Hyundai has just launched its smallest car in India yet – the Hyundai Eon, priced between Rs. 2.69 lakh and Rs. 3.71 lakh. The Eon featured in the video is the top-end variant – the Eon Sportz. The car will likely shake up the entry-level hatchback market in India, taking on the leader in the segment, the Maruti Alto.
Scroll down to watch the CarToq review of the Hyundai Eon, and whether it has what it takes to beat the Maruti Alto at its own game?
The Eon follows Hyundai’s fluidic design theme. In fact, at first glance the Eon does look a lot like its bigger sibling the i10. The hexagonal grille, swept back headlamps and cuts and creases all keep with Hyundai’s fluidic design philosophy. The Eon has a tall-boy inspired design, like the Santro and the i10, and this frees up plenty of interior headroom and the passenger cabin is spacious.
Plastic fit and finish is good, and the use of grey and beige interiors actually gives the Eon a premium feel.
Ride and handling
The Eon is powered by a three-cylinder, 814 cc, petrol engine that puts out 55 bhp of power and 75 Nm of torque. This is mated to a five-speed manual transmission, which is slightly notchy and has a rubbery feel to it. The suspension too is slightly stiff, which makes for a bit of a bumpy ride, but it gives it good handling characteristics.
The car can accelerate to 60 kmph in under 8 seconds and can reach three digits speeds with ease. Beyond 120 kmph, however, it begins to feel strained and the engine takes on a bit of a rough edge.
The seats of the Eon are well bolstered. The top-end Eon gets tilt-adjustable steering, which allows you to find an optimum driving position. Rear seats have good legroom too, but the middle passenger will have to deal with an intrusive transmission tunnel.
The car can seat four people comfortably, but three abreast at the rear is a bit of a squeeze. Luggage space is good, and probably the best in this segment at 215 litres. This makes the Eon a comfortable family car for daily use in the city.
The Eon is an entry level car, but it still offers quite a bit in terms of features on its top-end variants (Magna and Sportz). It comes in six variants in all. All variants sport a gear-change indicator which urges you to shift at optimum rpm to get more mileage. The top end variant also has a driver’s airbag, but none of the variants offer ABS. The Eon Sportz also gets an integrated CD/MP3/AM/FM/USB/Aux-in audio system. The AC cools effectively and does not strain the engine much.
Watch the video for more on what the Eon has to offer