This new generation of the Grand i10 has a lot to offer. But does it tick all the right boxes?
The Grand i10 Nios is now longer, wider and even comes with a 25mm longer wheelbase than the second-generation Grand i10. In fact, the body uses a high percentage (65 percent) of lighter yet more rigid Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) and High Strength Steel (HSS), and the overall kerb weight is 50-65kg lesser.
As in all Hyundais, engage the handbrake and LED DRLs switch off.
The design is an evolution of the outgoing car and the silhouette remains largely unchanged, although almost all the body panels are new. The projector headlamps are sleeker and appear more premium, while the oversized cascading grille, with boomerang-shaped DRLs at each end, looks very distinctive. Gone are the clean lines on the bonnet and the sides, and in come some creases that add a bit more aggression and muscle to the styling. The blacked-out C-pillars give a floating roof-like appearance and the ‘Gi10’ logo embossed on it is a neat detail. The diamond-cut 15-inch alloys fill the wheel arches and appear nicely proportioned in relation to the car’s overall dimensions. The rear styling with new wraparound tail-lamps and distinct character lines on the boot bear some resemblance with the Tata Tiago and Ford Figo. Overall, the Nios is a smart-looking, contemporary hatchback.
Blacked-out C-pillar panel lends a floating roof-like appearance.