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Latest on Hyundai Eon: 31 December, 2014
The second largest car manufacturer in India, Hyundai Motors, is going to launch the facelift version of its once best-selling model- Eon. Launched in 2011, the company never focussed on bringing any changes in the car until recently when it realised “nothing is permanent except the change”. This new facelift model has been sited getting tested on the streets of South Korea - the home of the car maker. Test mules, along with some other trusted sources, have led to rumours that the facelift of Hyundai Eon will roll out in the market by the end of 2015.
Hyundai Eon, a Hatchback has 9 versions available in India. Hyundai Eon has 7 Petrol cars. Other popular cars in the similar price range of Hyundai Eon are Maruti Suzuki A Star, Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 and Maruti Suzuki Eeco. Hyundai Eon comes in 6 colours, namely, Polar White, Pristine Blue, Red Passion, Retro Shine, Sleek Silver, Stardust.
Hyundai Eon, launched in 2011, is one of the best selling Hyundai cars in India. The last update it received was in 2014 when the company had launched it with a more powerful 1000cc engine to take on the likes of Maruti Suzuki Alto K10, WagonR etc.
Based on the company’s popular 'Fluidic' design philosophy, the car looks stylish and outgoing. It’s quite spacious, too. Material quality, fit and finish are flawless. The beige console, fluidic design-based, adds to its premium feel. Despite being an affordable hatchback, it comes loaded with a plenty of comfort-enhancing features. Features like power steering and power windows are offered only with the pricier variants - i.e. Magna and Sportz. The hatchback comes powered with two petrol engine options - a 55.2bhp 814cc unit and a 68bhp 1000cc powertrain. It is also available with a 3 new bi-fuel option (LPG + Petrol) variants. The Eon is one of the most fuel efficient Hyundai cars that return a maximum mileage of 21.1kmpl. Power delivery is linear. Handling is decent, too.
Further to this, read Hyundai Eon Road Test details by our expert.
The various fuel trims in Hyundai Eon are priced differently. The Petrol trims are priced between Rs. 3,22,420/- to Rs. 4,41,117/-. The LPG trims of Hyundai Eon start at Rs. 3,92,213/-.
Based on Hyundai's fluidic design philosophy, the Eon looks very stylish. It features long swept-back headlamps, aggressive grill, fog-lamp scoops on bumper, creases on bonnet and other styling elements. The entry level and mid variants are assembled with 145/80 12-inch wheels, while the top-model gets 13-inch 155/70 tyres.
Despite compact dimensions, the hatchback offers a spacious cabin. Interior quality is better than most of its rivals. The beige theme, dashboard with flowing lines and chromed centre console enhance its premium appearance. The hatchback inherits several features such as music system with radio, CD player, iPod, Aux-in and USB connectivity, gear shift indicator, power windows, power steering etc.
Engine & Transmission
The small hatch comes with two petrol engine options - an 814cc, 3-cylinder, petrol and a 1000cc, 3-cylinder unit. While the former produces 55.2bhp and 74.5Nm at 4,000rpm, the latter churns out 68bhp and 95Nm. Power is transmitted to the front wheels of the car via a 5-speed manual gearbox. The LPG model, powered by the same 814cc engine, is more fuel efficient than the gasoline powertrain.
Performance and Handling
Having a compact design, a small wheelbase and short turning radius, the car runs effortlessly in city traffic. Handling is decent and steering is extremely light that aids to its city drivability. However, the high-speed performance isn’t up to the mark. It accelerates 0-100 kmph in 20 seconds with a top speed of 135kmph.
The hatchback has an effective braking mechanism. It gets disc brakes and drum brakes on the front and rear, respectively. The McPherson Strut with coil spring and torsion beam type suspension, gas type shock absorber and anti-roll bar suspension further enhance its braking capabilities.
The 814 cc LPG - powered variant delivers a fuel economy of 16 kmpl in city and 18 kmpl on highways, while the Petrol variant offers a mileage of 19 kmpl on urban roads and 21 kmpl and freeways, respectively.
The car is equipped with several active and passive safety features such as a single driver side airbag, impact beams on the doors and the floor, self-restraining seat belts for the driver and passengers, a remote control security system, child safety lock on the rear doors etc. Features like engine immobilizer and fog lamps are available on the top-variant only.
Hyundai Eon is an ideal small family car. The modern styling, decent cabin space, plenty of features and affordable pricing make it an alluring deal. It’s among the most frugal and easy to drive Hyundai car models in India. However, ride isn’t comfort and smooth on high speeds.
Hyundai Eon Vs Maruti Suzuki Alto 800
Both vehicles are powered with a small engine, but the Eon’s powertrain offers better power output and an impressive fuel economy (21.1kmpl). Hyundai’s compact hatchback has a plenty of comfort-enhancing and safety features to offer, while the Alto 800 misses several equipments. But, when it comes to drivability and handling, the Alto 800 takes a lead over its rival.
Note: Specifications for Eon 1.0L Kappa 5-Speed Manual Magna+(O) (Petrol) have been mentioned
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