A car that is around for some time, the Grand i10 is roaring away by buyers, reports Team B&C, discovers Shoma PatnaikSince its launch in September 2013 the Grand i10 is cruising in the fast lane. In Goa the car is doing extremely well and currently it is the top selling model of Hyundai. A check out with the two dealers-Goa Hyundai, Verna and Alcon Hyundai- reveals that sales of Grand i10 is about 40 per cent of total sales.
All-India the car ranks fifth in the list of top ten cars with 10,112 vehicles sold in May 2015. Small cars are facing the heat of sluggish consumption in the current year but Grand i10 is bucking the trend. Volumes are up 16 per cent from January levels.
The car is successful says Sachin Honavar, general manager, Alcon Hyundai because it is feature rich and rightly priced. In appearance it is got the Hyundai’s fluidic design and therefore looks are stylish and premium. Buyers have given the thumbs up to features such as push button start, rear AC, diamond cut alloy wheel and additional space in boot, says Honavar.
The Grand i10 is the second-generation model of the erstwhile popular i10 which still continues to be around. In looks however it is closer to i20 and is about 80mm longer, 50mm shorter and 65mm wider than the i10 with the vehicle’s boot space increased by 10 per cent at 252-litres. With better looks, modern interiors and fuel efficient engine, the car is another top-seller of Hyundai, says Nilesh Desai, sales manager, Goa Hyundai.
The car is popular according to users because it is good for city driving and rides well in congested Panjim, Margao, Mapusa and Vasco. It is equally at home in pot-holed city roads or r in the NH by-pass roads. In size it is in between a small and large car and has all the modern features. The integrated audio system is with Bluetooth and I Pod connectivity.
It is easy to drive and secondly unlike other Korean cars that are low in the ground the Grand i10 height is sufficiently high to make getting in and out easy. It is a complete family car says users but lacks in safety feature such as air bag. Another feature that the car needs is rain sensing auto-wipers which reduce and increase speed depending on the drizzle.
The Grand i10 is good. But is it better than closest rival Maruti Swift We checked out with users and here is what they say:
Prashant Hinde, government servant, Electricity Department: “I have been driving Grand i10 (Astra) for one-and-half years. Earlier I drove Santro for seven years and before that it was Maruti. I feel Hyundai’s finish and interiors are way ahead of Maruti. The top-end variant that I drive is value for money and in terms of price it only has a small rate difference of about Rs 50,000 than the mid-level variant.
Guitry Velho, general manager, Heritage Village, Arossim: “It is a great car. The price is good, great handling, very responsive engine, peppy and with great features. It is a perfect ladies car. I like the aesthetics of it. I picked it up for my wife in January 2015 and she is happy with it. We got the Sportz model in rust orange. The black body liners make the car look sporty.”
Tanuja Kambli, working woman: “I like the car. It is got good cooling, suspension and pick-up. The interiors are spacious and classy. Only criticism that I can think of is the lack of air-bag that is only in the top-end model. I feel manufacturers must put in air-bag in every car even the entry-level model..”
Arun Sheregar, chief manager, Bank of India, Aquem: “I feel that the car delivers all that it promises. It is a good car and properly priced for the features that it offers. I am happy at the purchase.”