Editor: Jason “The Bok” Date – 10 Feb 2018
Hyundai has rejuvenated its Grand i10 range in South Africa with new features and improved sharper looks. I attended its Cape Town media launch to spend some time driving the top-spec Glide model.
Newer & More Luxuriously Appointed
Hyundai is a brand synonymous with offering value propositions and the Grand i10 perfectly fits this ethos. The Glide variant offers everything from a height-adjustable driver’s seat, to a large touchscreen-based central media system with USB and Auxilliary capability and even a height adjustable seatbelt. The wealth of adjustment features available greatly aide in making this the perfect compact car for the smaller driver or female drivers out there, while the Grand i10’s high roof-line helps make it a comfortable vehicle for those taller drivers as well.
The 2018 model features bolder, sharper styling details, which are most notable throughout the front and rear bumpers, fog-light design and its newer more sculpted alloy wheels which are available on the higher spec models within the range. The Glide model in particular also enjoys an interior with sporty two-tone leather seating, electric windows and a wide array of both convenience and safety features which really have you questioning if it is indeed a budget vehicle or rather something far more expensive as you would expect.
The Grand i10 range consists of six engine derivatives. Three are powered by the new 1-litre 3-cylinder engine, which develops 48 kW at 5 500 r/min and 94 Nm maximum torque at 3 500 r/min, while the other three variants use the 1.25-litre 4-cylinder engine which delivers 64 kW at 6 000 r/min. and 120 Nm maximum torque at 4 000 r/min as experienced in the Glide model.
Hyundai was the first compact vehicle brand in SA to offer the option of Automatic gearboxes to the market with the original Getz model, and the new Grand i10 of-course has the option of being specced with either a 5-speed manual gearbox or the increasingly popular 4-speed auto.
During the duration of the launch, I spent time driving the meandering beautiful mountain passes of Helshoogte, in the Franschhoek region of the Western Cape among other road surfaces such as motorways. The smooth 5-speed manual gearbox and 1.25-litre motor proved to be a real treat and managed to put its power down very well throughout the drive. Hyundai claim fuel economy figures of 5,9 litres/100 km, and 6,9 litres/100 km for the 1.25-litre derivatives with the four-speed automatic gearbox.
With front McPherson suspension and a coupled torsion beam at the rear, the Grand i10 provides a drive which encourages confidence and remains sure-footed in the corners. Overall road handling characteristics are impressive and this is further enhanced by its lightweight body and rigid high-tensile body frame construction with forms 29% of the overall body-frame of the vehicle.
With an affordable price which has remained basically unchanged from that of its predecessor, an overall impressive array of standard specifications coupled with build solidity, the Grand i10 of 2018 certainly sets the bar very high and manages to offer “big car” luxuries in a cute, easy to manage compact and affordable format.
SA Pricing & Warranty
The Grand i10 range with their standard recommended retail prices is:
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
The Grand i10 is offered with Hyundai’s 5 year/150 000 km manufacturers warranty, additional 2 years/50 000 km powertrain warranty, and 5-year/150 000 km roadside assistance. The Grand i10 exceptional value offer is certainly concreted by its piec-of-mind after sales warranty.