Johannesburg – Hyundai is making no bones about this midcycle facelift for the its Grand i10 hatch, telling us right upfront that it’s limited to a few new body panels and new rims on the flagship.

The fresh front end is styled around Hyundai’s signature hexagonal grille, with a honeycomb mesh insert and restyled fog-light mounts in an entirely new front bumper, while a new integrated thin roof spoiler with a built-in third brake light, new tail-light clusters and a revised rear bumper frame car’s rear end.

The flagship 1.25 Fluid also gets 14 inch diamond-cut alloy rims, body-colour door handles and side mirrors with built-in indicator repeaters.

It leads an unchanged three-strong range: the 1.25 Motion with five-speed manual gearbox, the 1.2 Motion with four-speed auto transmission and the up-specced Fluid, also with manual cogset.

Fabric trim in two shades of grey is standard across the range, as are air conditioning and a radio/CD/MP3 player with USB and auxiliary ports, as well as Bluetooth connectivity. The Fluid trim level adds remote central locking, electrically adjustable mirrors, electric windows all round, rear parking sensors and a trip data computer.

Mechanical spec is unchanged: a free-revving 1248cc twin-cam four rated for 64kW at 6000 revs and 120Nm at 4000rpm, on McPherson strut front and coupled torsion bar rear suspension.

The cars come with a seven year or 200 000km warranty and five years’ roadside assistance, while a service plan is optional.

HYUNDAI GRAND i10 PRICES

1.25 Motion 64kW/120Nm R186 900
1.25 Motion AT 64kW/120Nm R203 900
1.25 Glide 64kW/120Nm R202 900

ALTERNATIVES

Renault Sandero 0.9T Expression 66kW/135Nm R159 900
Suzuki Swift 1.2 GL 63kW/113Nm R167 900
Toyota Etios 1.5 Sprint 66kW/132Nm R172 600
VW Polo Vivo 1.4 Citi 55kW/132Nm R177 300
VW Move Up 1.0 5-door 55kW/95Nm R179 900
Smart ForFour Base 52kW/91Nm R179 900
Kia Picanto 1.2 EX 65kW/120Nm R183 995
Hyundai Grand i10 1.25 Motion 64kW/120Nm R186 900
Ford Figo hatch 1.5 Trend 82kW/136Nm R187 900

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