Hyundai i10 Asta VTVT Review
Hyundai Motors India Ltd. the largest exporter of cars from India and second largest car manufacturer has decided to give its best selling i10 a much needed facelift. After the huge success received by Hyundai’s Santro in India it is testament to the i10 that Hyundai has decided to come out with a mid-model improvement on the i10, which shows the importance that the car manufacturer places on this vehicle in India.
Hyundai has christened the new i10 as the “next Gen i10” and it get a more powerful 1.2 liter engine with variable timing valve technology (VTVT) which leads to quite a good increase in power, performance and fuel efficiency. The new engine gives out a maximum 80 horsepower and maximum torque of 11.4 kgm.
The new Hyundai i10 Asta is also equipped with a host of improvements and modifications starting with a new design for its headlights and front grille, new turn indicator integrated outside rear view mirrors, newer looking taillights, body matching door handles. It also has nice new features like steering controls and Bluetooth connectivity.
Available in India for around 5 lakhs the Hyundai i10 should capture a good amount of the market and with a very good fuel economy of 15.4 km/l in the city and 19.2 km/l on the highway it is one of the most fuel efficient cars on the road today.
Performance – Hyundai i10 Asta VTVT
The Hyundai i10 Asta is equipped with the 1.2 liter Kappa2, 4 cylinder, DOHC, VTVT and generates a maximum power of 80 horsepower and a maximum torque of 11.4 kgm. This is a very fuel efficient engine and the increased power helps it to get a good low and mid range acceleration. This new engine is mated with a five-speed manual transmission which provides smooth shifts and an engaging ride.
The new Hyundai engine is VTVT and although this looks and sounds cool it is actually the bit that makes this engine tick. The VTVT is variable timing valve technology and combined with the Kappa2 technology it improves performance, power and fuel efficiency of the Hyundai i10. The handling of the Hyundai i10 is good and driving it over uneven road surface or rough roads is easier as it is now equipped with McPherson struts and stabilizer bars in the front and back as well as front disc brakes and rear drum brakes that allow the car to stop easily and quickly.
The Hyundai i10 has been one of Hyundai’s best selling cars in India and this is because it fits in perfectly with what the Indian consumer wants and is tailored to suit Indian roads and Indian drivers. It handles nimbly in congested traffic situations and movers effortlessly in and out of traffic. It has a decent low end acceleration and good mid range acceleration which makes it easy to pass traffic. The Hyundai i10 is a zippy car and get from 0-100 kmph in around 13 seconds. The top speed of the car is also a commendable 151 km/hr. The fuel efficiency of the car is really good coming at 15.4 km/l in the city and 19.2 km/l on the highway.
The Hyundai i10 is also loaded with the usual safety features like dual front airbags, anti-lock brake system, auto-unlocking power doors, rear stop lamp which is mounted high and seats belt with pre-tensioners.
Hyundai i10 Asta VTVT Styling
The Hyundai i10 has not gone dramatic changes as the car has already been well received in the Indian market. For this reason Hyundai Motors India has decided to only make minimalist aesthetic changes. The new Hyundai i10 not only gets engine upgrades but also exterior and interior cosmetic changes as well. It gets a few new creases and curves that give it a slightly more aggressive look.
Most of the cosmetic changes are done on the front fascia with the older squared headlights now becoming rounder and the bumper getting some much needed creasing and crisp lines that give it a more defined look. The front air intake is also wider now and takes up more space at the bottom of the front bumper adding to the meaner look of the car. The front grille also gets a neat and trendy chrome slat finish that flanks the chrome plated central Hyundai logo.
Perhaps the best received design modification has been the integration of the turn indicators in the outside rear view mirrors. These are the small things that Hyundai Motors India has taken care of and it shows that they understand the Indian market and its consumers perfectly. These ORVM’s are electrically heated and are also now powered and these small changes really excite the Indian buyer and will attract them to these small car segments. As competition is so high between cars in these segments, Hyundai has realized the need to step it up and stick to its policy of giving more for less, something that Indian audiences love.
The other exterior changes that the car receives are further creases along the sides and rear adding to its character and looks. The sides also get a side strip that matches the body colour and give it a subtle, more stylized look. The rear bumper gets the same treatment as the front with some well thought out lines and curves giving it some much desired shape and feel. The rear bumpers also incorporate rear parking sensors which are also new additions to the new Hyundai i10 Asta and make it a much more desirable car.
Interiors also get some well designed touch-ups and driver improvements like steering wheel mounted controls for audio and Bluetooth connection. The new Hyundai i10 also comes with Auxiliary connection and USB port making it easy for the younger passengers to listen to their choice of music no matter what format it is in. Adding these driver and passenger comforts makes the Hyundai i10 compete really well with other vehicles in its class like the Ford Figo, Maruti Ritz, Maruti A-star, Hyundai Santro, Chevrolet Beat, Maruti Suzuki Alto and may even make the i10 the class leader.
The front cabin is spacious and the seats are very comfortable for all passengers. The front seats provide good cushioning and support for the back and thighs and ensure that the driver is comfortable even on long journeys. Rear seating is also comfortable and three passengers should have no trouble sitting upright although leg room may get a bit cramped with three people in the back. Boot space leave a bit to be desired but then again when you are gong in for a Hyundai i10 you know that you are not going to get a large sedan sized boot. The rear seats are 60:40 foldable and folding them down increases boot space quite considerably.
The interiors are well insulated and cut outside noise as well as engine knocking and the car comes equipped with rear parcel tray and air conditioning. Also the interior door handle, gear shift knob and audio panel come with chrome accents and provide a much richer feel to the inside.
Hyundai i10 Asta VTVT Pricing and Recommendations
The Hyundai i10 Asta VTVT is not a thoroughly new car but incorporates just the right changes that will ensure the car remains one of the best selling models in the Hyundai line-up, if not the best. The introduction of the new more powerful engine has helped to keep it ahead of its competition and the well thought out interior driver and passenger aids have all some together really well to make the Hyundai i10 a real value for money car. Priced at around 5 lakhs depending on city location the Hyundai i10 Asta VTVT should continue to be a top seller.
Hyundai has never been at the forefront in terms of styling and design but the subtle design element changes that Hyundai has made to the car serve it really well in giving it a much need more aggressive look. The handling and ride quality of the car are really good for any car in its class and give the driver and passenger all the comfort they require for any type of ride whether in the city or on the highway.
Safety features in the car are also up to the standard featuring the requisite dual front airbags, ABS, seat belts with tensioners, rear wiper and auto door unlock in case of an accident. The Hyundai also has a good fuel efficiency of 15.4 km/l for city conditions and 19.2 km/l while driving on the highway.
Hyundai i10 Asta VTVT India Specifications and Price
Vehicle Category: hatchback
Engines (standard): 1.2 L, VTVT, Kappa2 80 HP, 11.4 kgm torque
Drivetrain: 5 passenger, Front engine, 5-door hatch, FWD
Transmissions (standard): 5-speed manual
Curb Weight: 1376 kg
0-100 kph: 13.02 secs (est.)
Mileage city/hwy: 15.4 / 19.5 kmpl
Base Price: Rs.5 Lakh (est)