When Hyundai launched the Grand i10 Nios, it managed to undercut its rivals in terms of pricing. They’ve got the design of the exterior and interior spot on, while the car comes across as an easy one to drive. The engines aren’t particularly great, but with an AMT gearbox offered on both engines, it makes it even more desirable. Hyundai had unveiled a Turbo variant of the same at the 2020 Auto Expo, and it is now available as the top-end variant for a sticker price of ₹ 7.68 lakh (ex-showroom, India).
The family look
The Grand i10 is typically a Hyundai cars to look at. You’ll notice the up-swept headlights and the huge cascading grille. The projectors in the headlamps look great with the circular fog lights below and the boomerang-like LED DRLs on either side of the grille. The grille gets a nice gloss-black finish, while the rest of the car boasts of nice lines and 14-inch diamond-cut alloys. The well shaped tail lights look cool too. The Nios Turbo gets Turbo badges on the grille and tail gate. In the cabin, it receives an all-black theme with red accents.
The Nios Turbo is powered by a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder, direct-injection turbo-petrol engine that produces 98bhp and 172Nm of torque with power being sent to the front wheels through a 5-speed manual transmission.
In terms of equipment, it gets a leather-wrapped steering, keyless entry and go, front fog lights, an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, adjustable rear headrests, wireless smartphone charging, rear defogger and parking camera, automatic climate control, power folding ORVMs and a digital display for the speedometer.
Compared to most three-cylinder engine, the Turbo’s engine is refined and smooth and doesn’t vibrate at idle. However, you do hear a thrum from the motor at higher speeds. It’s peppier than the 1.2-litre petrol engine, even on highways when overtaking. It doesn’t really like to be revved, but the car can hit a top speed of 183kph. The Nios Turbo also accelerates very quickly. The gearshifts are smooth and the clutch and steering are very light. This car doesn’t particularly like corners because of the weedy tyres, but ride quality is very impressive and the brakes are strong.
The Turbo retains some of the regular car’s attributes – like its practical cabin, easy-to-drive character, good ride quality and stylish looks. The addition of a turbo petrol motor has made it a whole lot more capable, while its performance makes it the quickest hatch on sale in our market. We just wish it had better driving dynamics. Also, grab the latest info on the new cars, only at autoX.