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Hyundai Grand i10: The Little Car That Could

Driveability and performance

The Hyundai Grand i10 is not exactly a pocket rocket, but with its power-to-weight ratio, you can expect decent performance and fuel economy with minimal passengers. The car does come equipped with an Eco mode, which alters the transmission mapping for more economical driving in city situations. It does not have a quick toggle button like on Honda cars, however, and you’ll have to dig a bit into the trip computer to enable and disable this feature. If you need better response, I would suggest you turn it off, however, as Eco mode makes driving any car a drag.

The car comes with a “sport” mode, though — pull the automatic gear selector to the left and you can manually shift up by tipping the selector upward and shift down by tipping downward. It’s a bit limited, compared to column-mounted paddle shifters, but it can come in handy when you need more control over gearing.

With our mixed city- and highway-driving, we achieved 14 Km per liter (five passengers). Pure city driving netted us 10 Km/liter, while I would estimate pure highway driving to be at about 20 Km/liter. Note that Hyundai’s onboard computer displays this in Liters per 100 Km, so those more used to the Kpl measurement will need to do a bit of mental math.

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award-silver-urlThe Hyundai Grand i10 is a sensible choice for a city car, with a frugal motor and great maneuverability. Whilst the entry-level variant is a great choice as a starter car, the top-ranging variant’s price is already venturing into the bigger subcompact sedan territory, although this can be justified by the addition of safety features and amenities, as well as Hyundai’s standard 5-year warranty.

With the 1.2 liter top-spec variant, Hyundai is adding a bit of luxury to the subcompact hatch segment, which competitors like the Mitsubishi Mirage and Toyota Wigo might find hard to match.


  • Comfortable ride for a small car
  • A bevy of features and electronics, such as GPS navigation, rear-view camera, reverse parking sensor, push-to-start ignition, auto-folding side mirrors, keyless entry
  • USB input, Bluetooth compatibility
  • Semi-automatic transmission mode
  • Fuel efficient motor


  • Rear bench seat does not fold flat, limiting the extended cargo capabilities
  • Limited power with full passenger load
  • Sluggish “Eco” mode, which is also hard to toggle
  • Resistive touchscreen can have poor response at times