Hyundai Eon Performance & Test Drive

Hyundai EON Overview

When Hyundai Eon was launched, it made almost all the heads turn thanks to its attractive design, which was non-existent in its segment. Yes, the Maruti Alto 800 may be the best selling car in the country, but we all would agree it’s not particularly expressive. So, when Hyundai launched Eon, the vibes were so strong that the Maruti launched a special edition variant of the then Alto just a day before the Eon launch. Hyundai Eon has the big responsibility to follow the footsteps of the iconic Santro that put the Korean car company on the right track.

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Hyundai Eon brings to the table what the other cars have failed to at the same time inspired other companies (read Renault with their Kwid) to bring a great looking car that offers best-in-class build quality, good fuel economy and lots of features in this segment. In typical Hyundai way. View offers on Hyundai Cars from Hyundai dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

The Eon is certainly eons ahead of what the Alto offers and is almost head on with the Renault Kwid. So close, that we couldn’t come to a conclusion between the two. The biggest advantage the Eon holds over the Kwid is that it’s available without a waiting period, however the Kwid is more appealing as it is the new k(w)id on the block.

Hyundai EON Look

The Eon is the next embodiment of Hyundai’s new design language and what we now know as fluidic design. It’s funky and eye catching, and it’s closely related, cosmetically, to the new Verna and the i10. You see the same profusion of lines and shapes especially at the front with those well defined cheekbones highlighting this car. The sunken grille with the chrome strip and the Hyundai logo embedded in the centre is another distinguishing character. Yet its most interesting feature are its wraparound headlamps and the beefy wheel arches. Viewed from a three quarter angle those clear lens headlamps with elaborately designed reflectors looked like giant Chinese soup spoons to me.

But they are attractive and along with the rest of the elements adorning the Eon’s face garner a lot of attention. The rear hatch area is also very attractively turned out complemented by the crescent moon shaped tail lamps. The hatch looks a bit small though access to the boot is easy and unrestricted. Overall the Eon appears to be a very busy pallet yet it has a smooth cohesive sense about it which makes it attractive.

The Eon also has a very nice stance, contrary to Hyundai’s tall boy designs in the past the Eon looks short and wide, hunkering down with a quiet confidence. It’s less than 3.5 metres long and just a little over 1.5 metres wide with a 1.38-metre wide track and 170mm of ground clearance. It’s compact and yet looks much larger than the Alto,

Hyundai EON Comfort

in fact it almost looks as large as its sibling the i10. Ideally seeing just how large the Eon is for an entry level compact car should prepare you for the shock of its interior. This is by far the most spacious cabin in any entry level compact car. I could easily seat four of me and have space for one more mini-me. Do not expect it to be a full 5-seater, not without three people in the rear bench getting too intimate. What does happen is generous knee room for rear seat passengers with ample shoulder space. At the front it’s a bit of a squeeze sideways, and the driver will always bang elbows with the passenger when trying to shift gears. Design wise this is an ergonomically sound cabin. It has the same sense of flair as we have come to see in the most contemporary Hyundais. The gentle crests and troughs keep it interesting and I like the small cap the upper layer of the dashboard forms over the centre stack. Even on bright sunny days the shadow it throws over the stereo panel will ensure clear readability. The controls for the air-con and the stereo are simple to use though I did think that the profusion of buttons on the stereo panel could have been trimmed down a bit. Nevertheless that centre stack is nicely designed with the entire dashboard cascading into that single area. Check for Hyundai EON in icadl2013.org.in

The instrument console features a simple three pod layout, with a large speedometer placed in the centre and flanked by the temperature and fuel gauge on either side. The dials are clear and easy to read. A small window inside the speedo pod relays basic trip and odo readings and also indicates the correct gear to drive in. The interiors are also nicely styled with a two tone shade and bursts of faux aluminium inserts across the dashboard and the door pads making the interior feel rich. The cabin is also quite practical and apart from the generous amounts of space you also get several storage bins and bottle holders. There is also a very generous boot with 215 litres of storage space and the rear bench folds down to provide more if required. A USB port allows iPod connectivity, I’m not certain how well it operates but just in case it does not accept your device there is an aux port below it, so a solution is available.

Fit and finish is very good, the shut lines are tight and look like they will stay that way for a long time. The doors close with a well meant thud, the seats are supportive despite looking pretty slim, there aren’t any unfinished areas and I genuinely believe Hyundai has now fully understood low cost engineering allayed to high quality very well.

Hyundai EON Gearbox

The Hyundai Eon is now available in two petrol engine options – 0.8L iRDE engine and 1.0L Kappa engine.

Eon 0.8L iRDE

The Hyundai Eon 0.8L iRDE is powered by a 814 cc, 3-cylinder petrol engine that puts out 55 bhp of maximum power at 5500 rpm and 76 Nm of maximum torque at 4000 rpm. It is the same unit that powers the i10 in a downsized form with a cylinder chopped off, mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The engine is nicely refined but still you can feel the engine upon starting it through the gear lever.

The engine is designed to offer maximum fuel economy, so don’t expect outright performance. The 3-cylinder unit is best suited for city driving. The throttle response and low end power delivery is not bad. The engine responds nicely to short bursts of acceleration and can cruise in the highways around 120 km/h without any hassle. But be it the traffic laden city roads or the highways, the gearbox demands a healthy workout from you to extract the performance you expect.

The clutch is one of the lightest that you can experience and mix that to the light steering and the city driving will be effortless. The steering is a tad too light to our liking and this proves to be a problem on the highways when you are cruising in triple digit speeds. The lack of feedback from the steering can be frightening at high speeds around the curves.

Eon 1.0L Kappa

Hyundai also added the 1.0-litre Kappa engine to the Eon range to compete better with the Alto, which is available with a 0.8-litre and a 1.0-litre engine option. The Eon 1.0-litre Kappa is powered by a 998 cc, 3-cylinder petrol engine that makes 68 bhp at 6200 rpm and a peak torque of 94 Nm at 3500 rpm.

Mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox, the Eon 1.0L is for those who think that the 0.8L Eon is a bit slow. Though not by a large margin, the 1.0-L does offer a bit more zippy engine and Hyundai has also taken care of the jerkiness that you experience with the smaller engine. There are no other changes mechanically and the Eon 1.0L behaves the same like the 0.8L but with a bit more briskness. The Eon 1.0L is only available in Magna+ (O) variant.

Hyundai EON Rideing

As far as the ride quality and handling characteristics are concerned, both the 0.8L and 1.0L behave similarly as there are no differences in the suspension setup. The Hyundai Eon gets the typical McPherson strut to the front and torsion beam axle to the rear for the suspension duties. While the Eon goes smooth as long as the roads are smooth and can absorb slight aberrations of without a problem. But as the going gets tough, the Eon does get going but you will feel each and every bit of those large bumps.

When it comes to handling, predictable is the word that describes that of the Eon. Hyundai Eon doe a neat job of going around the city traffic without any drama. Over the highways, while the straight line stability is good, going around the curves will rob you off the confidence. The skinny tyres are the major reason and hence we recommend wider tyre upgrade at the earliest. The tyres take no time to understeer if pushed hard and the body roll also crops in. While the light steering is good for the city commutes, the feedback from it is almost nonexistent on the highways. The brakes though have a nice bite to them and inspire confidence during high speed braking situations.

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 Hyderabad

Hyundai Eon On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 3,75,329 to 5,19,909 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 Hyderabad. Check for Eno price in Hyderabad at Carzprice.

Hyundai EON Bottomline

Hyundai has chosen to launch the Eon 1 litre in only the Magna + variant – possibly to keep the sticker price well blow Rs 4 lakh I reckon. So on overall features and comforts, the top-end Sportz on the 800cc version is still better loaded. The Sportz variant also gets a driver-side airbag, while the new 1 litre Magna+ does not. It is priced at Rs 3.83 lakh ex-showroom Delhi.

So is it a better bet than the other cars on offer? Well, I certainly think it is a bit more compelling now. It is also reasonably well loaded, despite not being offered at the top-end. The Eon certainly boasts superior design – inside and out – when compared to the more staid Alto. But with better deals on cars like the Wagon R, Spark and even the old i10, plus the more spacious and upmarket looking Datsun Go now gaining acceptance, it will not be easy for Hyundai to increase Eon sales dramatically just on the back of this one variant.

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