Hyundai EON: When safety and fuel counts (October 5)

HYUNDAI Motors and Investments (GH) Limited launched the all new Hyundai Eon, a hatchback, with promising prospects in Ghana, given the increasing concern about fuel prices.
The Eon is a simple but practical fuel efficient automobile that is targeted at entry level professionals and those without deep-pockets, as well as taxi services, including Uber.
Although its makers kept the economy car simple, it did not compromise good performance, style and comfort as it marries a modest interior, high safety standard equipped with safety and useful technology.
Coming from the stables of Korean automakers, Hyundai, the little car’s derives its strength from a three-cylinder Epsilon Multipoint injection (MPi) 0.8-litre engine that is backed by a five-speed manual gearbox and pushes 56 horse power that  produces a revolution per minute (rpm) of 5500.
For the Director of Finance and Marketing of Hyundai Motors and Investments (GH) Limited, Mr Ganesh Phadale, the Eon’s strongest point was its fuel economy. 
“The Eon utilises a litre of petrol to cover 20.8 km in heavy traffic conditions. With the air-condition on, the Eon recorded an impressive 14.3 km/litre. This efficiency is something every driver will smile about.
“The fuel tank capacity is 32 litres. It is this fuel efficiency and engine power that makes the Eon a reliable friend for all drivers but an envy for competitors,” he said.
The small car is the Korea automaker’s response to a segment that includes the Suzuki Alto and the Chevrolet Spark.

For a car its size, the Eon made a good impression with its roominess. I tested this by asking almost a six feet gentleman to stretch at the back. He did not have his knee touching the driver’s seat nor front passenger’s seat.
Its 2,380mm wheelbase makes it comfortable for five people with enough legroom. Eon offers adjustable front seat with ample storage.
For entertainment, there is a mounted audio with USB port and aux connection and the air-condition is a blast of coolness.
Additionally, storage features, including glove compartments, dashboard upper tray, two front cup holders and a rear cup holder. The front doors also offer side pockets for keeping of documents and other necessary items.
While the seats are comfortable, seatbelts are easy to adjust, the headrest for the front occupants are also easy to adjust but probably to make rear visibility easier, the passenger seats at the back have much shorter headrests.
The dashboard wrapped in plastic is kept simple, nothing flashy. Knobs and buttons on the controls are conveniently laid out and easy to use.
However, don’t expect anything big out of the cargo space. It is normal. A car of that size cannot offer the space of a  car.
But it does help to know that practically – Eon boasts of 215- litre boot space meaning your luggage will get enough space without cramping the back.

Outside, Hyundai made it easy to love the exterior styling as it employs fluidic design philosophy. The front of the EON gives a dynamic yet simplistic urbanised look. Sleek but bold bright headlamps extend into the fenders on either side. The prominent hexagonal grille which centres the chrome coated Hyundai logo is set to make you fall in love with this swift nifty city car at the first glance.

For security, front power windows and a central lock with remote key add to the roll-call and on the safety side which is in every Hyundai make, the side doors have been strengthened effectively against crash forces.

On the road, the Eon also employs improved motor driven power-steering (MDPS), which offers smooth and stable handling and better responses at different speeds.
The suspension design, with a McPherson strut with coil spring fitted around gas charged dampers, also enhances steering response, handling capability and stability. For passengers also enjoying the quietest cabin in the class, the Eon is a very comfortable ride indeed.
“A quieter cabin in the segment - steel is very important to Hyundai that’s why it makes its own steel to ensure the highest steel quality.
“Hyundai uses ultra-high tensile strength steel to make its frontal beam to effectively absorbed impact forces and better protect the occupants against crash forces. This special steel alloy is not only stronger but lighter compare to conventional types of steels,” Mr Phadale said of the body structure of the Eon.
Furthermore, 13-inch ventilated front disc brakes and reliable rear drum brakes delivers impressive brake power. In an era of car-snatching, the Eon’s makers made an engine immobiliser, standard.

For warranty, Hyundai offers five years or 100,000 kilometres.


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