Launch Report: 2018 Hyundai Grand i10

A new engine and clever updates underline this car’s excellent value proposition

The Hyundai Grand i10 has always been one of my first recommendations in the compact hatchback class. Its price, specifications and ease of use make for a great combination, although I felt that the last one I tested (less than a year ago) was getting eclipsed by some of its newer competitors.

Hyundai surely knew that too and after a mild face-lift, they’ve now given the Grand i10 even more attention. It’s worth noting that the smaller i10 has been discontinued and this refreshed Grand’ needs to plug that gap. A new model with a 1L 3-cylinder petrol engine (48kW/94Nm) has reported for that duty.

The familiar 1.25L four-cylinder petrol motor (64kW/128Nm) is still available and, together with two trim levels and a manual or automatic gearbox, they make up the new range of six Grand i10 models:

Grand i10 1.0 Motion manual R149,900
Grand i10 1.0 Motion automatic R169,900
Grand i10 1.0 Fluid manual R169,900
Grand i10 1.25 Fluid manual R189,900
Grand i10 1.25 Fluid automatic R206,900
Grand i10 1.25 Glide manual R202,900

Please check Namibian prices and availability with your nearest Hyundai dealership.

Stanley Anderson, sales and operations director of Hyundai Automotive South Africa, aptly described the broad target market of their accomplished car by stating that this is the perfect first OR last car. So; young folk with a fresh license will take equal delight in this affordable Korean as retirees and seniors.

The updated specifications for the entire range include an extra airbag (totaling two), a multi-function steering wheel and Bluetooth connectivity. Standard kit on all Grand i10’s includes ABS brakes, power steering, air-conditioning, front power windows and a basic trip computer.

The posher Fluid and Glide models offer alloy wheels, remote central locking, rear power windows, heated power mirrors, chromed grill, a 2-year/30,000km service plan and a large touchy-feely infotainment system. Navigation software is a very affordable R2,500 extra.

The top model (Glide) boasts with black and red leather trim, red dashboard applications, LED daytime running lights and rear park assist. Glancing over these specs and the new price list, we would recommend the entry-level for its value or the Fluid manual as the best power / equipment compromise.

Unfortunately, the 1.0 models were not available for testing at the Grand i10’s recent launch in Cape Town but Hyundai made up for this by offering everyone a go in the top-spec Glide model. The 1.25 engine is lively and surprisingly torquey (at sea level) while this car’s high specification level and red detailing got loads of thumbs up.

Handling, braking and highway manners are on par for the segment while four adults and a bit of luggage didn’t faze the little Hyundai too much. Its steering and pedals are light and easy to operate, while the fairly basic instruments and cabin materials got some cool neighbours with the big screen and funky red leather.

Sure, the cheaper models won’t have this and I’ll reserve my judgement on their road manners until I’ve tested a one-litre at altitude. What I can tell you – backed up by Hyundai’s extensive research – is that every Grand i10 model either falls in the ballpark spec/price range or offers better value than its chief rivals.

Should you need final encouragement, there’s the manufacturer’s impressive 7-year/200,000km warranty, a choice of eight distinctive colours and the fact that you’ll find four main dealers and about 20 service centers around Namibia.


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