December 25, 2018

Hyundai Eon Facelift Review & First Drive

Hyundai EON Overview

Introduced in October 2011, Hyundai’s mini-hatchback challenges Maruti’s ace model in the segment-Alto. While the fluidic design philosophy became a talking point, the hatchback was also considered a bit pricey compared to Alto series. Lacking diesel engine like other models in the segment, Eon is available in petrol and LPG fuel options. Mechanicals include a 800cc and 998cc petrol units mated to a five-speed manual gearbox.In its product cycle spanning five years, Hyundai Eon mini-hatchback has undergone subtle additions and is now readying for a makeover likely to come out around festive season this year. Offered with petrol and LPG options, the Eon line-up derives power from a 800cc unit and a 998cc engine just like its arch rival Alto K10. But where it misses out on is the AMT unit making do with a five-speed manual transmission. Book a test drive for Eon in Tryaldrive

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Hyundai EON Exterior

Hyundai’s fluidic design language transformed the entire line-up into modish looking vehicles ditching the mundane styling. Breaking the myth that budget cars sport ordinary design and drab styling elements, Eon was a refreshing change for the budget buyers. In front the pulled back headlamps flank the sleek chrome grille. Bumpers get triangular shaped fog lamps and multiple slat air-intakes. Side panels feature sharp beltline, flared wheel arches and supporting character lines at the bottom. Moon shaped tail lamps, prominent spoiler on top and large body coloured bumper are some of the key styling elements visible on rear side.

Hyundai EON Interior

Hyundai cars have always been known for being feature- heavy in their respective segments and this one is no different. The variant we tested was the Magna+ (O). It gets a 2-DIN music system with AUX, USB and iPod compatibility. The seats are two-tone with the ones at the front getting good side bolstering.The dashboard is a combination of black and beige and it gets a cubbyhole above the glovebox as well. Everything falls easily to hand and the fit and finish is good for the price. The rear seating, however, is only good for two people, though.

The front visibility from the driver’ seat is not all that great thanks to the sloping bonnet. However, this is not much of an issue as the dinky dimensions of the car and good view from the sides make it quite easy to manoeuvre in tight situations.While the feature list may have been outstanding when the car was launched, its major rival, the Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 (which was facelifted last year) has now caught up and offers similar levels of equipment. However, the Alto K10 feels low-rent and the inside looks cheaper compared to the Eon.

Hyundai EON Engine

The engine of Eon is derived from the reliable Santro workhouse. Even though it is only a 3-cylinder engine, it stays peppy, and with the iRDE technology, the engine of Eon stays reliable and fuel efficient.Hyundai Eon carries an 814 cc, 3-cylinder, 9-valve SOHC engine mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The engine derives a maximum power of 55.2 bhp (56 PS) and 7.6 Kgm of peak torque. The engine of the LPG model is similarly powered but returns a better fuel efficiency than the petrol model. The Hyundai Eon can do a sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in like 21.1 seconds and the compact hatchback can reach a top-speed of 135 km per hour. The 3-cylinder set-up does vibrate a bit, but that is ignorable given the performance of the vehicle. The Eon comes with a fuel tank capacity of 32 litres while the LPG models get a tank capacity of 32 litres. Hyundai Eon gets an ARAI certificate of 21.1 km per litre, which is exceptional in its class. The car performs very well in the city road conditions but runs out of breath as soon as it sees open highways. Hyundai Eon’s dry weight is less than 800 kilos, with the frugal 3-cylinder engine. With 814 cc displacement and the maximum power of 55.2 bhp, the car can be stamped as a decently-powered hatchback. The 5-speed manual transmission sends the power to the front wheels. The hatchback does alright when it comes to the city traffic speed. Eon can touch the 100 km-per-hour mark from standstill in 21.1 seconds.

The iRDE engine can power the Eon to the speed of up to 135 km per hour. Being small, the engine is peppy and can zip through the road. The LPG version of the vehicle does get some load in form of LPG cylinder but even then, the Eon feels quick and gets its way easily around the traffic. Hyundai has fitted a 3-cylinder, 9-valve engine in the Eon. The engine generates a moderate 55.2 bhp at 5500 rpm and a maximum torque of 7.6 Kgm at 4000 rpm. The power is transmitted through a 5-speed manual gearbox. With car weighing just 795 kg, Hyundai Eon never feels underpowered. The car is rated above its main rival Maruti Alto 800. With its small body and frugal engine, the Eon can negotiate most of the city roads with ease.Being a 3-cylinder set-up, the Eon does make noises when ripped hard on open stretches. There are also noticeable vibrations when the car is tested to its limits. The car is not made for open highways and with the kind of engine it comes with, it justifies the price tag and its capability on city roads more than often.

Hyundai EON Driving

The handling of Eon, owing to its small wheelbase, is remarkably good for its segment. The short turning radius enables the car to do quick moves in traffic or narrow town roads. The Eon is perfect for city due its small size. Ride quality of the vehicle is decent. The gas-type shock absorbers provide optimum comfort for the occupants and the McPherson struts give the vehicle that stability. The steering is very light, making Eon well suited for Indian roads, but there is no or very little feedback from the steering wheel, making it a lifeless and boring car to drive.

Hyundai Eon comes with disc brakes at the front and drum brakes at the rear. The brakes have good bite and can bring the car to a stop within a small distance. The car can come to standstill from 100 km per hour in 3.52 seconds, given the dry road conditions. There is good amount of body roll present due to soft suspensions, which are tuned to give maximum comfort to the occupants, but the set-up does make driving scary around the fast corners.

Hyundai EON Safety

Driver airbag is optional from D-Lite + onwards and is a standard provision on the top end variant while missing out on the entry level trim. Other safety features like central locking, keyless entry, front fog lamps, engine immobilizer, seat belts in front & rear and inside rear view mirror are offered on the hatchback.Key exterior styling features comprise of clear lens head and tail lamps, chrome finished grille in front, ORVM on passenger side and full wheel covers etc. Cabin gets dual tone colour theme, instrument panel with gear shift indicator, exclusive dashboard storage, AC vents, floor console storage, cup holders, map pockets with bottle holders on front door and rear parcel tray etc.

Hyundai EON Cost in Mumbai

Hyundai Eon Ex-Showroom Price in Mumbai ranges from 3,27,767/- (EON D Lite) to 4,56,465/- (EON Magna O Optional). Get best offers for Hyundai Eon from Hyundai Dealers in Mumbai. Check for Eon price in Mumbai at Carzprice

Hyundai EON Conclusion

So is it a better bet than the other cars on offer? Well, I certainly think it is a bit more compelling now. It is also reasonably well loaded, despite not being offered at the top-end. The Eon certainly boasts superior design – inside and out – when compared to the more staid Alto. But with better deals on cars like the Wagon R, Spark and even the old i10, plus the more spacious and upmarket looking Datsun Go now gaining acceptance, it will not be easy for Hyundai to increase Eon sales dramatically just on the back of this one variant.

We would recommend the Hyundai Eon for its ride, looks, and build quality because the Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 – its largest rival (in terms of sales numbers) – matches the Hyundai on other counts like features and specifications.And as an added advantage, the K10 is cheaper too. But, Hyundai’s ace is its warranty. We know for any first time car buyer nothing conveys hassle free ownership as well as a strong warranty, and on this count with 2 years/unlimited warranty compared to Alto K10’s 2 years/40,000km, the Eon makes great sense.

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