2023 Hyundai Grand i10 Nios Facelift : A Close Look

Hyundai has given the Grand i10 Nios some cosmetic changes to the exterior and some additional features. It also gets RDE compliant petrol and petrol + CNG engines.

The 2023 Hyundai Grand i10 Nios Facelift has been launched in India at a price of between Rs. Rs. 5.69 - 8.47 (ex-Delhi).


The Hyundai Grand i10 Nios was launched back in August 2019. Back then, it was positioned above the Santro and regular Grand i10 in the company's hatchback line-up. It looked good and the interiors were among the best in its segment in terms of design and quality. Hyundai gave the car some muscle by introducing a turbo-petrol engine in the car in February 2020. This unit made the Grand i10 Nios quite a hot hatch. In terms of sales too, the Grand i10 Nios has very successful and regularly features in the monthly list of twenty best-selling cars in India.

In November 2019, Hyundai discontinued the regular Grand i10 and in May 2022, the Santro was taken off the market as well. This made the Grand i10 Nios Hyundai's least expensive hatchback in the country. Now, Hyundai has launched an updated version of the B1 segment hatchback. Let's have a look at some of the prominent changes made to the car.

First up, there is no turbo-petrol engine available any more. This is a big disappointment for enthusiasts looking for a fun-to-drive little hatchback. Engine options now include the same 1.2L Kappa naturally aspirated petrol motor with 5-speed MT & AMT options and a 1.2L Kappa petrol + CNG with a 5-speed MT. What is noteworthy is that these engines are RDE compliant. RDE emission norms are set to be introduced in April 2023. These require a vehicle to emit less than a certain amount of carbon dioxide in realistic driving situations.

Hyundai has given the Grand i10 Nios some cosmetic changes to the exterior and some additional features. It has also introduced some more safety features. The Grand i10 Nios is available in 6 single-tone colour options: Polar White, Titan Grey, Typhoon Silver, Spark Green (a new addition), Teal Blue and Fiery Red. There are also two dual-tone options: Spark Green with a Phantom Black roof and Polar White with a Phantom Black roof.

Inside, the cabin design remains unchanged. However, there is a new instrument cluster, the seats get new upholstery and the front footwells get ambient lighting.

Coming to features, the Grand i10 Nios is offered with new features such as cruise control, LED tail lamps, automatic headlamps with escort function, rear A/C vents, 8-inch touchscreen head-unit with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility and navigation through smartphone, voice recognition, wireless smartphone charging (first in segment) and fast USB charger (Type-C) among others.

The car gets over 30 safety features including 4 airbags as standard (first-in-segment) and 6 airbags (in the top variant), emergency stop signal (first in segment), tyre pressure monitoring system (first in segment), hill-start assist control (HAC), electronic stability control, vehicle stability management, parking assist with rear parking sensors and rear camera, ISOFIX child seat anchors and more.

The Nios is offered in four variants: Era, Magna, Sportz and Asta. These are priced between Rs. 5.69 - 8.47 lakhs. With these prices, the Hyundai has managed to undercut the Maruti Suzuki Swift, which is its main rival in the segment.

Hyundai is offering a 3 years / 1,00,000 km warranty package. Extended warranty for up to 7 years can be purchased additionally. We strongly recommend this extension if your usage is high. Hyundai is further offering 3 Years Road Side Assistance with the Nios. You can also get a Shield of Trust repair running package for up to 5 years and a Shield of Trust Super maintenance package for up to 5 years.

2023 Hyundai Grand i10 Nios Facelift Exterior Review

Front end features a new bumper with a large air dam and redesigned LED DRLs:

At the rear, is a pair of new tail lamp clusters and a reflective strip on the hatch. Rear bumper gets 2 parking sensors:

No changes on the sides of the car except for a set of restyled alloy wheels:

The Grand i10 Nios measures 3,815 mm x 1,680 mm x 1,520 mm (L x W x H) and has a wheelbase of 2,450 mm. This makes it 10 mm longer than the outgoing model:

Halogen projector headlamps get automatic and escort functions:

Redesigned bumper gets a large air dam with a glossy black honeycomb mesh grille. Fog lamps have been deleted and restyled LED DRLs take their place:

DRLs are bright and prominent: 

Door handles are finished in chrome. The front right unit gets a request sensor:

Redesigned 15-inch dual-tone diamond cut alloy wheels look funky. 175/60 section MRF ZVTS tyres are retained:

Tail lamp clusters get reworked elements. They feature LED pilot lamps and halogen stop and reversing lamps and turn indicators:

Hatch gets a reflective strip running between the tail lamp clusters. Notice how it merges with the pilot lamps on either side:

Rear camera is placed in the middle, just below the reflective strip and above the "H" badge:

Refined 1.2L, 4-cylinder Kappa petrol engine is retained. It produces 82 BHP (@ 6,000 rpm) and 114 Nm max torque (@ 4,000 rpm), which is identical to the outgoing car. However, not it is RDE compliant, which means it will emit less than a certain amount of carbon dioxide in realistic driving conditions:

No insulation under the bonnet:

Read more on how this engine drives here.

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