South African buyers clearly love the first-generation Hyundai Grand i10 – as proven by the outgoing model’s solid value retention, and the fact that almost 50 000 of them have found homes here since its début in 2014. Now, with the new (second) generation Grand i10 fresh on our market, we decided to compare the old model with the new one, to highlight the top 3 differences between them.
Small cars are big business
With congested traffic, tightening budgets and soaring fuel prices, many buyers would consider a small car with large-car comfort and features to be the ideal solution for modern motoring. It was into this arena that the first-generation Hyundai Grand i10 was launched in 2014: a very small car that was easy to drive, surprisingly refined, affordable to run, and equipped to the same level as many larger, more-expensive cars.
This recipe proved to be a home run, with global sales success and a solid reputation earned over the ensuing years. But time doesn’t wait for anyone, so the Grand i10 eventually came up for replacement. The designers didn’t mess with the winning recipe, though, but merely polished it to a deeper sheen. What changed during this process? Let’s find out!
1. A fresh, new look
While the second-generation Grand i10 employs a derivative of its predecessor’s platform (also used in the latest Kia Picanto), it’s been substantially revised in almost all respects. It’s larger in every direction, and rides on a longer wheelbase than before. South African Grand i10s are sourced from India, where the Grand i10 is built to slightly different dimensions from the European-market i10s, giving us a larger car than some overseas markets receive. Score!
The exterior shows the latest interpretation of Hyundai’s “Fluidic Sculpture” styling language, with a prominent radiator grille, and swept-back headlamps leading into prominent bodyside creases and a pert rear end. The rearmost roof pillar receives a similar blackout treatment to those of the larger i20, neatly translating some of the larger car’s styling cues to a smaller canvas.
2. Updated cabin technology joins generous aftercare package as standard equipment
The main attraction on this front is the 6.2-inch colour touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone mirroring and USB/Bluetooth connectivity and steering wheel remote controls, with a secondary USB port (located in the lower dash area) serving as additional charging point. This system (along with a basic trip computer) is standard on all derivatives, and serves to differentiate the Grand i10 from many of its price competitors.
As always, the cherry on the Grand i10’s cake is the extensive aftersales package: the drivetrain has a warranty for 7 years or 200 000 km, the rest of the car’s warranty runs for 5 years or 150 000 km, and roadside assistance is included for 7 years or 150 000 km. That fresh warranty is really the main reason to opt for a new Grand i10 instead of an older, late-model one at a (relative) bargain price – especially as the service plan on a new one is rather thin, only providing cover for one service (1 year/15 000 km).
3. Full equipment list
Also standard across the model range are manual air conditioning, power steering, electrically-adjustable side mirrors, remote central locking, and electric windows all round. This makes for a surprisingly comprehensive spec sheet at the price, and turns the new Grand i10 into one of the better-equipped budget superminis.
Upgrading to “Fluid” trim adds some nice-to-haves, with alloy wheels and front fog lights appearing on the spec sheet, along with LED daytime running lights (DRLs), rear parking sensors, heating for the side mirrors, a 60/40 split for the folding rear seatback, and a chromed grille surround.
The 3-cylinder, 1.0-litre variants (49 kW/94 Nm) can be had in either Motion or Fluid form, with the former available with either a 5-speed manual- and a 4-speed automatic gearbox, and the latter exclusively employing a manual transmission (at this stage). Upgrading to the 1.2-litre 4-cylinder engine (61 kW/114 Nm) also includes an upgrade to Fluid trim, again with either a manual- or an automatic gearbox.
Source reference: https://www.autotrader.co.za