Johannesburg - Hyundai quietly added a new cut-price 1-litre version of its Grand i10 in December last year, but waited until now to formally announce it because it was still formulating the rest of the plan - which was to rejig and add value to the rest of the range.
In what is evidently one of the first signs of motor industry value adding on the back of a stronger rand, Hyundai is now bringing in a Grand i10 1.0 Motion at R149 900, while the 1.2-litre models have undergone a significant spec enhancement for a minimal price increase.
In fact, the new Grand i10 1.0 Motion comes in at R5000 less than the previous-generation i10 1.1 Motion, which after enjoying an extended life as an entry model will now be discontinued completely.
The 1.0 Motion doesn’t skimp on equipment, with standard air conditioning, front electric windows, audio system with Bluetooth connectivity, multi-function steering wheel, height-adjustable driver’s seat, dual front airbags and ABS brakes.
The previous entry-level model, the 1.25 Motion has been discontinued, but the better-specced 1.25 Fluid derivative (which previously cost R202 900) has been repositioned and now sells for just R3000 more than the previous Motion (R189 900 versus R186 900) and there’s also a 1.0 Fluid, priced at R169 900, to fill the gap below that.
Over and above what the Motion offers, Fluid models add a touchscreen infotainment system, keyless entry, electric mirrors, rear electric windows, alloy wheels and a two-year/30 000km service plan. An SD card for navigation can be added for an additional R2500.
At the top of the range, Hyundai has added a 1.25 Glide derivative, which for exactly the same price as the previous Fluid - R202 900 in case you weren’t concentrating - treats you to fancier alloys, rear park assist, new LED daytime running lights as well as black and red partial leather seat upholstery with matching red trim on the dashboard.
Yet the 1.0 Motion is the one that’s looking set to fly off the showroom floors the fastest, at least if January’s sales figures are anything to go by - where the entry model alone accounted for 636 of the 1134 Grand i10s sold. But does it have the power to cope with fast-paced South African driving conditions, particularly at altitude?
Its outputs of just 48kW and 94Nm don’t sound particularly promising, and unfortunately the three-cylinder model was not available to test drive on Thursday’s launch event in Gauteng - although we are trying to secure one for a road test.
We did however get a 150km spin in the 1.2-litre four-cylinder Glide, which produces 64kW and 120Nm. This one offers decent performance by class standards, and we were also impressed by its general refinement and noise insulation, as well as its rock-solid build quality. The ride was a touch firm, but by no means uncomfortable.
While we can’t tell you how adequately the 1.0 Motion performs in the real world, on paper it does appear to offer excellent value, particularly considering what a solid product it is and not forgetting that seven-year/200 000km mechanical warranty.
That said, Hyundai would do well to consider bringing back the 1.25 Motion - within the lower model-year-2018 pricing scheme it would certainly hit the sweet spot in the range - although it would mean taking flak from existing customers that bought at the higher price..
Hyundai Grand i10 prices
|1.0 Motion||48kW/94Nm||R149 900|
|1.0 Motion Auto||48kW/94Nm||R169 900|
|1.0 Fluid||48kW/94Nm||R169 900|
|1.2 Fluid||64kW/120Nm||R189 900|
|1.2 Fluid Auto||64kW/120Nm||R206 900|
|1.2 Glide||64kW/120Nm||R202 900|
Grand i10 pricing versus rivals
|Hyundai i10 1.0 Motion||48kW/94Nm||R149 900|
|Kia Picanto 1.0 Street||49kW/95Nm||R152 995|
|Honda Brio 1.5 Trend||65kW/190Nm||R159 300|
|Nissan Micra Active 1.2 Visia||56kW/104Nm||R159 900|
|Toyota Etios 1.5 Xi||66kW/132Nm||R165 500|
|Renault Sandero 0.9T Expression||66kW/135Nm||R169 900|
|Suzuki Swift 1.2 GL||63kW/113Nm||R172 900|
|Toyota Etios 1.5 Sprint||66kW/132Nm||R174 300|
|Kia Picanto 1.2 Style||61kW/122Nm||R179 495|
|Fiat Panda 0.9T Easy||63kW/145Nm||R184 900|
|VW Move Up 1.0||55kW/95Nm||R185 800|
|Ford Figo 1.5 Trend||82kW/136Nm||R187 900|
|Hyundai i10 1.2 Fluid||64kW/120Nm||R189 900|
|Kia Picanto 1.2 Smart||61kW/122Nm||R199 495|
|Hyundai Grand i10 1.2 Glide||64kW/120Nm||R202 900|
|Ford Figo 1.5 Titanium||82kW/136Nm||R205 900|
* Note that the Volkswagen Polo Vivo has been omitted from this list as it is due to be replaced later in February.