Feel Hyundai Grand i10 Nios and you’d image a sensible, subtle, aspect-loaded family automobile sporty and exciting are not words that you’d associate with it. But Hyundai is doing the job toward transforming that notion withthis hot new turbocharged petrol version.

This Turbo version of the Nios is driven by a 1.-litre, 3-cylinder, turbo-petrol motor that built its debut in the Hyundai Venue, and is also readily available with sedans like the Verna and Aura. The Nios Turbo is based mostly on the Sportz Twin Tone (DT) variant of the standard Nios with which it shares its capabilities listing, interiors and its exterior style and it commands a quality of Rs 95,000-1,00,000 more than the equivalent 1.two-litre petrol motor. So, is the Nios Turbo exciting enough to justify that quality?

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The Turbo badge is one of the number of visible ques that differentiates the sportier version.

How do you distinguish the Turbo from the standard Nios?

Help you save for a thoroughly blacked-out trapezoidal entrance grille featuring a ‘Turbo’ badge, there is not just about anything to explain to this version aside from a standard twin-tone Nios. This turbo variant will get an optional two-tone paint shade with blacked-out roof and pillars (priced Rs five,000 larger than the one tone), projector headlamps with LED DRLs, roof rails, and broad one hundred seventy five/sixty tyres with 15-inch alloys from the prime-spec Asta variant (as as opposed to the a hundred sixty five/sixty five R14 tyres readily available on the Sportz one-tone variant). The boot now wears an extra ‘Turbo’ badge, in addition to the ‘Grand i10’, ‘Nios’ and ‘Sportz’ badges.

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The twin-tone complete charges Rs five,000 extra than the one-tone one.

Is the Nios Turbo’s inside much sportier?

Like the exteriors, the interiors get mere cosmetic alterations, which are normal on the DT version. Purple highlights around the air-vents and the rotary AC controls, as well as red stitching and piping on the seats, incorporate a touch of sportiness to the all-black interiors. Though there are not any Turbo-particular alterations to the interiors, the gear lever offers this one away, owing to its reverse gear positioning that is besides the very first gear, as opposed to being besides the fourth gear in the normal Nios. Beauty alterations apart, the interiors are spacious and nicely place jointly with significant-high-quality plastics. And this stays a sensible cabin with a quite person-helpful format.

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Purple highlights inside mark the Nios Turbo aside.

Does the Nios Turbo get extra capabilities?

In conditions of devices, the Turbo capabilities a leather-wrapped steering, climate command, a element-digital instrument cluster, touchscreen with Android Vehicle and Apple CarPlay, reverse camera, projector headlamps with LED DRLs, distant-crucial entry, and wi-fi charging. As opposed to the prime-spec Asta variant of the normal Nios, it misses out some advantage capabilities like a press-button start and keyless entry, and some important bits like a rear wiper and washer.

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The Nios Turbo Sportz misses out on keyless entry and go and a rear wiper readily available on the prime-spec Asta variant.

What is it like to drive?

As described earlier, this is the identical 998cc, 3-cylinder turbo-petrol motor that built its debut in the Hyundai Venue, but the only variance is that in the Nios, it helps make 100hp – 20hp lesser than the compact SUV – but still creates an similar 172Nm of torque. With a sub-1-tonne kerb body weight, electric power-to-body weight and torque-to-body weight ratios are much better than any other economical petrol hatchback in the industry currently.

This motor is sleek and refined, as significantly as 3-cylinder motors go, but it is not entirely vibration-cost-free, specifically at idle, when as opposed to its 1.two-litre 4-cylinder by natural means aspirated counterpart. When spun more quickly, this motor does get a little bit thrummy, although the sound is not excessively loud or coarse.

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The 1.-litre turbo-petrol motor is shared with the Venue and Verna but helps make 20hp considerably less.

Those people utilised to driving non-turbo cars will have to have to get accustomed to this turbo petrol motor, as on-faucet responses are not as sharp as a greater by natural means aspirated motor, and small-capability turbo engines like this one have to have to be spun a little bit to create the raise and provide them into their zone. You will do well by retaining the revs over 1,800rpm as which is the place the turbo starts singing, and there’s a awesome second wind of electric power the moment the tachometer needle crosses three,000rpm. Between two,000-five,000rpm is this engine’s sweet location, and it feels quite gutsy and significantly extra able than the 1.two-litre petrol, specifically though overtaking out on the highway. Whilst it is not as cost-free-revving as Volkswagen’s 1.-litre TSI motor, it will spin to six,600rpm in the very first 3 gears, maxing out at 101kph in second gear and at 164kph in third gear, which goes to display how tall-geared this version is. Flat-out, it will even go on to hit a prime pace of 183kph.

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The Nios Turbo is the fastest mass industry hatch to 100kph.

And though on the subject matter of outright effectiveness, this is currently the quickest accelerating mass-industry hatchback on sale in India. It out-accelerates the Volkswagen Polo 1. TSI (which was the former quickest) to 100kph and it even reaches 160kph a complete second faster. Even via the gears, specifically in the fourth, from forty-100kph, the Nios is .88sec faster. Even when you take into consideration scaled-down bursts of acceleration like 20-40kph in second gear, forty-60kph in third, or even sixty-80kph in fourth, the Nios noses ahead when as opposed to the Volkswagen. The Nios’ normal 1.two-litre petrol version is not even in the identical league in conditions of effectiveness. To place it into point of view, the Turbo accelerates three.46sec, .7sec and eight.59sec more quickly than the by natural means aspirated petrol from -100kph, 20-80kph in third and forty-100kph in fourth, respectively.

Hyundai Grand i10 Nios Turbo vs VW Polo 1. TSI vs Grand i10 Nios 1.two: Functionality (as analyzed)
Grand i10 Nios Turbo Polo 1. TSI Grand i10 Nios 1.2P
-10kph .52s .43s .52s
-20kph 1.08s 1.06s 1.14s
-30kph 1.62s 1.64s two.16s
-40kph two.39s two.28s three.02s
-50kph three.29s three.27s four.11s
-60kph four.58s four.23s five.75s
-70kph five.69s five.28s 7.20s
-80kph six.93s six.51s eight.79s
-90kph eight.23s 7.99s 10.78s
-100kph 9.82s 9.97s thirteen.28s
-110kph twelve.17s eleven.88s 15.89s
-120kph fourteen.46s fourteen.14s 19.06s
-130kph 17.12s 16.87s 23.31s
-140kph 20.20s 20.36s 29.60s
-150kph 23.92s 24.75s
-160kph 29.30s 30.36s
20-80kph (in 3rd gear) thirteen.30s twelve.36s fourteen.00s
forty-100kph (in 4th gear) thirteen.85s fourteen.73s 22.44s

This motor is mated to a five-pace manual in the Nios Turbo (as as opposed to the Venue’s six-speeder). The gearbox is an absolute delight to use, with butter-sleek shifts and a light and positive motion. Its clutch is light much too, and so is its steering, which is easy to twirl at city speeds. Out on the open up road, on the other hand, you will be remaining wanting for a extra steady sense, and although the steering weighs up a little bit at speeds, it does not supply a quite ‘connected’ sense.  And though mechanical grip is respectable – with its wheels pushed to the excessive corners of the automobile, creating it sense very agile – road grip from the skinny tyres, on the other hand, is not quite self-assurance inspiring. A set of broader tyres would enhance its cornering potential to a fantastic extent. Like the normal automobile, ride comfort and ease stays fantastic, and its brakes are quite progressive, offering a robust original chunk.

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five-pace manual is a delight to use.

Really should you invest in the Nios Turbo?

Despite being a spruced-up version, this automobile retains all the Nios’ strengths, like its subtle, sensible interiors, an absorbent reduced-pace ride high-quality, and its uncomplicated-to-drive mother nature, which helps make the normal automobile quite appealing in the very first put. Hyundai need to be lauded for using the plunge and introducing this effectiveness-oriented turbo version to cater to the driving fanatics – the extra effectiveness has built the Nios a whole lot extra able and extra easy, specifically out on the open up road. Functionality is so robust that this one is the fastest hatchback on sale in India currently. But those people who really like to drive will be remaining wanting for a extra partaking driving expertise to match the extra effectiveness, and the Rs 95,000-1,00,000 quality that this turbo version commands more than a equivalent 1.two-litre petrol variant would seem a little bit much too difficult to justify. Sharper driving manners and sportier appears to be like would have built the Nios Turbo a purer hot hatch and a extra powerful proposition.

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The Rs 95,000-1,00,000 quality for the Turbo more than the normal 1.two petrol is a little bit difficult to justify.

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