Cartrade Comparison Test
Hyundai has great knowledge about Indian car market as it has offerings in each segment doing great for itself. They stepped in the domestic market with the Santro hatch, which was received phenomenally by the audiences. It was a smart offering and also proved to be a smart alternate to Maruti Suzuki. Hyundai’s design has evolved with time; their latest Fluidic construction is a proof of it.
Hyundai Grandi10 was launched in late 2013. It offers segment unique features like auto folding mirrors and 1GB on-board memory The Etios Liva, which was launched in 2011, was expected to be a volume seller for the Japanese car major. Unfortunately, it couldn’t meet sales expectations as if faced severe criticism for its design. Let’s take a brief loon on both these hatched offerings.
Exterior and Interior Design: Toyota Etios Liva Vs Hyundai Grandi10
Toyota India’s assumption of Indian consumers accepting a no-frills budget hatch without a second thought backfired miserably. The exterior design of Etios Liva does not appeal in any manner whatsoever. It is surprising that this car is made by the same company which is capable of making cars like GT86, Supra and others. The Etios Liva got its share of an update in the form of revised radiator grille and other minor updates.
The Hyundai Grandi10 is totally opposite as it offers the best in design for a hatchback of this size. The front is understated with a subtle flowing profile but the side gets fluidic lines with multi spoke alloy wheels and chrome garnish on door handles. Even the rear leaves an amazing impression with its sleek tail lights.
There are steering mounted controls which help the driver operate the entertainment screen. One can play music with USB and Aux-in. It also has a Bluetooth enabled mobile telephony. The central screen looks decent with basic information and can be controlled with the help of a knob.
Inside the Liva, the speedometer numbers are small and it is tough to tell the speed at first glance. There is also a shadow that is created by the needle which shows a pseudo speed about 20kmph more than what you are actually doing. The tachometer is also too far to the right to be used effectively. You don’t get any MID display too, which is the norm these days. It has just 2 basic trip meters.
Performance: Toyota Etios Liva Vs Hyundai Grandi10
The Etios Liva Diesel is powered by a 4 cylinder SOHC D-4D 1364cc diesel unit. It produces a power of 68PS at 3800 rpm and a torque of 170Nm at 1800 – 2400 rpm. It has a 5 Speed manual transmission gearbox. Hyundai offers the Grand i10 in 1197cc petrol and 1120cc diesel engine options. This 12 valve DOHC diesel engine produces a power of 71 PS at 4000 rpm and a torque of 16.3kg-m at a wide range of 1500 to 2750 rpm. The diesel engine comes with a 5 speed manual transmission.
Conclusion: Toyota Etios Liva Vs Hyundai Grandi10
If you want a hatchback with loads of features and comfort, there is no better car than the Hyundai Grandi10 whereas if you want a no-frills tight on budget car, the Etios Liva should be the one.