ROUSING PERFORMERS
evo India|August 2020
The fun-to-drive factor can only be valid if cars offer great dynamics and Hyundai’s transformational journey on this front is something that needs a telling
SUVRAT KOTHARI

THE INDIAN CAR BUYING demographic is vastly different compared to global markets. For the longest time, fuel economy and value for money have been two dominant factors influencing car buying decisions. Cars with higher fuel economy have historically drawn a mass market appeal, and offering more bang for the buck has always been a criteria for carmakers. While these two factors still remain important, car buyers’ tastes have evolved over the years. There’s now a growing community of enthusiasts and petrolheads out there. This urban audience craves more than just practicality in a car. They prefer cars that trigger emotions over ones that are simply utilitarian. Cars that are engaging to drive on open roads and fun to throw around corners. For them, driving dynamics and performance are key factors. And Hyundai has promptly risen to the occasion, polishing the dynamics of its cars and readying them for this new wave of enthusiasts.

To address this enthusiast audience, Hyundai has already introduced its 1-litre and 1.4-litre T-GDI engines in India. These new turbocharged, direct injection engines optimise fuel economy and performance, proving that bigger isn’t necessarily better if you are aiming for better performance. We have reviewed these engines and we know that they do deliver the thrills. But what’s worth appreciating even more is that Hyundai has harnessed this performance efficiently by progressively improving the ride and handling of its cars. The new Grand i10 Nios is a significant stepup on the dynamics front and the trend continues as you move up the order in Hyundai’s portfolio. The new Verna packs better dynamics than the one it replaces while the new Creta feels far more tied down at high speeds. Even new SUVs like the Venue have nailed this formula. So let’s delve deeper, using excerpts from our reviews and comparison tests from the recent past, to understand how the dynamics of Hyundai cars have vastly improved.

Grand i10 Nios

The Grand i10 Nios was launched as a replacement to the aging Grand i10, and it is the segment benchmark for features, quality and space. Hyundai has worked hard on the suspension and chassis as well, to make it a better handling car. An excerpt from Ed Sirish Chandran’s first drive review says, “The Grand i10 Nios is now more polished on the highway and doesn’t get thrown around by crosswinds or even bumps. There is a touch of firmness which is evident in the city where you can feel small ruts and dips — it doesn’t crash into them uncomfortably, but you can feel it — but that tightness in the suspension ensures it doesn’t wallow or gets tossed around on the highway.”

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