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  • January 10, 2019

Hyundai Eon Performance & First Drive

Hyundai Eon Overview

It’s not easy to upset Maruti. India’s largest automotive manufacturer however now has cause for a headache and it’s coming from as far south as it gets. In the city of Chennai, Hyundai is busy plotting to inject a big migraine with their new Eon. It’s aimed squarely at the Alto, India’s largest selling car which has been in production for a decade. The Alto monopolised the segment that had only one competitor – the M800 – and despite its global evolution to the A-Star, Maruti decided to retain the Alto brand in India knowing just how successful the car is in their scheme of things. So the Hyundai Eon in India will target both the Alto and the A-Star, not to mention its very own stablemate, the Santro. The ground rules to play in this segment to date were just price and efficiency. Maruti literally wrote all the rules simply because there wasn’t anyone to play against. They were the only kid in a sandbox. So elements like contemporary design, comfort, packaging, performance, dynamics and features were all left to their own devices, no one gave those aspects a second thought. And it’s those areas that Hyundai is tapping into. Time to turn on the Eon. Hyudai Eon in Tryaldrive

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Hyundai Eon Design & Style

Hyundai Eon is undoubtedly, a very nice looking hatch in the segment. The grille and bumper at the front feature a well-ordered translation of the aggressive design lines that are now part of every Hyundai car as of now. The grille is flanked by large pulled back headlamps on either side which adds a nice finishing to the front fascia.From the sides, the car is nearly identical to elder sibling Hyundai i10. The design engineers have given a rather solid looking shoulder that flows up to the rear, lending a nice sporty touch to the car. The Sports Edition launched in 2017 also comes with side body molding graphics on each side and roof rails, taking the sporty quotient to the next level.

At the rear end, the roof spoiler is visually striking and does their best to add to the overall style statement. The rear profile is nicely summed up by half-moon shaped tail lights that go well with the tail gate. The 1.0L version can be differentiated with the 800c variant with the new badging.Overall, it seems to be clear that Hyundai is not stingy when it comes to designing small hatchbacks. The car is still a head turner in its class but needs a more improved design to stay up in the competition.

Hyundai Eon Cabin & Comfort

To give a contemporary looking cabin in small/budget cars has always been a challenge for manufacturers. But Hyundai has tried its level best to ensure Eon’s interiors measure up in the segment. The car is bit plasticity inside but the overall execution in terms of fit and finish and visual appeal is appreciable. The budget-conscious folks will not find any reasons to complain in terms of fabrics used in seats and door trims. Four average adults can comfortably sit in but will be definitely a squeezing affair if the fifth one comes into the picture. The car offers a lot of storage spaces to store those knick-knacks. The dual tone beige and grey color scheme, as well as the seats, compliments the practical proportions of the car. The boot space is adequate enough to carry a small family’s average holiday luggage.

The mid variants come loaded with an audio system that gels well with the multilayered dash. Move on to the top model such as Sports Edition and you will get 6.2-inch touchscreen AVN system. The infotainment can be paired to your smartphone and is powered by 2 speakers placed in the door panels. This seems to be an attempt to counter rival Renault Kwid. Other comfort features included in the car are power windows, internally adjustable ORVM, bench folding rear seats, rear parcel tray and remote fuel lid opener.

Hyundai Eon Engine & Gearbox

The Hyundai Eon in India gets a 3-cylinder engine that was developed at Hyundai’s R&D centre in Hyderabad. It’s the same engine as in the i10 with one cylinder removed to reduce displacement. It makes 56PS of max power along with 75Nm of torque which is the best in class. Driveability isn’t great with max torque being generated at a fairly high 4000rpm which means you have to constantly shift down to lower gears. In urban areas you will find yourself using second and third gears constantly and that also keeps the revs high.

At engine speeds above 3000rpm it sounds buzzy and scratchy and the sound only dies out considerably when you shift to higher gears and keep the revs low and that largely happens on the highway. Yet its NVH is within comfortable limits and unless revved hard this engine is a quiet operator. It’s also very similar in feel to the Alto’s 800cc engine, in first gear there is a small flat spot under 1500 rpm that intermittently also shows up in second gear. At times unless revved hard it feels like the engine is dying out even though you’ve engaged first gear and released the clutch. The 5-speed transmission is smooth to operate, however on another car it felt notchy. I guess these are some of the consistency issues that Hyundai will have to sort out. The ratios nonetheless are spaced out quite a bit to provide the best fuel efficiency rather than performance, yet first to third gears sees the Eon gain momentum quickly enough.

With a kerb weight of 725kilos the Eon has a decent 77.24PS per tonne though with the tall ratios don’t expect the Eon to make progress very fast. So 100kmph comes up in a lazy 19.08 seconds by which time you are also inching very close to the quarter mile mark, that’s how much distance it covers to get to 100kmph. The quarter mile then takes another eight tenths of a second. With the strong low and mid range but just noise at the top the Eon feels slow in the roll-ons. Third gear overtaking acceleration is decently fast but shift into fourth or fifth and the 40-100kmph runs feel like an eternity has passed, both runs recording well over 25 seconds. The Eon is quicker than the Alto by a slim margin but at nearly two seconds, a margin it is. That said all of Hyundai’s efforts have been put into fuel efficiency. According to the ARAI figures the Eon returns an overall of 21.1kmpl, on our test cycles however she returned 15.6kmpl in the city and on the highway a brilliant 24.3kmpl but the overall adds up to just 17.75kmpl which is much lesser than what Hyundai claims.

Hyundai Eon Ride & Handling

The suspension is mainly tuned for city driving, so it is little unpredictable on highways. Ride quality is reasonable, what you will expect from a car of this segment. However, the car remains obedient as long as the road surface is good. It can also gobble up urban undulations quite well and doesn’t feel as stiff as the Santro of yesteryears.The Eon is an all-new car from the ground up and sports an all-new platform. The hatchback is 3.49 metres long, with an overall width of 1.55 metres standing 1.5 metres tall. The monocoque with a front engine front wheel drive layout has been designed for comfort more than dynamics as well as to handle the myriad stresses it will be put through once it reaches all corners of India. The suspension at both ends is a mix of a MacPherson at the front and a torsion beam at the rear. It’s tuned for the city and to provide optimal damping rather than hot hatch like handling. The ride while I wouldn’t call it plush is surprisingly good for our conditions and the Eon’s gas charged dampers, a first for this segment, work better than a hydraulic system. Where handling is concerned the Eon is competent in the city but there is a fair amount of body roll and understeer once you begin to explore her limits.

Hyundai Eon Braking & Safety

Hyundai has the best in class braking capability and it is really surprising. The car has a good bite force and comes to halt without and fuss and side movements. In terms of safety, the carmaker has given a reinforced body structure to counter huge force generated on impact. Other than that, you get driver side airbag, front fog lamps, engine immobilizer, central locking, child safety rear door locks, and remote keyless entry.

Hyundai Eon Cost in Mumbai

Hyundai Eon Ex-Showroom Price in Mumbai ranges from 3,27,313/- (EON D Lite) to 4,52,486/- (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

In terms of specifications, Eon comes in two petrol engine options. The 0.8L and 1.0L motors produce respective power and torque output of 55PS/75Nm and 68PS/94Nm. Both the engines are offered in 5-speed manual transmission. There is also an option of LPG that come factory fitted. The 814cc engine tweaked to deliver 22.03kmpl (ARAI) while the powerful 1.0L returns 20.3kmpl.The small hatch is basically available in 7 different variants. The base model D-Lite is priced at Rs. 3.33 lakh while the top spec Magna Plus can be purchased at the price tag of Rs. 4.66 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. Hyundai Eon is still nothing short of impressive and holds a prominent position among the league where Maruti Alto, Renault Kwid, and Datsun redi-GO are already competing against each other.

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