The new Grand i10 Nios has been launched with one basic reason, to
beat Maruti Suzuki Swift in its game. So let’s do a quick comparison.
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The Grand i10 Nios is definitely bigger in dimension than the
existing Grand i10. The length of the Nios is 3805mm, which is 40mm more than
the length of the Grand i10. But the length of the Swift is 3840mm. The width
of the Nios is 1680mm, 20 mm more than the Grand i10. But the Swift is 1735mm
in width which is more. The height of the Nios is 1520mm, similar to the
existing Grand i10. The Swift is again a tad higher at 1530mm. As for the
wheelbase, the Nios is 2450mm, 25mm more than the Grand i10 and similar to the
wheelbase of the Swift.
Both the Grand i10 Nios and the Swift are offered in two engine
options, a BS 6 1197cc petrol engine for both while the Nios has a 1186cc
diesel engine and the Swift has a 1248cc diesel engine. Both engines have an
option of a 5 speed manual transmission as well as an AMT. Incidentally, for
the Nios as well as the Swift their engines produce similar power at around 82hp
for petrol and 74hp for the diesel engine.
And mind you, the Nios has got a lot more advanced features compared
to the existing Grand i10. But compared to the Swift which is marginally larger
in dimension than the Grand i10 Nios, the latter scores big time when it comes
to several unique features. There are around 20 unique features in the Grand
On the outside, the Nios has projector fog lamps compared to the
normal ones in a Swift. It scores again
when it comes to shark fin antenna, roof rails, chrome outside door handles,
impact sensing auto door locks, rear chrome garnish and air curtains. Air
curtain technology allows air to flow through a vent underneath the headlamps
and out around the wheel. Horizontal slots underneath the headlamps channel air
from the front of the car through ducting to openings in the wheel wells –
directing it across the outer surface of the wheel and tyre. This reduces drag
and ensures better fuel efficiency too.
The Nios also has an Emergency Stop Signal or ESS. The ESS causes
the hazard lights to flash at high speed if the driver suddenly brakes when
travelling at high speed. This helps prevent collisions. Of course, since it
was raining heavily we were not able to test this feature out on the potholed
roads of Udaipur.
Coming to some of the interiors, the Nios has an 8 inches touch
screen compared to the 7 inches in a Swift. It has an Arkamys premium sound
system, wireless charger, USB charger, 5.3 inches digital speedometer and MID,
glovebox cooling, driver rear view monitor,
rear ac vents, rear power outlet, eco coating, among others.
Though the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios comes with two engine options
which again have options of a 5 speed manual and automatic transmissions, we were able to drive only the petrol powered
Nios with a manual transmission in a rain soaked Udaipur. We shall be reviewing
the automatic petrol in the days to come and will give a detailed insight into
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