Motoring review – Hyundai Getz it together

2014-06-17 10:00

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Slotting in neatly between the Hyundai i10 and i20, you’ll find the brand-new Hyundai Grand i10.

Set to follow in the illustrious footsteps of the discontinued Hyundai Getz, the Grand i10 quite possibly has enough tricks up its sleeve to seduce some prospective Toyota Etios and VW Polo buyers.

So how grand is the Grand i10, exactly? It’s slightly longer, lower and wider than the i10, which translates directly to more room in front, more elbow room in the rear and a bigger boot.

Hyundai has also thrown enough safety and connectivity spec at it to make some other budget hatches seem like unbuttered toast in comparison.

The interior feels solid and well put together. The front fascia is simple and clean in design, and gives an illusion of spaciousness that’s not entirely unfounded.

Rear space is sufficient for two average-sized adults and one child in the middle. The boot allows for a generous 256 litres of grocery space. You also have the option of personalising the cabin by choosing different colour combinations. If you go for the red interior option with a leather and cloth combination, it will set you back 5K, which is pricy, but it’s decidedly trendy.

At the media launch in Western Cape, I sampled the mid-level 1.25-litre five-speed manual Fluid derivative. Its nippy little engine proved to have enough stamina on the twisty inclines of Clarence Drive.

Once I mastered the clutch, it was hard to resist throwing its nose into every corner. With hardly any body-roll to speak of, the Grand i10 took every bend in its stride.

I was highly frustrated at the slower vehicles in front because the Grand i10 does allow one to have a bit of fun and Clarence Drive does not allow much room to overtake.

Instead, we stopped to admire the view of False Bay and fired up the standard Bluetooth audio streaming before hastily continuing on to Sir Lowry’s Pass.

The cabin was relatively quiet but the audio system was not very audible from 120km/h upwards, possibly also due to the heavy rain pelting down on the front windscreen.

Other highlights (standard across the range) include front fog lights, air conditioning, electric windows, alloy wheels, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, body-coloured door handles and a trip computer.

As for safety equipment, every Grand i10 is fitted with dual airbags, side-impact protection beams and ABS brakes with electronic brake-force distribution. Pricier Fluid models have alarm systems but all models have transponder immobilisers.

The Grand i10 is launched in South Africa in three derivatives: the 1.25 Motion manual (R139?000), the 1.25 Fluid manual (R149?900) and the 1.25 Fluid with a four-speed automatic gearbox (R159?900). All models get Hyundai’s five-year/150?000km warranty and roadside assistance.

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