Hyundai Grand i10 Nios in its turbo spec avatar is sensational. Here’re the key details that you need to know about the Grand i10 Nios Turbo.
With the launch of ‘turbo’ version, the so-called sophisticated family hatch, Hyundai Grand i10 Nios now dons a performance avatar with a powerful engine under hood. The Korean carmaker has infused its best selling hatchback with a 1.0L, three-cylinder, turbo-petrol engine. The practical and potent turbocharged engine currently serves the likes of Hyundai Venue, Hyundai Verna and Hyundai Aura in the company’s line-up. Showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo early this year, the Nios Turbo sits on the Sportz trim of the standard Nios hatch. So let’s have look at what all has changed in terms of looks, performance and features.
Changes at the Exterior
The elements that set this turbocharged variant apart from the standard Nios visually are pretty less. The blacked-out trapezoidal grille at the front fascia now tucks a ‘Turbo’ badge, while the headlamp treatment and bumper designs go untouched.
The turbo variant receives a choice of dual-tone colour with blacked-out roof and pillars. Moreover, the LED DRL headlamps, stylish roof rails, and fatter 175/60 R15 tyres (instead of 165/65 R14) with alloy wheels are borrowed from the high-end Asta variant. The rear now sees ‘Turbo’ badge placed alongside the ‘Grand i10 Nios’ and ‘Sportz’ badges.
Tweaks in the Interior and Feature-list
Following the minimal amendment on the outside, the changes inside too remain least and are restricted to cosmetic ones. The sporty and contrast looking touches in the cabin include red highlights around the air-vents and AC controls, seats feature red stitching and piping, and others.
More or less the cabin remains airy just like earlier and receives high-quality fit and finish levels to provide a premium feel. Coming to the feature-list the Nios Turbo comes with climate control, part-digital instrument cluster, leather-wrapped steering, touch display with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, reverse camera, LED DRLs projector headlamp, remote-key entry, and wireless charging.
Engine and Specifications
Powering the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios Turbo is the 998cc, three-cylinder turbo-petrol engine. The refined yet powerful engine was first introduced with Hyundai Venue compact SUV. It churns out a maximum power of 98.6bhp at 6000rpm along with a peak torque performance of 171.6Nm at 1500-4000rpm. The Turbo Nios is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission gearbox. The regular 1.2L petrol engine of Nios gives out 81.8bhp at 6000rpm and 113.7Nm at 4000rpm of power and torque respectively.
Performance and Drivability
The on-road performance of this turbo unit is smooth and more refined against the 1.2L on offer. The vibration and noise-levels are in better control at idle but identical with moving. During acceleration when drive between 2,000-5,000rpm the engine is smoothest and allows you to open up for smoother drive experience on the straight roads.
Against the Venue SUV, which features a 6-speed gearbox, the Nios Turbo is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. Hence, it offers delightful driving pleasure and butter-smooth gear shifts at all speeds. The incorporation of bigger 15-inch tyres enhances cornering and stability at high speeds.
Increase in Price
Based on the Sportz variant, the Hyundai i10 Nios Turbo is priced between Rs 7.75 lakh and Rs 7.81 lakh (both ex-showroom, Delhi). There are two variants of Sportz trim on offer namely Sportz and Sportz Dual Tone (DT), both get turbo engine. The current price of the ongoing Nios Sportz manual trims is Rs 6.51 lakh and Rs 6.81 lakh (both ex-showroom, Delhi). Therefore, with the ‘Turbo’ tag on, the Sportz manual and Sportz DT become dearer by Rs 1.24 lakh and Rs 1 lakh respectively over the regular petrol version.
Is Nios Turbo a Good Buy?
The hot-looking hatch actually turns hotter with good improvements in power and torque departments. Besides the power-packed performance, it also offers handsome low-speed drivability in the city traffic. The drive with the turbo is more engaging compared to the regular ones. Further, with excellent acceleration numbers and sharper driving etiquette, Hyundai Grand i10 Nios Turbo is now a more convincing buy.