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