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Kurt Vonnegut says, "Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you'll look back and realise they were the big things."
I think he has a point. A point that's more easily identified during challenging economic times - times when less really is more!
2017 in South Africa could arguably be described by one word: volatile. This volatility has caused a minor economic slump.
Despite the slowdown, things don't need to grind to a halt. So, shopping for a budget friendly car shouldn't be a depressing chore. It can be fun, especially when you consider Hyundai's Grand i10. A super mini by classification. And big on added value.
This little gem has recently been facelifted. Minor tweaks have been made to an already well-thought-out package. Most notably, modifications can be seen on the front and rear bumpers - with cheeky new designs. There is also sassy new 14-inch diamond-cut mag wheels for the flagship Fluid model. Additionally, the Fluid model features rear parking sensors.
The Grand i10 can be likened to Premium Economy (being the widest car in its class), where the cheaper and smaller i10 represents the standard Economy class. The rear isn't bad either for a little hatch. You'll fit two medium-sized (5.10") adults comfortably.
The Grand version of the i10 features a nicely sized boot; when its rear seats are folded flat, you are left with handy loading space.
As part of its grandeur, the Grand i10 features a comfortable cosseted ride; this is due to its compliant chassis and supple suspension. In keeping with this feeling, the 5-speed gearbox is easy to operate - gear changes are light as is the operation of the foot pedals.
Loaded with features, the Grand i10 comes with a manual air conditioner, a decent sound system with a radio, USB and AUX inlet plugs, and a CD MP3 player. Integrated Bluetooth is also standard across the range, which allows for hands-free telephone communication and the playback of music from your smartphone.
The zippy little city hustler is powered by Hyundai's proven 1.25-litre engine. Its modest 64 kW engine will get you going; hitting 100km/h in just over 11 seconds.
From the safety front, you’ll find Dual airbags – one for the front passenger and the other for the driver – and an Advanced Brake System (ABS) take care of safety in the Grand i10.
Overall, I like the Grand i10. It is a good, reliable and well-priced car. If I had to nitpick at the very good package, it would be over-assisted power-steering that offers little feedback to the driver.
Ease of use.
Not the cheapest car in its class.
KIA Picanto, Suzuki Celerio and Chevrolet Spark
Motion R186 900
Motion Auto R203 900
Fluid R202 900
Service and warranty
At a price range from R186 900 to R203 900, with Hyundai’s 7 year/200 000 km warranty, as well as 5 year/150 000 km roadside assistance thrown in, the Grand i10 offers exceptional value. A service plan is an optional item.
Fluid R202 900
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