Hyundai has just launched another premium hatchback in India – the Hyundai Grand i10 with prices starting at Rs. 4.3 lakh and going up to Rs. 6.41 lakh for the top-end diesel variant. The Hyundai Grand i10 will come in both petrol and diesel variants, with four variants each and two safety option packs being offered. The 1.1 litre three-cylinder diesel is the first small capacity diesel for Hyundai in India and is likely to be used in other Hyundai cars soon.
Prices and variants
Hyundai Grand i10 1.2 Era: Rs. 4,29,900
Hyundai Grand i10 1.2 Magna: Rs. 4,49,400
Hyundai Grand i10 1.2 Sportz: Rs. 4,88,000
Hyundai Grand i10 1.2 Asta: Rs. 5,47,800
(Safety option pack extra)
Hyundai Grand i10 1.1 Era: Rs. 5,23,700
Hyundai Grand i10 1.1 Magna: Rs. 5,43,200
Hyundai Grand i10 1.1 Sportz: Rs. 5,82,600
Hyundai Grand i10 1.1 Asta: Rs. 6,41,600
(Safety option pack extra)
As is typical with most Hyundai cars, the company has chosen to load some of its variants with convenience gizmos, while a safety pack is optional only with the top-end variants. For the full list of variants and features see: Hyundai Grand i10 variants and features revealed
New engine, new possibilities
While the Hyundai Grand i10 now sits in between the regular i10 and the i20, with some overlap in prices and models, this car effectively gives Hyundai a strong car to pit against the Maruti Ritz and the Maruti Swift, which have so far dominated this segment of cars slotted in between hatchbacks and the upper end of premium hatchbacks. So far it only had a diesel engine with the Hyundai i20, but now it effectively has a small diesel too, which it is optimistic about.
If you look at the power specifications of this small diesel – the 1.1 litre diesel puts out 70 bhp of power and 160 Nm of torque. Hyundai claims it is very driveable, especially in city with very little “turbo lag”, and has a claimed fuel efficiency of 24 kmpl. This engine is being made at Hyundai’s new plant in Chennai, which has a capacity of 300,000 engines annually (both petrol and diesel).
Competitive price positioning
Just to give you an idea of how the new Hyundai Grand i10 fits in, one should look at its immediate competitors, namely the Maruti Ritz, Maruti Swift, Ford Figo and the Chevrolet Beat. In comparison to the Chevrolet Beat, which is still among the most inexpensive diesel car’s available the Hyundai Grand i10 is still a little price. The Chevrolet Beat diesel has a starting price of Rs. 4.72 lakh, while the Grand i10 starts at Rs. 5.24 lakh. The top-end Grand i10 is priced at Rs. 6.41 lakh for the diesel while the Beat top-end LT option variant is priced at Rs. 5.99 lakh. The Grand i10 beats the beat on space and engine power though.
Compared to the Ford Figo diesel, the Grand i10 has a tough task cut out. It isn’t as spacious, but it is a little more fuel efficient and has a few more features to offer than the Figo, with the top-end variant being about Rs. 40,000 more expensive, while the base variant is about Rs. 25,000 more ex-showroom. The Figo is still incredible value for money, but if you want a few more gizmos, the Grand i10 offers that.
Against the Maruti Ritz, the Grand i10 is cheaper when you look at the lower variants, but is more expensive by about Rs. 6,000 for the top-end variant. What’s more, the Ritz offers ABS even on the mid variant, while the Grand i10 does not. The Grand i10 offers more gizmos and space.
Looking at its pricing, it will be a tough task for buyers to pick between a Maruti Ritz, Ford Figo and Hyundai Grand i10. Each has something special for different kinds of buyers. The Grand i10 definitely has an edge in terms of convenience features, and that’s something that may sway buyers – features such as a rear AC vents, power folding mirrors, push-button ignition with full keyless entry are useful touches.