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Hyundai Grand i10 vs its 3 closest RIVALS

August 22, 2013 10:05 IST

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For the Indian automobile market, the hatchback segment is extremely crucial. The biggest auto segment in the country is the small car.

For an auto company, having a powerful hatchback line-up is the key to success in the Indian market.

Maruti got hold of this nerve way back when the company rolled out its first hatch, the Maruti Suzuki 800 and the world saw the company’s never ending reign in the emerging market with nine models in the hatchback segment.

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Image: Hyundai Grand i10 (above) and Maruti Suzuki Swift.
Photographs: Courtesy Hyundai and Maruti Suzuki

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Seeing Maruti’s success, auto major’s adopted the same pattern and went for the small car market.

The small car market is sizzling with offerings like Maruti Swift, Hyundai Grand i10, Nissan Micra and Toyota Etios Liva.

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Image: Nissan Micra (above) and Toyota Etios Liva.
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Here’s a comparison between the chartbusters of the segment to see which one of them will become the hatchback ruler of tomorrow.

Maruti Swift and Hyundai i10 are already among the top ten selling cars in India while Nissan Micra and Toyota Etios are the sales runners of their respective manufacturers.

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Image: Next Generation i10 is currently among the best selling cars in India.
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Design

Maruti Swift, the oldest of the lot, has been in the top of the charts and bags in a major amount of sales and revenue for Maruti.

Hyundai Grand i10 is also not too far and scores an impressive number for its manufacturer.

Lookwise, both i10 and Swift are close competitors; where the Swift has received a major styling update in its latest avatar with the dimensions going larger and front fascia modernised, Hyundai Grand i10 is also the new form of the i10 with larger dimensions.

Although the overall shape is not altered, the fluidic treatment does take the styling a few notches higher and is a head turner.

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Image: Grand i10.
Photographs: Courtesy, Hyundai

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Nissan Micra has fared well in the Indian market with its cute looks and roomy interiors and with the 2013 version, the hatch has gone bolder, more aggressive and attractive than it ever was.

Toyota Etios comes with bare basic styling and the new version has improved in terms of styling but comparatively, other hatchbacks are also titivated with embellishments and that puts Etios Liva a little behind.

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Image: Nissan Micra.
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Features

The hatchback market is the most ruthless and competitive Indian automobile market where the manufacturers play safe to get accepted.

Now in the premium hatchback segment, Hyundai Grand i10, Maruti Swift, Nissan Micra and Toyota Etios comes fraught up with features like dual airbags, ABS, alloy wheels, integrated audio system, keyless entry, multi-information display and rear wiper/washer.

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Image: Maruti Suzuki Swift.
Photographs: Courtesy, Maruti Suzuki

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However, i10 definitely scores more points in terms of bells and whistles.

Hyundai has incorporated never-seen-before features such as automatic headlights, automatic wipers, push button start, reverse guide camera, electrically retracting rear view mirrors in the upcoming Grand i10 which wins the competition for the hatch.

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Image: Grand i10.
Photographs: Courtesy, Hyundai

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Engine and Performance

All the aforementioned hatchbacks are available with petrol and diesel engines. The Hyundai Grand i10 petrol is powered by a 1.2 litre Kappa engine that comes with dual VTVT.

This engine hauls out 78.9bhp power and 111.8Nm torque. Also an all-new, 1.1-litre, three-cylinder U2 VGT diesel motor.

Petrol Swift comes loaded with a 1.2-litre K-series motor which uses VTT to offer 85.8bhp and 114 Nm. The diesel-powered Swift is loaded with DDiS engine that produces power of 74bhp at 4000rpm and torque of 190Nm.

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Image: Maruti Suzuki Swift.
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Nissan Micra holds 1.2-litre DOHC Petrol engine that gives out 75bhp @ 6000rpm whereas the Diesel version comes powered with a new 4-cylinder 1461cc power plant that produces 63.1bhp @ 4000rpm.

Toyota Etios Liva holds a 1197cc petrol engine and 1364cc diesel engine. The Electronic fuel injection petrol engine output is tagged at 78.9bhp with 104Nm torque; the CRDi engine offers output of 67.1bhp with 170Nm torque value.

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Image: Toyota Etios Liva.
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Price and Brand

Maruti Swift costs around Rs 448,893 - Rs 687,768. Nissan Micra is around Rs 479,900 - 689,456.

The New Hyundai Grand i10 is expected to be priced around Rs 400,000 for the petrol variant and Rs 500,000 for the diesel variant.

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Image: Interior of Hyundai i10.
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Toyota Etios is available within price range of Rs 446,276 - 659,264 (all prices ex-showroom, New Delhi).

The Grand i10 price band not yet revealed; so, for now, as per price bands available, Toyota Etios top end variant will dig out the most money from your pocket.

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Image: Interior of Toyota Etios Liva.
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Now to after sales services when you have bought your favourite brand - Maruti seems to score most of the brownie points as Maruti’s vehicles are almost maintenance-free and you would not end up spending more if you opt for Swift.

But Hyundai after sales services are what you should keep in mind when you are buying Hyundai Grand i10 as the after sales services cost is high.

Toyota Etios and Nissan Micra both fall back when it comes to after sales services.

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Image: Interior of Nissan Micra.
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Verdict

Hyundai Grand i10 and Maruti Swift gives neck-to-neck competition to each other when it comes to performance, fuel efficiency and features.

Hyundai i10 slightly scores more in terms of features, quality, variant range and with comparatively less waiting period but when it comes to pricing and after sales services, it does not give a better deal.

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Image: Hyundai Grand i10.
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Toyota Etios and Nissan Micra have also put a stamp on the Indian market and fares well in terms of equipment, build quality and efficiency.

However when you look at the picture ergonomically, Maruti Swift seems to be the people’s choice and rightly so.

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Image: Maruti Suzuki Swift.
Photographs: Courtesy, Maruti Suzuki

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