pillar and larger rear doors.
What about the cabin?
If the exterior doesn’t appeal you, the interior surely will. The cabin is thoughtfully built and is loaded with features—the design of the two-tone dash is neat and the material used is good quality. Mention must be made here of the non-reflective black plastic used on the dashboard, which is a boon when driving in the sun. Again, the steering wheel is finely detailed and seems from a class above. The cabin has an airy feel to it—big front seats accommodate even the tallest drivers but the best thing is that even when the front seat is pushed back fully, it doesn’t affect the rear legroom much. The rear seats come with good thigh support and seat three comfortably. (Although all controls are well-placed, one that I didn’t quite like was the driver seat height adjuster—with the door closed, there wasn’t must room to operate the handle.) The Asta variant gets cooled glove box, keyless entry and 1GB of onboard storage in the audio system. The boot space, too, is impressive.
What fires it?
While the petrol motor is the same that did the duty on the i10 (1.2 Kappa Dual VTVT), Hyundai has developed a new diesel for the Grand i10—the U2 CRDi DSL engine. It is essentially the same engine that powers the i20 minus one cylinder—the result: a three-cylinder 1,120-cc engine that produces a maximum power of 71ps@4000rpm and a maximum torque of 16.3kgm@1500rpm.
We took the Grand i10 diesel from Jaipur to the uphill Amber Fort and this is how it behaved:
We fired the engine and it produced a slight rumbling sound, signifying a diesel. With all windows closed and the car running at 60 kmph, the sound decreased to an extent. While we were doing 80 kmph on the highway, we expected the light, unconnected steering Hyundais are infamous for. But the Grand behaved differently—the steering was responsive. We pressed the accelerator and were impressed by the way the small diesel touched 100 kmph. While we couldn’t go beyond that, it was apparent that this diesel had a lot of