Cartrade Comparison Test
India has always been fascinated with hatchbacks and there are multiple reasons to justify it. They are small in size, reasonably priced and are low on maintenance. Sitting just above the entry level, the premium hatch segment has recently flourished in full swing. Tata Motors, who are on a renovation spree, launched the highly anticipated Bolt to rival the likes the Maruti Suzuki Swift, Hyundai i20 etc. Being the latest from the Indian manufacturer, the Tata Bolt is a very promising product which offers a new design, a new petrol engine and many class leading features. The other hatch which has also set new trends in the same segment is Hyundai Grandi10. It sits between the Hyundai i10 and Hyundai i20, making it a unique offering. The Grand i10 offers many features in addition to a roomier cabin space compared to any other hatch in its range.
Exterior and Interior Design: Tata Bolt Vs Hyundai Grand i10
The Hyundai Grandi10 is an impressive hatchback from Hyundai as it is based on the fluidic design philosophy. The hexagonal grille is bold in design. The headlights sweep back towards the side as well as on the bonnet making it look large. The lower section of the front bumper has multiple crease lines. Low slung styling makes the Grand look very impressive. It is the finer details which make you realise that the Grand is an all new car and shares nothing with the more basic i10. The grey machined alloy wheels make it look very sporty and adding to that is the dull grey chrome treatment.
The Tata Bolt, which still borrows heavily from the Vista, strikes a crisp impression with revised design lines. The radiator grille has become more slender than before. Smoky finish and more detailing in headlights are the high points of Bolt’s front face. A wide radiator grille connects the large wraparound headlamps. Flame shaped tail lamps break the cliché pattern of squares, circles and rectangles.
The Bolt gets Java black interiors with a grainy feel. The three spoke signature steering wheel gets multiple entertainment as well as voice assist controls. The instrumental cluster gets a minor update in the form of drive mode display. It has analogue speedometer and tachometer with a digital information display in the centre, which shows real tine fuel consumption, distance to empty and trip readings along with others.
In the Grand i10, the front row seats are extremely comfortable. The driver seat of the Asta variant gets height adjustment too. These seats are adequately cushioned and offer great under thigh, lumbar and back support. The same is the case with the rear row of seats which are great on comfort.
Performance: Tata Bolt Vs Hyundai Grand i10
The Revotron 1.2T in Tata Bolt is an 1197cc petrol engine, pumping out a power output of 90 PS at 5000 rpm and a torque of 140 Nm at 1500 to 4000 rpm. It comes with a 5 speed manual gearbox. The petrol Grand is powered by a similar motor doing duty on the i10. The Grand has a 4 cylinder 1.2L VTVT petrol engine which makes 83PS of power at 6000 rpm and also generates 11.6 kgm of torque at 4000 rpm.
Conclusion: Tata Bolt Vs Hyundai Grand i10
Tata Motors is clearly pitching the Bolt towards the more tech-savvy customers with a variety of onboard infotainment options. The sporty design and gizmo rich interiors will be very popular especially among the young buyers. Even the peppy petrol engine with its Multi-drive mode will be a hit among the enthusiasts, who prefer a mix of practicality with performance. Hyundai is a brand which has enjoyed the status of being one of the most trusted brands with a fantastic sales and service support. The Grand i10 is clearly for those looking for spacious interiors and reliability as key requirements.