Originally Posted by Siddh
Fuel efficiency - My monthly running is around 800-1000 kms, so this factor was very important.
Sensitive brakes - It gave me jerk every time I hit the brakes. This is something you might get used to it though.
Poor horn - No deal breaker, but the horn was really pathetic in both old and new TD car.
As I said earlier, the most important factor was lack of ABS
and Dual Airbags. ABS
is a must in today's time. If you want to go ahead with Grand i10, then please take multiple test drives and try to go for top end Asta version if budget permits. I heard discounts are in excess of 50-60k, so you might end up getting a sweet deal.
I had the same concerns as you before finalizing Grand i10 however i went ahead with my decision due to VFM
factor and excellent build quality. I got the Sports (o) model that came with 2 air bags, 7 inch touchscreen system with Android/auto carplay( same HU that comes with Elantra) along with reverse camera. I don't think there is any car out there which gives you this many feature for 6.3 lacs on road. I agree that ABS
should have been there from at least from Sportz variant onwards. I have covered 5k kms in last 4 months. Now coming to the points you have highlighted :
1. Fuel efficiency : Hyundai 1.2 litre Kappa VTVT is a very smooth and refined engine. It is perhaps the best small petrol engine sold in the country when it comes to refinement and reliability. Fuel efficiency may not great however it is not bad either. One gets 13-14 kmpl in city and approx 17-18 kmpl on highways which maybe 2-3 kmpl less than competitors( Baleno/ Swift). Please keep in mind that Grand i10 weighs almost 100 kgs more than a Baleno. Build quality of Grand i10 is leagues ahead of Swift and the interiors are definitely from a segment above. Only areas where Swift does better is handling and sporty looks. On the other hand , Grand i10 does better when it comes to build quality, ride quality, interior space, much bigger and useful boot, better NVH levels and most importantly offers the most value for money quotient. NVH levels on Grand i10 is even better than Baleno. One of the previous complaints about Grand i10 was soft suspension which resulted in below average handling and steering feedback but Hyundai has stiffened the suspension on facelifted model and now the car feels very planted even at 120 kmph and steering feedback on curves is much better.It is definitely not a Figo or a Swift on a sweeping curve, but tends to hold its own.
2. Brakes : I had the same brake issues initially and got used to it. The brakes are very sensitive especially during mornings and at slow speeds. However as the speeds increase, brakes on Grand does a very good job.
3. Poor horn : Completely agree. Perhaps at the worst horns offered on any car. I upgraded main with a Creta horns. Costed me 1.8k from Hyundai dealership. you can get it replaced by a local mech for as low as 700 rs.
I agree that Grand i10 has its share of issues such as missing ABS
and lower fuel efficiency than competitors. But having said that, it is a much better car for the price it is offered at. If anyone reading this post is planning to TD a Grand i10, please make sure that you TD the face lifted model. There is noticeable difference between the handling of the older and the facilitated model. Unfortunately, i have noticed that most hyundai showrooms are offering pre face-lifted models for TD.