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Hyundai Grand i10 NIOS 2020 Review - Prices, Specs, Variants, Features and Mileage

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By Harshit Gupta - Senior Editor Jan 22 2020 Share this blog

Hyundai is the second-largest auto manufacturer in India and has been standing neck-to-neck with Maruti Suzuki in terms of sales figures. That being said, Hyundai has been constantly bringing in new cars and facelifts of the ongoing models to lure more customers. One such launch has been of the Grand i10 Nios which is the younger sibling of the Hyundai Grand i10. The problem with the Grand i10 had always been the lack of any wow factor, due to which it failed to stand out in its segment. Now with the Nios, Hyundai seems to have done all the homework. It has given Nios the arsenal which the Grand i10 never had in the first place. Now it's time to see how effective this arsenal will be in luring the Indian customers.

The Hyundai Nios goes up against rivals like the Maruti Suzuki Swift which is the second best-selling car in India. The rest of the Nios’s rivals include the Renault Triber and Ford Freestyle. There are a total of 8 variants on offering a manual as well as an AMT gearbox. The Nios is priced attractively and is available with petrol as well as a diesel engine. The prices start at Rs. 4.99 Lakhs (Ex-Showroom Delhi) and go all the way up to 7.99 Lakhs (Ex-Showroom Delhi). The base variant of the Grand i10 Nios manages to undercut even the Maruti Swift’s base petrol variant by around Rs. 15,000. With such a lucrative price for the customers, it's time to see how much the Nios offers for the price it comes at. 

What's good in the Grand i10 Nios?

  • Superbly refined engines

  • Loaded to the gills with features

  • Stylish exteriors

  • Modern and welcoming interiors

What's bad in the Grand i10 Nios?

  • Not the best in terms of driving dynamics

  • Seat fabric is hard to maintain

What’s New?

  • A bigger and better car than the Grand i10 in every way

2020 Hyundai Grand i10 Nios variants comparison

Hyundai offers the Grand i10 Nios in a total of 4 root variants namely Era, Magna, Sportz, and Asta. In total there are 10 variants on offer which are a derivative of these 4 variants. There are two engine options on sale, one is the 1.2-liter Kappa petrol engine and the other is the 1.2-liter -CRDi diesel engine. Both these engines come with an option of either a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 5 speed AMT. It is surprising to see an AMT option on the Nios as its smaller sibling, the Grand i10 gets a smoother CVT gearbox. 

This, however, could have been done due to better fuel efficiency and lower cost benefits of the AMT. The base variant, Era starts from Rs. 4.99 lakhs for the petrol engine which undercuts all its rivals, but only by a slight margin. Hyundai has really made sure that there is an option for every customer that walks into its showroom. With that respect, it follows the footsteps of Maruti Suzuki’s Swift which comes with similar variants and options.

Trim

ERA

MAGNA

SPORTZ

ASTA

Price (Ex-Delhi) in INR - PETROL

Rs. 499,990


Rs. 584,610

Rs. 637,610

AMT

Rs. 638,350

Rs. 698,350

AMT

Rs. 713,950


Price (Ex-Delhi) in INR - DIESEL

N/A

Rs. 670,090


Rs. 785,350 - AMT

Rs. 799,449

Features 

Immobilizer

All features of Era and:

All features of Magna and:

All features of Sportz and:

Rear Parking Sensors


Central Locking


Front Projector Fog Lamps

Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel

Driver and Passenger Airbags

Speed Sensing Auto Door Lock

Rear Camera with display on Audio

Wireless Phone Charger

Side Seat Belt Pretensioners & Load Limiters

2-DIN Integrated Audio with AM/FM

13.46 cm Digital Speedometer with Multi-Information Display

SmartKey with Push Button Start/Stop

ABS with EBD

Tilt Steering

20.25 cm Touchscreen Display Audio with Smartphone Connectivity

Adjustable Rear Headrests

Dual Tone Grey Interior Color

Keyless Entry

Arkamys Premium Sound

Rear Wiper Washer


Which Variant to choose?

The Sportz variant priced at Rs. 638,350/- for the manual petrol engine option packs in a lot of punch and features for the price it offers. This can be had in the diesel engine as well which is priced at Rs. 785,350/-. But this variant is only available with the AMT gearbox and is not available with the manual gearbox yet. It gets all the modern feel-good feature on offers like the 8” inch infotainment touchscreen, automatic climate control, rearview camera, and a cooled glovebox.

Hyundai Grand i10 Nios Engine and Performance

While the biggest automaker in India, Maruti Suzuki, has decided to phase out its diesel engines in 2020, Hyundai has not given us any such bad news. Hence, the Nios comes with petrol as well as a diesel engine option. Both of them are 1.2 L units which provide at par power output figures with the segment. In fact, it gets beaten only by Ford’s Freestyle in terms of power. Both the engines are more of a city crawler than a highway cruiser.

1.2 L Petrol

There has been no update done in terms of the engines and the same engines have been carried over from the Grand i10. The petrol mill is a 1.2-Litre four-cylinder Kappa petrol unit that produces maximum power of 82bhp at 6000rpm and 114Nm of torque at 4000rpm. Once you crank up the engine you will be able to feel the refinement levels almost immediately which is quite excellent for a car of its class.

The low-end performance is great which makes it an able city crawler. You would appreciate the power on tap in stop and go traffic. But once you move to the mid-range on the rev band you will be disappointed, as this engine does not have quite the punch that its rivals like the Suzuki Swift offer. Once you reach the top end the engine feels most alive and you really have to keep the engine on a boil to get the best performance from the engine. On the highway, you would need to plan an overtake well in advance even though the throttle response feels quite eager. The engine is rev-happy but it does get audible inside the cabin on high revs. There is no doubt then that this engine is made for the city rather than the highway.

The AMT gearbox manages clean and smooth upshifts but you have to treat it with a light foot. The quality of the Hyundai’s  AMT is unmatched in this segment and it will certainly make your everyday home to office drive an easy affair.

Models

Hyundai Grand i10 Nios Era 

Renault Triber RXE

Maruti Suzuki 

Swift LXI

Ford Freestyle Ambiente

Price (Ex-Delhi) in INR

4,99,999

4.95.000

5,15,000

5,81,000

Engine

1.2L Kappa Petrol Inline-4 Naturally aspirated 

1.0L Energy Petrol Inline-3 Naturally aspirated

1.2L VTVT Inline-4 Naturally aspirated Engine

1.2L Dragon Petrol Inline-3 Naturally aspirated

Transmission

5 Speed Manual

5 Speed Manual

5 Speed Manual

5 Speed Manual

Power (bhp)

82@6000rpm

71@6250rpm

81bhp@6000rpm

95@4250rpm

Torque(N-m)

113@4000rpm

96@3500rpm

113Nm@4200rpm

120@4250rpm


1.2 L Diesel

This diesel engine has also been carried over from the Grand i10 without any mechanical changes. If you drive this engine after driving the petrol unit, you will be able to immediately appreciate its superior driveability. The diesel mill is a three-cylinder, 1.2-litre powertrain that puts out 74bhp at 4000rpm along with 190Nm torque at 2250rpm. The driveability of the diesel engine is even better than that of the 1.2L petrol engine which is due to more torque on offer. It does not require many gear changes while nipping through stop and go traffic. While on the highway, overtaking the slow-moving is as easy as tapping the accelerator pedal. Once you go above 4000rpm the typical thrum associated with 3 cylinder engines gets quite pronounced.

Don’t mistake this to be an unrefined motor though, it is certainly better than rivals in terms of refinement. Hyundai has done an excellent job of providing enough insulation to keep the vibrations under check. The revs climb cleanly but the top end is bland and this engine feels the liveliest in the mid-range, the power delivery is smooth and liner. Overall, this engine is great for everyday use if you treat it with a light foot but it would not be able to satisfy any driving enthusiast.  If AMT is your go-to gearbox, then we would suggest you go for the petrol as the AMT on the diesel engine is not as smooth as on the former.


How fast is the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios?

When it comes to the 0-100 kmph sprint the petrol-powered Nios does not disappoint at all. It is, in fact, the second-fastest in its segment in reaching 100 kph from a standstill. Hyundai has been able to make the Nios lighter by 40kgs when compared to the Grand i10. This has not only helped to increase fuel efficiency but also the overall performance.

Models

Hyundai Grand i10 Nios Era 

Renault Triber RXE

Maruti Suzuki Swift LXi

Ford Freestyle Ambiente

0-100 KMPH

13.04 sec

16.7 sec

12.6 sec

14.54 sec

Quarter Mile

N/A

N/A

N/A

18.20 sec

Engine

1.2L Kappa Petrol Inline-4 Naturally aspirated 

1.0L Energy Petrol Inline-3 Naturally aspirated

1.2L VTVT Inline-4 Naturally aspirated Engine

1.2L Dragon Petrol Inline-3 Naturally aspirated

The diesel engine in the Nios does 0-100 kph in a similar amount of time which is at par with the segment again. The slowest car is undoubtedly the new kid on the block, the Renault Triber, which completes the 0-100 kph in a painstaking 16.7 seconds. Triber, being a 7-seater and carrying the smallest engine does well in this department. The Swift is the fastest due to its lighter kerb weight than the rest of its rivals.


Hyundai Grand i10 Ride Quality and Handling

Hyundai has focused more on comfort and features with the Nios. The ride quality is spot on and is one of the best in its class. The suspension on the Nios soaks all the bumps and potholes with ease. Even on unconstructed roads, the ride quality remains excellent and you would be surprised about how much of a beating the suspension can take. Hyundai has tuned and damped the suspension well for the Indian road conditions. The suspension is on the softer side hence you can expect some body-roll in corners. 

On highways, the Hyundai Nios remains well glued to the road even on triple-digit speeds, which is due to its lower ground clearance. There is some amount of vertical movement at the rear but there's nothing that gets in the way it drives on the highway.

This Hyundai does not handle like most other Hyundai’s on the road and the handling has been taken up a notch. Hyundai seems to have really worked on the handling of its cars and the Nios is no different in this case. While still not being the best in the segment, the steering provides enough feedback and is pretty much direct. It does not feel nervous like previous generation Hyundais and even though it is no corner craver, the steering maintains its heft while cornering. Hyundai has certainly improved the steering feel and feedback which was missing in the Grand i10. The ride and handling of the Nios has been tuned for comfort rather than being on the sporty side.


Braking Performance of Hyundai Grand i10 Nios

Good braking performance is one of the factors that make a car safe, especially under panic braking situations. While the outright acceleration of the Nios is impressive, the braking performance is at par with the segment. It manages to stop in a straight line even under hard braking. ABS with EBD comes standard with all the variants but the ABS kicks in earlier than it should under hard braking. The brake pedal feedback is not the best and fees a bit spongy under panic braking.

Model

Hyundai Grand i10 Nios Era 

Renault Triber RXE

Maruti Suzuki Swift LXi

Ford Freestyle Ambiente

Front Brakes

Disc

Disc

Ventilated Disc

Ventilated Disc

Rear Brakes

Drum

Drum

Drum

Drum

Curb Weight (kg)

895

947

855

1026

100-0 KMPH (meters)

42.62

N/A

N/A

40.98

The best braking performance is provided by Ford Freestyle which comes to a halt from 100-0 kph in just about 41 meters. Even while the 100-0kph distance of the Swift is not available it performs at par with the segment due to its lighter kerb weight. The Triber falls under a safe braking distance as well but the braking distance can increase considerably with 7 people on board.


Hyundai i10 Nios Mileage

Mileage is simply one of the most important factors that a customer looks while buying a car in India. Most of the car manufacturers have realized that now and the mileage of each car in the segment is more or less the same. The Nios provides nothing mindblowing in terms of mileage but then no other car in the segment does as well.

Model

Hyundai Grand i10 Nios Era 

Renault Triber RXE

Maruti Suzuki Swift LXi

Ford Freestyle Ambiente

Mileage (Kmpl)

20.7

20

22

19

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

37

40

37

42

Range (Km)

765.9

800

577.8

798

The Grand i10 Nios comes second in terms of mileage when compared to its rivals. The Swift like every other Suzuki car comes on top due to its lighter kerb weight. While the Freestyle gives the least mileage due to its heavier weight.

Hyundai Grand i10 Nios Exterior Design and Style

Hyundai has made sure that the i10 Nios looks considerably different from the  Grand i10. In the front, it gets swept-back headlights with projector beam lamps and fog lights. The cascade grill at the front and the “L” shaped housing of the fog lamps render it a smart look. The boomerang-shaped DRLs give a very bold approach to the front of the car. The slim roof rails on the top and a slight bulge on the bonnet add a feel of sophistication to the whole design. 

The Nios has the same height as the Grand i10 but it is 40 mm longer and 20 mm wider. With the floating roof design, the Grand i10 Nios looks longer than it actually is. Compared to the front, the rear of the car looks plain and simple. There is a faux diffuser at the rear and taillight design will remind you of the Tata Tiago. It still comes with halogen lamps and we believe that LED lights would have given a more modern look. Nevertheless, the rear still looks smart and sporty.

Model

Hyundai Grand i10 Nios Era 

Renault Triber RXE

Maruti Suzuki Swift LXi

Ford Freestyle Ambiente

Kerb weight (kg)

895

947

855

1026

Length(mm)

3805

3990


3840 

3954

Width(mm)

1680

1739

1735 

1737

Height(mm)

1520

1643

1530 

1570

Ground clearance (mm)

167

182

163

190

Wheelbase (mm)

2450

2636

2450 

2490

The Nios is neither the widest nor the longest car in its segment. The ground clearance is also the lowest but it is manageable and adequate. Hyundai Grand i10 Nios is a good 40mm longer than the Grand i10 and is even wider than the latter. However, it is still smaller than all the competitors in every aspect.

Key features on the Outside

  • Projector Headlights with LED DRL’s

  • Faux Rear Skid Plate

  • Power adjustable ORVMs

  • Projector fog lamps

  • Roof rails

  • 15-inch diamond-cut alloy

How does the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios feel like on the inside?

The feel of the cabin in today’s day and age can really make or break the deal for many customers. But once you step inside the Nios’s cabin you will appreciate the cabin quality and the feel. On top of the dashboard sits an 8” inch infotainment touch screen which is placed higher than usual. The dashboard looks quite neat and fresh as it looks nothing similar to that of the Grand i10. The door pads, the lower half of the center console and the dashboard inlays get a dimple-pattern which adds to the upmarket appeal of the cabin. This the first time that Hyundai is offering a black and grey treatment with the interiors with any car in India. Due to this, the cabin looks roomier when compared to the all-black interiors like on the Suzuki Swift. The interiors look quite premium and fresh and unlined.

The interior comes with an ample amount of storage spaces and even the cooled glove compartment is quite big. The Nios comes with a lot of charging options, along with a wireless charge you also get, three USB ports and two 12V charging sockets. All the switches and ports fall easily at hand and the ergonomics are well sorted. This is an interior that you would not mind spending long hours in as the fit, finish and overall feel of the cabin is best in its class.  The seats are offered with the fabric upholstery which looks great but gets soiled very easily. Hence, if you are used to leather, we would suggest you buy some aftermarket seat covers. 

Model

Hyundai Grand i10 Nios Era 

Renault Triber RXE

Maruti Suzuki Swift LXi

Ford Freestyle Ambiente

Passenger capacity

5

7

5

5

The seats feel quite comfortable and are great for long journeys as they come with new contouring which is slightly on the stiffer side. At the rear, you get ample shoulder room as well as legroom but the headroom is mediocre. Seating 3 at the rear is not the easiest but passengers won’t find much to complain, on a short drive. The headrests are integrated into the front seats which can be a cause of concern for taller drivers. But surprisingly Hyundai has adjustable headrests for the rear passengers. 

Creature comforts on offer

  • 8” inch infotainment screen

  • Front and rear door map pockets

  • Cooled Glovebox

  • Wireless charger

  • Electrically folding OVRMs

  • Tilt steering adjust

  • Rear defogger

  • Automatic Climate Control


Infotainment system and Connectivity options:

Hyundai cars normally get the best in class infotainment systems and things are no different inside the Nios. It gets an 8” inch infotainment screen which comes with Apple Carplay as well as Android Auto. The infotainment screen has HD resolution and is a delight to operate. The screen remains quite visible even under direct sunlight and there is no lag at all, unlike some of its rivals. 

We believe  Hyundai could have done wonders by offering the Blue Sense telematics like in the Venue, but it has not offered it with the Nios. There are 4 speakers offered with the infotainment system which come with Arkamys premium sound. The sound from the system is admirable but not quite on the level of some of the Tata cars which offer Harmon’s system.

  • 8” Touchscreen Infotainment system

  • Apple Car Play and Android Auto connectivity

  • Arkamys premium sound

  • 4 Speakers audio

  • Bluetooth and USB connectivity


What is the Boot Space of the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios?

The Nios manages to hit the bullseye when it comes to boot space. The boot of the Nios is very spacious and practical due to many reasons. In fact, it provides the second most boot space in the segment. The boot lid is not on the higher side and hence it is quite easy to load and unload your luggage. The boot of the Nios can easily handle a weekend worth of your luggage for a short family trip.

Model

Hyundai Grand i10 Nios Era 

Renault Triber RXE

Maruti Suzuki Swift LXi

Ford Freestyle Ambiente

Cargo Volume with rear seats up (Litres)

260

84

268

257

The Triber with the third-row seats up provides the least boot space but if with them folded down, the Triber provides the most space. The Nios, on the other hand, is neck and neck with the Freestyle and provides just 3 L of more boot space than the Freestyle. The Swift trumps all its rivals in terms of boot space capacity but only by a margin.


How Safe is the Hyundai i10 Nios?

Indian car manufacturers have finally started taking the safety of their cars seriously as India has become a market that they can ignore. With the crash test norms to be in effect soon, carmakers have already updated their cars according to them. The Nios then comes with ABS and EBD as standard on all variants. Even the driver and co-passenger airbags come standard with the Nios. Being targeted at double income no children group, Hyundai, unfortunately, has not provided any ISOFIX child seat mounts at the rear. The safety features are at par with the segment and the Nios comes with adequate safety equipment.

Safety Features

  • Dual front airbags

  • Speed-sensing door locks

  • Impact sensing door locks

  • Headlamp escort function

  • Speed Alert System

  • Rear parking sensors with camera

How does the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios compare against its rivals?

Hyundai Grand i10 Nios Vs Renault Triber

Renault has entered the market with a bang and has left other manufacturers wondering as well. Within a wheelbase of a hatchback, Renault has managed to free up space for a 7 seater. The Triber is more focused on the practicality and functional aspects of a car rather than the driving dynamics or providing a premium experience. Renault certainly has chink up its armor with the Triber as no other car in this segment provides seating for 7.

However, the Nios is not trying to compete with the Triber even if they fall in the same price bracket. The Nios is certainly a far superior car with better dynamics and overall cabin quality. If you are looking for a point A to B car which can seat 7 then Triber is your best bet but for everything else, you cannot go wrong with the Nios

Hyundai Grand i10 Nios Vs Maruti Suzuki Swift

Whenever Suzuki brings a car into the Indian market it is always a hit. The Swift then is a masterstroke that Suzuki played almost a decade ago. The Swift still remains the queen of its segment and not just that, it is the best selling car in the Indian market. It is a perfect blend of excellent fuel economy and features which is also priced well by Suzuki. It focuses more on the factors which matter most to the Indian buyer.

Swift has lost some of its sharp driving dynamics with the newer model but it still remains fun to drive a car. But where the Nios trumps the Swift is the sheer ride comfort it offers and also the premium cabin experience. Both the cars are pretty neck and neck but if you want a more drivers oriented car then Swift should be your pick. But if you want a comfortable city crawler then Nios would definitely suit you better.

Hyundai Grand i10 Nios Vs Ford Freestyle

In such a competitive market Ford is certainly finding it hard to sell its cars. Ford cars are known for their handling and superior driving dynamics. But unfortunately, that isn’t yet the priority of Indian customers. The same goes for the Ford Freestyle which is the most dynamically sorted car in its segment. It is also the only car that provides six airbags instead of two. 

The Freestyle certainly misses out on certain features but it is certainly a driver's car. Hence, we would suggest you go for the Freestyle if you are a keen driver as it provides the most powerful diesel engine in its segment. Otherwise, if more comfort, space, and features are the things you crave for, then Nios should be your pick.

Final Verdict

In the most competitive and heated segment of the Indian market, every car manufacturer has to keep updating its product to keep it relevant. The Hyundai Grand i10 Nios is then a perfect example of such a trend as the Grand i10 had really started to show its age. The Nios provides everything that the Grand i10 did and offers a lot more while improving on certain aspects of it. It is clearly targeted toward the dethroning the Swift as the best selling car. But the Nios fails to bring something groundbreaking to the table. It fares well on things that the Indian car buyer is looking for as it continues to provide the tried and tested engines and manages to provide a more premium experience inside the cabin. With the excellent after-sales support of the Hyundai and a better overall experience than the Swift, Nios is worth considering before buying some other hatchback in its segment.