Hyundai’s enhanced Grand i10 in SA: New derivative, revised features

Cape Town - Hyundai has rejuvenated its Grand i10 range in South Africa with new features and a new entry-level variant.

The Grand i10 hatchback, which is the smallest new car in the local Hyundai range, has taken over the role of the Korean automaker’s entry-level model after the i10 was discontinued.

Engines

The revised line-up comprises six derivatives –three powered by the new 1-litre 3-cylinder engine delivering 48kW/94Nm and the remainder utilise a 1.25-litre 4-cylinder engine capable of 64kW/120Nm.

The 1-litre derivatives are the 1.0 Grand i10 Motion (5-speed manual); 1.0 Grand i10 Motion (4-speed auto); and the 1.0 Grand i10 Fluid, also with the 5-speed automatic gearbox.

The derivatives with the more powerful engine are the flagship 1.25 Grand i10 Glide (5-speed manual); and the flagship 1.25 Grand i10 Fluid (5-speed manual) and 1.25 Grand i10 Fluid (4-speed auto). Prices start from R149 900 for the Grand i10 Motion (manual), up to R206 900 for the 1.25 Grand i10 Fluid auto, which, says Hyundai, "is only an R3000 increase on the present top-of-the-line model".

A passenger airbag has now been added to all the derivatives, steering wheel remote controls, including buttons for  Bluetooth connectivity, and an integrated microphone, forms part of the upgraded features across the range.

The Grand i10 Fluid and Glide derivatives sport electrically heatable side-mirrors (also folding) an infotainment centre with a large full-colour touch. 

Customers also have the option to purchase an SD memory card for R2500 to activate the navigation system on the infotainment system in the derivatives with the Fluid and Glide specification level.

Fuel consumption is a claimed 5.9-litres/100km, and 6.9-litres/100 km for the 1.25-litre derivatives mated to a four-speed automatic gearbox. The fuel consumption of the 1-litre engine is 5.4-litres/100 km for the manual derivatives, and 5.9 litres/100 km for the automatic version.

Design and styling

Influenced by Hyundai’s design philosophy, “fluidic sculpture”, the Grand i10 features sleek and substantial lines.

The body shell of the Grand i10 yields one of the roomiest occupant cabins on the market, as well as an impressive 256 litres of trunk capacity. Up to 1 202 litres become available when the rear seats are folded – also one of the best in its class.

The Grand i10 incorporates the hexagonal grille, the signature front end for Hyundai Motor’s cars, which clearly showing its family DNA and providing a link to its larger siblings. Grand i10 Fluid and Glide derivatives boast a chrome grille in front, as well as alloy wheels. 

The Motion derivatives are equipped with steel wheels with an attractive cover. 

Colour-coded door handles and side-mirrors, with turn indicators built into them, combined with the attractive alloy wheels (in the Fluid and Glide specification levels) to create a very good-looking small hatchback.

At the rear, it has a spoiler and built-in LEDs. The Grand i10 1.25 Glide is equipped with LED daytime running lights.

Interior styling and trim differ from black cloth for the Motion and Fluid derivatives, to black leather and red cloth for the Grand i10 Glide. 

The Glide also sports red inserts on the instrument and door panels, as well as the centre console. The Grand i10 is available in 8 exterior colour.

Standard features

Among the many features of the revised Grand i10 are luxury items such as the infotainment centre with Bluetooth connectivity to the sound system, keyless entry and electrically heated and folding side mirrors for the Fluid and Glide derivatives; and for all the derivatives USB and AUX ports for the sound system; an air conditioner and central locking for all the derivatives. 

All derivatives are also equipped with fog lights, a full-size spare wheel, attractive 14” alloy wheels, height adjustment for the driver’s seat, and remote controls for the sound system and driver’s information on the steering wheel.

Under the front passenger seat is a handy storage tray, while the driver’s seat belt’s shoulder mounting point is height-adjustable. Front, as well as rear passengers, have height-adjustable headrests.

A handy trip computer displays inter alia fuel consumption and range left with the fuel in the tank. The flagship Glide derivative also has park distance control sensors in the rear bumper.

Dual airbags and an ABS are now standard safety features in all derivatives.

Prices

Grand i10 1.0 Motion manual - R149 900

Grand i10 1.0 Motion automatic - R169 900

Grand i10 1.0 Fluid manual - R169 900

Grand i10 1.25 Fluid manual - R189 900

Grand i10 1.25 Fluid automatic - R206 900

Grand i10 1.25 Glide manual - R202 900

Models are sold with a 5-year or 150 000 km warranty, additional 2-years or 50 000km powertrain warranty and 5-year or 150 000 km roadside assistance.