South Korean car maker Hyundai Motor Company's smallest city car till date is Hyundai Eon. Launched in the year 2012, the Eon has created ripples in the arsenal of the many entry level hatchback segment in the country, due to its peppy driving, incredible feature list, amazing fuel economy and affordable price tag. The puny Hyundai car has got the acclaimed fluidic philosophy when it comes to designing and one of the key selling points has been its mesmerising looks besides other elements. The mini hatch has been crafted and conceived by Hyundai's Research and Development (R&D) centres in Namyong, South Korea and Hyderabad, India. Since it hit company showrooms, it has been favourite among first time buyers and young enthusiast and also masses; who travel from point A to point B and are more than content getting fuel economy of about 60 miles per gallon with gasoline engine and air conditioning on all time. The Hyundai Eon is powered by a small but sensible 0.8L Epsilon gasoline engine that gives out proper 56 PS and 75 Nm of power and torque values respectively. The 5-door hatchback comes with 2380 mm wheel base that promises amazing room inside the cabin. The interiors are designed smartly by the Hyundai engineers and there is reasonable space for all occupants. The 5-seater Eon embraces several captivating features together with urbane looking dash and instrument design. The list of comfort and convenience features provided in car of this size is applauding and at the same time heartening. The miniature Hyundai car is easy to manoeuvre across city traffic in tight spots thanks to its fine power assisted steering and reinforced body structure. Besides all, there are sufficient safety features too, that take care of the passengers on the move. Available in 2 trims of GL MT and GLS MT, Hyundai Eon is offered in 7 exterior shades namely Coral White, Electric Red, Maharajah Red, Phantom Black, Pristine Blue, Sleek Silver and Mushroom.
The fuel economy aspect is one of the high points of Hyundai Eon and as a result it gathers loads of attention in the Asia pacific region. With its 0.8L, 814cc mini power mill it is able to extract a best in class mileage of about 15-16 kmpl in city area and good 20 kmpl when driven on longer routes of the country.
The Hyundai Eon mini hatch is outfitted with an 814cc MPI engine that is capable of generating a maximum power of 56 PS at 5500 revs per minute. Considering the petite displacement engine the power output extracted is praiseworthy.
The Hyundai Eon is meant for city driving amid traffic ridden roads and narrow streets, hence it provides quite reasonable acceleration and pick up figures. The refined engine of Eon takes 21 seconds to stretch from nothing to 100 kmph. Moreover, the top speed it can achieve is of 125-130 kmph.
Looking at the overall charismatic appearance of Hyundai Eon it is hard to admit the fact that it is an entry level car. The designing aspect, which is basically the fluidic ideology that engulfs the exteriors is really captivating. The cues, curves flowing all over the body running right from front to sides and rear presents a fantastic sight. With this it truly stands out of competition, 'if any.' The fascia greets with traditional hexagonal 'Hyundai' grille that has a thin chrome slat where in the center lies company emblem. The swept-back headlamps are stretched towards the mini hood making them look large. The front bumper is very stylishly carved and comes with fresh triangular fog lamp housing at respective corners, while amid is the black air dam. Moreover, just below the swoop headlamps at sides there is bulging wheel arches, a part of fluidic philosophy, and inside the arches are the decent sized wheels. The side profile also has lines flowing on the doors till the tail lamp and there are body colored wing mirrors and door handles. Small cars rarely get better rear part gorgeous and out of the handful is Eon. The rear has large curvaceous tail lamp cluster closely knitted to the boot lid and rear windscreen. Furthermore, the bumpers are stylishly done and kept clean.
Though falling in the entry level small car segment Hyundai Eon is aptly sized. The length, width and height are 3495 mm, 1550 mm and 1500 mm in that order, at the same time it carries a wheel base of 2380 mm.
As the exterior, the interior design too can be rated one-up in Hyundai Eon. The design engineers have smartly crafted the cabin pattern and carved some admirable convenient elements in cabin, however still the inside is airy and fit and finish levels are just awesome. Starting from the front row, the arcs-cues continue on the plush looking dashboard. The black centre console with grey accents gets water fall design that has handy switches, AC blowers and controller and entertainment system etc. Moreover there is large glove box at one side, whereas the other has smart looking instrument cluster with clear display of speedo meter and tachometer etc. The cool black 3-spoke steering wheel design with grey garnish comes with power assisted feature, while the gear shift knob appears sensible. The front head rests have up-down option and rear ones are fixed. The rear row seats are unexpectedly comforting and can swallow three medium size occupants with ease. Additionally, there is 'wonderfully' large boot space beneath the rear parcel tray that can accomodate the luggage and belongings of the passengers.
The seating arrangement inside the cabin is righteously done alongside the quality of material used in the front-rear seats and plastic at dash-door trims is of good quality. The seats are soundly comforting and 4-speed air conditioner does its job well. There are numerous convenient feature presented in the cabin of Hyundai Eon that includes front power windows, sun visor at driver and front passenger side, room lamp at front, assist grip at front and rear, metallic/ black inside door handles, about 5 cup/bottle holders front-rear, seatback pockets, door map pockets, central door lock and many more. And in order to increase the cargo space, the rear bench seat can be folded flat.
The space inside the cabin of Hyundai Eon is very welcoming, courtesy wheel base of 2380 mm. With this, every passenger gets enough leg room and head room making long journey's less stressful. The provided boot space is of good 215 litres and it can be increased by folding the rear seats flat.
The South Korean car maker has powered its smallest car ever with a refined and frugal engine. The peppy engine has got reasonable acceleration and good drivability. The Epsilon 0.8L, 814cc displacement gasoline MPI engine has 3-cylinder in-line combination. This mini powertrain churns out a maximum power of 56 PS at 5500 rpm alongside a peak torque of 75 Nm at 4000 rpm. The very fuel efficient engine is coupled to a 5-speed manual transmission gearbox. As of now, the Eon in Philippines is available in sole displacement and sole fuel choice of gasoline.
Hyundai Motor Company has always offered its vehicles with class best entertainment system and in the Eon too, it has repeated the similar trait. At the centre console on the eye catching dashboard there is an integrated or 1-DIN AM/FM tuner, depending upon the trim, which can play CD and MP3, and to add more there is convenience of Aux-in interface and USB support. The music is streamed through the front and rear speakers located ideally inside the cabin.
The 5-door hatchback Hyundai Eon has wheels in the form of steel rim with full wheel cap (FWC) and 13-inch tyres of size 155/70 R13. These select tubeless radials tyres provide required grip on the roads.
The braking and handling comes relatively good in this mini city car. Despite of the fact that there is no Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) in any of the trims offered by the company the brakes are very effective under high speeds or immediate braking in city limits. The impactful braking at speeds showcases no sideways movement or instability-like aspect, while the tyres have firmer grip while braking. In order to absorb roadside undulations the front suspension is McPherson strut with coil spring and anti-roll bar and rear is supplied with Torsion beam axle with coil spring with Gas shock absorbers. The brakes at front and rear are disc and drum individually.
Though Hyundai Eon is a small entry level car, however, there are several applauding safety and protection feature for the occupants inside the cabin. The front row has driver side SRS air bag, while there are seat belts with ELR and rear row has two 3-point ELR seat belts and centre remains static. Moreover, at the exteriors there is side impact bars and high mounted stop lamp at centre. Eon also has reinforced body structure, just like monocoque design, that come with side impact bars which protects passengers in case of any mishap. Other safety features comprise of keyless entry, side repeater fender, front fog lamps, child safety rear door lock, rear covering shelf trim and many more.
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