A hatchback finds a new home in India every 20 seconds. And now, Hyundai Motor India has given us hatch-loving folk one more model to choose from.The Grand i10 is the fifth hatchback in Hyundai’s portfolio and wiggles into the gap between the i10 and i20.
The Grand i10 is essentially the next-generation i10 with revisions made specifically with the Indian consumer in mind (more on that later) and will be sold alongside the current i10. But, most importantly, the Grand i10 also gets Hyundai’s first, locally produced, small three-cylinder diesel engine which will, for the first time, give the company direct access into the relatively untapped small diesel hatchback segment in India.
The petrol motor is the familiar 1.2-litre Kappa2 engine that powers the regular i10 but in this test, we put the diesel mill through its paces.
Based on ARAI tests, the diesel-engined Grand i10 claims to have an impressive fuel economy figure of 24kpl. Our tests returned 15.4kpl in city driving conditions and 19.6kpl out on the highway, which is pretty much on the same lines as its competitors.
While the city fuel efficiency figure is a handsome one, the highway figure is impressive but could have been better. The fact that the Grand i10 has relatively shorter gear ratios means the engine spins at higher speeds on the highway and this has a negative impact on fuel economy. An overall figure of 17.5kpl combined with a 43-litre fuel tank gives the Grand i10 a phenomenal range of 750 kilometres on a single tank of diesel.