Earlier in the decade, country’s second largest car maker, Hyundai brought in the Eon to compete with the dominance of the Maruti Alto 800. The car had a more contemporary design with a touch of Hyundai’s fluidic philosophy. It also promised many upmarket interiors combined with features that were from segments above as well. All in all the Hyundai Eon was the South Korean carmakers first proper take on the bread and butter plate of Maruti. The Eon introduced a small three-cylinder unit which Hyundai felt was adequate enough for most city drives, however, in its early avatar, it was mostly deemed low of peppiness as compared to its main rival. The Eon was a good all round product nevertheless and got the great response initially from the masses. In 2014, the bigger 1000cc Hyundai Eon arrived to cater to the masses flocking at Maruti dealerships for the Alto K10 and was somewhat able to put a dent in the Maruti’s numbers.
Available in as many as 11 variants to choose from, the Hyundai Eon goes from bare bones offerings to a much plusher user experience. And when we speak of bare bones in Hyundai speak, it still means that the car offers much better bang for your buck as compared to its immediate rival. Hyundai has been known as an industry leader in terms of bringing feature- heavy products at great prices in almost all of the segments they play in. Here we have picked the Hyundai Eon variant known as Magna+ (O), which happens to be the top spec variant of the little city commuter car. The Eon Magna (O) offers its occupants the likes of a decent sounding 2-DIN music system. This system also offers connectivity options such as AUX, USB and iPod. For the size the car’s exterior portrays, the insides offers a much spacious aura when compared. The seats are enough for four adults to sit in a relative comfort. The two-tone interior trim lends a dash of fresh and premium air to the cabin. The front seats also offer a good side-bolster support for the passengers as well. A rather expansive and curvaceous dash greets you when you enter, it has a dual tone black and beige shade helping further in the context. Interestingly, the dash also gets a smart cubbyhole just above the glovebox, indeed a good edition. Aided by tiny dimensions, the ergonomics inside the Hyundai Eon are comfortable with everything in easy reach while the fit and finish offered are better than rivals for the price point. Of the few quirks, we can ee on the Hyundai Eon, the front visibility does get hindered by the sloping bonnet. That said, it shouldn’t be of much worry since the car in itself is a tiny little hatch that can be perfectly slotted into places that can surprise you.
As already mentioned, the Hyundai Eon is bestowed with the carmaker’s fluidic design philosophy that lends it a much premium appearance. It is commendable how Hyundai has managed to incorporate such modern flow and creases into such dinky dimensions. As compared to almost all of its major rivals, the Eon still looks contemporary and premium with those curves wrap around headlights, slopped bonnet, side creases that end in an upward moving tail end that incorporates a rather large tail light assembly. All this makes the car look stylish yet in a much subtler manner.
The 3-Cylinder 1000cc Eon variant makes a decent 68bhp and 94Nm, making it more than adequate for your daily city strolls. The drive is at the front while a sleek five-speed manual gearbox is smooth enough in a typically Hyundai way. The bigger 1-liter engine is much peppier and provides enough low-end grunt to make the heavy claustrophobic traffic jams much easier to handle. Happily enough, an ARAI certified fuel efficiency figure of 20.3kmpl, for the 1.0 Liter Eon means that you won’t lose much in those traffic conditions as well. In terms of ride quality, even though the made to budget signs are there, the Hyundai Eon is still very much like any other Hyundai providing a comfortable smooth cocoon to its occupants. Its ride is pliant while a tiny 13-inch wheels absorb as many as bumps as they can effortlessly. The steering on the Hyundai Eon is light however, if you are enthusiast, it is a typical Hyundai affair that lacks that essential connects you would love to have. Still for most, it does a better job.
Great Styling. Still, feature Rich after all these years. Better Fit and Finish than most of its rivals. A design that remains fresh for a longer period. A pretty decent value for Money offers. A good engine and Gearbox combo on the 1.0 Liter variant. Fabulous warranty being offered. Alto K10 still remains the favorite among the customers. The completion has grown intense. Somehow lack the name recall like the Santro enjoyed. The initial power lag on the 800cc unit has sent wrong signals into customer psyche.
The price range for the Hyundai Eon starts from around INR 3.30 Lakhs and goes up to INR 4.7 Lakhs, Ex-Showroom. Among these, we reckon the top spec Magna(O) variant is the most value for money offering in the mix. Competition The Eon competes with the likes of – Maruti Alto 800, Maruti Alto K10, Renault Kwid 800, Renault Kwid 1.0 Liter, Datsun Go.