|A quick look at Eon car features|
|Third stop lamp|
|Body-coloured Outside Rear View Mirrors (ORVMs)|
|Digital fuel meter and temperature gauge|
|Integrated audio system|
|Electronic Multi-trip meter|
|Dual-tone beige and black colour theme|
|Exclusive Pedestal Space|
|Specifications||0.8-litre petrol, 1.0-litre petrol|
|55.2 bhp, 68.05 bhp|
|74.5 Nm, 94.14 Nm|
|Mileage||0.8-litre – 21.1 km/l|
|1.0-litre – 20.3 km/l|
|LPG – 21.1 km/kg|
|Dimensions||Overall length – 3,495 mm|
|Overall width – 1,550 mm|
|Overall height – 1,500 mm|
|Wheelbase – 2,380 mm|
|Ground Clearance – 170 mm|
|Boot space – 215-litres|
The Hyundai Eon is the most affordable car in the South Korean car maker’s product portfolio. It is priced in a range of Rs 3.33 – 4.72 Lakh. In comparison, the recently launched new generation Hyundai Santro has a starting price of Rs 3.90 lakh. The Eon rivals models like the Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 & K10, Renault Kwid 0.8 & 1.0, and Datsun redi-GO 0.8 & 1.0. The Eon’s claim to fame is the premium experience it offers, something which is absent on almost every other car in its segment. Plus, the fact that it is available in both 0.8-litre and 1.0-litre engine variants mean that the buyers can choose between two power tunes. Moreover, the Hyundai Eon features an upmarket interior, which gives the kind of experience on associates with costlier cars.
The Hyundai Eon is easily the most stylish car in its segment. In spite of being more than six years old in the market, it looks more attractive than many of its bland-looking competitors. At the front-end, it has a stretched back headlamps that give the fascia a somewhat sporty look. Other highlights of the car include a small grille and a huge bumper. The talking point about the side profile is a rising beltline that gives the car a very dynamic look. While the top-end variant of Eon car features stylish wheel caps, alloy wheels are not available even as an option. At the rear-end, the car gets huge angular headlamps, a curvaceous windscreen, and a chunky bumper. Unfortunately, rear washer and wiper aren’t on offer on this entry-level model.
The sleek pair of headlamps carries a halogen bulb each. The bumpers are fitted with fog lamps that improve the illumination in the low-light conditions. The top-end variant gets chrome garnishing for the grille. The multi-spoke wheel covers give the premium look of alloy wheels, while the sporty DLO gives the car a sporty look. Another highlight of the side profile is its body-coloured ORVMs. The rear-end gets a roof-spoiler with a third stop lamp.
The interior of the Hyundai Eon complements the sophisticated exterior. It has a cascading design of the dashboard, with premium dual-tone beige and black finish. This colour theme can also be found on other panels of the cabin. The seat upholstery has a beige colour theme, while the three-spoke steering wheel feels good to hold. The centre console has an array of buttons and holds an integrated audio unit. Being an entry-level offering, which is positioned below the better equipped Hyundai Santro, the Eon car features basic equipment levels and misses out on bits like a touchscreen infotainment system.
The interior equipment list comprises a powerful HVAC that can cool the cabin quickly, a stylish digital fuel meter and temperature gauge that flanks a big speedometer, an integrated audio system that offers AUX, CD, and USB support, an electronic multi-trip meter that helps you log trip data, and a central locking system with a remote key. Another highlight of the dashboard is the exclusive pedestal space that lets you place a God idol. Overall, the cabin has a very premium look that gives you a feeling that one associate with much costlier cars. The relatively rich cabin feel is one of the most important features of the most affordable Hyundai car on sale in the country.
Exactly like the Maruti Alto, Renault Kwid, and Datsun redi-GO, the Hyundai Eon is on sale in two engine variants – 0.8-litre and 1.0-litre. While there is no AMT automatic transmission option available on the Eon, the 0.8-litre motor can be had with an LPG kit. The wide choice of engine options helps the car cater to two sub-segments of the budget-end small car market. Those looking for a fuel efficient car that is easy to purchase can opt for the smaller capacity engine, while those who want a higher performance along with the high mileage can go for the 1.0-litre variant. Buyers who want really low running costs can opt for the LPG version.
The 0.8-litre engine produces a maximum power of 55.2 bhp along with a peak torque of 74.5 Nm. The bigger engine outputs a peak power of 68.05 bhp and a maximum torque of 94.14 Nm. Both the engine options come mated to a five-speed manual transmission.
Both the engine options that the Hyundai Eon features offer a great mileage, which is comparable to that of more successful models like the Maruti Alto and Renault Kwid. What’s more, the buyers can opt for the LPG variant that offers a very low running cost. Hence, the customers of the Hyundai Eon, which most comprise mileage-conscious people, can choose any of the variants as per their exact requirement. While the Eon doesn’t feature an AMT automatic transmission, the optional LPG kit works in its favour.
The 0.8-litre petrol version of the Hyundai Eon small car can deliver an ARAI-tested mileage of 21.1 km/l when running on petrol. Even in real-world conditions, the owners can expect a mileage of 15 km/l in city conditions and 20 km/l on the highway. The LPG version delivers a peak mileage of 21.1 km/kg.
The 1.0-litre engine version of the most affordable Hyundai car in India has an ARAI-tested fuel efficiency of 20.3 km/l. In real life situations, the car can deliver up to 14 km/l in city and more than 20 km/l on the highway.
While the Hyundai Eon isn’t as spacious as the Renault Kwid, which is the biggest car in its segment, it still offers a sufficiently spacious cabin and a decent boot space. Also, the sufficiently long wheels help the car look bigger than some of its rivals. The big dimensions play a vital role in making this car look more premium.
The Hyundai Eon car features a ground clearance of 170 mm, which is higher than what many other cars on sale in the country offer. The high ground clearance enables the car easily glide over the various irregularities. The small Hyundai car measures 3,495 mm in length, 1,550 mm in width, and 1,500 mm in height. It has a wheelbase of 2,380 mm. This translates into good legroom for both front and rear seat occupants. Again, the boot space, at 215-litres can’t match the segment-leading boot space of 300-litres that the Renault Kwid offers, it’s still higher than what the likes of Maruti Alto have on offer.
Going by our review of the entry-level small car from Hyundai, it becomes clear that the Hyundai Eon features stand at par with what the rivals offer. Plus, the Eon car features the kind of equipment that helps it come across as a more premium model than its direct competitors.