Hyundai Eon Features, Performance & Driving Dynamics

Hyundai Eon Overview

The Hyundai Eon churned out decent volumes in the hatchback segment until the recent competition came out with desirable options. The Hyundai Eon competes with the segment king Maruti Alto and now goes against the Renault Kwid and Datsun redi-GO hatchbacks. The Hyundai Eon is the most expensive hatch in its segment as the Kwid and redi-GO offer more with a much lower price tag. However, the Eon still manages to boast good interior quality and exterior design compared to its rivals. View offers on Hyundai Cars from Hyundai dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

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Hyundai Eon Style

Hyundai Eon is targeted at the youth of country and the flowing futuristic looks inspired by the fluidic design language make the car look very stylish. The car does not look like anything like its competitors. Hyundai has designed the car smartly. With the visible lines on both sides of the car, and great detailing done to the grille and headlamps, it does look premium and expensive.

The long swept-back headlamps, neatly-designed fog lamp scoops on the bumper, cool-looking grille, creased bonnet and muscular body with design lines flowing right from the headlamps to the tail make the small car very unique in its segment, and surely make it very aggressive and premium. With an overall length of 3495 mm and width of 1500 mm, the Eon is pretty compact and the design lines with the expressive attention to detail make the vehicle look very nice.

Hyundai sells the car in bright sizzling colours, like Pristine Blue, Maharaja Red, Sleep Silver and many others, with body-coloured bumpers, making the vehicle a good attraction on road. The quality of materials is not very good but not very bad either. Apart from the thin body it comes with, the quality of plastic and finishing is really good. Hyundai Eon is the best-looking entry-level hatchback by any means. Eon does not offer alloy wheels, but Hyundai has fitted elegant full wheel covers complete with a wheel hub in the Eon. The wheelbase of Eon is 2380 mm, which provides good stability to the car.

Eon is offered in two different sets of wheels according to the trim of the vehicle. The base- and mid-level variants – D Lite, D Lite Plus and Era, get 145/80 12-inch wheels, while the Magna, Magna Plus and Sportz variants get larger 13-inch 155/70 profile tyres. Eon comes with tubeless tyres, which increases the safety of the car.Steel rims are painted in black and covered with a 10-spoke Hyundai’s signature diamond cut type wheel cover. The wheels are connected to McPherson Strut with coil spring and torsion beam for more comfort. The anti-roll bar suspension adds more safety to the Eon.

Hyundai Eon Space

The instrumental cluster is done in a simple fashion. Also, there is an ideal gear position indicator which tells the driver to shift up or down depending on the rpm and the speed at which the vehicle is traveling.Build quality of the interiors is fantastic and has a plush feel around it. If only the EON would have had little more space than the present, it would have felt roomier inside because at present the EON feels a little tight on space. The front row legroom and headroom is decent, however the one in rear is average. The second row would seat two comfortably against three.

Our Magna+ variant had an integrated music system. The seats are very well bolstered and come with integrated headrests as well but the headrest position is not comfortable and for taller passengers.Front door pockets can hold a 1L bottle with ease. There is a storage pocket on the front dashboard. Glove box can fit commodities generously.It has a 215 litre boot space and this space can be increased by collapsing the rear seats.Overall, the EON fairs well in the interiors with. It is the best by far in any entry level car or even cars which feature in the next upper segment.

Hyundai Eon Engine

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 details on Hyundai Eon check origo2000.com

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 drive quality has improved drastically. The engine now builds speeds with ease. The suffocating behaviour of the engine has reduced. It holds on the power band for longer and delivers enough punch at lower engine speeds thus the potential to battle bumper to bumper traffic situations has gone up. Super smooth gear shift is an added benefit.

Steering wheel does a good job manoeuvring the Eon in city but the same is not effective on highways. It tends to lose its grip on highways and at great speeds. It remains stable till 110 – 120 km/h but the moment you push the throttle harder and try reaching 140 km/h, it is highly unstable. Agreed, it is not a car to be driven on those speeds but stability is one area, this one needs to work on.

Handling also takes a toss cause of those tiny tyres. Suspensions do a decent job of taking potholed and uneven roads. One thing worth mentioning is the cabin insulation which is fantastic. It does not feel like a cost effective small car unlike the Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 which is a supreme sacrifice on performance, comfort and design. Mileage remains similar and this time too we got a mileage of 16kmpl.

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 Cost 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 Eon price in Hyderabad at Carzprice.

Hyundai Eon Conclusion

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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