REVIEW | More mature, more impressive - Is Hyundai's Grandi10 the new segment leader?

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• Hyundai's new Grandi10 debuted locally in October 2020.

• Our test unit is powered by a 1.2-litre petrol engine.

• Fuel economy is rated at 5.9-litres/100km.

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The Hyundai Grandi10 is a popular car in the South African market. From its i10 roots to growing into the Grandi10, the car has undergone quite the transformation over the years. In its latest iteration, the Grandi10 is the most mature it has ever been and offers a package that can rival almost anything in its segment.

The current model arrived locally in October 2020, with two engine choices powering the range: a 1.0-litre three-cylinder motor and a 1.2-litre four-cylinder. The latter engine, mated to a five-speed manual gearbox, came in for scrutineering.

Subtle design cues

Our test model is the 1.2 Fluid model. In the Grandi10's line-up, two grades are on offer - Motion and Fluid - with the latter acting as the better-kitted model. Standard exterior items on this car include daytime-running LED lamps, front fog lights, and a grille with chrome bars running across it. Regardless of the colour you specify, the bumpers and door handles are finished in that colour; unlike the Motion that sees it decked in black.

The 1.2 Fluid is also fitted with 15-inch tyres, with a beautiful rim rounding off the design. The tested model is decked in a maroon-red hue, which does the car's silhouette justice. Unique to the Fluid is the two-tone colour scheme.

READ: Hyundai's new Grand i10 debuts in SA, ready to continue its local sales success

The Grandi10 is, across the range, a well-specified vehicle, with Hyundai opting to endow the car with as many standard features as possible. These items include a 6.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system that's Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatible, two USB ports, and rear air vents. Fluid models take this a step further with a rear bench that has 60:40 folding capability, a multifunction steering wheel, artificial leather for all seats, and rear park assistance.

The cabin feels well though-out, and everything seems to be in their place. For a car that enters the market as little more than a budget car, the Grandi10's offering can rival cars in higher categories.

Hyundai Grandi10
2021 Hyundai Grandi10 1.2 Fluid

Driving the Grandi10

The Grandi10's 1.2-litre engine produces 64kW and 114Nm, but performance, as expected, won't set any records. Yet, the engine feels willing to get the job done and rarely feels under strain when you lay on the throttle. The Grandi10 1.2 has good on-road dynamics, with steering nudging towards nimble rather than light.

The Grandi10 is ideally suited to life in the city and will not strain the driver who has to navigate traffic and tight spaces. The car's suspension setup affords it with a comfortable ride quality.

Though Hyundai claims a fuel economy of 5.9-litres/100km for the 1.2 manual, our figure of close to 7.0-litres/100km is more realistic.

Wheels24's Janine Van der Post says: The new Grand i10 is such a great little car, and well-put together. This city car has always been popular, but now Hyundai has upped its game. Equipment and finishes are even more sturdy than before, and the build quality has improved tenfold.

It used to be a wallflower, and got the job done. Now it's more refined, stylish and really hip for younger drivers or those looking for a modern, good-looking vehicle. The leather seats and Grandi10 badging in and outside the car gives it an added touch. 

And, despite our readings being higher than the automaker's claimed figures, it's fuel consumption is still low enough at a 7.2-litre/100km average during my stint of the test - but that's become a norm from these small capacity engines. 

It is incredibly roomy for its size; loads of boxes ticked in terms of what someone would want in a smaller hatchback.

Coming in at R233 500 it might be at the high-end of the budget as a vehicle for young adults, but it also makes a great vehicle for those looking to downsize without compromising on quality and everything else.

In summary

The Grandi10 has become the first-choice vehicle for many people looking for a new car, which makes only sense as to why Hyundai gave the car such a grand, mature personality. The newest iteration builds on that established reputation, but takes things a step further to set it apart from its rivals.

Price: R233 500, with:

- one-year/15 000km service plan;

- five-year/150 000 vehicle warranty, and;

- seven-year/200 000km drivetrain warranty.

Hyundai Grand i10
2021 Hyundai Grand i10 1.2 Fluid
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