In a world of SUV this and electrical that, vehicles like Hyundai Grand i10 Nios appear to fly underneath the radar. In truth, Hyundai too didn’t make half as a lot noise about this facelifted Nios because it did concerning the arrival of the up to date Venue a few months in the past. Let us, nonetheless, give the smart and likeable Grand i10 Nios due house and speak of what has modified.
A facelift as we speak means a bigger grille, and that’s what you get on the Nios too. The grille makes up many of the redone entrance bumper and there are new tri-arrow daytime working lights decrease down as nicely. There aren’t any modifications to the headlights or bonnet however a more in-depth look reveals a flatter, satin completed Hyundai emblem instead of the 3D chrome one from earlier than.
At the perimeters, it will get a brand new design for the 15-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels that tells you that is the up to date Nios. Styling on the again, although, has been jazzed up. The boot lid is reprofiled however the reshaped tail-lights, linked by a band, are extra outstanding and appear to be trending now. The tail-lamps get up to date with LED parts, whereas the band is merely a reflector and doesn’t mild up. The visible tweaks certain make the Grand i10 Nios extra eye-catching.
There are fewer modifications inside. Lighter colors, new upholstery and a brand new instrument cluster with analogue dials (the final one had a digital speedometer) assist the look in what’s a sensible and well-thought out inside. Things just like the comparatively high-set seating, well-positioned touchscreen and a great deal of cupboard space imply the Grand i10 Nios stays a automotive that places you at rapid ease.
As earlier than, the Grand i10 Nios comes feature-packed in higher-spec avatars. Keyless entry, push-button begin, auto local weather management, an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a wi-fi cellphone charger and rear AC vents are a part of the package deal on the top-spec Asta trim featured right here. Feature additions on this replace embody a Type-C USB charging port and cruise management, although it’s the longer listing of security tools that’s noteworthy. Front and aspect airbags at the moment are normal throughout the vary, whereas top-spec variations additionally add in curtain airbags.
Electronic stability management, hill begin help, tyre stress monitoring system and ISOFIX child-seat mounts are different inclusions on larger spec trims, all of which go above security regulation norms. As earlier than, the rear part stays surprisingly spacious for 2, whereas the 260-litre boot can accommodate a big suitcase with ease.
With the replace, Hyundai has trimmed the Grand i10 Nios’ engine line-up additional. The diesel was dropped early final 12 months, whereas the Turbo variant with the enjoyable 1.0-turbo-petrol engine has additionally been axed, leaving the 1.2-litre, four-cylinder petrol as the only real engine on provide. It is on the market with a 5-speed handbook gearbox or a 5-speed AMT, and there’s a CNG by-product too.
The engine has been made future-ready to fulfill the upcoming RDE (actual world driving emission) norms and can even run on E20, which is petrol with a 20% ethanol mix. In driving, there is no such thing as a distinction. It is a refined and easygoing engine with adequate energy for metropolis driving. It has not obtained the pep or responsiveness of Maruti’s K12 1.2 petrol however will get the job achieved.
Helping the Grand i10 Nios’ case as a metropolis automotive is its mild steering, simple manoeuvrability and nice trip. For added comfort, you’ll be able to go for the AMT however the standard-fit 5-speed handbook gearbox is mild and pleasant to make use of too. The Grand i10 Nios sees a slight value enhance however, as earlier than, slots in between the extra inexpensive Tata Tiago and the pricier Maruti Suzuki Swift, each of which additionally get AMT choices and CNG variations.
We can say that the revised styling does its job to refresh the Grand i10 Nios, although it’s the added security options which might be the larger draw. As a package deal, the Grand i10 Nios stays a smart household hatchback.