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I am a huge fan of budget cars. They are often fuss-free and being a city gal (well, sort of), they are so easy to nip to the shops in. There are no issues trying to park a huge SUV in the world’s tightest parking garages. I also really like the simplicity of a budget car. I recently got behind the wheel of the third-generation Hyundai Grand i10 and am happy to report that it offers fuss-free value for money.

WHAT’S THE GRAND i10?

The second-generation Grand i10 did very well in South Africa, very well indeed. Between 2014 and 2020, it sold almost 50 000 units. This new generation is set to take over where the previous model left off, even sporting more space. It’s not an easy segment to compete in, considering the Volkswagen Polo Vivo sits at the helm. There is also the Ford Figo and Kia Picanto to contend with. And Hyundai bravely suggests the Toyota Starlet as a rival, too. My two cents about his is that the Starlet feels like a lot more car so I would be hesitant to directly compare them.

WHAT’S NEW?

This new Grand i10 is longer, wider and lower than its predecessor with an increased wheelbase to boot. Sure, it’s by 25 mm, but it still counts. Speaking of a boot, this has also seen an increase of four litres, taking it to a total of 260 litres. New LED running lamps and foglamps are found on the upper-spec Fluid model with all models enjoying body-coloured bumpers and door handles. The entry-level Motion sports a black front grille and black trim on the side mirror whereas the Fluid boasts a chrome finish. The colour palette includes Polar White, Phantom Black, Typhoon Silver, Titan Grey and Fiery Red. But if you want to stand out, you can opt for two-tone options on the Fluid model with the Polar White and Fiery Red body colours sporting a black roof.

The inside certainly feels more spacious than the outgoing model’s; it helps that the rear window is larger and there has been a reduction in the size of blind spots by narrowing the A-pillars. The seats have been redesigned and the now darker interior sees cloth for the Motion models and artificial leather for the Fluid models.

When it comes to standard spec, the Grand i10 is known to be rather generous. All models are equipped with a 6.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system boasting Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Dual airbags and ABS with EBD are standard across the range, as are Isofix anchorage points, but only the Fluid has a 60:40-split rear bench.

WHAT ABOUT THE POWER?

The engine line up remains the same with two naturally aspirated units on offer, namely a 1.0- and 1.2-litre. Terence and I drove the 1.0 Fluid, this engine making up 80% of all Grand i10 sales. Now I hate to be a downer here, but the performance of this engine does feel somewhat sluggish, especially on the highway. And this is without a load of passengers or luggage. You have to work the manual ‘box quite hard to get the most out of it. With that said, however, for city driving, the 1.0 litre performs suitably. This is, after all, where the Grand i10 is most at home. It is a comfortable drive and road noise is minimal. And let’s not forget to mention the low claimed fuel consumption of just 5.4 l/100 km which turned out to be an easy figure to achieve.

IS IT WORTH CONSIDERING?

Definitely. There is a reason the Grand i10 sells so well. It offers great value for money and comes highly specced. Not to mention the fantastic seven-year/200 000 km manufacturer’s warranty and five-year/150 000 km roadside assistance. It also now comes standard with a one-year/15 000 km service plan. If performance is not a priority for you, and I imagine that in this segment there are more important things to consider, then certainly put the Grand i10 on your shopping list.

PRICING

Hyundai Grand i10 1.0 Motion MT:  R191 900
Hyundai Grand i10 1.0 Motion AT: R216 900
Hyundai Grand i10 1.0 Fluid MT: R216 900
Hyundai Grand i10 1.2 Fluid MT: R230 900
Hyundai Grand i10 1.2 Fluid AT: R256 900

About the Author: Juliet McGuire
Motoring journalist. Presenter. YouTuber. Podcaster. Voice artist. And everything in between.