Grand arrival for pint-sized fun car

Incorporating Hyundai Fluid, the Grand i10 is a real looker in all departments.

Review by Talha Randeree

The Hyundai i10 is a chick car. Somehow, I will now proudly admit and defend why I like the pint-sized bundle of fun.

When I started the car, I expected it to be a slow fuel-efficient little sloth, hardly capable of exceeding 100Km/h and stuck in the 1980s.

Okay, that is a bit of a hyperbole, but the fact of the matter is that this car surprised the living daylights out of me.

The engine is a tiny 1.2-litre. Actually it’s a 1.25-litre, but I think the people over at Hyundai added that .05 just to mess with people’s heads.

This engine produces 64Kw at 6 000 rpm and trust me, when you put the hammer down in this car you reach that 6 000 marker rather quickly.

It surprisingly reaches the 100kph in an estimated 12.5 seconds, purring along at 2 300rpm and then it keeps on going. From a five-speed manual gearbox reaching beyond 140kph usually puts a lot of strain on the engine, and you may sound like an F1 driver screaming down the main straight or Rettifilo Tribune at Monza.

This car doesn’t. In fact, at high speeds you hardly hear any noises at all.

The Grand i10 also comes with the Fluid theme of Hyundai, and this makes the car feel pretty well thought out.

From the swept back headlamps to the breathtakingly beautiful interior, this car is here to impress.

I love the interior design. It is one of the best I’ve ever been in. It combines retro styling with class.

Plastic class, but well-built plastic nonetheless. It has been completely rehauled from the i10 and honestly, it’s been for the best.

The red trim throughout the car is also available in black or orange, but I think the red contrasts very nicely with the rest of the car.

This car can easily manage its 5.9-litre per 100km estimated fuel economy, and with its 43-litre tank, you could make it to Durban and back again on one tank of gas, costing you a penny under R600.

This car is excellent value for money, with the 5-speed Fluid version I drove costing R 153 900, and the base model just R11 000 cheaper.

Great pricing, good looks and bundle of fun when it needs to be, the new Grand i10 brings a new bit of life to the hatchback market.

 

  AUTHOR
Talha Randeree
Journalist

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