Hyundai Grand i10 Nios review, road test

    This new generation of the Grand i10 has a lot to offer. But does it tick all the right boxes?

    Published on Jan 07, 2020 06:00:00 AM


    Make : Hyundai
    We Like
    • User-friendly
    • Smooth, refined engines
    • Cabin quality
    • Features list
    We Don't Like
    • Unexciting to drive
    • AMT not available in top-spec

    The original Hyundai i10 was the 2008 Autocar Car of the Year and it lived up to its billing by winning over customers with its user-friendly, frugal and practical character. The second-generation model in the shape of the revolutionary Grand i10 was an even bigger success – it was far more comfortable, more premium and came with a diesel engine option. Now there’s a third-generation model, and it is bigger and comes with a longer name too. Dubbed the Grand i10 Nios, this all-new model builds on the strengths of its predecessors to keep the legacy going.

    The new car carries forward familiar engine options – the 1.2-litre petrol and 1.2 diesel, with the former being BS6 compliant. What’s new is that, in addition to the 5-speed manual, you can now have an automated manual transmission (AMT) option on both engines. Prices for the petrol-manual range between Rs 5 lakh and Rs 7.14 lakh, while those for the diesel-manual are between Rs 6.70 lakh and Rs 7.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The petrol-AMT is priced Rs 53,000-60,000 higher than the corresponding manual variants, while there is just one diesel-AMT version on offer in the higher-mid spec, priced at Rs 7.85 lakh. With such a wide price range between variants, the Grand i10 Nios is aimed at attracting a broader base of customers than before. Can it?

    After our first drive of this all-new Grand i10 Nios, we came away impressed and opined that the i10 has evolved into a more mature, a more premium and a more contemporary proposition. Now we’ve put all four variants through a full-blown road test to tell you in more detail how good this latest hatchback really is.

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