Even though South Korean Hyundai is gaining market traction in the crossover, sedan section of Pakistan, the absence of a cheaper city car like Hyundai i10 is ignoring the biggest section of Pakistan’s population, which cannot buy the expensive cars offered by the company.
Hyundai-Nishat Motor Pvt. Ltd. is now an established name in Pakistan’s automobile industry starting with their Crossover Tucson to launching the latest sedan Sonata. However, most of the cars launched by the company yet are for the upper class of the country, and no city car like Hyundai’s sister company KIA’s Picanto has been launched, that is affordable for the majority of the country.
One such car should be Hyundai i10, a city car produced by the South Korean manufacturer since 2007. The third generation of the car was unveiled in India on 7 August 2019 and launched on 20 August 2019. The hatchback is offered in 10 variants across petrol and diesel engines as well as manual and automatic transmissions.
So let us look at the features of one of the premium versions of the i10.
The car features a 1197-liter petrol engine with 84 horsepower at 6000 rpm, with torque of 114Nm at 4000 rpm. It is a front-wheel drive with two variants, manual and auto multi-point injection systems.
The car is a 5-serater hatchback, and its dimensions are 3765x1660x1520 mm, with a wheelbase of 2425mm, fuel tank capacity of 43 liters and the boot space of 256 liters.
It has a standard two-box shape when seen from the side, and roof line remains high all the way to the back of the vehicle, giving enough headroom to the backseat passengers to sit comfortably. The sportier look of the car was rather tried to be achieved by raising the waistline of the side windows in the rear seats, however that makes it uncomfortable for children who might not be able to see out of the car.
At the back too, there is no distinguishing features.
However, when looking at the technology offered, Hyundai left only few things out, as the car comes with Bi-function projection headlights, Privacy glass – Rear windows and tailgate, 1 speed non intermittent rear windscreen wiper, Rear Spoiler with Integrated Brake Light, High beam assist, LED daytime running lights, electric windows for all four doors, and electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors to name a few.
Interior and infotainment
Harry from Car Vlog Buckle up made a commented that when sitting in the front Hyundai i10 is a standard super mini, although he was using a lower trim of the car, this might be true for all.
However, since we are looking at the premium variant, it comes with many features including Driver/passenger sun visors with ticket holders, 60/40 split folding flat to floor rear seats, 12v power outlet in the front, Auto light control, Isofix child seat preparation, Driver’s seat height adjustment, Heated steering wheel, and heated front seats to name a few.
Infotainment, even in the premium version is on the low side, and includes steering wheel audio, phone and cruise controls, USB socket, 2 front/2 rear speakers. However, the video by Buckle Up shows a small infotainment screen as well, along with Aux cable and Bluetooth in his lower trim.
The safety features include speed sensitive auto door locking, perimeter alarm, remote central locking, immobilizer, ABS, Airbags in the front, front side, AEB with forward collision warning system, hill assist, tire pressure monitoring system, brake assist function, electronic stability control, and traction control to name a few.
The ex-showroom price of Hyundai Grand i10 1.2 Kappa VTVT Magna is around 6 lac Indian Rupees, and might be around Rs13 lac.
Even though there is no confirmation of the company launching i10 in Pakistan, we hope they add an affordable city car like i10 in their collection to target the biggest chunk of country’s population.
Originally published at Global village space