On the road with the Hyundai Eon

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Hyundai has been around for quite some time already but has made a fair amount of noise in the car industry recently. The South Korean based car manufacturer has sold more than 3.6 million vehicles last 2010 and ranked 8th largest car manufacturer 2 years before that.

Their recent achievement is bagging the sought-after Car of the Year Award with their new Elantra. Riding this success, Hyundai has yet again aims to catch the attention of consumers in emerging country with their recent compact car offering — the Hyundai Eon.

hyundai eon • On the road with the Hyundai Eon
Hyundai has recently announced this compact car last March of this year at MIAS (Manila International Auto Show). To boost the hype, they followed up the announcement after two months with a 3-day test drive to the country’s summer capital with the members of the media and writers. This trip will not only test its durability and maneuverability, but also its fuel efficiency; which is its main selling point. We’ll post a separate article for that in the next coming days.

The Hyundai Eon is a 5-door hatchback which is the company’s contender in the sub-compact category. The minimalistic European-inspired design of the car is coupled with smooth flowing curves that gives it a simple but elegant appeal. In addition, these curves should lessen the drag and improves the overall aerodynamics of the car. The car is available in 9 color varieties, namely — Ember Silver, Coral White, Sleek Silver, Clean Blue, Pristine Blue, Electrix Red, Maharaja Red, Black Diamond and Yellow.

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hyundai eon interior • On the road with the Hyundai Eon

Following the same principle applied on its exterior design, the insides of the Hyundai Eon is simple yet purposeful. You can easily have the car mistaken for having a cramped interior because of its compact design. But this car’s interior is actually spacious enough that you and your passengers can move quite easily in it. The ample legroom both in front at the back of the car ensures a comfortable driving experience even in long trips. Though not as big as the ones on conventional sized cars, the Eon’s compartment is spacious enough to house most of your basic baggage.

This car is equipped with the bare essentials that a typical driver needs in a car. The dashboard is a combination of both analog and digital gauges. On the driver’s right side is the car stereo with USB and Aux port so you can plug a PMP like an iPod. The car also has an SRS airbag on the driver’s side.

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hyundai eon philippines • On the road with the Hyundai Eon

On the left door’s arm rest, there are two switches that controls the two front windows. There is also a single switch for that on the right arm rest.Unfortunately these switches are absent on the back and passengers have to deal with manually pulling the windows up and down. The side mirrors are also controlled manually just like in the old days.

This car is equipped with an 814cc Epsilon multi-point injection engine which generates 55bhp and 75Nm of torque clocked at 4000rpm . This 5-speed manual transmission car’s main selling point is its mileage. The Hyundai Eon’s fuel-efficiency is being advertised by the company to be capable of 22km/l on highway driving and 18km/l on city driving, based on their R&D. I’ll make sure to take note of that on our experiential article.

hyundai eon door • On the road with the Hyundai Eon

Hyundai ensures a pleasant ride even on bumpy roads by equipping the Eon with MacPherson Strut Type / Torsion Beam Axle. In addition, the car has MDPS (Motor Driven Power Steering) with a minimum turning radius of 4.55m.

Here’s a more detailed specs of the Hyundai Eon:

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Displacement: 814cc
Max Power: 5500rpm
Max Torque: 4000rpm
Transmission: Manual 5-speed
Steering: MPDS
Suspension: MacPherson Strut Type / Torsion Beam Axle
Shock Absorber: Oil Type
Brake Type: Disc / Drum
Dimension: 3495 x 1550 x 1500mm
Air-conditioning: Manual, 4-speed fan blower w/ front heater core

hyundai eon engine • On the road with the Hyundai Eon

There’s really nothing spectacular in the car’s design (exterior and interior) that we haven’t seen in other cars in the same class and price range. You’d simply get what you’d typically expect from an entry-level compact city car, and maybe even more compared to its competitor but I think that its affordability and practicality is what will attract potential budget-conscious consumers to this car.

hyundai eon colors • On the road with the Hyundai Eon

In addition to this, the Hyundai Eon’s main selling points are how well it manages its fuel resources and its affordability. It gains an edge over its competitor for having a well-built body and decent machinery under the hood for a more competitive price. Aside from the color variant, Hyundai will also offer two variants of this vehicle, GL and GLS. There’s just minor difference between the two, most of which are aesthetics. The GL is priced at Php438,000 while the GLS is Php498,000. Catch our experiential article in a few.

Ronnie Bulaong
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