JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – The latest version of Hyundai SA’s best-seller has arrived with, the company says, ”a comprehensive list of features as well road manners not always found in a its compact size”.
It’s Grand i10 and Hyundai calls it ”a small car with a big heart”.
Freshened are the grille and exterior styling and Hyundai sees the little big guy as feeling and looking like a larger car but with preferred fuel economy and price. The the crash avoidance/protection features are described as ”comprehensive”, the connectivity ”class-leading”.
The cars are being assembled in India for export to 87 countries as a successor to (in South Africa, at least) the Hyundai Getz which sold 49 252 in South Africa from 2014-20.
Stanley Anderson, sales and operations director of Hyundai Automotive South Africa, told The Corner: “It has become Hyundai Automotive SA’s best seller with a very important position in the wide range of Hyundai models.
”Present economic conditions and Covid-19 have given the model a very important role and there’s still growth in this competitive segment.
“The new Hyundai Grand i10, with its solid body, good looks, spacious cabin, and extensive specification list, proves that – it feels like a bigger car despite its compact size.
A TOUCH OF ATTITUDE
With the launch come revised diode daytime running lights and foul-weather lights (Fluid models only), a bolder grille, and body-coloured door releases; Motion models also add a black finish to the grille and add black trim to the external mirrors. Fluid versions have a chromed grill and diode running lights.
Grand i10 Motion versions have 14” steel wheel rims, Fluid models alloy rims. the 1.2-litre flagship Fluid will move on 15” alloys but of a different design. Body finishes are white, black, silver, grey, and red but the Fluid will also offer two-tone options – white/red topped by a black roof.
Hyundai claims its new Grand i10 has unusual overall length for a ”small” car as well as features not always available for vehicles of its size. The Fluid, for instance, has demistable external mirrors, a multi-function steering-wheel, red-stitched leather-look seat covers, and rear parking radar.
The driver’s seat in all derivatives is adjustable; the rear backrest can fold forward as a full bench in Motion derivatives, 60:40 split for Fluid units but all units will have aircon.
Each Grand i10 will have an infotainment system with a 16cm touchscreen to display Apple CarPlay/Android Auto delivered by a smartphone via a cable to a USB port. A second port at the base of the centre console will charge any suitable device.
The new Grandi10’s seats, Hyundai says, were designed to provide a relaxed and comfortable drive to each occupant.
”The bolstered front seats,” Hyundai says, ”ensure superior comfort for driver and passenger, especially when cornering, and the bolstered rear seats have back support designed for optimum comfort on a long drive.
”The flat rear seat bench has space for three passengers along with extra thigh support.
TWO ENGINES, MANUAL OR AUTO
A 998cc three-cylinder or a 1197cc four-cylinder engine propel the new Grand i10 range. The one-litre – used in Motion and Fluid derivatives – is capable of 49kW at 5500rpm and 94Nm at 3500rpm; the 1.2-litre 61kW at 6000rpm / 114Nm at 4000 rpm.
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Even at the high altitude of Gauteng, the 1-litre engine delivers ample power via the 5-speed manual gearbox to the front-drive wheels. There is also a choice of a 4-speed automatic gearbox for both the 1-litre and 1,2-litre Motion and Fluid derivatives.
Fuel consumption for the Grand i10 with the one-litre engine and five-speed manual transmission was measured at 5.4 litres/100 km, the same engine hooked to the four-speed auto 5.9 litres/100km after a Hyundai test cycle over city and open-road driving.
The 1.2 Grand i10 Fluid manual five-speed returned 5.9 litres/100 km, 6.9 litres/100km using the four-speed auto.
MacPherson struts with shock-absorbers are used for the front suspension, a torsion beam, also with shock-absorbers, at the rear.
Each 2020 Grand i10 will carry driver and front passenger crash-mitigation bags, IsoFix child-seat anchors, and pretensioners for the front and seat crash restraints. Further crash avoidance gear on all models includes anti-lock brakes and electronic brake distribution.
…AND SO TO THE PRICES
Hyundai Grand i10 1.0 Motion (manual) – R191 900
HyundaiGrand i10 1.0Motion (automatic) – R216 900
HyundaiGrand i10 1.0 Fluid (manual) – R216 900
HyundaiGrand i10 1.2 Fluid (manual) – R230 900
HyundaiGrand i10 1.2 Fluid (automatic) – R256 900
A seven-year or 200 000km* manufacturers’ warranty is part of the package, a 12-month or 15 000km* service plan and five-years or 150 000km* roadside assistance.
*Whichever comes first.