and let go off the clutch, the car moves ahead in a very spirited manner. Shift into the second gear, press the accelerator pedal and this little wonder simply shoots ahead, or so it seems because you generally don’t associate many small cars with such swiftness. In our test, the 1.0-litre Eon went from 0-100 kmph in about 14 seconds—very quick for its class. Further, it felt planted even at 130 kmph—at least on a straight path. We also found gear-shifts smooth and accurate. The Eon gets the motor-driven electric power steering but doesn’t get tilt steering—so while the power steering is responsive, we did miss the tilt function that can enable you to adjust the steering angle to suit your driving style. The steering is light and suits city-driving conditions, and this further assists in easy manoeuvring and parking in tight spaces.
For Rs 3.83 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the Eon 1.0 will compete with cars such as Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 and Datsun Go. While the Kappa engine is a gem and a much-required upgrade, we wish Hyundai also gave the new Eon equipment such as a tachometer, metallic-finish three-spoke steering wheel, tilt steering, and that the company provides airbags at least as an option. Yet if you are looking for a peppy urban runabout, the new Eon is hard to beat. On the whole, with the 1.0-litre engine, the most well-thought-out small car in India has reinvented itself and has come full circle.
PS: I was one of the first few Indians to have driven the Eon during its development phase—at the Hyundai’s Namyang R&D Centre in South Korea in 2011. I loved it then, I love it more now.