giving the driver a huge amount of confidence at speed. It’s nimble for its size and easy to punt around town, thanks to a tight turning circle and light electric steering. It’s not a thrill to drive either because of its average engine, but it’s still better than the Grand.
What are they like inside?
Cabin quality is the Grand i10’s forte. The minute you step into the cabin, you feel like you’ve spent your money well. Slide into the comfortable driver’s seat and the first thing you’ll notice is the chunky, leather-wrapped steering wheel that looks like it belongs on a much more expensive car, like a Hyundai Elantra. Finding a comfortable driving position isn’t too hard, thanks to the seat height adjustment. The buttons on the steering wheel have a quality feel about them and the rotary knobs for the air-con have a premium knurled finish. The two-tone dash is well designed and the plastics are upmarket. The top half is finished in black, and the bottom half is beige, giving the cabin a premium feel. The dash-mounted gear lever is also superbly detailed. In fact, we’d say that the cabin is easily the best in its class.
The Liva, on the other hand, feels a full generation older in comparison to the Grand i10. Toyota has gone for a more function-over-form design with the cabin. However, the carmaker has recently done away with the flat, thin seats of the older car and replaced them with a more comfortable set. Its driver’s seat has height adjustment too. The improved door pads and the faux wood trim go a long way in lifting the ambience of this plain-Jane cabin. The central instruments get icy-blue backlighting, but we did miss having a rev counter. The new air-con controls feel much better and have a nice tactile feel about them—an improvement over the previous ones, and the new music system is a lot less tacky than the previous unit. There are also plenty of cubby holes around the cabin for your knick-knacks.
The big advantage the Liva has is that it is wider than the