GOOD FOR: Easy driving manners, features list
LOOK OUT FOR: Steering pump failure, suspension wear
Launched in 2011, Hyundai’s entry-level hatchback was a refreshing addition to the segment, as it came with modern styling and segment-best features. Initially offered with a three-cylinder engine that made 56hp, the Eon got a more refined and peppy 69hp, 1.0-litre engine, three years later.
Also, bear in mind, the Eon never received a facelift in its seven-year run. Hyundai, however, constantly updated the line-up with additions in terms of equipment and trims. Launched with six variants in 2011, the D-lite base variant gets you just the bare minimum. The used car market is filled with the base models and we advise you to stay away from these examples as they aren’t good value at all.
Instead, for just a few thousand more, you can find a well-equipped Magna or Magna (O) variant which offers a lot in terms of kit. On the Magna, you get bigger 13-inch wheels, power windows, central locking and tilt adjustable steering as well. Also, if you do manage to find a Magna (O), you get a CD player with dual speakers at the front, USB and AUX ports and a rear parcel tray, in addition to the features on the Magna. That said, it’s recommended you scout for the top-spec variant when it comes to small hatchbacks as they offer a lot more for your money. On the Magna+, you get driver airbag, keyless entry, front fog lamps and aesthetic additions like body-colored bumpers and silver accents on the steering wheel. The asking price for this variant starts at Rs 2.5 lakh (for a low-run example), but a good bargain could bring this cost down by a good Rs 10,000-15,000.
In 2012, Hyundai also introduced an LPG kit on the Eon as standard fitment. So, if you’re looking at a pure city runabout and need that extra bit of economy, you could try looking for these too. In terms of problems and issues, the crucial bits you need to check are the power steering and the suspension. Few owners have complained about the power steering pump failing, and while parts for the Eon are among the cheapest in the market, steering pumps are relatively expensive. Also, check for rear suspension wear. Go on a test drive and make sure to go over a rough patch; this will tell you if the suspension is in good shape. Maintenance of the Eon is quite inexpensive, with a basic service every 10,000km costing around Rs 2,500. Parts and labour are cheap, and, overall too, the Eon is an economical car to own.
|Price when new||From Rs 4.30 lakh|
|Engine ||998cc, 3 cyls|
|Top speed ||145kph|
|Economy ||20.3kpl (ARAI)|