Introduced in October 2011, Hyundai’s mini-hatchback challenges Maruti’s ace model in the segment-Alto. While the fluidic design philosophy became a talking point, the hatchback was also considered a bit pricey compared to Alto series. Lacking diesel engine like other models in the segment, Eon is available in petrol and LPG fuel options. Mechanicals include a 800cc and 998cc petrol units mated to a five-speed manual gearbox.
In its product cycle spanning five years, Hyundai Eon mini-hatchback has undergone subtle additions and is now readying for a makeover likely to come out around festive season this year. Offered with petrol and LPG options, the Eon line-up derives power from a 800cc unit and a 998cc engine just like its arch rival Alto K10. But where it misses out on is the AMT unit making do with a five-speed manual transmission.
Hyundai Eon Exteriors
Hyundai’s fluidic design language transformed the entire line-up into modish looking vehicles ditching the mundane styling. Breaking the myth that budget cars sport ordinary design and drab styling elements, Eon was a refreshing change for the budget buyers. In front the pulled back headlamps flank the sleek chrome grille. Bumpers get triangular shaped fog lamps and multiple slat air-intakes. Side panels feature sharp beltline, flared wheel arches and supporting character lines at the bottom. Moon shaped tail lamps, prominent spoiler on top and large body coloured bumper are some of the key styling elements visible on rear side.
Hyundai Eon Interiors
Cabin is slightly upmarket compared to rivals with dual tone dashboard and centre console featuring silver bits. Although the quality of plastic is quite like competitors, but there is good space for occupants. Hyundai has worked on the storage space also and boot offers sufficient space even with the LPG kit.
Hyundai Eon Engine Specifications & Transmission
There are two options to choose from, one is the 814cc, three cylinder unit churning out 56PS at 5500rpm and 7.6kgm torque at 4000rpm. Other is the 998cc, three pot engine belting out 69PS at 6200rpm and 9.6kgm at 3500rpm.
||0.8L IRDE Petrol
||1.0L Kappa Dual VTVT Petrol
||55 bhp@5500 rpm
||68 bhp@6200 rpm
||75 Nm@4000 rpm
||94 Nm@3500 rpm
Hyundai Eon Features
Key exterior styling features comprise of clear lens head and tail lamps, chrome finished grille in front, ORVM on passenger side and full wheel covers etc. Cabin gets dual tone colour theme, instrument panel with gear shift indicator, exclusive dashboard storage, AC vents, floor console storage, cup holders, map pockets with bottle holders on front door and rear parcel tray etc.
Hyundai Eon Performance & Mileage
Mileage claimed by Hyundai for the 1.0 litre Kappa VTVT petrol engine is 20.3 km/l and slightly up at 21.1 km/l for the 800cc engine.
Hyundai Eon Accessories & Infotainment
There is a 2 DIN audio system with AUX-in and USB ports. While other features like Bluetooth and mounted controls on steering are missing on the line-up.
Hyundai Eon Braking & Handling
Disc brakes in front axle and drum brakes at rear axle provide power to retard speed.
Hyundai Eon Safety & Security
Driver airbag is optional from D-Lite + onwards and is a standard provision on the top end variant while missing out on the entry level trim. Other safety features like central locking, keyless entry, front fog lamps, engine immobilizer, seat belts in front & rear and inside rear view mirror are offered on the hatchback.
Hyundai Eon Comfort & Convenience
From the list of comfort goodies here are some eminent features available on Eon-power outlet, air conditioner, electric power steering, front power windows and front arm rest.
Hyundai Eon Wheels & Tyres
Compared to the body, the tyres are relatively small. Alloy wheels are missing from the range as variants sport full wheel covers.
Hyundai Eon Competition
A segment has had few contenders from the beginning but seems like carmakers are now coming up with new options to defy the reign of Maruti Suzuki Alto. Apart from Alto 800 and Alto K10, the hatchback faces threat from Renault Kwid.