passengers. The suspension ensures a good ride quality, absorbing bumps and undulations with admirable composure. Body roll is fairly well controlled. The ARAI-claimed fuel efficiency of 24kmpl is a big boon. Stability, even near its 150kmph top speed, is admirable. Overall, Hyundai has succeeded in making the Grand i10 driving experience very involving.
The 1.2 Kappa2 petrol engine is responsive, quieter and more refined than the diesel. This is the same engine found in the old i10 and i20, but the engine’s piston design has been modified to accommodate cooling jets that increase lubrication at the piston crown. This allows them to run at a lower temperature, thus increasing their life and boosting performance. Owing to other tweaks, the engine is eager to rev, and delivers improved performance with more urgent throttle responses. The 81bhp it makes in a lightweight car makes for a good power-to-weight ratio.
Both the petrol and diesel engines are mated to five-speed manual gearboxes that are very different from each other, but shift quality on both is slick and precise.
Hyundai has endowed the Grand i10 with a very mature interpretation of its ‘fluidic design’ theme that is attractive, distinctive and even mildly sporty. The rear, in particular the tail lamps, have been given a different look and makes for a pleasing, rounded design. The 14-inch two-tone