Really small sedans are a shrinking market, but the Koreans believe they remain worthwhile.
Hyundai has revealed a new sedan version of its compact car platform. The new Grand i10 sedan is for those Korean compact car fans who prefer having the lockable security of a boot.
Measured bumper-to-to bumper it is 140 mm longer than an i10 hatchback, with a total vehicle length of 3.81 m.
The Grand i10 sedan is targeted primarily at emerging markets and looks slightly different from a European or Korean specification i10 hatchback. It features boomerang-shaped LEDs, in the corner of its grille, a feature which is broadly similar to the latest lighting design on Hyundai’s new Tucson.
Around the rear, its styling is even more adventurous, with the boomerang-shaped theme creating dramatical outlines for its taillamps.
The Grand i10 sedan’s rear design might be a touch too daring for conservative compact car buyers, but there is no denying its advantage over Hyundai’s i10 hatchback, in terms of utility. Where the five-door i10 has 260-litres of luggage space, this updated sedan version can accommodate 402-litres
Inside it is familiar compact car Hyundai fare. Customers will have a choice of either black of bronze dashboard trim, which gives an opportunity to enliven the cabin architecture a bit.
Powering the updated Grand i10 sedan are two 1.2-litre engine options, paired to either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. What the Grand i10 sedan lacks in gears, is hardly compensated for in power, with the 1.2-litre petrol engine only good for 61 kW.
There is also a turbodiesel 1.2-litre CRDi engine, producing 56 kW and 190 Nm, which should offer a superior blend of mid-range performance and economy.