The global launch of the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios happened recently in India. The base variant of the car is priced at Rs. 4.99 lakh while the top-end variant costs Rs. 7.99 lakh (both ex-showroom, Delhi). Being the latest entry in the mid-level hatchback game, the Grand i10 Nios comes with several extras which give it an edge over the competition. According to Hyundai though, the Nios is also better than the Maruti Suzuki Swift on several fronts. A Team-Bhp member recently shared a post which shows why the Grand i10 Nios is better than the Swift, according to Hyundai.
Better safety features
Of late, safety has thankfully become one of the major points of discussion in India while buying a car. The recent government mandates also forced manufacturers to build safer cars. The Hyundai Grand i10 Nios comes with several safety features as standard while meeting the upcoming Pedestrian Safety regulation. Standard features include ABS with EBD, Emergency Stop Signal and Dual Airbags along with seatbelt pretensioners and impact sensing door locks. All this makes it better than the Swift in terms of safety as the Maruti car falls short of safety features when compared with Nios.
8-inch infotainment system with voice recognition
Infotainment systems have been getting bigger and bigger and now, the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios has become the first car in its segment to offer an 8-inch system. The Multi-media system is equipped with smartphone connectivity and gets other features like Android Auto, Apple Car Play, and Voice Recognition Function among others. The Maruti Suzuki Swift gets a 7-inch unit which is technologically inferior to the one on Nios. But then, Swift is the older car among the two and maybe a facelift next year will upgrade it will all such features.
Rear AC vents with power outlet
Rear AC vents act as a charm for the passengers at the back in summers because they no longer have to rely on the front AC vents. For the same, the Hyundai Grand i10 gets rear AC vents along with a power outlet, a feature that is a segment first.
Lower maintenance cost (Variable warranty and 3 year RSA)
Aftersales and maintenance is a major deciding factor while buying a car. Now for the first time, Hyundai is offering a variable basic warranty with the Grand i10 Nios. What this essentially means is that you can choose between three warranty packs depending on your requirements. One can go for the regular 3 Years/100,000 km package or a 4 Years /50,000 km package or a 5 Years /40,000 km package. Apart from this, Hyundai is also offering free 3-year Road-Side Assistance package which is more than Maruti’s 2 year RSA pack with the Swift.
Wireless and USB charger
Hyundai was the first to introduce wireless chargers in affordable cars on our shores with the Creta. Now, several of its cars support this features and the latest one to join the list is the Grand i10 Nios. The car also gets a USB charging port which Hyundai claims is again a segment-first feature along with the wireless charging feature.
Dual-tone interior and exterior colour option
Hyundai offers the Grand i10 Nios in 6 exterior colour shades including 3 new colours – Aqua Teal, Alpha Blue and Titan Grey. Also, both the exteriors and the interiors get a dual-tone colour pattern which is something not available with the Swift. Maruti does offer customisation options where the buyer can configure the car to suit his taste but that comes at an extra cost.
5.3-inch digital speedometer with MID
Apart from sporting an 8-inch infotainment system, the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios also boasts of a segment-first 5.3-inch digital speedometer and cluster with Multi-Information Display (MID). The MID provides information on instantaneous fuel consumption, Trip meter, Distance to Empty, Average Fuel Consumption, Service Reminder, Average Vehicle Speed.
Cooled glove box
While this may not be something that could be counted as a major deciding factor, having a cooled storage area is definitely a plus point in any car. While the Maruti Suzuki Swift skips over any such feature, Hyundai does provide a cooled glovebox in the Grand i10 Nios.
i-Blue remote control
The 8-inch touch infotainment system on the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios comes with various features like Android Auto, Apple Car Play, and Voice Recognition among others. What it also comes with is an i-Blue remote control. While this is not a connected car feature like BlueLink, it allows the rear-seat passengers to control the infotainment unit through their phones apart from offering a few other functions.
This one again may not be a major deciding factor of car buying but according to Hyundai, it creates a difference and the rivals of Grand i10 Nios lack any such feature. We are talking about the Arkamys Premium Sound System that comes with 4 modes to choose from. This includes Natural, Live, Lounge and Club.