With this new technology of the Grand i10, Hyundai has set its sights firmly on consuming into the gross sales of the Maruti Swift — the second-best-selling automobile in India. The brand new hatchback is 40mm longer and 20mm wider than the outdated Grand i10 — which is able to proceed to be on sale, albeit repositioned a bit decrease — and the wheelbase can also be up by 25mm.
On the design entrance, the Nios bears greater than a passing resemblance to the Santro up entrance, due to its related general form, upswept headlamps and large ‘cascading grille’. Nonetheless, finer particulars just like the projector parts throughout the headlamps, low-set fog lamps, and distinctive boomerang-shaped LED DRLs give the brand new automobile extra distinction. The grille is now a single-piece unit — not break up — although, the way in which it extends all the way down to the bottom of the bumper makes it look a bit out of proportion.
The aspect has extra good particulars like sharper creases, 15-inch diamond-cut alloys (Asta trim) or 14-inch gunmetal gray alloy wheels (Sportz trim) and a textured blacked-out part within the C-pillar, with ‘G-i10’ embossment. On the rear, the Hyundai ‘H’ has gotten positively enormous, and whereas the comparatively small tail-lamps do properly to intensify the automobile’s width, there’s a whiff of Tiago or Figo about their design.
The extra obvious leap ahead comes contained in the cabin. The inside borrows a lot from the Venue and Kona, although it will get some distinctive design parts, such because the hexagonal textures on some surfaces and using light-grey plastics rather than the same old black or beige. Then there’s the Mercedes-like single-piece gloss-black binnacle housing each the 8.0-inch touchscreen (largest-in-class) and the part-digital instrument cluster.
Although all of it seems to be cool, materials high quality isn’t an enormous step-up from the outdated automobile, and there are some bits — just like the window swap array — that don’t really feel nice to the touch.
Hyundai’s energy play has at all times been to supply class-leading options, although with the Nios, there’s a sense that they’ve reached saturation level. Whereas it does supply package like rear air-con vents, wi-fi phone-charging and the flexibility to maintain the rear-view digital camera feed on completely through the infotainment display, it misses out on auto headlamps and wipers, six airbags and split-folding seats, that are provided on some rivals.
The touchscreen misses out on the Venue’s related tech — comprehensible at this value — but it surely’s in any other case loaded up with all of the stuff you’d anticipate, and Hyundai’s working system stays one of many slickest within the enterprise. The part-digital cluster capabilities properly, however frankly, it feels extra an aesthetic alternative than a characteristic benefit.
It could have smoothened out lately, however the ‘tall boy’ design philosophy continues to be evident within the Nios. You’re perched comparatively excessive up within the driver’s seat with a terrific view out, regardless of that giant instrument housing behind the steering wheel. The entrance seats are well-cushioned and in addition get added side-bolstering to carry you in place, although these with bigger frames would possibly discover them a bit small. Hyundai’s choice to go together with a pleasant textured material is one I fairly like. It’s not your standard material seat materials, and as an alternative, seems to be and feels way more stylish.
One other factor price commending is the house within the rear. Intelligent packaging means the seat affords good house, consolation and help, and also you get a greater sense of roominess, due to the big glass space. The boot — at 260 litres — is correct at par with the phase as properly.
Below the hood, Hyundai has caught with the 1.2-litre petrol and diesel engines from the outdated Grand i10. The largest change is that the petrol now meets BS-VI rules — the diesel can be up to date at a later date — and each models will be had with a 5-speed AMT gearbox choice. We hung out with the diesel-AMT and petrol-manual variants.
The 75hp 1.2-litre, three-cylinder diesel engine has an audible clatter, but it surely’s not the worst round. Energy supply could be very clean and linear, and the one spoilsport on this case is the AMT gearbox, which does offer you a little bit of ‘head nod’ on shifts — utilizing the guide mode can get you round this. The pause however, the AMT’s shifts themselves are clean, and the diesel engine’s added torque means you’ll be able to modulate the throttle to remain in a single gear for many of your driving wants. Nonetheless, whereas good within the metropolis, it isn’t a standout freeway performer.
Even much less suited to the freeway is the 83hp 1.2 petrol. Whereas it was by no means probably the most thrilling unit to start with, the improve to BS-VI appears to have been sapped much more of its energy. Energy supply feels actually flat all through the rev-range, and you actually should work the engine to choose up the tempo — particularly out on the freeway. At metropolis speeds, you’ll typically end up in a decrease gear than anticipated, in an effort to make clean progress. Fortunately, the gearshift and clutch motion are as clean as ever.
Hyundai has additionally made enhancements to the automobile’s dynamics to make it really feel extra secure and reassuring. The steering, whereas nonetheless gentle sufficient, has extra weight and suggestions to it, and also you now get a greater sense of what the entrance wheels are doing.
Transferring to the trip, the diesel-AMT with its 14-inch wheels, taller tyres, and stiffer suspension set-up, had a extra planted trip, and soaked up some enormous craters fantastically, albeit at low and medium speeds. The petrol Nios is about up so much softer, significantly on the rear, and our automobile was on the 15-inch wheels. The end result was a bouncier trip and a few crashing via potholes. Neither model is good for the freeway, however the diesel did encourage a bit extra confidence.
It won’t have dropped any segment-breaking options this time, however worth nonetheless appears to be the Grand i10 Nios’ calling card, with a value that — spec for spec — undercuts its main rivals, even when solely barely. On this class, worth is necessary, however then so is desirability. Hyundai’s carried out a terrific job right here, with exteriors and interiors that really feel fashionable and welcoming. Ease of driving — a Hyundai energy — has returned, with an added sense of maturity to the dynamics. The engines are sufficient, however not this automobile’s strongest go well with — significantly the petrol — though the choice of an AMT on each engines offers it a comfort not there earlier than. The Nios comes throughout as greater than its predecessor. However with such sturdy rivals, is that sufficient? It’s a whole bundle, however an excessive amount of of an evolution, with not sufficient revolution. We want it shook issues up extra, as it might have to, in an effort to actually put a dent within the Swift’s gross sales.