Taking the Hyundai Eon for a spin

Hyundai Philippines brought us to a 3-day road trip to Baguio so we can experience the ride on their new Hyundai Eon and take it out for a spin.

We left Hyundai North Edsa at around 8:30am and arrive at our first pit stop Isdaan, Gerona, Tarlac after little over 3 hours. Our odometer reads 162Km and our fuel meter remains unmoved. After a hearty lunch, we’re off to the road again to our next stop — Caltex, Rosario La Union.

hyundai eon1 • Taking the Hyundai Eon for a spin

When we arrived at Nueva Ecija proper, we encountered a bit of a hiccup as the road was under construction. The road was muddy because of drizzling. Surprisingly The Eon was able to handle the tough terrain quite well without breaking a sweat.

After passing through the muddy terrain, the drizzling intensified a bit. The first leg of the “econo run” tour ended at Caltex Rosario La Union. We refueled and got a much needed stretch to get our blood pumping again. It only took 12.540 liters of gas to fill our tank again to its max. By this time our odometer measured our run at 248.6km.

hyundai eon2 • Taking the Hyundai Eon for a spin

We arrived at Caltex on schedule but departed rather late. When we hit the road again, the rain started to really pour. When we reached Kennon road, the downpour went full blast and it made visibility quite a challenge for our designated driver.

It’s a good thing that one of trip buddies is a seasoned driver as well as a photographer. But even in this situation the Eon was able to get us through the zigzagged road quite nicely.

hyundai eon3 • Taking the Hyundai Eon for a spin

After a grueling hour of battling through almost zero visibility on a zigzag road. We arrived at our final destination, The Manor, Baguio at 4:50pm which marks the end of the Hyundai Econo-run.

As we mentioned on our previous post, the car’s main feature is its fuel-efficiency. Just to let you in on how the Hyundai Eon fared on this area, our car only consumed 12.540 liters from Manila to La Union which is 248.6Km. That equates to a frugal 19.815kmpl of fuel consumption.

hyundai eon4 • Taking the Hyundai Eon for a spin

As if that wasn’t thrift enough, the team who won the econo-run challenge had 30.532km/l run. Of course this is achieved by applying a bit of a science in the race like windows down, driving behind a bus, folding the side mirror and years of driving experience.

hyundai eon5 • Taking the Hyundai Eon for a spin

The whole trip was fun, including the riding experience, was an enjoyable one. Besides the smooth ride, you’d definitely enjoy the whole trip because you don’t have to think about your car eating most of your trip budget. Though spacious enough, the car’s interior isn’t that big to comfortably fit in big passengers. But if you’re not that tall of a person and is on a hunt for a wallet-friendly vehicle, the Hyundai Eon is definitely a car worth considering.

Ronnie Bulaong
  1. maganda yung eon. matipid din sya compare sa ibang car. problema lang medyo maalog sya since entry level lng yung nagamit namin

  2. Tanong k lng po kng ayos lang 5 tao sakay ng eon papuntang Baguio? Ano mgging problema kung sakali??? Salamat

  3. Possible ba na lagyan nang bike rack yung roof nang Eon? if it can, then this would be a top choice for my next support vehicle.

  4. Itatanong ko lang. Kakabili ko lang ng Eon 2 weeks ago. Ang fuel efficiency ko ay 11 kml. Dinala ko na kahapon sabi ng Hyundai wala naman daw problema so nireset nila so try ko nalang ulit kung ano ang mangyayari sa fuel consumption ko.

    Ang problema ko ngayon, paano kung ganoon pa din? I used to drive a Honda City, 1.3L, 10 years old, automatic and I pretty much use it on the same route, same passengers (most usually just me) and I get 12-14 kml. Kaya alam ko na hindi dapat ganun ang efficiency. Besides, my agent claims to have it run at 17-18 kml city driving and 26 kml for highways. I am nowhere near it at all.

    I hope you can help.

  5. hello sir,

    Thanks for the review about the Eon. I’d like to ask about the accelaration and pickup of the vehicle. I read in a few sites in India that the pickup was very bad but livable. Did you experience this scenario when you drove the EON? Thanks

  6. I am just curious, how did the aircon hold up? Was it cool all the way? What was the level of the fan speed? Did you have to turn it off during the climb to Baguio?

    • The 4-speed air conditioner held up quite well. We didn’t break a sweat all through out the trip. We didn’t have a choice but to leave it on because of the bad weather when we were at Kenon road.

  7. The “science” that you mentioned is dangerous. It should not have been printed here. People might try and could lose their lives. Hope you will be more responsible.

  8. Same question here sir Abe, how may passengers are there per car? driver only?

  9. Since the EON had a built-in shift reminder for optimum fuel efficiency, did it make a sound to alert the driver to shift up or shift down???

  10. yan ang pinalit nila sa manual variant ng i10…. puro automatic na lang ang i10 ngaun… well, masasabi ko lang sa performance ng hyundai e maganda sya. may stigmatism ang ibang tao at kino-consider na japanese car ang bilin kesa sa Korean. pero hindi naman brand ang pinag uusapan e.. yung price at efficiency of Gas.

  11. how much siya pag cash?

  12. cool.. pinoy hypermilers commenting on the thread.. haha..

    wonder what the torque is like on the EON and if can carry a full 4 passengers + luggage.. etc..

  13. Sana i-review din yung Kia Picanto, Chevy Spark saka Toyota Yaris 🙂

  14. Sa nagreview:

    1. Ilan ang sakay ng bawat Eon?
    2. Gaano kayo kabilis umandar?
    3. Traffic situation was…..
    4. La Union to Baguio FC was…..
    5. Yung Odometer nyo ba ay “0” ang initial reading? (100% sure hindi. Dapat yung trip meter ang ginamit mong basehan ng trip distance, which should be reset to “0” before starting your trip).
    6. Yung ibang kasama nyong Eon ay pareho ba ng FC nyo?


    • siguro sya lang sakay kasi wala nman sya na mention po.

    • Thanks Bro.

      Helped a lot.

      1. Ilan ang sakay ng bawat Eon? We were 3. Other cars had 2 but most of them had 3.
      2. Gaano kayo kabilis umandar? Our average speed was 60Km/h.
      3. Traffic situation was… Light to moderate.
      4. La Union to Baguio FC was… Not so sure. Sorry.
      5. Yung Odometer nyo ba ay “0″ ang initial reading? It was at 15Km but I have already deducted it from my computation. To make sure that it’s as if the meter was at “0”.
      6. Yung ibang kasama nyong Eon ay pareho ba ng FC nyo? No. Because there were car who had lesser passengers and other teams had applied some “science” to win the econo-run.

      I hope this answers your questions.

  15. ano yan Fortuner/Adventure/Grandia/Starex

    it is meant to be a city car. sana paikot ikot ng baguio niyo tinest drive yan. tignan natin ang fuel economy sa up, down and winding road.

    have it face to face with a 90s Kia Pride Taxi.

    or how about how many times it can go up and back to Baguio from

    1. Pugo, La Union
    2. Bauang, La Union
    • yun kasi sir yung plano nila., hindi pwedeng baguhin

    • Have it go up against 1990 Kia Pride? 🙂

      Anyway, we weren’t the one who decided where to test drive this car. It’s Hyundai. The review was based on our personal experience driving/riding the car from Manila to Baguio not to any other places you mentioned. This review also goes to show that even though the Eon was intended to be a city car, it can also handle out of the city trips.

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