The Hyundai Eon is Hyundai’s entry-level car that was built specifically for the Indian market to combat the ever popular Maruti Suzuki Alto and the Tata Nano. The Hyundai Eon is priced slightly higher than the Alto and the Nano is comes with two petrol engine options, both of which also get factory fitted LPG packages which makes it a very tempting offering for the entry level Indian motorist who is looking for his or her first automobile.
On the exterior front, the eggshell like shape is the only one of its kind in this segment compared to the older looking Maruti Suzuki Alto and the conventional looking Datsun Go. Hyundai’s fluidic design language with large, pulled back headlamps that fuse seamlessly into the body, looks quite appealing combined with the large centrally mounted front grille and the overall cute proportions of the car. The large rear tail lamps compliment the tail gate tying up the Eon’s unique look. Front the side too, the Hyundai Eon actually looks much bigger than it actually is, which for a small car is a very good thing. In fact, the Hyundai Eon is possibly the best looking entry level hatchback in India.
On the interior front, the Hyundai Eon is the most well equipped amongst its competition. The Hyundai Eon gets Bluetooth telephony, a double din infotainment system and a dual tone interior. In fact, the beige and grey interiors with the large and comfortable seats compliments the Eon’s useable proportions well. The front seats, although quite cozy due to its good side support bolsters, lacks good head support. The rear seats though are a little cramped but still offer more space than the likes of the Maruti Alto K10. The boot though, is quite spacious and has enough space for an average sized family’s holiday luggage.
In terms of technical specifications, the Hyundai Eon comes with two engine options. The 800cc engine is a three cylinder motor that offers 55PS of peak power and 75Nm of torque. On the other hand, the 1.0-litre motor is more powerful and offers 68PS of peak power and 94Nm of torque. The 1.0-litre three cylinder engine is very similar to the K10 engine found in the likes of the Alto. The engines offer mileage of 21.1 and 20.3kmpl respectively. The 800cc engine also comes with a factory fitted LPG option. Both engines are mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The Hyundai Eon goes up against the Tata Nano, the Maruti Suzuki Alto range, the Datsun Go and the Renault Kwid. The Eon is priced between Rs 3-4.5 lakh. Read MoreRead Less
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The Eon is a stylish, affordable city car that feels more expensive than it actually is