Hyundai Eon Facelift Review & Performance

Hyundai Eon Overview

Launched in 2011, the Hyundai Eon is one of the best-selling cars from the Hyundai stable. The car is aimed at the budget customers and is undoubtedly the most good-looking vehicle in its segment with amazing specs. Hyundai Eon has the best expressive face among all the cars in its segment, thanks to its fluidic design language. The tiny little car has flowing lines throughout its body and looks premium for the price it comes at. Hyundai Eon OverviewThe interiors of the Eon are pretty well-managed and do not feel claustrophobic. The plastic inside feels premium to touch and is of good quality. The huge amount of beige used inside the vehicle instantly makes the vehicle very premium to feel and the fluidic design language on the console of the vehicle makes the interiors look plush. Hyundai has installed multimedia system, in the form of CD MP3, and the system also gets Aux-in and USB ports, which are few things missing from most of the cars that fall above its segment. The Eon draws power from a small 814 cc petrol engine. The mill makes a maximum of 56 PS and never feels underpowered if moved only around the city traffic. The gear ratios are bit odd. The driver needs to constantly take care of keeping the car in the right tune of power. Often, the gearbox has to downshift to get more juice during those overtake manoeuvres. The Eon returns a phenomenal 21.1 km per litre, as per the ARAI. View Price & Offers on Hyundai Eon at CarzPrice 

Hyundai Eon Exterior

In terms of exterior design, the Hyundai Eon Sports Edition looks stylish and stylish. A new Sports Edition has been launched on the Eon 2017, and this variant gets side body moulding and roof rails. These are the two differentiating factors that are made available on the Hyundai Eon 2017 Sports Edition. The V-shaped multi spoke alloys are small but look well proportioned to the car. From the side you realise that the Eon is a small car but Hyundai has tried to offer maximum dimensions for interior space. At the rear the boot door is small but the rear windscreen is really big which makes parking and reversing easy. The tail lamp too is really big that provides good visibility for vehicles behind.

Hyundai Eon Interior

The same feeling of looking more expensive than it actually is rubs off on the inside as well. You step inside a cabin which looks rich and plush, it just doesn’t look entry level here. Hyundai has not only designed the cabin to be well laid out and appealing, the company has also managed to offer outstanding levels of quality on a car which is positioned as an entry-level offering. Fit and finish is excellent and so is everything inside the cabin, which is well put-together and devoid of rattles or squeaks, things quite often seen in entry-level cars of this price point.

The Hyundai Eon has fixed headrests for all seats. Front seat comfort is good but the low height of the headrests is a bother for tall people as it falls a bit short for them. Rear seat has average space at best but the boot is big enough and the vehicle is decently loaded with keyless entry, internally adjustable rearview mirrors and a gearshift indicator. Our test car also came with a music system with AUX and USB connectivity, this isn’t standard but shouldn’t cost much to fix at the dealer end. There are small yet significant storage bins inside the cabin, including in front of the handbrake on the centre console and a big cavity to store things above the glovebox on the dashboard.

Hyundai Eon Engine & Transmission

The engine of Eon is derived from the reliable Santro workhouse. Even though it is only a 3-cylinder engine, it stays peppy, and with the iRDE technology, the engine of Eon stays reliable and fuel efficient.Hyundai Eon carries an 814 cc, 3-cylinder, 9-valve SOHC engine mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The engine derives a maximum power of 55.2 bhp (56 PS) and 7.6 Kgm of peak torque. The engine of the LPG model is similarly powered but returns a better fuel efficiency than the petrol model. The Hyundai Eon can do a sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in like 21.1 seconds and the compact hatchback can reach a top-speed of 135 km per hour. The 3-cylinder set-up does vibrate a bit, but that is ignorable given the performance of the vehicle. The Eon comes with a fuel tank capacity of 32 litres while the LPG models get a tank capacity of 32 litres. Hyundai Eon gets an ARAI certificate of 21.1 km per litre, which is exceptional in its class. The car performs very well in the city road conditions but runs out of breath as soon as it sees open highways. Hyundai Eon’s dry weight is less than 800 kilos, with the frugal 3-cylinder engine. With 814 cc displacement and the maximum power of 55.2 bhp, the car can be stamped as a decently-powered hatchback. The 5-speed manual transmission sends the power to the front wheels. The hatchback does alright when it comes to the city traffic speed. Eon can touch the 100 km-per-hour mark from standstill in 21.1 seconds.

The iRDE engine can power the Eon to the speed of up to 135 km per hour. Being small, the engine is peppy and can zip through the road. The LPG version of the vehicle does get some load in form of LPG cylinder but even then, the Eon feels quick and gets its way easily around the traffic. Hyundai has fitted a 3-cylinder, 9-valve engine in the Eon. The engine generates a moderate 55.2 bhp at 5500 rpm and a maximum torque of 7.6 Kgm at 4000 rpm. The power is transmitted through a 5-speed manual gearbox. With car weighing just 795 kg, Hyundai Eon never feels underpowered. The car is rated above its main rival Maruti Alto 800. With its small body and frugal engine, the Eon can negotiate most of the city roads with ease. Being a 3-cylinder set-up, the Eon does make noises when ripped hard on open stretches. There are also noticeable vibrations when the car is tested to its limits. The car is not made for open highways and with the kind of engine it comes with, it justifies the price tag and its capability on city roads more than often.

Hyundai Eon Performance and Handling

The old Eon wasn’t a handler and the new one is no different. The steering is light at low speeds but just doesn’t weigh up at high speeds and that really robs away confidence even at 80 km/hr. In fact, the steering is so numb at high speeds that there is almost no feedback felt by the driver, this is simply not the car to drive enthusiastically. The brakes are strong though but again, the car doesn’t maintain its line on hard braking and twitches a lot. Ride quality is good, the suspension is softly sprung which makes the Eon bob at high speeds, robbing away stability and bad bumps do unsettle passengers. For city speeds though, the Eon’s suspension is more than up for the task to insulate all that’s thrown at it.

Hyundai Eon Braking and 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 Price

Hyundai Eon Ex-Showroom Price in Mumbai ranges from 3,27,975/- (EON D Lite) to 4,56,567/- (EON Magna O Optional). Get best offers for Hyundai Eon from Hyundai Dealers in Mumbai.Check for Hyundai Eon price in Mumbai

Hyundai Eon Verdict

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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