All-new Grand i10 is a real small jewel in the local Hyundai range
Hyundai’s all-new Grand i10 has arrived in South Africa, and this small well-endowed hatchback has all the potential to fill the shoes of a forerunner that has helped to put the Korean car brand’s name on the map in our country.
“We couldn’t help drawing comparisons between the new Grand i10 and the Hyundai Getz – a car that was discontinued about 4 years ago after it reached enormous popularity in South Africa. The Grand i10 has everything in its arsenal, and more, to do what the Getz did for Hyundai. Not only is it spacious inside, yet small in overall diameters, but it is filled with standard features that will make is a compelling choice in the entry-level segment of our car market,” says Stanley Anderson, marketing director of Hyundai Automotive South Africa.
Anderson said at the launch of the Hyundai Grand i10 that this hatchback was chosen to fit in between the present, smaller i10 – which is retained in the local model line-up – and the i20. “It fills that spot well – not only in terms of size, but also regarding price and standard features. We expect buyers of small city cars to look keenly at what the Grand i10 has to offer,” he said.
The all-new Grand i10 is launched in South Africa in three derivatives: the 1.25 Motion manual, the 1.25 Fluid manual (with a sligthly higher specification level) and the 1.25 Fluid with a four-speed automatic gearbox.
Influenced by Hyundai Motor Company’s design philosophy, “fluidic sculpture”, the Grand i10 features sleek and substantial lines that emphasise the naturally athletic stance of a model which is longer, wider and lower than its predecessor.
The new proportions deliver a driving experience that has been developed to meet European, and thus also South African, driving preferences. Relocated and retuned components result in greater body and wheel control, delivering more driver involvement and ride comfort comparable to that of cars from higher segments.
The larger bodyshell 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 becomes available when the rear seats are folded – also one of the best in its class New levels of craftsmanship can be found in the spacious interior, together with levels of comfort and safety equipment commonly only found in segments above.
Design and styling
“The different proportions of the Grand i10 helped us create a dynamic shape that immediately conveys an impression of strength and stability,” says Thomas Bürkle, chief designer at Hyundai Motor Europe’s Technical Centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany.
“This is the first time the i10 has been designed in Europe, so we wanted to give it a strong road presence. The fluidic sculpture design philosophy has been used to create a more emotional design, with sleek, substantial proportions working in harmony to give it a unique and dynamic style.”
“The Grand i10 incorporates the hexagonal grille, the signature front end for Hyundai Motor models in Europe, clearly showing its family DNA and providing a link to its larger siblings.”
Small-in-size does not mean the Grand i10 falls short in the xterior styling department. The coveted Red Dot Award for design has been bestowed on the Grand i10, recognizing its outstanding aesthetic form, innovation and ground-breaking ideas.
Colour-coded door handles and side-mirrors, with turn indicators built into them, combines with the attractive alloy wheels and moulded door panes to create an attractive car. The hexagonal grille and Hyundai-DNA head lamps completes the picture from the front; and a rear combination lamp with a rear spoiler and built-in LED lamp gives the Grand i10 attractive looks seen from behind.
Interior styling has been given a boost with a choice between grey cloth with orange inserts; grey leather with red inserts; or the more standard grey cloth with grey inserts. The different colour themes are also reflected in the dashboard inserts and a colourful ring arount the gear lever housing.
Larger and wider, for more interior space
At 3 765 mm, the Grand i10 is 180 mm longer than its smaller sibling, and one of the longest cars in the segment. Likewise, the Grand i10 is also the widest in its segment at 1 660 mm (+ 65 mm).
A lower roofline, now standing at 1 520 mm, yields an athletic on-the–road stance. This is complemented by the sleek proportions of the bodyshell, in turn highlighted by the sharper belt line.
The new, sleeker exterior design has a drag coefficient (Cd) of just 0,35, which is aided by detailed improvements such as windscreen sealing that does not protrude into the airstream. The aerodynamic shape reduces wind noise as well as fuel consumption, contributing to very low noise levels.
Dimensions vs. original i10 (mm):
|Grand i10||+ / –||Original i10|
|Length||3 765||+180||3 585|
|Width||1 660||+65||1 595|
|Height||1 520||-20||1 540|
|Wheelbase||2 425||+45||2 380|
Long list of standard features
Among the many features of the all-new Grand i10 are luxury items such as Bluetooth connectivity to the sound system; keyless entry and electrically heated and folding side mirrors (for the two Fluid derivatives); USB and AUX ports for the sound system; an air conditioner and central locking for all the derivatives.
All three derivatives are also equipped with front fog lamps, a full-size spare wheel, attractive 14-inch alloy wheels, height adjustment for the driver’s seat, and remote controls for the sound system 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.
Spirited Kappa engine delivers excellent fuel economy
The Grand i10’s 1,25-litre engine belongs to Hyundai Motor’s popular “Kappa” engine family and incorporate a range of advanced technical features that raise power and torque, and enhance smoothness and driveability.
Outstanding features of the Kappa’s modern architecture include: A dual overhead camshaft (DOHC), dual continuously variable valve timing (CVVT), a very stiff cast aluminium block with cast iron liners, aluminium cylinder head, lighter connecting rods and maintenance-free long-life timing chain.
The 1 248 cc engine delivers 64 kW peak power at 6 000 r/min., and reaches its maximum torque delivery of 120 Nm at 4 000 r/min. The power is delivered in a spirited fashion and the small, yet perky engine never gives the impression that it is labouring.
Fuel consumption can be as low as a measured 5,9 litres/100 km, with emissions of 130 g/m in the 1.25 Motion manual and 1.25 Fluid manual derivatives, and 6,9 litres/100 km with emissions of 147 g/km for the 1.25 Fluid with the four-speed automatic gearbox.
Suspension and road manners
The McPherson strut front suspension of the all-new Grand i10 features revised geometry and a new tie-rod design that greatly enhances steering feedback and precision, while improving handling characteristics.
At the rear, a coupled torsion beam suspension ensures comfortable driving with a stable and firm grip on the road. Improvements to the trailing arm geometry and rear coil springs of the rear suspension have contributed to the secure handling and comfortable ride of the Grand i10. A motor driven power steering provides sharper responses and more accurate handling.
The bodyshell of the Grand i10 is stiffer than its i10 sibling, thanks to the use of high-tensile steel, tailored blanks, reinforcing loops and additional bracing, with torsional rigidity increased by 27% compared to the smaller i10. High-tensile steel forms 29,2% of the body structure of the Grand i10 – a huge increase over the 9% used in the original i10.
The firm underpinnings not only improve the car’s impact-resistance, but yield significant improvements in noise, vibration and harshness (NVH). In addition to other NVH improvements, the Grand i10’s noise levels are recorded as low as 38 decibels (dB) at idle and 65 dB at highway speed.
Dual airbags – one for the front passenger and the other for the driver – and an Advances Brake System (ABS) takes care of safety in the all-new Grand i10.
Pricing Hyundai Grand i10 South Africa
At a price range from R139 900 to R159 900, with Hyundai’s 5 year/150 000 km warranty and roadside assistance thrown in, the Grand i10 offers exceptional value. The red interior option with a leather cloth combination would add R5 000 to the price. A service plan is also an optional item.
The Grand i10 range with their standard recommended retail prices is:
- Grand i10 1.25 Motion manual – R139 900
- Grand i10 1.25 Fluid manual – R149 900
- Grand i10 1.25 Fluid automatic – R159 900
The Grand i10 is available in 8 colours, ranging from Start Dust, Phantom Black and Pure White to a lovely Golden Orange, Aqua Blue and Red Passion. Twilight Blue and Sleek Silver completes the choice of colours.