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Hatch vs Sedan – The most popular Hyundai Grand i10 in South Africa 6 months later

The new Hyundai Grand i10 has been on sale in South Africa for around half a year now following its launch in August 2023.

This iteration of the i10 is particularly noteworthy as it is the first time the budget Korean city car has been available in sedan format alongside the traditional hatchback style for which it is so well known.

Between August and December, the i10 remained as popular as ever as 4,084 local customers chose the entry-level Hyundai as their next purchase, with the hatchback being the clear winner in terms of market share.

It’s perhaps not that surprising that the Grand i10 hatch accounted for the lion’s share of these sales during the five months, being responsible for 93% of all registrations which equates to 3,783 units.

What was somewhat unexpected is that the sedan contributed a far smaller 7%, or 301 units, of all transactions.

Of the hatchback purchases, the most popular choice was the manual Motion trim, which is the most affordable version of the i10 and retails for R239,500, Hyundai South Africa confirmed.

It was a similar story with the sedan, which saw the manual Fluid model that goes for R292,500 being the main pick.

Pick of the litter

The most popular Grand i10 hatchback in the country, the Motion, provides a solid array of creature comforts for its relatively wallet-friendly asking price.

Standard kit includes a manual aircon with second-row vents, a multifunction steering wheel, a touchscreen infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, electric windows, rear parking sensors, a reverse camera, two airbags, and 14-inch steel wheels in fashionable plastic covers.

Powering the compact Hyundai is a 1.0-litre petrol unit sending 49kW and 94Nm to the front wheels via a five-speed manual shifter.

This setup scores a fuel consumption of 5.5l/100km and allows the hatch to claim 100km/h in 14.9 seconds.

The Grand i10 Sedan in Fluid spec is a tad more luxurious, offering all the amenities of the hatch on top of cruise control, electric-folding wing mirrors, and 15-inch alloy rims.

The longer i10 also employs a larger 1.2-litre motor generating 61kW and 114Nm but negotiates power with the same gearbox as its shorter sibling.

The sedan doesn’t sacrifice fuel economy for its higher output, though, as its average usage is still listed at 5.5l/100km, but it is capable of reaching the 100km/h barrier in a slightly quicker 12.3 seconds.

In terms of cargo capacity, the hatchback’s boot swallows 360 litres in comparison to the sedan’s 402 litres.

Regardless of their body style, both the Hyundai autos are sold with a 5-year/150,000km warranty with an additional 2-year/50,000km engine warranty, a 1-year/15,000km service plan, and 7-year/150,000km of roadside assistance.

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