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You wish to buy a small car for your family and you are fond of going on a long drive, and you are not able to find a combination of both then wait a minute. Here is the bang on target choice which will fulfill both the requirements. The most awaited car from the second largest car manufacturer of India is here. Out-put of the 2 year research, designed exclusively for Indian roads, the company bets to give the best comfort possible in the category of small cars.
Rear look of Hyundai grand i10 is quite similar to the Hyundai i20. The stylish backlights have made the car more attractive. The exceptionally comfortable drivers seat does enable you to go for a long drive. The fast cooling air conditioning with the unique rear seat cooling will give you the feel of glaciers while you’re on road. And to make a note, this is the first car of its kind to have the rear air conditioning facility.
For test drive I made the choice of i10 grand with 1.12 kappa diesel engine. Smooth as silk she moved. To my surprise, there was no roaring or the change in vibrations when i shifted the gear from 3rd to 5th. She was calm and composed without any normal recoil. The pick-up is really amazing.
To add to this, the grand i10 has been provided with very smooth gear shifting. The boot space has been considerably large to the seating more comfortable. The 256 Liter luggage space will surely make this as a family car. There is no doubt that with 165mm ground clearance the car will manage roads in any condition.
It was a cake walk until Mackwin, sales executive of Advaith hyundai suggested me to have a feel of the braking system. And there she stood like my good-old pony-horse, even thogh I was at 100’s. The front ventilated disc brakes made me feel more secure with two front-air bags.
The ex-show room price of the basic petrol version is 4.37 lacs. Till the high end car priced at 5.61 lacs and equipped with all the features, you have the choice of 8 colours with four types, Era, Magna, Sportz, Asta. The diesel car is priced between 5.33 to 6.56 lacs. The petrol car is provided with 1.2 kappa engine to match the pick-up with the diesel engine.
The unique feature of the car comes into picture when you park the car. The side mirrors fold inwards by themselves as soon as you lock the car to avoid the mirror damage. This feature is normally found in the executive cars which are at a far reach to the common man. But with the introduction of the folding side mirrors the, company has set a milestone in the small cars section.
With all the above features this is a Grand car for an Indian indeed, says Melvin Fernandes, General Manager Mangalore Advaith Hyundai.