India's second largest carmaker, Hyundai launched the Eon hatchback in 2011, and in no-time, it became the company's one of the best selling products in the country. Hyundai Eon belongs to a segment where very limited cars are available and it is one of the best looking vehicle in its league. With this small car, the company directly targets the budget conscious Indian buyers, who search for a good looking and highly efficient car at an affordable price. The Eon adorns the company's immensely famous 'Fluidic' design philosophy. This small car features prominent creases all around its body, which makes it the best-looking small car in its segment.
Inside the cabin, the Eon offers a decent space to seat four adults comfortably. The plastic quality is good and has a top notch fit & finish. The console of the vehicle has used the fluidic design language and good amount of beige, which adds to its premium feel. Despite being the low cost car, it comes equipped with features such as multimedia system with CD, MP3 player with an AUX-In and USB support. The top-of-the line models of the Magna and Sportz gets advanced features including power steering and power windows that can be controlled via touch of a button. Moreover, it offers driver side airbag and few other safety features.
Hyundai Eon derives its power from a small 814cc petrol engine that churns out a maximum power output of 55.2bhp and 74.5bhp of peak torque. The power is good enough to drive it through city traffic. The Eon returns an impressive 21.1kmpl of fuel economy. Moreover, the vehicle comes in 3 new bi-fuel option (LPG + Petrol) variants.
Hyundai launched the Eon as the Alto's competition, which targets the youth of country and first time buyers. This small car adorns Hyundai's renowned fludic design philosophy, which make it look very stylish. Despite being a compact sized hatchback, the Eon offers enough space for four adults. It has creases on sides, while the grille and headlamps offer a more premium and expensive appeal to the car.
The front fascia of the hatch features long swept-back headlamps, stylish fog lamp scoops on bumper, aggressive grille and creases on bonnet. The aggressive lines flowing right from the bonnet and meet the tail lamps, giving a very unique and aggressive look.
Hyundai Eon has 3495mm of length and 1500mm of width, which makes it pretty compact. The design lines all around the hatch make the vehicle look very sporty. The Eon hatch comes in six different colours : Ember Grey, Coral White, Pristine Blue, Maharaja Red, Sleek Silver and Mushroom. With body coloured bumpers, the car looks more upmarket. The quality of materials is better than its competition.
The vehicle does not have alloy wheels, but the car gets full wheel steel cover which look elegant. The Hyundai Eon has 2380mm of wheelbase, which provides a comfortable seat for 4 adults. The entry level and mid variants of the Eon gets 145/80 12-inch wheels, while the top spec models features larger 13-inch 155/70 tyres. The presence of tubeless tyres further ensures better grip on roads.
The Hyundai Eon features very well designed interiors and spacious cabin to seat four adults comfortably. The fit and finish is good and the plastic quality is better than other cars in competition. Its tall boy stance has helped the company to make this model a spacious one. The vehicle offers an ample legroom and headroom to seat 4-adults and a kid comfortably.
Inside the cabin, the Hyundai Eon gets a beige colour which offers a premium feel. The curvy shaped dashboard features flowing lines, and the car feels upmarket. Its instrument panel gets three neat pods, which displays all the information about the vehicle. For music lovers, the Eon gets a good audio system with decent amount of features. Interestingly, the small car also sports the gear shift indicator that assists the driver to save a lot of fuel. It also comes equipped with tilt steering and has front power windows. Its centre console has chrome dipped buttons.
The Hyundai Eon also sports good quality seats. The vehicle has a luggage carrying capacity of 215 litres, which is good enough to carry your daily luggage. Despite being an affordable compact hatchback, the Eon inherits several comfort and convenience features. Its music system comes integrated with radio, Aux-in, CD player, iPod-connectivity and USB. The vehicle gets 4-speakers, which plays the sound well.
The company has done well to add good number of utility spaces to the Eon like rear parcel tray, cup holders and bottle holders around the vehicle. Adding to it, the compact car has map pockets and floor console storage.
Engine & Transmission
Hyundai Eon is being offered in petrol engine only. Under the hood, the hatchback gets the 814cc powertrain with 3-cylinder and 9 valves. With iRDE technology, the engine of Eon stays reliable and fuel efficient. This engine churns out a maximum power output of 55.2bhp at 5,500rpm and 74.5Nm of top torque at 4,000rpm. Power is transmitted to front wheels via a five-speed manual transmission.
The LPG model gets the similar engine, but it delivers a better fuel economy than the petrol version. The Hyundai Eon has a fuel tank capacity of 32 litres, while the LPG models get a tank capacity of 32-litres.
Performance & Handling
Despite being a compact car with a small wheelbase, the car offers a good handling in city conditions. Its short turning radius help the car do quick moves in traffic. With compact size, this hatchback can be parked easily and it is easier to manoeuvre the car in narrow Indian streets. The light steering wheel makes its driveability good in city conditions, however, the car is an under-performer on high speeds. There is body-roll due to soft suspensions. The Hyundai Eon crosses 100 kmph marks from standstill in a little over 20 seconds. With iRDE engine, the compact car can attain a top speed of up to 135 km per hour.
The Hyundai Eon comes equipped with an effective braking mechanism, which ensures safety of the occupants during sudden brake application. The front brakes of the hatch are of disc type, while the rear brakes are of drum type. Keeping its size and affordability, the vehicle has a good enough braking mechanism to avoid any mis-happenings. The Eon hatch gets gas type shock absorber, which offers extra stability. Its wheels are mated to McPherson Strut with coil spring and torsion beam type suspension, while the anti-roll bar suspension further improves the safety.
Hyundai Eon is packed with a small 3-cylinder engine, which scores high on fuel efficiency. With an ARAI Certified mileage of 21.1 km per litre, the Hyundai Eon is more fuel efficient than most of the cars in its segment. With this mileage, Eon is certainly a smart choice for first time and budget conscious buyers. In real world condition, the compact car is likely to offer around 20kmpl of fuel efficiency, which is far better than its competitor.
The Hyundai Eon basically targets the young and first time buyers of the country. This budget-friendly car offers a decent safety features to keep both passenger and car safe. The car comes equipped with a single driver side airbag. It has a reinforced cage which is string and has a crumple zones to absorb the impact of collision. The Eon also has impact beams on the doors and the floor to keep the cage safe.
The Hyundai Eon also gets self-restraining seat belts for the driver and passengers. It also has child safety lock on the rear doors, a remote control security system and others. The top-of-the line model also comes equipped with features such as engine immobilizer and fog lamps.
The first time buyers, who wants to buy a car which offers modern styling, decent space and good amount of advanced features, Hyundai Eon is a perfect vehicle to drive home. With a power output of 55bhp, the hatchback offers an impressive mileage of 21.1kmpl which is best in its league. Its steering wheel feels very light, which makes it easier tomanoeuvrethe vehicle in busy city roads. However, it is quite difficultto drive this model on high speeds.
Hyundai introduced Eon to compete against Maruti's top selling car, Alto 800. Well Chevrolet Spark is another car which comes in as direct competitor to Eon, but Alto 800 is its closest competition. Both vehicles come equipped with a small engine, but when it comes to power output, Eon has better power output. Moreover, Hyundai Eon offers an impressive fuel economy of 21.1kmpl, which is slightly more than the one offered by Alto 800.
When it comes to high end features, certainly Hyundai Eon offers a better range of safety features to its buyers. On the other hand, Maruti Alto 800 misses out on several features. When it comes to driveability, the Alto 800 offers better driving experience as compared to Hyundai Eon.
Youthful exterior styling, good music system
Suspension system and steering could be better.