This new generation of the Grand i10 has a lot to offer. But does it tick all the right boxes?
There’s a reason why the Grand i10 sold in such high numbers in India. It had almost everything that buyers were looking for – ease of driving, smooth and refined engines, high-quality interiors and a long features list – and this all-new generation, the Grand i10 Nios, only builds on these existing strengths. The Nios’ interiors are even more polished and premium, and its features list is even more expansive. Both its engines are very refined and the petrol unit is now BS6-compliant. When it comes to real-world fuel efficiency, the Nios passes with flying colours. The option of a manual and an AMT with either engine further widens its appeal, and it is still very user-friendly thanks to its light controls, agreeable cabin ergonomics, and good all-round visibility. Hyundai’s widespread support network will only work as a catalyst for its sales. It might not be engaging to drive, and a top-spec AMT variant is sorely missed in the range, however, look at it in the broader light, and you’ll see the Nios is so well packaged and its fundamentals are so sorted, it is as good as a city-friendly, family hatchback can be.
The Nios’ sophisticated, smooth and effortless character makes it a well-rounded hatchback.