The entry level hatchback segment has been ruled by Maruti Suzuki for decades and never has a contender arrived on the scene until now. Taking the fight straight to Maruti's bread 'n' butter model, the Alto, is the all-new Hyundai Eon, which not only intends to sweep away the competition, but also redefine the rules of the entry level hatchback segment itself!November 18, 2011 By Vikram Gour Photography : Kunal Khadse
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The Hyundai Eon is the Korean carmaker’s entry-level offering in the Indian market. It competes against established rivals such as Maruti Suzuki’s Alto 800 and Alto K10 and the Renault Kwid, among others. The little hatchback boasts of a well built cabin and frugal 800cc and 1.0-litre petrol engine options. The Eon returns an ARAI-claimed mileage of 21.1kmpl and 20.3kmpl with the 0.8-litre and 1.0-litre engines, respectively. With a price tag that ranges between Rs 3.33 lakh (800cc D Lite variant) to Rs 4.67 lakh (1.0-litre Magna Plus Optional variant), the Eon comes across as a worthy alternative to Maruti Suzuki bread and butter models, the Alto. It’s diminutive size should prove to be an advantage in our crowded cities as well.
July 7, 2017: With GST kicking in, prices of the Hyundai Eon have been revised. Because of the new GST taxes, the ex-showroom prices have gone down.
Mumbai:The starting price for the Eon now starts at Rs3.3 lakh for the base variant, as opposed to Rs 3.48 lakh pre-GST. That's a reduction of Rs 18,000. Similarly, the top variant is now Rs 23,000 cheaper and costs Rs 4.56 lakh. Prices have been slashed across variants.
Delhi:The starting price for the hatchback now starts at Rs 3.31 lakh for the base variant, as opposed to Rs 3.32 lakh pre-GST. That's a difference of Rs 1,000. The price of the top trim remains unchanged and costs Rs 4.56 lakh.
Do note that prices for insurance are marginally higher, as they are taxed at 18 per cent instead of the earlier 15 per cent.
Hyundai EON Price
Hyundai EON prices start at Rs. 3.35 lakh for petrol and goes upto Rs. 4.68 lakh. Hyundai EON is available in 12 variants and 5 colours.
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Hyundai EON Mileage
The claimed ARAI mileage for the Hyundai EON petrol is 21 kmpl.
Editor's View of Hyundai EON
Exciting design, good quality interiors, two engine choices
One of the oldest cars in its segment, high NVH levels, high-speed stability
The Hyundai Eon is a good city car with good interior space, comfort and quality. It does feel older compared to its competition, though.
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The Hyundai Eon, which is priced between Rs 3.33 lakh and Rs 4.67 lakh (ex-showroom Mumbai), is offered in a total of 16 variants and nine colour options. It is the most affordable Hyundai on sale today and competes against established rivals such as Maruti Suzuki’s Alto 800 and Alto K10 and the Renault Kwid, among others. Although the Eon hasn’t received many updates since its launch, it is certainly one of the best looking cars in its segment.
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The ‘Fluidic’ design language of the Eon makes the little hatchback stand out from the crowd. Although Hyundai’s older design language made the second-gen Verna a best-seller in its segment, it has failed to do the same for the hatchback. However, its compact dimensions make it a practical city runabout.
The Hyundai Eon is best suited for four adults. The interior, although a bit pasticky, is one of the best is the segment. While it may not offer a touchscreen infotainment system like the Renault Kwid, the quality and fit-finish is exemplary and hard to find fault with. It may not be the most spacious cabin in its segment, but it does make up for it with a 215-litre boot space, which is just 10 litres short of the boot on the Alto 800.
Hyundai offers the Eon with a choice of two petrol engines - 0.8-litre and 1.0-litre. The smaller engine makes 55PS while the larger one produces 68PS. The 0.8-litre engine gets the options of a LPG kit straight from the factory too. The Eon returns an ARAI-claimed mileage of 21.1kmpl and 20.3kmpl with the 0.8-litre and 1.0-litre engines, respectively. The top-end Magna (O) variant powered by the 1.0-litre Kappa engine gets features such as driver and side airbags, engine immobilizer, child safety lock, remote central locking, power sockets, tilt-adjustable steering and a 2-DIN integrated music system with USB and Aux-In connectivity options. It also gets manual heating and air conditioning along with front power windows.
The Hyundai Eon is offered in two engine options and 16 variants - 12 for the 800cc version and four for the 1.0-litre version. The 800cc motor can also be had with an LPG kit, making it ideal for your daily commute. The variants are named D Lite, D Lite Plus and D Lite Option, which are limited to the 800cc version, along with Era Plus, Era Plus Option, Magna Plus, Magna Plus Option, Sports, Magna Plus and Magna Plus Option.
Maruti Suzuki Alto: This hatchback from Maruti Suzuki comes with similar engine options as the Renault Kwid. On the design front, the Alto feels dated but then it has its strong points as well. It offers bulletproof reliability, wide dealer network and affordable running costs.
Datsun redi-GO: The redi-GO brings the tallboy design to the entry-level hatchback game. Despite its limited length, it offers usable cabin space. It makes up for the length too with good headroom. A high seating position offers a good view of the road ahead, and the healthy ground clearance of 185mm allows you to overcome larger speed bumps without scraping the belly. It's only the Datsun badge that's holding it back.
Renault Kwid: The Kwid has made budget hatchbacks cool, but not at the expense of practicality. It is surprisingly spacious, very well equipped and handles bad roads very well. The only critical miss is the lack of ABS, but the competition doesn't offer that either.
If you are in the market looking for an ideal first car or even a small second car, the Hyundai Eon is worth a look since it packs a unique design and frugal engine options. While it may not be as popular as the Maruti Suzuki Alto twins, the same reason helps you stand out from the crowd too. The Eon is backed by Hyundai’s build quality and extensive service network. Both engine options are frugal in nature and the 0.8-litre can also be had with an LPG kit as well. Finally, it’s compact dimensions should make it a breeze to drive in our crowded cities too.
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Hyundai EON User Reviews
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Very poor mileage car ,no advance features,within three years maintaince cost is Nil this is a good thingUses this car for : Daily Commute
Gets mileage of : 10 kmpl
Overall is OK, family car,Low maintenance & comfortable for four personUses this car for : Family Car
Gets mileage of : 18 kmpl
Exorbitantly high maintenance cost that is not anticipated from small carUses this car for : Daily Commute
Gets mileage of : 17 kmpl
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