Hyundai Motor India Limited is the subsidiary of the Hyundai Motor Company of South Korea. It entered into Indian automotive market on May 1996. As of now, Hyundai Motor India Limited is the second largest manufacturer of automobiles behind Maruti Suzuki India Limited.
Hyundai Motor India Limited introduced its i10 model in India back in 2007. Hyundai i10 is a compact hatchback with all the features and looks suiting to the category of an entry level hatchback.
Hyundai i10 1.1 iRDE Era model was one of the primary models of i10 brand, with its responsive and efficient engine.
The Hyundai i10 1.1 iRDE Era is fantastic looking hatchback. It is packed with all the designs and curves to attract more eyes than any other car in this segment. The outer appearance of Hyundai i10 iRDE Era is smarter and precise with its styling. The front has an up market look to it with headlamps wrapped around look and the mid front brimming with the small bonnet lid between the headlamps. The front grille is occupying very thin space besides the Hyundai badge in between the running slender chrome plate. The lower front has the air dams with three horizontal slats. The round fog lamps are fresh with simple looks giving ample illumination in dark conditions.
From profile view, Hyundai i10 1.1 iRDE Era model looks fine with considerable high waistline considering other hatchback models. The door handles are small and complements other outer features. The top variant gets the body coloured ORVM''''''''''''''''s and door handles. The windows are big enough to give passengers airy and spacious feel which more like a sedan is. It has 13 inch wheels with tubeless tyres.
The rear has the short and stocky boot lid. The tail light cluster is been placed in the back side vertical frames. The rear bumper is also small with whole body having nice level of ground clearance of 165 mm. The dimensional figures of Hyundai i10 1.1 iRDE Era are - length being 3585 mm, width being 1595 mm and it is 1550 mm in height.
The spacious and airy cabin is what makes the Hyundai i10 1.1 iRDE Era more desirable by its occupants. It has beige interiors with top quality of plastic materials used. The 3 spoke steering wheel nicely designed with dashboard having all the features and instrumentation cluster having deft finish. The instrumentation cluster has analogue speedometer and tachometer. The central console has an integrated music system with CD player and AM/FM radio with the control features for manual air conditioning. The air conditioning vents are placed aptly which maintains cabin temperature in hot weathers. The 5 speed gear lever is mounted close to central console to give driver more driving experience. The glove box compartment has enough space. The front armrest have the power window controls, with driver''''''''''''''''s armrest having the centrally door locking control feature also. The front seats have upholstered finish with single piece back support without detachable headrests, the rear seats are well distanced from the front seats and occupants have enough head room, leg room and shoulder room for all five occupants. The seats give nice under thigh and back support, making ride for occupants comfortable. The boot space is of 225L with boot shelf making space enough for storage.
Engine and performance
The Hyundai i10 1.1 iRDE Era model has petrol engine with displacement of 1086cc, with 4 inline cylinders. It is SOHC unit, having 3 valves per cylinder, churning out peak power of 69bhp at 5500 rpm and producing peak torque of 101 Nm at 4500 rpm. The engine is mated with 5 speed manual gearbox. It has fuel tank capacity of 35litres. This engine unit has pretty impressive mileage figures of 14kmpl in the city conditions and 18kmpl on the highway. This engine gives maximum ride quality with its efficient engine, which has Hyundai''''''''''''''''s acclaimed Intelligent Responsive Drive Engine technology.
Braking and handling
The iRDE engine has the best handling in the city conditions with its sharp response and efficiency. The EPS steering wheel has best precision in its class. The front suspension is McPherson strut with Coil Spring & Anti-Roll Bar and rear being Coupled Torsion Beam Axle with Coil Spring, making ride comfortable. The braking system is taken good care by front Ventilated disc and rear drum brakes.