For Hyundai South Africa, the Getz was their breakthrough model. New or used, it was a sure seller. Understandably, they were chafing at having to do without a replacement when they reluctantly pensioned off their hatchback trump card four years ago. With the Grand i10, they hope to change all that.
The South Africans say they would have liked to use the Getz name, but Korea wouldn’t budge. So Grand i10 it is.
To be fair, i10, it certainly isn’t. The Grand i10 feels a whole class bigger than the i10 supermini. In fact, it feels like…. a Getz. It’s surprisingly roomy, even in the rear.
The 1,25 engine pulls like a train and the 5-speed gearshift is light and positive. And it’s economical: our trip computer showed 5,1 on average.
The Grand i10 is so frisky that you can leave it in Top, too. We were able to pass traffic up Western Cape mountain passes in Top. The quid pro quo for this is that it sounds a little busy in 5th at 120 km/h. Hyundai says the bodyshell of the Grand i10 is stiffer than the i10’s by 27 per cent. Bonus: a comfortable, quiet ride.
If I have one quibble about the little Hyundai, it’s the electrically assisted steering. It’s particularly lifeless around the centrepoint. As a result, on a less than perfect road surface you might find yourself making small course corrections more often than you’d like.
The three derivatives slot in between the smaller i10 and the bigger i20. There is just the one engine – the 1,25 petrol – in 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic. Although dinky minis like the i10 are perfect city cars, the size advantage of the Grand i10 makes it much more versatile. It is spacious for its category (even compared with the i20) and the boot measures 256 litres. Stowage space includes a storage tray under the front passenger seat.
But it’s not just about size. The Grand i10 is packed with features, from Bluetooth to air-con and central locking with keyless entry on more expensive versions. Service plan is an option, though.
HYUNDAI GRAND I10: JUST THE FACTS
Engine 1 248 cm3 4I with dual CVVT
Output 64 kW/120 N.m
Economy 5,9 L/100 km
Price from R139 900