Hyundai Eon Features, Performance & Driving Dynamics

Hyundai Eon Overview

The concept of entry level hatchbacks has quite literally changed after Hyundai introduced the Eon back in 2011. Be it styling, interior or the petrol motor under its hood, the Eon was the perfect boy which we all envied back in our school days. This was also the car which actually gave Maruti, India’s largest car manufacturer sleepless nights, forget Alto the Eon stole all the limelight and still manages to stay under it even today.

Quite honestly if we actually decide to get an entry level hatchback for our family this definitely has to be the first car that we search for in the internet and try to get a glimpse of it while going to the showroom. The South Korean Auto maker surely benefitted and thus the Eon went on to become perhaps the second most successful product after the Santro and according to the reports Hyundai manages to sale atleast 10, 000 units of the Eon monthly. It was also launched at the time when Hyundai were actually struggling in the Indian market.

When Maruti entered the segment with the M800 there were no competitor and peoples were actually happy with what they got because it was a value for money product, but as time passed the demands of the potential buyers also changed they now wanted little more and the Eon was able to deliver exactly that. View offers on Hyundai Cars from Hyundai dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

The entry level hatch embodied Hyundai’s new design language what is also popularly known as fluidic design and also uses an all new platform. It is also powered by a newly developed 3 cylinder engine which is the same unit that powers the i10 hatchback minus the 1 cylinder. The Eon with its lower body weight also is able to return an impressive fuel efficiency at the same time.

Hyundai Eon Look

Design wise nothing changes in the bigger EON and it still manages to look a lot better than Maruti Suzuki cars. The Alto 800 does not even come close to the fluidic design of the EON nor does the bigger Alto k10.Detailing done in the headlight as well as the hexagonal front grille looks very dynamic and perhaps puts its Japanese rival to shame. It has a swaying line flowing from the front profile to the A pillars.

The side profile looks in motion with the window line flowing from the headlights towards the C-Pillar and the roof line falling towards the rear spoiler. Interestingly, none of the lines on the Eon look out of place even the flares on the wheels or the profiled contours on the lower profile of the doors.

C Shaped tail lamps which also double as the C Pillar from rear are the best aspect of the Eon’s overall design. In fact it looks the best among any other entry level car contenders. The EON is as an entry level car and is the smallest Hyundai in the country but still it manages to impress many with its modern cues.

Hyundai Eon Comfort

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 Gearbox

The Hyundai Eon is powered by 0.8 Litre, three cylinder petrol engine, the 814 cc unit happens to be the same 1.1 Litre iRDE unit which is placed under the hood of the i10 but to keep the pricing down and improve the fuel efficiency Hyundai has actually removed a single cylinder from the four cylinder layout while keeping the basic three valve per cylinder layout intact. The three cylinder unit is capable of producing about 56 Ps of peak power at 5500 rpm 75 Nm of torque at 4000 rpm. The engine is paired to a 5 speed gearbox which sends power to the front wheels.

This is definitely not a powerful engine and thus the performance is also average as you all already would have expected and know. The three cylinder petrol motor tends to get noisy when you actually push it hard although Hyundai has tried to reduce some amount of noise and the refinement level is also quite impressive. The car definitely has a turbo lag which is noticeable while you accelerate (but the first three gear ratios are short which actually makes up for it) and especially in any overtaking situation the best thing you can do is lower the gears to gain some more momentum. Apart from all that the Eon is one perfect city car. For more details on Hyundai Eon check

I tried to push it hard but the engine took its own time to reach the three digit speed but because the noise it was making at higher Rpm’s did not impressed me much and I felt I was straining the engine so I decided not to push it harder but that actually does not mean you can’t do three digit speeds on the highway with this hatchback because it felt quite happy and responsive upto speed of 80-90 kph. The gearbox on the other hand was smooth while the clutch also felt light and responsive.

Hyundai Eon Rideing

The drive quality has improved drastically. The engine now builds speeds with ease. The suffocating behaviour of the engine has reduced. It holds on the power band for longer and delivers enough punch at lower engine speeds thus the potential to battle bumper to bumper traffic situations has gone up. Super smooth gear shift is an added benefit.Steering wheel does a good job manoeuvring the Eon in city but the same is not effective on highways. It tends to lose its grip on highways and at great speeds. It remains stable till 110 – 120 km/h but the moment you push the throttle harder and try reaching 140 km/h, it is highly unstable. Agreed, it is not a car to be driven on those speeds but stability is one area, this one needs to work on.

Handling also takes a toss cause of those tiny tyres. Suspensions do a decent job of taking potholed and uneven roads. One thing worth mentioning is the cabin insulation which is fantastic. It does not feel like a cost effective small car unlike the Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 which is a supreme sacrifice on performance, comfort and design. Mileage remains similar and this time too we got a mileage of 16kmpl.

Hyundai Eon 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 Cost in Hyderabad

Hyundai Eon On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 3,75,329 to 5,19,909 for variants EON D Lite and EON Magna O Optional respectively. Hyundai Eon is available in 11 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Hyundai Eon variants price in Hyderabad. Check for Eon price in Hyderabad at Carzprice.

Hyundai Eon Conclusion

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.

Author Since: Aug 04, 2018

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