This new generation of the Grand i10 has a lot to offer. But does it tick all the right boxes?
The Nios features a standard suspension setup of independent MacPherson struts and coil springs up front and a non-independent torsion beam setup at the rear. The suspension has an underlying firmness but it does a good job of ironing out road imperfections at slow speeds. Bump absorption is slightly better in the AMT versions, which come with 14-inch alloys and a slightly taller tyre profile than the manuals (15-inch wheels). Interestingly, the diesels, with their stiffer front end and heavier engine, have an edge over the petrols when it comes to ride comfort. At high speeds too, with a heavier kerb weight, the diesels feel a lot more planted and composed than the petrols.
Handling is tidy and predictable, but steering still feels numb.
Like most Hyundais, the Nios’ steering is light and there’s no feel or feedback, although it does weigh up with speeds. Push it hard around corners and it understeers as the front end struggles for grip. Although this isn’t an engaging car to drive, its overall handling is rather neutral, like you’d expect from a family hatchback. The brakes are progressive and have a strong initial bite.