Expert Review of Hyundai Grand i10 CRDi Sportz
Hyundai India has finally launched the much-awaited Grand i10 in the Indian car market. The hatchback is available in both petrol and diesel models, and buyers have quite a few trim levels to choose from. It will compete against few of the top selling hatchback models such as Maruti Suzuki Swift, Nissan Micra, Ford Figo and others. Currently, the company introduced four trim levels in both petrol and diesel versions. Hyundai Grand i10 CRDi Sportz is the mid variant, powered by a reliable 1.1-litre U2 diesel engine. The company claims it to be one of the most fuel efficient diesel engines with an impressive fuel economy of 24kmpl. It is longer and wider than the regular i10 model, providing much improved knee room and headroom and larger trunk capacity. The South Korean automaker has given its popular design philosophy, fluidic sculpture to Grand i10, which is missing in the regular i10. Not just design and diesel powertrain, the vehicle also gets several comfort and safety features. The Grand i10 CRDi Sportz comes equipped with features like reverse parking sensor, a driver and front co-passenger airbag, segment first rear AC vents and others.
Mileage and Fuel Economy
Hyundai Grand i10 features a highly efficient 1.1-litre U2 diesel mill, mated to a five speed manual transmission. The engine is quite refined and has a very less NVH (Noise, vibration and harshness) level. It offers an excellent fuel economy of 24kmpl on highways and 21kmpl in city condition.
Available in eight different color options - Sleek Silver, Phantom Black, Silky Beige, Twilight Blue, Pure White, StarDust, Golden Orange and Wine Red, the Grand i10 offers its buyers enough to select the car in their favorite shades.
Acceleration and Pick up
Hyundai Grand i10 diesel is a good vehicle to drive, but there is a hint of turbo lag at the initial stage. As soon as the vehicle crosses 1,500rpm, the engine works swiftly and delivers good driving experience. However, the engine labours once you cross 3,500rpm. The vehicle drives well on highways and even in city conditions, and reaches to 100kmph mark around 15 seconds.
Hyundai has once again applied the tried and tested fluidic design sculpture, which makes Grand i10 look more stylish than the regular model. However, its competition Maruti Swift, Nissan Micra and Ford Figo scores more on appearance front. The hatchback is 100mm longer than the regular i10, and the wheelbase is stretched by 40mm, providing a roomier feel. The major attraction of the Grand i10 is its front fascia, which sports a smaller single slat grille that also features the Eon hatchback. The stylish grille is complimented by the newly styled headlight cluster that accommodates the headlamps and side turn indicators. The side profile of the vehicle looks decent and the tall body of the hatch features the smart creases. It now features an increased glass area of the rear door, which makes it more airy and feel more spacious. Its rear resembles the i20, but the company has made subtle changes to make it look refresh. The rear end features the wraparound tail-lamps, which extends toward the shoulder line to present a stylish touch. It comes with the 14-inch diamond-cut alloys, which further enhances the overall beauty of the vehicle.
The country's second largest car manufacturer has provided enough comfort features to the CRDi Sportz variant to ensure good driving pleasure even in not so favorable conditions. The cabin has enough space to offer comfortable seat for five passengers, and enough space to carry daily luggage bags. The Grand i10 CRDi Sportz variant gets some exciting comfort features including AC with heater, AC vents for rear passengers, power windows with driver side auto-down function, rear parcel tray, start/stop button, cooled glove box and others. For entertainment, the Grand i10 comes equipped with an advanced 2-DIN music system with USB, AUX-in sockets and Bluetooth functionality.
The new Hyundai Grand i10 hatchback is 100mm longer than the regular i10, which offers extended rear passenger area. The overall vehicle measures 3,765mm X 1,660mm X 1,520mm (length X Width X Height). It has a wheelbase of 2,425mm, which is 40mm biger than the i10, providing more roomier interior.
Under the hood, the new Hyundai Grand i10 CRDi Sportz is powered by the second generation 1.1-litre U2, 3-cylinder diesel engine. The engine is capable of generating a maximum power output of 70bhp at 4,000rpm, while yielding 160Nm of top torque at 1500rpm to 2750rpm. The power is transmitted to the front wheels of the hatchback via a five speed manual transmission gearbox. The engine is refined, and generates very low NVH. The company claims that the diesel mill delivers an impressive fuel economy of around 21kmpl in city conditions and 24kmpl on highways.
The wheel arches of the new Hyundai Grand i10 accommodate stylish 14-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, which further enhances the overall characteristic of the side profile of the vehicle. These 14-inch alloys features the tubeless tyres of size 165/65R14".
The Grand i10's suspension is smartly fitted to the cars that seems to suit the Indian city roads, however, the vehicle doesn't feel smooth on rugged terrains. The front and rear axles of the CRDi Sportz comes equipped with independent McPherson Strut and Coupled Torrison Beam Axle type suspensions, respectively.
Handling and Control
While talking about the handling and control, the Grand i10 features good braking system that offers great control. The front wheels of the hatchback sport disc brakes, while the rear wheels has drum brakes. Moreover, the power steering of the vehicle offers quick response. The vehicle is specifically developed for city driving, as the steering wheel is very light. The light steering works well in city conditions, but isn't that adequate for highway conditions.
High fuel efficiency, roomy cabin.
Handling could be better