Hyundai is known for its amazing range of hatchbacks, the Santro is one of the old killer launches in this segment. The i10 and i20 are popular with the young Indian demographic. The i10 has been a fascination symbol since inception; Hyundai has now introduced a grander version of the car called i10 Grand. This is a sensational launch, and has fueled the competition in this segment. One of its arch rivals is the Nissan Micra.
The car on the whole is nothing but redefined style, and this is eye catchy, the company has thrown all the possible design cues on the car. From the side, the i10 Grand is draped with neat graphics. The interiors are equally stylish, fitted with leather upholstery on cushions, steering and gear shift knob. The color theme for interiors is a royal beige and brown. The other interesting fitments are a couple of air con vents on dashboard, fuel indicator, trip meter, speedometer, tachometer, world class in dash audio devise, tailored with Bluetooth connectivity and audio controls on steering.
To cater to wider fuel options, the car is available in diesel and petrol engines. An important point to note here is the petrol mill is adopted from current i20 and i10 hatchbacks. The petrol car runs on a powerful 1.2 liter Kappa engine with (VTVT) variable timing valve train technology that runs 82 Bhp and 114Nm torque. The diesel engine operates on 1.1 liter U2 CRDI power train that yields 70bhp and 160Nm torque. The mileage offered by i10 Grand is admirable at 24 kmpl for the diesel car and 18.9kmpl for petrol model.
Those who have observed the i10 Grand on car websites or magazines would have been amazed with the classic golden orange shade. The colors only get more vibrant and youthful and are also offered in sleek silver, twilight blue, wine red pure white, stardust, phantom black and silky beige. Consumers can be guaranteed of optimum safety with the car, built with couple of airbags in front, anti lock brake system and so on. The car costs Rs 4.3 to 6.5 lakhs.
The Nissan Micra is an exclusively trendy hatch that sports a uniquely youthful image. The 2013 facelift Micra is garnished with some incredible comfort and luxury features. The cushions are tailored with premium upholstery, the insides are luxuriously spacious and filled with air con vents, cup holders, vanity mirror, head rests, back parcel tray, glossy handles with artistic chrome decorations and so on. The 2013 facelift Micra delivers amazing mileage figures of 18.44 kmpl in ideal city conditions. The CVT petrol yields 19.34 kmpl. The potent 1.2 liter petrol engine churns 74.8bhp and 104Nm torque, and the 1.5 liter diesel engine inserted with K9K technology generates 62.7 Bhp and 160Nm torque.
The facelift Micra is offered in vibrant and interesting colors of olive green, blade silver, onyx black, turquoise blue, storm white and brick red. The facelift Micra is filled with impressive safety attributes such as airbags, ABS, SRS airbags, engine immobilizer and so on. The car is priced at Rs 4.8 to 7.2 lakhs. The i10 Grand out beats the facelift Micra in terms of style, price, mileage and choice of colors. The facelift Micra is a better purchase in terms of safety and interior fitments. The i10 Grand has more to offer than facelift Micra.