to throw the proverbial spanner in the works with another well-sized offering which they expect will sell at a rate of around 600 units a month.
In terms of styling the Grand takes cues from its smaller sibling, the i10, as well as its B-segment brother, the i20, which helped it win a Red Dot design award recently. I couldn’t help notice that from the rear it resembles its sister company’s Picanto while the side profile and front end are unmistakably Hyundai.
Looking at dimensions and interior space, it strikes a middle ground between the i10 and i20 as expected. For example, its boot space is 256 litres whereas the i10 is 225 and the i20 at 295 litres respectively. The rear quarters are where the Grand really makes more sense than the regular i10 as it is large enough to accommodate adult passengers.
There’s also the option of having different interior accents which includegrey cloth with orange inserts, grey leather seats with a red accent as well as colourful dashboard inserts which add a level of customization to the package.
The 1 248cc engine powering the Grand produces 64kW/120Nm while fuel consumption is rated at 5.9 litres/100km for the manual and 6.9 litres/100km for the automatic. Having driven the manual derivative I can remark that while the engine is small it provides sprightly performance with decent lowdown torque while the gearbox allows for smooth shifts through to cruising speeds. I managed to achieve the claimed fuel consumption during my 170km drive, which was impressive.
At launch the Grand will be offered in three derivatives namely the 1.25 Motion manual, the 1.25 Fluid manual which features more standard specification as well as the 1.25 Fluid automatic. Standard across the range is Bluetooth, USB and AUX inputs along with keyless entry, air-conditioning, central locking, front fog lamps, a full-size spare wheel, 14-inch alloy wheels, steering-mounted audio controls and a trip computer with fuel consumption and range indicators.
Pricing is key in this segment and at R139 900 for the Motion manual, R149 900 for the Fluid manual and R159 900 for the Fluid automatic I believe Hyundai has a very competitive product. In terms of basic cost it is more pricey than many of its competitors, but offers better standard specification than some which makes it very competitive in what is an increasingly tough segment.