Hyundai Eon 2018 in India Review – Eon Ahead Of It’s Time

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Hyundai Eon 2018 – is here to set the new trend and change the game which has been long dominated by the Maruti Alto 800 and Maruti Alto K10.

1. Hyundai Eon 2018 in India Review - Introduction

The advent of the first gen of Hyundai Eon carried along quite considerable changes in its wake to the entry-level car segment. It brought about the innovation in car design, dimensions and the introduction of high-end pieces of equipment at a reasonable price. More than that, it is here to set the new trend and change the game which has been long dominated by Maruti Suzuki – the best-selling car brand in India, which is, by all means, a formidable task challenging a giant in the industry like the Maruti. Still, as the reality shows, Hyundai has managed to pull it off with some reserved tricks which we will figure out soon in this article.

2. Hyundai Eon 2018 in India Review - Exterior

 Parking Hyundai Eon on road, Right side review

The well-designed pentagonal grille with chrome strips and Hyundai badge at the centre contribute to the front end

Starting from the front, we can easily recognize the familiar pair of big swept-back headlights, the pentagonal grille with chrome treatment and the badge of letter H standing for Hyundai at the centre. The modern design of fluidity lends a smooth and trim look to the entire car, of course helping it outshine the Maruti opponents like the Alto K10 and the Alto 800 in terms of appearance. Getting to the side, all the lines of windows and roof converge perfectly at the rear spoiler, and none is in disarray; just impeccably enough – no more no less. The D-Lite, D-Lite+, and ERA+ variants go with the wheelset of the 145-mm tyre with 12-inch rims. In the case of Magna+ and Sportz variants, we have the 155-mm tyres accompanied by the 13-inch rims. A bit puny, you can say.

3. Hyundai Eon 2018 in India Review - Interior

Hyundai Eon steering wheel

The steering wheel gives off a firm touch and is of good size with chrome accent

Hyundai keeps everything simple and graceful if they can. And this applies to the fresh and elegant dashboard of a twofold theme of black and beige, ranking equally with that of the Renault Kwid. The steering wheel gives off a firm touch and is of good size with a chrome accent. And to meet your demand for miscellaneous storage, the Eon also comes with a wide range of storage spaces which include door pocket, cup and bottle holders and glove compartment. 

Hyundai Eon 2018 Glove box

And to meet your demand for miscellaneous storage, the Eon also comes with a wide range of storage spaces

Due to the small dimensions, comfort will sure be sacrificed at some point at the back area of the cabin, but the car can still be relied on when it comes to leg/headroom at the front seats and excellent under-thigh support at both seat rows. Moreover, seat rows get covering of decent upholstery.

Hyundai Eon’s boot space, open boot lid

The 215-litre boot space can swallow a family’s worth of luggage with ease for any trip

Standing at a volume of 215 litres (can be increased by collapsing the rear seats), the car’s boot space can easily swallow a family’s worth of luggage. This is also one of the Eon’s many strengths which helps with winning over a group of travel-holic clients from the other rivals like the Alto with the 177-liter trunk and the Tata Nano with the puny boot space of just 80 liters. Still, the Eon loses to the recently-upgraded Renault Kwid which prides itself on its 300-liter generous storage compartment.

4. Hyundai Eon 2018 in India Review - Performance And Engine

NVH is the problem yet to receive enough attention. Vibration starts to be felt through the gear lever at lower RPM and gradually disappear when the car reaches to higher RPM. The steering wheel feels light and responds vaguely when you travel at three-digit speed; it is more recommended to run below 120 km/h. On the contrary, Hyundai did a really good job on the suspension which helps with Indian roads. The system itself is designed so as not to take up too much room in the cabin, but at the same time soaks up well all the shocks that the car gets. And does it sound flawless tackling bad roads, the driver still needs to have extra brakes engaged when encounters huge potholes.  

The first option of the engine is the 814 cc, 3-cylinder petrol engine that delivers 55 bhp of peak power at 5500 rpm and 76 Nm of peak torque at 4000 rpm, getting mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The motor runs smoothly but does produces some grunts when cranks. Another choice is the 998 cc (though only offered on the Magna+ (O) variant), 3-cylinder petrol motor that generates 68 bhp at 6200 rpm and max. the torque of 94 Nm at 3500 rpm. It is paired with the 5-speed manual transmission and does prove to be more powerful than the above-mentioned counterpart of the 0.8L Eon.

5. Hyundai Eon 2018 in India Review - Safety

Hyundai Eon’s driver airbag, behind-the-wheel view

More than just essential safety features to a total package with a competitive price

There is no exaggeration to the statement that the Eon’s safety package makes it stand out from the other cars in the B segment. And no, it’s not about the most recently-developed items, it’s about the package as a whole which goes beyond the mere essential gear, making it the most reliable car in the segment, and still, be appealing to buyers who are on the budget. The list is composed of Child Safety Rear Door Locks, Keyless Entry System, Central Locking System, Engine Immobilizer, Reinforced Body Structure, Front and Rear Seatbelts, and Driver Side Airbag. 

6. Hyundai Eon 2018 in India Review - Color Options

Hyundai Eon 2018 is available with 6 color options including:

  • Sleek Silver
  • Pristine Blue
  • Polar White
  • Star Dust
  • Fiery Red
  • Mystic Blue

All colour options of Hyundai Eon 2018

All colour options of Hyundai Eon 2018

7. Hyundai Eon 2018 in India Review - Prices and Variants

Engine
 Models
Price 
Petrol
D Lite
Rs. 3.336 Lakh 
D Lite Plus
Rs. 3.7 Lakh
D Lite Plus Option
Rs. 3.74 Lakh
1.0 Era Plus
Rs 4.33 Lakh
Era Plus
Rs. 3.84 Lakh
Era Plus Sports Edition
Rs. 4.0 Lakh
Era Plus Option
Rs. 3.93 Lakh
Magna Plus
Rs. 4.15 Lakh
Magna Plus Sports Edition
Rs. 4.25 Lakh
Magna Plus Option
Rs. 4.25 Lakh
Sportz
Rs. 4.43 Lakh
1.0 Kappa Magna Plus Optional
Rs. 4.57 Lakh
1.0 Magna Plus Option O
Rs. 4.46 Lakh
New
Rs. 3.37 Lakh
LPG
LPG Era Plus
Rs. 4.0 Lakh
LPG Era Plus Option
Rs. 4.13 Lakh
LPG Magna Plus
Rs. 4.23 Lakh

8. Hyundai Eon 2018 in India Review - Detail Specs

Hyundai Eon 2018 in India Specs India 
  Engine and Transmission 
  Engine
1.0-litre 68.05bhp 12V Kappa Engine
0.8-litre 55.2bhp 9V Petrol Engine
 Displacement
998 cc
814 cc
 Power
68.05bhp@6200rpm
55.2bhp@5500rpm
Torque
94.14Nm@3500rpm
74.5Nm@4000rpm
Transmission
Manual
Manual
ARAI Mileage
20.3 kmpl
21.1 kmpl
  Suspension and Brake
 Suspension
Front: MacPherson Strut
Rear: Torsion Beam
  Brake
Front: Disc
Rear: Drum
  Dimensions and Capacity
Overall Dimension (W x L x H)
1550mm x 3495mm x 1500 mm
Wheelbase
2380mm
Cargo Volume
215-litres
Steering Wheel and Tyres
Wheel Size
13 inch
Tyre size
155/70 R13
Tyre Type
Tubeless
Safety Features
  • Central Locking
  • Day & Night Rear View Mirror
  • Passenger Side Rear View Mirror
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Halogen Headlamps
  • Rear Seat Belts
  • Seat Belt Warning
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Front Impact Beams
  • Centrally Mounted Fuel Tank
  • Engine Check Warning
Other Features
  • Power Steering
  • Remote Trunk Opener
  • Remote Fuel Lid Opener
  • Low Fuel Warning Light
  • Drive Modes
  • Rear Seat Headrest
  • Gear Shift Indicator

9. Hyundai Eon 2018 in India Review - Parting Word

After all, The Eon most suitable to run within the city. And apart from the limited cabin space which inevitably leads to squeezing during a drive, the car meets nearly every requirement one can ask from a car with a quite humble starting price (Rs. 3.30 lakh for the D Lite and Rs. 4.67 lakh for the 1.0 Magna Plus Option 0), in other words, perfect for folks who are in no position to splurge money. 

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