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Hyundai Eon
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Customer Rating
: 2/5
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: 8/10
Warranty
: 2 Yrs / Unlimited Kms (Whichever is earlier)
Ex-showroom price in 
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3.32 Lakhs-4.53 Lakhs

Strong Areas

  • Ultra-modern design
  • High fuel efficiency
  • Small turning radius
  • Satisfactory safety features
  • Great quality & finish interiors

Weak Areas

  • Inconsistent gear shift
  • Limited back seat space
  • Weak top end performance
  • Vibrations intrudes cabin
  • High-priced entry hatchback
Hyundai Eon
 
 

Hyundai Eon–The Good Thing in a Small Package

Powered by 814 cc 3 cylinder engine and with a good fuel economy, the Eon competes with Alto 800 in the entry-level hatch segment. 


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Eon is yet another car to get Hyundai’s fluidic sculpture design and despite being a small budget hatch, it certainly is big on style. Its attractive silhouette draws attention and makes it one of the finest looking Hyundai cars. With an aggressive price range of 2.89 lakhs to 3.95 lakhs (ex showroom Delhi), the Korean car maker also guns for Maruti Alto – the best selling budget hatch in India. 
 
While Eon’s dimensions may be very similar to Alto, the fluidic sculpture design protocol has been well executed in the former and this puts it in an entirely different league. But what exactly is attractive about those features and how does the Eon fare besides being a stylish and affordable hatch? Ecardlr finds out:
 
Exteriors  
 
Young Eon has a distinct profile even though it inherits hexagonal front grille and swept-back headlamps from its family. The top end variant also has triangular fog lamps neatly integrated on the body coloured bumper. There are ridges on either side of the bonnet and they rise sharply to meet the A pillar. 
 
Plenty of style strokes have been used while designing the side profile too. A bold crease originates from the elongated headlamps and runs right up to the tail lamps at rear. An arc line at the bottom of the doors also adds to the beauty of Eon’s looks. Hyundai has indeed been lavish while giving this car its styling elements. However, there is one zone where it could have worked with some restraint – the steel wheel arches seem too prominent giving a smaller look to the wheels. And there are no alloys. Even the top trim comes with 13 inch alloy wheels while the base models have 12 inchers. 
 
The rear looks smart with crescent shaped tail lamps. Tight panel gaps and overall fit & finish are also praiseworthy. Flip open the boot lid to see 251 litres of storage capacity. Signs of some cost cutting are however evident by the exposed walls inside the boot. Another area where the manufacturer has skimped is in form of flap type door handles. 
 
It would have been rather costly to develop a new car from the scratch and so the Eon does share a part of its platform with tallboy Santro. It has the same 2380 mm of wheelbase, the McPherson strut front and torsion beam layout. For braking there is a combo of front discs and rear drums. Predictably, ABS has not been used in any of the trims. 
 
Interiors 
 
Slip onto Eon’s cabin and you will see that you’ve got a good value for your money. The quality of plastics is comparable with that in an i10. Apart from the tad dated door locks on the window sill, you will not see anything that looks out of place inside this baby Hyundai. With beige tone plastic work on the lower part of the cabin, the upmarket feel of interiors is further enhanced. 
 
The design of dashboard and centre console complements the hexagonal theme of this car’s front styling. Dull silver accents contrast well against the black fascia and power steering. Air con vents in the centre are small and don’t have very effective spread but there are bigger ones on the sides for good degree of cooling.  The knobs too are chunky and easy to operate. Eon’s instrument panel has easy to read speedometer, fuel gauge and temperature gauge but there’s no rev counter. Hyundai has also added a little digital read-out to suggest the ideal gears for finest fuel efficiency. 
 
A cavity has been scooped on the top of glovebox to create extra storing space. There are more cubby holes on doors and centre console for further storage. 
 
The visibility out of the windscreen is good but with thick A pillars a little blind spot is created at the T junction. There is no height adjustment feature for the driver’s seat although the steering wheel is rake adjustable (in Magna and Sportz trims) for an ergonomic driving position. Seats despite being slender, offer good lumbar support. Short and fixed headrests may bother some drivers. 
 
Top end variant gets a keyless entry system and a 2 DIN music system with aux input and USB connectivity. On the safety front, there is a single air bag for the driver (only in top trim). 
 
You cannot expect a very lavish rear seat in a small hatch but the Eon does offer adequate legroom and the space at back is comparable with that of Alto 800. If however you have someone tall sitting in the front with seat pushed back, it might be a little uncomfortable. The sloping roofline also eats into the headroom space for tall passengers at back. For cost cutting, there are no door pockets at the back. 
 
Hyundai Eon has 8 variants now including the LPG options that come with D-lite +, Era+ and Magna +
 
Engine, Transmission and Performance 
 
It’s a three cylinder, 814 cc petrol engine that powers the Eon. It is essentially the 1.1 litre motor used in Santro with sacrifice of one cylinder. There are 3 valves per cylinder for the SOHC engine. 55 bhp of power and 7.6 kgm of torque position this Hyundai hatch between the Alto 800 and the bigger Alto K10. 
 
While a three cylinder engine cannot be as smooth as its four cylinder counterpart, the refinement levels of Hyundai’s motor are satisfactory in its segment. The engine has been equipped with counter balancer to give you a good handling experience. At idling though there is some imbalance and you feel the vibrations that filter notably through the gear lever. This is because the Eon employs a mechanical linkage instead of the cable operated system as on the i10. 
 
As you get going, this hatch might seem a little hesitant but with an increase in revs, things smoothen out and the engine feels quite responsive in the mid range. The engine also has an intelligent alternator management system – it cuts out the alternator’s load on the engine while accelerating. Instead it charges the battery when you brake or slow down. It however is not very punchy – is good to ramble about in the city and you can leisurely cruise on the highways at 90-100 kms per hour but for quick overtaking, you would have to work with the notchy gearbox and rev it up. This small car can also go up to 120 kms/ hour when you really rev up the engine but it does not feel very relaxed there. Take it past 5000 rpm and the engine goes from a thrum to a thrash. 
 
The three cylinder motor is not very sporty, lacks torque and so the performance is not quite staggering. It takes 6.46 seconds to reach 60 km per hour and 17.6 seconds for the 100 km per hour mark. These figures however do compare well with Alto. The Korean car manufacturer has kept shorter gear ratio for first three gears to make the most of engine’s limited power and so drivability within the city is good. You just need to keep the engine in the powerband because it does take time to rev-up and to get back to speed. This is usually experienced while up-shifting early from 2nd to 3rd gear. 
 
Ride and Handling 
 
With a light power steering, Hyundai Eon is comfortable to drive in the city and its tight turning radius makes it easy to maneuver through traffic and into cramped parking lots. It is however not fun to drive because of the uneven feel the steering offers. There’s considerable slack around the straight-ahead position but as you pile on the lock, the steering suddenly gets very quick and becomes over-responsive. Furthermore, self-centring action is missing and so you need to maintain a firm hold on the steering at all speeds. 
 
There is appreciable straightline stability and even though strong gusts of wind can rock this light car a little, it does have good overall stability and remains well planted particularly over minor undulations. Eon’s low speed ride quality is also plush and even if it tends to thump on a bumpy patch, the suspension works well to soften the jolt. Suspension noise is also under control. Brakes have a strong bite and with a good feel on pedal, the Eon does not veer much under sudden stops. 
 
Fuel Efficiency 
 
Company claimed fuel economy for Hyundai Eon is 21.1 km/litre. Tests returned figure for city driving comes to 13.7 km / litre and on highway it gives you up to 17.2 kms/ litre. 
 
Verdict 
 
Positioned in the budget car segment, the Eon attracts buyers primarily on basis of its good looks. It does carry visual appeal and has a well loaded cabin. Some of its equipment is rather unheard of in this class of hatchbacks. 
 
With a more powerful engine, this could also have been high on fun-to-drive factor. But it still comes out as a nice option for an average city car. It does have adequate power and 

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