MOTORING NEWS AND VIDEO - These days many manufacturers prefer to steer away from small-size city vehicles, which cost as much to develop as bigger vehicles but with smaller profit margins.
However, Hyundai is doing very well with the Grand i10. It is 40mm longer and 20mm wider than the previous model, a great improvement on space and driving comfort.
Styling is one thing that Hyundai has truly nailed. Moving away from the boxy predecessor, this city sleeker looks amazing with its chiselled, sporty lines.
The i10 is available in a choice of two petrol engines: a 1.0 Kappa three-cylinder 49kW and 1.2 four-cylinder 61Kw. Electric power steering, McPherson strut / torsion beam front / rear suspension and a five-speed manual gearbox complete the package.
But the real changes are to the body and the interior. It has a honeycomb front grille, LED daytime running lights and beautifully designed headlights.
Good quality materials were used for the inside. The dash features a large, cell-phone compatible infotainment system. It has air conditioning, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel.
The i10 comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay mirroring. Two electricity outlets and a USB port widen your gadget scope. At 252 litres the boot space is reasonable and the car features a 60/40 split-fold rear seat. It can seat four grown men and offers enough leg room, even in the back. The seats are designed to provide a relaxing and comfortable drive. Safety features include a driver and passenger airbags, seat belt pre-tensioner and Isofix for baby seats.
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We drove the 1.0 Kappa three-cylinder 49Kw Grand i10 on the highways of Cape Town and the engine had no trouble keeping up. In a flash I was driving 120km/h and had to consciously slow down a few times to keep within the speed limit. The gear change was smooth and the Grand i10 held the road like a car twice it size.
Every i10 comes with ABS brakes, EBD and rear park assist (fluid model).
The Hyundai Grand i10 is without doubt one of the kings of the city. It looks good and handles extremely well - a joy to drive. With a fuel consumption of 5,4 litres per 100km, it's a great choice for city driving. It comes with a seven-year / 200 000km manufacturing warranty, one-year / 15 000km service plan and a five-year / 150 000km roadside assistance.
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