South Africa has a brand new car - the all new Grand i10 has arrived and it has the potential to fill the shoes of a forerunner that helped put the Korean car brand’s name on the map in the country.
There is no helping the comparisons that spring up between the Grand i10 and the Getz, which reached enormous popularity in South Africa.
“The Grand i10 has everything in its arsenal, and more, to do what the Getz did for Hyundai. Not only is it spacious inside, yet small on overall diameters, it is filled with standard features that will make it a compelling choice in the entry-level segment of our car market,” said Stanley Anderson, marketing director of Hyundai Automotive South Africa.
At the launch of the new model, Anderson explained that in terms of size, price and standard features, buyers of small city cars are expected to look keenly at what the Grand i10 has to offer.
The all-new Grand i10 is launched in South Africa in three derivatives: the 1.25 Motion manual, the 1.25 Fluid manual (with a slightly higher specification level) and the 1.25 Fluid with a four-speed automatic gearbox.
Influenced by Hyundai Motor Company’s design philosophy, “fluidic sculpture”, the Grand i10 features
sleek and substantial lines that emphasise the naturally athletic stance of a model which is longer, wider and lower than its predecessor.
The new proportions deliver a driving experience that has been developed to meet European, and thus also South African, driving preferences. Relocated and retuned components result in greater body and wheel control, delivering more driver involvement and ride comfort comparable to that of cars from higher segments.
The larger bodyshell of the Grand i10 yields one of the roomiest occupant cabins on the market, as well as an impressive 256 litres of trunk capacity. New levels of craftsmanship can be found in the spacious interior, together with levels of comfort and safety equipment commonly only found in segments above.
Among the many features of the all-new Grand i10 are luxury items such as Bluetooth connectivity to the sound system; keyless entry and electrically heated and folding side mirrors (for the two Fluid derivatives); USB and AUX ports for the sound system; an air conditioner and central locking for all the derivatives.
All three derivatives are also equipped with front fog lamps, a full-size spare wheel, attractive 14-inch alloy wheels, height adjustment for the driver’s seat, and remote controls for the sound system on the steering wheel.
Under the front passenger seat is a handy storage tray, while the driver’s seat belt’s shoulder mounting point is height-adjustable. Front, as well as rear passengers have height-adjustable headrests.
A handy trip computer displays a range of information, including fuel consumption and range left with the fuel in the tank.
The Grand i10 is available in 8 colours, ranging from Start Dust, Phantom Black and Pure White to a lovely Golden Orange, Aqua Blue and Red Passion. Twilight Blue and Sleek Silver completes the choice of colours.
At a price range from R139 900 to R159 900
, with Hyundai’s 5 year/150 000 km warranty and roadside assistance thrown in, the Grand i10 offers exceptional value. A service plan is an optional item.
Grand i10 1.25 Motion manual R139 900
Grand i10 1.25 Fluid manual R149 900
Grand i10 1.25 Fluid automatic R159 900