Hyundai Eon Facelift First Drive

Hyundai Eon Overview

Small cars are very popular in India and to counter Maruti Suzuki’s dream run in the entry-level A-segment, Hyundai launched the Eon in 2011. The impact of the Eon was immediately apparent, within no time it became Hyundai’s best selling model in India while Maruti Suzuki could feel the heat and had to update its bread and butter model, the Alto, which was being sold unchanged for more than a decade. Everybody who drove the Eon was impressed by the car, Hyundai engineers (the car was jointly developed by the company’s R&D centres in Korea and India) had done a fantastic job of packaging everything so well in this small size that this entry-level automobile never felt basic or cheap. However, there was always one gripe, the 800cc engine which produces 55 BHP of power and 75 Nm of torque, made the Eon feel a bit underpowered. To address the issues of performance, Hyundai has plonked in a bigger 1.0-litre motor in the Eon, sourced from the European i10 and Kia Picanto.

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Hyundai Eon Exteriors

As already mentioned above Hyundai embodied their fluidic sculpture design language in the Eon and we actually never expected nor thought that the entry level offering can look this good.

The Eon gets a hexagonal sunken type grille towards the front with the Hyundai logo integrated in it and this might look identical to the ones you will find in the i10 also. The swept back clear lens headlamps halogen units further contributes in its good looks. Another interesting styling feature towards the front is the new bumper which finishes towards the stylish front wheel arches.

Talking about the wheel arches in particular Hyundai has made the wheel arch slightly beefy perhaps to hide the small dimension of the car and add some more flair and muscle to its overall design. The side profile of the car looks rather simple though and there is a character line which begins from the front headlamps and finishes towards the rear taillamps. What looked odd to me are the puny 13 inch wheels although the variant I drove was the top end Sportz variant while the base variant gets even smaller 12 inch wheels.

Although the car looks wide and long towards the front profile the rear profile of the hatchback gets a short overhung. The beautifully finished taillamp design definitely will catch your attention too. The hatchbacks fit and finish quality looked superb and honestly I searched for panel gaps (thinking that it was an entry level offering) but to my surprise found none actually which truly impressed me. However one thing which disappointed me was the rear boot opening which actually is small and also taill and might cause problem while loading or unloading any luggage or good from the boot.

Hyundai Eon Interiors

Hyundai Eon has very well-thought interior. It is airy and has a cheerful feeling to it. The materials used inside are of very good quality and the finishing of everything is done in a very nice way. Being tall, there is a lot of room inside. The legroom and headroom is ample for four adults and a kid to sit in the vehicle comfortably. Hyundai has used a lot of beige colour to make the car feel premium from the inside. The dashboard has been designed in a curvy and flowing way, and the car feels amazing, especially with the price tag it comes with. Hyundai has tried to keep things very simple and as informative as possible. The instrument panel, for instance, has only three neat pods displaying every information about the vehicle. The steering wheel feels proportionate to the interiors and feels good to hold.

The storage inside the Eon is well managed. On the centre column, the Eon gets a good audio system with premium features. The highlight of interior would be the gear shift indicator that aids the driver in saving a lot of fuel. The small budget car also comes with tilt-steering and front power windows for easy access. The centre console features tiny chrome dipped buttons, which looks snazzy. However, Hyundai could have done a better job on this part. Hyundai Eon has good quality seats and they don’t easily fatigue the occupants. The cabin space, however, is smaller than that of Alto or even Nano. With a boot space of 215 lires, the Hyundai Eon offers a good amount of space for the price it comes at. Even though the Hyundai Eon is an entry-level hatchback in the market, it is equipped with advanced features.

The car gets integrated music system with many advanced features, like radio, CD player, AUX-in, ipod connectivity and USB. These features are often missing from most of the expensive cars and Hyundai has done a good job by providing these unexpected features in the vehicle. There is a set-up of four speakers in the car, which plays the sound relatively well.To manage the space in a better way; Hyundai has installed accessories, like rear parcel tray, cup holders and bottle holders around the vehicle. There are also map pockets and floor console storage for additional space. Hyundai has really thought well about the Eon and its space management.

Hyundai Eon Performance

The major change and the only change being solicited since a long time now is the new 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder Kappa mill. This 12-valve DOHC unit gets variable valve timing (VTVT in Hyundai speak) and uses an aluminium head and block. The overall output is now 69 PS at 6200 RPM and 94 Nm at 3500 RPM, a noteworthy hike from the 814cc powerplant. As you would expect, the boost in performance is immediately apparent as soon as you get going, the larger hearted Eon feeling much more eager and doesn’t bog down even with AC turned all the way up and four passengers sitting inside. For more info on Hyundai Eon visit oksociety.in

Hyundai has tried to reduce the NVH of the car and has used a low friction timing chain. The Eon’s 0.8-litre motor does vibrate at idle and feels jerky at low speeds but that has been eliminated to quite an extent with the higher powered version. Still there are very minor vibes at idle and the same can be felt near the redline but the reduction in NVH over the regular Eon is drastic. There is very good performance on offer now and even part throttle inputs work well to gather good pace, the light weight of the car helping to quite an extent. Low-end performance is good and the mid-range is strong as well but you do have to stretch it to get to the top of the powerband, which gets noisy.

The 5-speed gearbox offers slick shifts and the clutch is light too. The gearing itself is on the taller side and first gear is good enough for around 40 km/hr, second for 85 km/hr and third takes you all the way to 130 km/hr, no signs of breathless-ness whatsoever. Our VBOX shows the Eon 1.0 does the 0-60 km/hr sprint in 5.63 seconds, while the 0-100 km/hr time is 13.28 seconds, which is very quick indeed. Top speed is close to 150 km/hr but progress post 130 km/hr is slow. The ARAI claimed mileage is 20.3 km/l and this Hyundai should return around 15 km/l in real world conditions.

Hyundai Eon Driving

The Eon is an extremely light car and has been fitted with McPherson strut suspension setup towards the front and Torsion Beam Axle setup towards the rear which provides well cushioned ride in the city but the hard bumps and bruises can be felt easily inside the cabin. The car feels well planted on road but there is a slight body roll if you push the it hard in the corners. Although I did not get a chance to sit in the rear bench while the car was in motion but I felt the hatches suspension setup works quite well in lower speeds and inside the city.

The electrically assisted power steering felt light and you can actually use your two fingers to maneuver the car. The Eon uses disc brakes towards the front and drum brakes towards the rear which are quite responsive too.

Hyundai Eon Safety

Hyundai has partly taken care of the safety by equipping the vehicle with a single driver side airbag. The reinforced cage of Eon is remarkably strong and has crumple zones to absorb the impact in an event of collision. There are impact beams on the doors of the car, making it pretty safe and strong. Even the floor of the Eon has impact beams to keep the cage safe.

There are self-restraining seat belts for the driver and all the passengers. Eon also offers child safety lock on the rear doors, which refrains children from opening the doors from inside the vehicle. The Eon also comes with a remote control security system for convenience. The Eon is pretty loaded on paper, but most of these features come with the top variants only. Otherwise, Eon is a pretty sorted-out vehicle. The top trim also features fog lamps and engine immobilizer, which are not generally seen in this segment. In short, the car is feature rich, but most versions don’t have them!

Hyundai Eon Price in Mumbai

Hyundai Eon On-Road Price in Mumbai ranges from 3,74,562 to 5,10,739 for variants EON D Lite and EON Magna O Optional respectively. Hyundai Eon is available in 11 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Hyundai Eon variants price in Mumbai. Check for Eon price in Mumbai at Carzprice.

Hyundai Eon Round Up

The Hyundai Eon has always made for a fine entry-level car but the lack of power did hurt those who were regularly driving over inclined roads or carrying occupants with them. With the boost in power, the Hyundai Eon makes a much stronger case for itself. Sure it is far from polished in the dynamics department and the rear seat lacks much space but when you look at the big picture, you simply can’t deny this car offers you more than your money’s worth, in terms of visuals (exterior and interiors). Only offered in Magna+ trim, the 1.0-litre Eon costs Rs. 34,000/- more than the 0.8-litre version in the same variant. For the extra money you pay, you get drastically better performance which transforms the experience of driving this car significantly.

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