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Hyundai's Grand small car

Published:Sunday | January 11, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Kawain Fearon, Gleaner Writer

The Hyundai Grand i10 is one of those vehicles that fall in the economy class bracket. The first thing to note is that with its shape, this car quickly reminds you of the Suzuki SX4 sedan.

However, don't judge it by its looks.

The cabin is roomy enough to fit friends and their extra cargo. The trunk of the sedan is deep enough to do those airport pick-ups, and, once you are inside and the windows are rolled up, the in-cabin noise is almost non-existent, giving you the opportunity to have a decent conversation.

The only drawback is that if you are accustomed to driving with one hand, there is no armrest for your comfort.

When it comes to driving, let's just say it is impressive to drive. With its 14-inch wheels, the Hyundai Grand i10 takes to the road quite well. Jamaican roads are known for their bumps, but driving this car significantly reduces your suffering from all those lumps and holes.

Its 1.2 litre engine is good on gas and quite responsive to acceleration. Further making the car a winner is the standard mode, which could see you flying on the highway. This is further complemented by the Grand i10's cornering and overtaking capabilities. It is easy on your pocket for gas also. And forget judging fuel economy as this car actually tells you with somewhat of a countdown clock.

That's a plus for you to enjoy the driving experience.

Airbags and crash bars

The Hyundai Grand i10 has a high safety rating, with its four airbags and crash bars in the doors to protect the occupants from side impact.

We know parking is an issue for some persons, but being a driver-friendly car, the Grand i10 comes with a built-in back-up camera, with the image actually seen by the driver in the rear-view glass inside the vehicle. The camera is high-mounted, so it allows you to park much better as you get that bird's-eye view, along with guides to estimate whether you are inside or outside of the parking area.

The Hyundai Grand i10 is a performance car - nice to drive and impressive on features. It is an everybody's car, ideal for persons looking for a low-maintenance car that is easy to drive.

Let's just say one can have many road trips and fun with this car.