Hyundai Grand i10 nios

Hyundai Grand i10 Nios: First drive review

Hyundai Grand i10 Nios evaluation: Hyundai has significantly upgraded the Grand i10 to have the best seller in the section and it has not only added features and design but also altered the measurements of the car to provide more in-cabin space. We drive the car around Udaipur to discover more about it.

The Grand i10 Nios has been established only under six years following the launch of its predecessor that will continue to be sold in the Indian market, albeit only in the lower trims and largely to cater to the more price-conscious buyer. For those seeking to buy a modern car loaded with appearances, equipment, and features, the Nios would be the offering.

Grand i10 Nios Design Review

The Nios is longer and wider than the Grand i10 and the wheelbase is also more by 25mm and is currently equal to the Maruti-Suzuki Swift, the car that Hyundai would like to shoot head-on with the Nios. The bigger dimensions have helped Hyundai give the Nios i20 kind of styling – a broad stance and a lively side-profile using the big high-gloss black grille as well as the boomerang LED DRLs together with the projector headlamps incorporating a contemporary and premium appearance. Overall it’s a nice-looking modern hatch that seems poised with a stable and wide stance.

Hyundai Grand i10 nios design
Grand i10 nios Performance Review

The exteriors could be contemporary but the insides are futuristic, with all the IP extending to include the infotainment touchscreen, similar to in all the premium cars of today. Besides, with the added space as a result of the increase in dimension and a few clever interior designs, the Nios does look more spacious compared to the Grand i10 without undermining the 260-liter boot area, which is also slightly bigger than its predecessor. The rear seat squab has been kept horizontal and is bolstered just on the sides to make it much easier for three people to sit on.

Besides, Arkamys audio system provides four sound adventures and you can command the infotainment system by voice, from the touchscreen, by the buttons on the steering wheel and also through the iBlue sound remote in your smartphone! The instrument panel is also all-new with a large analog tachometer and a 5.3in screen which comes with an electronic speedometer and a multi-information display with a trip meter, average fuel consumption readout, distance to empty, average vehicle speed and other drive-related parameters like a gear shift indicator.

The equipment also has wireless charging for a smartphone, a USB port and a charger, rearview camera that can also be switched on to get a view of the rear, in addition to keyless entry with push-button start.

While petrol is already BS6 compliant, the diesel is BS6 ready. Both the motors include a choice of either a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed automated manual gearbox. The motors are carried forward in the Grand i10 and have the identical max power and peak torque figures as before using the petrol churning out 83bhp maximum power and 114Nm of peak torque while the petrol also has the sooner 75bhp of maximum power and 190Nm of torque. The only figures that seem to have shifted from before would be the fuel efficiency figures. The maintained and ARAI accredited fuel efficiency has gone up by 1.25kmpl but the most dramatic increase was on the automobile gas that previously has been the 4-speed torque convertor and is now a 5-speed AMT. Hence fuel efficiency for your automated gas car has gone up by over 3kmpl.

Grand i10 Engine Performance Review

We’ve been driving the petrol engine Nios using the 5-speed manual gearbox and now I must state that nothing has greatly changed so far as driveability goes. This petrol engine is one of the best in its class and is super smooth and very pliable and as per Hyundai, the ARAI certified mileage figures are also up, to 20.7kmpl for the manual and 20.5kmpl for the AMT.

Grand i10 nios Engine Performance
Hyundai Grand i10 nios Engine Performance

The steering feel has also enhanced and also the ride quality today is of a large car and also has a European feel to it, being on the firm side, which is great for higher speeds on bad roads, together with all the suspension not crashing on potholes and bad surfaces but riding and absorbing on them without losing poise. What makes it a much better handling car is this firmness in the ride as well as much-improved steering turning the Nios into a point and take car much like a sports car just the engine is not of the sporty level. The Nios now meets the crash test norms that will come into position later this season and is intended to give protection to the bottoms of a pedestrian too at a crash. This was a requirement of the new crash test norms which will apply to all cars, whether new or already on sale from next year.

While Hyundai has updated the automobile on most fronts, it has also for the first time given an alternative to the buyer of deciding upon the guarantee to suit his driving. If the car has been used a lot then it makes sense to opt for the three-year unlimited mileage choice but when the vehicle is not being pushed too much, then there is a four year and last-minute guarantee option to pick from also at no excess price. With four years that the mileage is limited to 50,000km and with five years into 40,000km. This is a superb alternative for people in smaller cities who do not clock too much mileage because the towns are modest and the cars get pushed just on special occasions. Overall the new guarantee policy is a good move.

Verdict
When it’s the layout, in-cabin fuel or space efficiency, the gear or characteristics, and the possession experience as well – Hyundai has updated them all. All this, but comes at a price but to take on the leader in the segment, Hyundai has kept the price and VFM quotient of the car very appealing. The largest step is that the Nios is an excellent car to drive as well and Hyundai might be outfitting it with a turbo gas engine not overly much in the future.

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