Hyundai i10, the premium hatchback from Hyundai, is placed between Santro and the now phased-out Getz. Hyundai i10 is a very accomplished product, which explains why it was the de facto choice in this segment for a long time. A competent city car, i10 is compact, extremely easy to drive and has a good amount of equipment. It also remains one of the most fuel-efficient cars in the segment and the LPG variant only sweetens the deal if you are looking for a compact hatchback. The car continues to remain a favourite compact hatchback.
Hyundai i10 Era has beautiful clear headlamps that stretch to the rear of the front end which give it the best look. The front grille is in chrome which adds a finishing touch to the appearance of the car. But the rear end of the car is not as good as the front look. The tempting facades just fall short to get goes together by with the rear end of the car. The use of black plastic moulding in the front, on the sides and at the rear makes it look like a pleasurable spectacle for the eyes. The wheel size of the car is too small in comparison to its large vehicle size. The look of the car is fresh and appealing in the premium hatchback segment car. The front headlights, centre radiator grille with horizontal chrome slat, bumper and triangular front fog lamps have been added to the i10 Era to enhance its looks. The compact antenna on the side roof does make the car look like a new machine altogether. The waistline of the variant is in black color. The i10 Era comes with full wheel covers. The exterior dimensions of the i10 are: length- 3,565mm, width- 1,595mm and height- 1,550mm . The car has a wheelbase of 2,380mm along with a ground clearance of 165mm. The minimum turning radius of the Hyundai i10 Era is of 4.75 meters .
Step inside and you’ll be greeted by the now-familiar i10 cabin but with changed seat fabrics and a more likeable light-brown and beige two-tone colour scheme for the dash. The centre console that houses the music system and the air con controls gets a metal finish and all the screens get blue illumination – instantly transforming it into an extremely sporty ambience. The instrument cluster too remains hardly unchanged but for the fact that the new i10 has ditched the analog fuel gauge for a digital set that also houses the odometer and tripmeters. The car even brings in a very functional gear shift indicator on the tiny rectangular LCD screen just above the odometer that compares the car’s speed with the engine revs and tells you whether you need to shift up or down a gear!
The settings for this gear shift indicator are based on squeezing the best possible fuel efficiency though, so if you’re in a hurry and feel like a little bit of spirited driving, it’s best to turn a blind eye to this otherwise very functional add-on. And while we’re on the subject of gadgets, how does Bluetooth connectivity with steering mounted controls and an AUX as well as USB port for the sound system sound We’re quite impressed and I’m sure you will be too! Then there are also reverse parking sensors, ABS and front airbags for driver and passenger on the top-end i10s! The list doesn’t end there ? Hyundai has also thrown in keyless entry, a height adjustable driver’s seat, two power outlets and electrically heated mirrors as well.
Coming to the drivetrain unfortunately Hyundai has decided not to make any sort of changes under the hood of this updated car. Thus the European spec i10 is available with the same 1.0L and 1.25L petrol engines. These engines are paired to either a 5 speed manual or a 4 speed automatic transmission which sends power to the front wheels. The 1.0 Litre petrol unit gets plenty of features to reduce fuel consumption what is even more interesting is also the fact that it is also offered with 1.0-litre liquid-petroleum gas (LPG) factory-fitted option.
However according to the recent reports Hyundai also has plans to introduce the facelift variant of the Grand i10 too here in India towards the beginning of the New Year 2017. When they actually launches the facelift variant of the hatch expect it to continue with the same 1.2 Litre four cylinder petrol engine while the diesel variant will continue with the same 1.2 Litre, three cylinder unit. As far as the transmission is concerned the Grand i10 in India gets a 5 speed manual as standard while there is also an optional 4 speed automatic offered exclusively with the petrol unit.
The Hyundai i10 Era comes with McPherson Strut with coil spring in the front wheels while the rear end tyres of the car have been coupled with torsion beam axle with coil spring. The Hyundai i10 Era comes with McPherson Strut with torsion type roll control device in the front suspension and the rear suspension of the car has coil spring with three link rigid axle and isolated trailing arm. The Hyundai i10 Era has hydraulic shock absorbers .
In terms of safety, the Hyundai i10 Era does not come with many features. The car comprises of day and night inside rear view mirror for better visibility. Central lock in the car is for all the five doors. The Hyundai i10 Era comes with engine immobilizer in it. There is a long list of comfort features which the Hyundai i10 Era has and that are factory made. i-relax front seat, i-shift gear control, folding rear seats, air conditioner with heaters, electric power steering, power windows (front) and passenger vanity mirror.
Hyundai i10 is one of the best cars available in the segment. Although the car has aged, it still offers more than its competitors. It makes a perfect city and highway car. The car may look small from the outside but is roomy and spacious on the inside. If you are in the market looking for an entry level car, do have a look at Hyundai i10 as this car has not been a segment leader for nothing. Get more details and offers on Hyundai cars in Mumbai from Hyundai dealers in Mumbai


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