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      Hyundai Grand i10 NIOS Turbo First Drive Review

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      Hyundai Grand i10 NIOS Turbo First Drive Review

      Just over a year ago, Hyundai launched the third generation for the i10 in India. It’s now called the Grand i10 Nios and since the launch we’ve already reviewed the petrol and diesel powered models, both of which you can find in our reviews section. Well, here we are back again with the NIOS and this time around with the one that’s powered by a turbo-petrol engine. It’s the first in the segment and we have driven it to tell you what it is all about. 

      Appearance Exterior

      Hyundai Grand i10 NIOS Turbo First Drive Review

      On the face of things, this turbo-petrol Grand i10 looks no different from the rest of the range, but look closer and you will find that Hyundai’s added a few special details that help this car stand out. Topping that list is this colour scheme that Hyundai has dubbed fiery red and is unique to the turbo variant. The fiery red has been combined with black roof and blacked out ORVMs for extra pizazz. Finally, you also get these cool looking turbo badges at the front and rear. This car is based on the Sportz variant of the Grand i10 NIOS and so you also get 15-inch diamond cut alloy wheels, projector headlamps and fog lamps, as well sleek looking boomerang shaped LED DRLs.    

      Hyundai Grand i10 NIOS Turbo First Drive Review

      Appearance Interior

      Hyundai Grand i10 NIOS Turbo First Drive Review

      Hyundai’s signature shot has always been its offerings in the cabin and with the Grand i10 NIOS it’s hit that one cleanly past the boundary line. Like the exterior, the overall design of the cabin remains unchanged but there are little touches unique to the turbo petrol variant. The cabin’s an all-black affair with red piping in the seats and there are red inserts in the AC vents and climate control dials.

      Hyundai Grand i10 NIOS Turbo First Drive Review

      As we had said before, The NIOS, over its predecessor, has grown in size across all the dimensions creating more space inside. The plastics on all the touch surfaces is of quite high quality with the special fish skin pattern on the doors and dashboard adding just that little extra touch that sets the car apart.

      Hyundai Grand i10 NIOS Turbo First Drive Review

      The feature list is quite comprehensive too, with this variant getting a touchscreen infotainment with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, wireless charging, climate control with rear vents, height adjustment for the driver’s seat, semi-digital instrument cluster with MID, power mirrors, and power windows. All versions of the Grandi10 NIOS get dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, and seat belt pre-tensioners.

      Hyundai Grand i10 NIOS Turbo First Drive Review

      Performance Drive

      Hyundai Grand i10 NIOS Turbo First Drive Review

      Putting the turbo in Nios Turbo is a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder, direct injection unit which is the same as found in the Venue compact SUV, but here it has been tuned to produce 99bhp and 172Nm of torque. Like the Aura, turbo transmission duties here are taken care of by a five-speed manual.

      Hyundai Grand i10 NIOS Turbo First Drive Review

      The purpose of a small capacity turbo petrol engine is to offer good mid-range and driveability which this GDI unit does quite well. There's a linear build up post the 2000rpm mark which combined with the car's lightweight nature can propel you into three digit speeds quickly. In city driving conditions the availability of torque low down in the range means you don't have to shift as often, making your driving experience a much easier one.

      Hyundai Grand i10 NIOS Turbo First Drive Review

      Hyundai's budget cars have always placed an emphasis on comfort and that's evident in the suspension setup. It's able to absorb most bumps and imperfections but you get noticeable vertical movement over the really big imperfections on the road. The steering is light and easy to use but feels vague around the centre. At 2.5 turns lock-to-lock, it's a breeze to make U-turns and park in tight spaces. In all you get everything expected of a city car but now with some extra punch, thanks to the turbo petrol engine.

      Tech Specs

      Make Hyundai
      Model Grand i10 NIOS
      Fuel Petrol
      Variant Sportz Turbo
      Engine Capacity 1.0-litre
      Max. Power (bhp@rpm) 99@6000
      Max. torque (Nm@rpm) 172@1500
      Gears  Five
      Length mm 3805
      Width mm 1680
      Height mm 1520
      Wheelbase mm 2450
      Fuel Capacity (in litres) 37
      Tyre size 175/60 R15

      Features

      Features  
      Diamond-cut alloy wheels Yes
      Touchscreen infotainment system with 8.0-inch display Yes
      Climate control Yes
      projector headlamps   Yes

      Competition All Specs

      Specifications Hyundai
      Grand i10 NIOS
      Maruti Suzuki
      Swift
      Ford 
      Figo
      Variant Sportz Turbo Zxi Titanium Blu
      Fuel Petrol Petrol Petrol
      Engine Capacity 1-litre 1.2-litre 1.2-litre
      Max. Power (bhp@rpm) 99@6000 82@6000 95@6500
      Max. torque (Nm@rpm) 172@1500 113@4200 119@4520
      Gears  Five Five Five
      Length mm 3805 3840 3941
      Width mm 1680 1735 1704
      Height mm 1520 1530 1525
      Wheelbase mm 2450 2450 2490
      Fuel Capacity (in litres) 37 37 42
      Tyre size 175/60 R15 185/65 R15 195/55 R15

       

      Conclusion

      Hyundai Grand i10 NIOS Turbo First Drive Review

      So we've driven the Grand i10 Nios turbo petrol and come away quite impressed with what's on offer. The turbo petrol engine offers good driveability and a mid-range which is crucial in a city oriented car like the Grand i10 NIOS. It's not the best handler in the segment but is more than up to the task to tackle our roads and highways.  The Hyundai Grand i10 NIOS turbo is only available in the Sportz variant and is priced at Rs 8.71 lakh (on-road Delhi) with the dual tone variant that we have driven costing additional Rs 5,300.

      Hyundai Grand i10 NIOS Turbo First Drive Review

      Photos By Kaustubh Gandhi.

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