Just Grand! Hyundai’s big little hatch gets upgrade

  • New look for stretched Hyundai i10 hatch
  • Three models, one engine, an auto
  • Modest body changes, new rims for flagship
2017 Hyundai i10 Grand. Image: Hyundai SA / Quickpic
2017 Hyundai i10 Grand. Image: Hyundai SA / Quickpic

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Hyundai’s new Grand i10, a modest car its maker believes is ideal for first-car buyers, rental companies and families looking for a second vehicle – has been given a new appearance with new styling and new wheels.

The Grand was launched in South Africa in 2014 so its mid-life restyle crisis is upon us. It falls in pricing between the Hyundai i10 and the bigger i20 hatchback.

Stanley Anderson, long-time genial sales and operations director of Hyundai SA’s cars, told The Corner about the new Grand: “With the re-styling of soft body panels and the addition of new alloy wheels rims for the flagship this cheeky hatchback has been given an even better appearance.”

2017 Hyundai i10 Grand. Image: Hyundai SA / Quickpic
2017 Hyundai i10 Grand. Image: Hyundai SA / Quickpic

There are three versions, with minor spec changes: Grand i10 1.25 Motion with a five-speed manual gearbox; Grand i10 1.25 Motion with a four-speed auto; and the Grand i10 1.25 Fluid – another five-speed manual but with more features.

RED DOT WINNER

The Grand, as you might expect from its name, claims to be one of the most spacious in its market segment with more space for 256 litres of boot volume, growing to 1202 litres with the rear seats folded – Hyundai asserts that’s “among best-in-class”.

The original Grand i10, designed at Hyundai Motor Europe’s Technical Centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany, won soon after its launch the coveted Red Dot award for design. At 3.765m, the Grand i10 is one of the longest cars in its segment; it’s also the widest at 1.660m.

The 2017 cars have a re-designed nose with Hyundai’s signature hexagonal honeycomb grille and reworked foul-weather lights enclosures. At the rear a roof spoiler/third brake light, rear light clusters and bumper, have each been adjusted.

The Fluid model also gets 14″ alloy wheel rims, body-colour door releases and external mirrors/turn indicators.

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The cabin furnishings are modernistically subdued – grey cloth with grey inserts – but there’s a range of standard convenience features: aircon, audio (receiver, USB and AUX sockets, CD and MP3 players). Bluetooth is present.

The Grand i10 1.25 Fluid flagship manual adds remote central-locking, power external mirrors, power front windows and rear parking radar.

CRASH BAGS, ANTI-LOCK BRAKES

The three models share an engine: it’s a 1.25-litre aluminium unit from Hyundai’s Kappa range capable of 64kW 6000rpm and 120 Nm at 4000rpm. Hyundai suggests fuel consumption can be as low as 5.9 litres/100km for the manual box, 6.9 for the auto.

Two front crash bags and anti-lock brakes are standard. Prices beneath image.

2017 Hyundai i10 Grand. Image: Hyundai SA / Quickpic
2017 Hyundai i10 Grand. Image: Hyundai SA / Quickpic

PRICES
Grand i10 1.25 Motion – R186 900
Grand i10 1.25 Motion a/t – R202 900
Grand i10 1.25 Fluid – R203 900

All Hyundai passenger vehicles are delivered with a seven-year or 200 000km warranty and five years or 150 000km of roadside assistance. A service plan is optional.

Eight body colours are available. Ask your dealer for more information or find your nearest dealer.

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