Hyundai’s smallest car and one which has been built to a cost, the Hyundai Eon has been launched in India on 13th October 2011. Taking a cue from Tata’s Nano, each and every manufacturer worth its salt seems to be going bonkers for bringing in low cost cars to the Indian market. The Hyundai Eon was earlier codenamed as HA800 and its global name would also be Eon. It can be safely said now that Hyundai Motors have taken their designing skills to the next level and imagine all this happening in house for the Korean company. This is the same company which was blamed earlier for stealing designs from other companies. The wheel arches as also the shoulder lines of the Eon are so complex that one has to go all the way up to something like a Mercedes-Benz CLS to see anything similar. There’s a hint of Hyundai’s hexagonal grille up front and the Eon gets attractive headlights with chrome detailing too. The wing mirrors aren’t in body color while the tyre configuration changes depending on the variant selected. The top end model gets 13 inch wheels with wheel caps. The rear of this car is something which wouldn’t be in the same league as the front of the car. The tail pipe is conspicuous by its absence.
Space is at a premium here what with the steeply raked windscreen at the front and the short wheelbase of this car coming into picture. This car is shorter than even the Santro and hence the space quotient isn’t that great here. Quality of the interiors, for this class, is superb and it couldn’t have got better than this. Hyundai have also put in a music system on the top two variants. This music system also gets USB as also AUX connectivity. The front seats are comfortable only for those below 6 feet. If a 6 foot passenger sat in the front seat, the rear passengers would be hard pressed to find leg room. The basic version doesn’t come with AC and only has got a heater. The swooping dashboard design also ensures that rubbing knees on the dashboard is inevitable. The rear can seat three easily; however the leg room is one thing which is lacking. The boot space is very nice for this class and it stands at 215 liter with a completely flat folding rear seat adding to the luggage space.
The suspension system of the Hyundai Eon consists of a McPherson strut with coil spring and anti-roll bar and for the rear one, a torsion beam with coil springs. The steering wheel acted like a typical Hyundai unit, nervous but well suited for the city wherein the car would be duty most of its life. The NVH character of this car is of the low types. The visibility all around the car is fantastic and even while reversing, the sort of good rearward view means that first time drivers wouldn’t feel nervous. The Eon feels nervous at low speeds and at higher speeds, the ride quality improves a lot. A single overhead cam overlooking 3 cylinders and 9 valves is what makes the swept volume of 814 cc in the Hyundai Eon in India. This small powerplant is derived from the Epsilon series of motors from Hyundai and manages to pump in 54 Bhp of power at 5,500 rpm and torque of 74 Nm at 4000 rpm. A 5 speed manual transmission helps transfer all this power to the front wheels. The fuel efficiency of the Eon is pegged at 21.1 kmpl and the braking prowess of this car is also good. It doesn’t have any braking assistants like ABS or even EBD. On the safety front, there is a driver airbag in this car, available only on the top end Sportz variant. The different variants of the Eon are D-Lite, D-Lite (O), Era, Magna, Magna (O) and Sportz. The Hyundai Eon price in India starts from Rs 2.69 lakhs and goes all the way to Rs 3.71 lakhs.