If you think this a pick-up-an-engine-and-plonk-it-some-car job, you're highly mistaken. To get the smallest warrior from the its stable, Hyundai has not picked up an engine from the Santro and plonked it in the Eon to get it into the litre-class zone. It’s made a new one just for this tiny tot.
It’s smaller than that of the Santro’s by few cubic centimetres and also has one pot less to fire, but still, by employing newer technology, it puts out five horses from the 998cc block. With that, it’s good for a decent 68bhp and 96Nm to lug the Eon’s tiny body.
With the Eon’s earlier form with the 800cc block, we’d said it’s a well-rounded package but lacks a bit of the oomph even when you’re not demanding for too much of briskness. The power delivery of the smaller engine is a bit jerky, but both these problems have been solved with the introduction of this powertrain.
Being a three pot, it’s inherently susceptible to engine vibrations, but Hyundai has taken good care to filter them out – except at idle engine speeds, you won't ever complain about them. In terms of noise insulation though, the Eon isn’t too great. There’s ample road and engine noise while on the go.
In terms of briskness, at 14 seconds to a hundred, it’s about three seconds quicker than the 800cc one. But on the economy front, it’s not too off from the 800cc one – 18.4kpl on the highway and 13.9kpl in the city.
Hyundai, for now, has introduced the new 1.0 Kappa engine only in the Magna+ variant (which isn’t the top-end). This variant gets power-steering, front power windows, music system with USB and aux inputs and remote locking.
The Eon tops the charts in its category when it comes to plastic quality and overall fit and finish level by being a notch better than that of the Alto K10. But cabin space on the Eon is still at a premium – you can just about squeeze in three at the back. The boot too isn’t too roomy at 215 litres.
You won't complain about too many things of the Eon when you confine your driving in tight city conditions. The steering is light to aid easy manoeuvring and parking, and the suspension will absorb most of the road irregularities. But on the highway, you do get a bit jittery with the Eon. The steering gets extremely light at speeds and void of any sort of feedback whatsoever. The body rolls and pitches at a mere sight of a corner. The Alto K10 feels better equipped to tackle corners than this one.
The Eon’s only variant – the Magna+ – is priced at Rs 3.83 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) which is a whopping Rs 55 grand more expensive than the Alto K10 VXi. And that’s a lot of dough especially for that segment. But what you get is better interior, fresher styling and better fit and finish. And with the new 1.0 Kappa engine, it’ll definitely make your city commutes quicker.
3cyl, 998cc, 68bhp, 96Nm, 5M, FWD, 0-100kph: 14sec, 30-50kph (3rd): 4.17sec, 30-50kph (4th): 6.78sec, 50-70kph (5th): 7.88sec, 80-0kph: 34m; 3.02sec, city kpl: 13.9, highway kpl: 18.4, top speed: 140kph, Rs 3.86 lakh (ex-Delhi)
Peppier and built to make your commutes quicker. A bit heavy on the pocket for the segment.