Hyundai recently launched the new Grand i10 Nios at prices starting Rs. 4.99 lakh going all the way up to Rs. 7.99 lakh, ex-showroom. As with the outgoing Grand i10, the Nios too gets four key variants: Era, Magna, Sportz, and Asta. Once you add the diesel and automatic options, you end up with a total of 10 variants.
So which variant should you buy?
Let’s simplify the line-up further. Diesel options are not available in Era trim and diesel AMT is available only in Sportz variant. If you want the AMT option in petrol, then Magna and Sportz are your only option.
The entry-level Era is just too basic though the safety kit with two airbags, ABS and EBD is adequate. However, the AC is manual and the rear passengers will have to roll up the windows manually as well. We suggest you skip this and move to the next variant that is quite well equipped.
Magna: The Value-for-money Option
The Magna trim has most of the features you really need and then some: LED daytime running lamps, 14-inch steel wheels covers, body-coloured mirrors and door handles, roof antenna, and turn indicators on outside mirrors (AMT trim). You also get a 2-DIN integrated audio with AM/FM, Bluetooth connectivity, steering-mounted controls for Bluetooth and Audio, iBlue (Audio Remote Application), front & rear speakers, and USB port connectivity. Some other useful bits include – Keyless Entry, tilt-adjustable steering, rear AC vents, rear power windows, Auto down power window (driver only), electrically adjustable and folding ORVMs, a rear power outlet, front USB charger, Driver Seat Height Adjustment, Safety gets a boost with the addition of a central locking system, day & night inside rear view mirror, headlamp escort system, speed sensing auto door lock, and impact sensing auto door unlock.
Magna petrol starts at Rs. 5.84 lakh while diesel costs Rs. 6.70 lakh. The AMT option in Magna trim costs Rs. 6.37 lakh.
Sportz: For the Gadget Lovers
You do miss out on Hyundai’s excellent Infotainment system though. If you want a proper 8-inch infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple Carplay, you will have to shell out an average of Rs. 50,000 more for the Sports petrol variants. The Sports Diesel comes with AMT and costs about Rs. 1 lakh more. This extra money gets you alloys, a better music system and some other shiny bits.
The top-end Asta variant adds features like projector headlamps and 15-inch diamond-cut alloys as standard, along with chrome outside door handles and rear chrome garnish. The cabin gets leather-wrapped steering and chrome finish for parking lever tip. The car also gets wireless phone charger, SmartKey with push-button start/stop, adjustable rear headrests, rear wiper washer, and luggage lamp.
There are three engines powering the Grand i10 Nios: 83hp/114Nm, 1.2-litre petrol, the 100-bhp 1 litre turbo and 75hp/190Nm, 1.2-litre diesel. The 1 litre turbo petrol that was added recently is available only in the Sportz trim. They get the same 5-speed manual gearbox and a 5-speed automated manual transmission (AMT) as options. The turbo is peppy but the other two motors are more than adequate for urban use, but do feel a bit underpowered for the highway.
Entry level Era is just too basic and there are no substantive additions with the top-end Asta. So, Magna represents best value but if you must have the infotainment system or want a peppy petrol, then Sportz is the Hyundai Grand i10 variant to buy.