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Hyundai’s Grand i10 – a small hatchback that has great appeal among young first car buyers, car rental companies and families looking for a second vehicle as a run-around – has received a fresh new appearance with the addition of a few new body panels and new wheels.

The new Grand i10 is still available in three derivatives in South Africa, with slight changes in the specification levels. They are the Grand i10 1.25 Motion with a 5-speed manual gearbox; the Grand i10 1.25 Motion with a four-speed automatic gearbox; and the Grand i10 1.25 Fluid with a 5-speed manual gearbox and a higher level of standard features.

The body shell of the Grand i10 yields one of the roomiest occupant cabins in its market segment, as well as an impressive 256 litres of trunk capacity. Up to 1 202 litres becomes available when the rear seats are folded – also one of the best in its class.

High levels of craftsmanship can be found in the spacious interior, together with levels of comfort and safety equipment commonly only found in higher market segments.

Updated styling

In its refreshed guise, the new Grand i10 features a redesigned front fascia incorporating Hyundai’s signature hexagonal front “cascading” grille with a honeycomb mesh, while the fog lamp enclosures in the redesigned front bumper have been thoroughly updated for an increased sporty appearance.

At the rear an integrated thin roof spoiler with a stop lamp and rear combination lights combine with a redesigned rear bumper to form an attractive picture. A new set of 14-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels (on the Grand i10 1.25 Fluid manual) adds character to the compact hatchback. Colour-coded door handles and side-mirrors, with turn indicators built into them, combine with the well sculpted door panels to create an attractive car.

Pricing

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.

The Grand i10 range with its recommended retail prices is:

Grand i10 1.25 Motion manual R186 900
Grand i10 1.25 Motion automatic R203 900
Grand i10 1.25 Fluid manual R202 900

The Grand i10 is available in eight colours, ranging from Start Dust, Phantom Black and Pure White to a lovely Golden Orange, Marine Blue and Red Passion. Twilight Blue and Sleek Silver completes the colour range.

In other motoring related news, Toyota recently offered discounted services for all vehicles older than five years.