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Old 20th June 2015, 10:47   #316
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From my (probably bad!) memory I thought I saw an online brochure of the Eon few months ago which registered as Eon 0.8L Magna+ and 1.0L Magna+ as having driver side air bag, so did a Test Drive of the Eon today only to find out I was wrong
The Only Eon with Driver side air bag is the 0.8L iRDE Sportz variant, both 1.0 Kappa variants Magna+ and Magna+ (O) do not provide driver side air bag!

Maruti definitely have scored some brownie points here by providing Vxi (O) variants of Alto 800 and Alto K10 with the driver side air bag!

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Maruti definitely have scored some brownie points here by providing Vxi (O) variants of Alto 800 and Alto K10 with the driver side air bag!
Absolutely. While the Eon is more upmarket and feels premium from the inside and outside (I own it and can vouch for it), the Alto K10 has some clear advantages over the Eon at the moment:

1. AMT - Hyundai does not have a single Automated Manual Transmission model (yet). While the rest of the Hyundai portfolio have an Automatic option in the form of the conventional four speed automatic gearboxes, the Eon doesn't offer even that. Now with Alto K10 sporting an AMT, Hyundai cannot think of adding on a conventional automatic on the Eon 1.0L given the huge difference in fuel mileage that will then be visible between Eon 1.0L Auto Vs the Alto K10 AMT. Until Hyundai brings in the AMT technology, or perhaps DSG (less likely), Eon as well as all other Hyundai's are at a disadvantage.

2. Airbag options like you mentioned.
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Did the 3rd year paid service of my eon era+ at Hilton Hyundai Trivandrum. Much satisfied with the service as they fixed all the issues i had brought to their notice. The body shop guys fixed the front and rear bumpers which were damaged in seperate minor accidents. I was almost sure they would stress on the need for a replacement. Was surprised they fixed it this way.
Have to tell you Hilton has the best service among the three hyundai dealers in TVM. They have really good trained personnel.
Cost of the paid service - Rs 4537 which includes replacement of front brake pads.
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I own a Hyundai Eon Era+ LPG variant 2012 make. Currently near 43000 km on the odo.
Pros
1) Get inside the eon and you'll be shocked with the interiors (way better than any other hatchback of this segment). You'll wonder whether you're in a sedan. Quality too is extremely good.
2) I find my ride in lpg to be butter smooth. The vehicle glides. Won't even feel the gear change. I used to find the petrol underpowered and significantly lagging. But my recent service at my place made wonders. Even I feel the petrol run very smooth now. Don't know what the service guys did.
3) Front seats-No other hatchback competes here. I've tried on few other hatchbacks extensively. But nothing any where near as comfortable as eon's bucket seats. Easily can accommodate a 6 footer comfortably but at the expense of the rear seat. Rear seats are exactly the opposite. Getting to it later.
4) The head lights are extremely useful. I've done some extensive drives in the nights. Believe me, much much better than any other competitor.
5) The engine runs all day long without a hitch. I've abused the car very badly (not intentionally though) and tested the car to it's core. It tolerates a good beating. Once I did nearly a 1000 km drive in a day. Not even a glitch all the way. I even once touched the 160kmph mark in my eon!! Unbelievably true.
6) Air conditioning too is very effective. It's much much better than my other ride Maruti Suzuki Zen. Cools off the cabin in couple of minutes in Hyderabad's scorching heat, even after parking in the sunlight whole day.
7) Plenty of storage compartments in the front for mobile phones, and also bottle holders etc etc.
8) The spare tire with all the equipment is neatly arranged in the rear. LPG tank is completely hidden with an overlying carpet which doesn't come off.

Cons
1) Though front seats are extremely comfortable, It gets a bit cramped with the driver and passenger occupied. But this a entry level hatchback right. So don't expect comfort of a sedan.
2) The rear seat is extremely uncomfortable. If the driver is a 6 footer, then accommodating any passenger in the rear seat is a feat. I slide my driver seat all the way back while driving. In this position I literally can't accomodate any one in the rear seat. (The front seat has very good range of sliding)
3) Drive used to be too underpowered and sluggish in petrol run mode. But recently I've got rid of this after an excellent service (don't know the reason for this). Even drive in lpg is a bit underpowered but it's buttery smooth for me.
4) Mileage varies widely depending on the load in the vehicle, diving pattern, traffic etc etc. It varies from 10kmpl to around 23 kmpl. I've seen people who achieve 23kmpl to 25kmpl. The maximum I got in the petrol was about 14kmpl and the least was around 8 kmpl to 9kmpl. And in the lpg too I achieved about 14 to 15 kmpl. The driving pattern significantly affects the mileage. This is what I observed. Even i10 behaves similarly according to some of my friends who own them.
5) Mine is a 2012. So the constant gear lever vibration. I've gotten used to it. But people who are new to the vehicle will be shocked. They've pointed out to me that something's wrong with the gear lever. Luckily newer versions are eliminated of this issue.
6) Ground Clearance is a common issue.
7) Tree trunk thick A-pillar. This is the WORST of all the issues if you ask me regarding an Eon. All the hyundais I observed are following a similar pattern lately. I had a minor damage in a small collision with a 2 wheeler because of this.
8) The front door pad used to touch my knee during the ride. As a result I developed severe pain in my right knee. I tried very hard for a solution to this. Finally I tied one of the neck rests I bought, to the door opening handle on the inside, which acts as a cushion for my knee. Got rid of the knee problem completely now.

Modifications/Additions/Replacements done till now
1) The ICE is a Sony xplod touchscreen(I don't remember the model right now). No additional speakers though apart from one each in the front doors. Also of Sony.
2) Reverse parking camera connected with the ICE. I find it very useful.
3) Good quality seat covers installed along with the ICE at the time of car purchase.
4)Both the bumpers have been replaced as both got nicked by other vehicles at separate instances. Very minor damage though. Hyundai people suggested to replace the bumpers as insurance covered most of it.

Trips Done(mentioning only a few as the post is already too long)
1) A huge south Indian trip of about 3500kms with 4 passengers on board and a heavy luggage. Mileage was a disappointment but the trip was uneventful.
2) Recently I had a scary experience. Me and my wifey started out at 9pm for a 700 km trip on sudden notice(demise of someone in the family). The roads were fine for a 200 km. Mind you, these are not the National highways. At the brink of midnight, suddenly the left front tire made a huge noise when I faced a pothole (big one I guess). The tire was immediately flat. I thought the tire burst due to the impact from the pothole. So changed it and then drove off sedately and continued on the bad roads. When i was paving back the burst tire, I found out that the inner side of the rim bent and made a huge gap between the tire and the rim resulting in an instant flat tire. I tried with some puncture guys who do the heavy vehicles. To my surprise he landed nearly about 50 blows on the rim with a heavy hammer. The rim is solid built. I was shocked looking at this whole incident. Finally the bent part of the rim budged. But I wasn't convinced that on such roads the tire wouldn't last at all. So till morning I was very careful and finally found a puncture guy who managed to fit in a tube inside the tire with the bent rim, making the tubeless tire a tube filled one. Roads of the later part of journey were even more scary. It was completely off the highways and also included forest roads(nallamala forest in AP). Eon managed well without a glitch. I had no choice to drive back or to get a new rim on that village roads. So I continued the rest of the journey and back not even without a single hiccup. A whole of 1300 km drive. Reading this might be scary to some, but only after this my confidence in hyundai doubled up. It takes a hell of a beating. I had doubts regarding the reliability, but cleared off my mind completely after this tour. I may plan for alloy wheels in the near future along with the wheel change.

So suggestions for the buyers. It's definitely a VFM vehicle. It withstands a hell of a beating. Vehicle would seem to be delicate at first but it's a lot more reliable than that. Even the other competing hatchbacks have good engines but interiors are way better than alto or any other competitor in this price range(strictly my opinion). I experienced the maruti lineage right from the 800. So believe me you'll feel a lot better inside the hyundai interiors. If mileage is the sole criteria or one of the major criteria for the purchase, then I believe alto is a better bet. But if mileage is just one of the factor, coupled with reliability, interiors etc etc, then I feel eon is way better. Both the cars are good in terms of reliability. I'm comparing with alto mostly, as I found many posting in the forum whether to go for an Eon or an alto. The rear seats of both alto and eon and nearly all the cars of this segement are cramped. But range of movement of front seats and also the comfort in eon is unmatchable. If you are a sedate driver, driving well within the vehicle's limits, then definitely you'll not regret owning an Eon.

These are all purely my observations and experiences. No offense intended to any of the readers or the fellow team bhpians. Will post the pics soon.
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Eon feature list revised.

Hyundai has deleted some features. The small hatchback’s D-Lite+ trim level now makes do without the body coloured bumpers and chrome grille. The bumpers are stripped of the paint, whereas the grille is now a body coloured unit. The higher-spec Era+ trim loses out on central locking. The remaining trims and equipment levels remain unchanged.

Prices of the revised Eon models will be revealed soon.

http://www.autocarindia.com/auto-new...ed-396721.aspx
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I got a Eon Era+ recently without a test drive. I was looking for a second car, which will be primarily used within city and in my primary vehicles service times. I wanted the budget to be within 4 Lakhs and the Maruti Alto and EON were the only contenders. My take is that a car needs to be looked and judged for what it is designed for and not compared with others as each one is designed by different people and perspectives change.

I initially went to check Alto and sat inside the car and then went to Hyundai showroom and sat inside Eon. I then booked Eon simply. For me the basic looks and space inside Eon felt far ahead than also and that closed the deal.

I was not expecting much from Eon as it was a 3 cylinder engine. I was really thinking that i was going to get a auto like experience and i was literally shocked when i took delivery of the car. The car's engine was so good and once you get used to the gear ratios driving this car is a sweet thing. I was quite surprised on the stability of this car at high speeds. you feel like driving a premium car once you are inside and of course you can feel the AC compressor shut off and restart at low gears, but they don't affect the drive ability as such. Overall i am very happy and satisfied with Eon as a package.

I initially thought i wont take this to highways as it might be risky, but i was so wrong. The car is stable and responds well. Here i need to say only one thing. Driver need to learn how cars behave and then only we can extract the best out of each car. for eg Don't try to do a sudden overtaking with Eon above 3 digits which includes change of lanes. I can do this easily with my primary car though.

Once issue i can say is lack of self centering. But once you knew that this issue exists your driving pattern changes and this issue become non existent.

One might ask how much credibility can my view has? On what baseline i am comparing these with. My primary car is Fiat Linea and owned a Palio and Indica till now.

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I was always cribbing about the terrible ground clearance of the car but it turns out that the car really sits too low. Took it for a long spin, with wifey, to Ramanagara - on the way to mysore - and the car managed to scrape our treacherous road humps without fail.

Caught a nasty one and heard a loud scruunch. The plate at the bottom had completely given way. Since the gears are a wire shift, couldnt shift either up or down. Took it to the nearest hyundai workshop driving in one gear and took out the damaged part. Have a look.

This low clearance mars an otherwise beautiful car. Hope Hyundai resolves this in Ver2.

The damaged engine guard
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That is one bad hit. Don't know whether the manufacturers are to be blamed or the design of the speed breakers. Plus, one can't take on these breakers one wheel at a time (forgot the technique name) due to Indian conditions.

I am running on the 4th set of mudflaps on my Swift, which is said to have good 175mm GC (at least that is what I was told by many owners during purchase). I think the design of speed breakers is to blame. Manufacturers have other aspects to adhere to, plus handling and dynamics may be affected after height alteration.

How much was the damage to the pocket?
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No, it wasnt a strong hit at all. Maybe the piece is flimsy.

I think it should be mandated that all Indian cars ride high as the roads are really bad. The hit to the pocket is still unknown as I didnt have time to have the piece replaced. The car came with three years warranty, so dont know if its free of charge.


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That is one bad hit. Don't know whether the manufacturers are to be blamed or the design of the speed breakers. Plus, one can't take on these breakers one wheel at a time (forgot the technique name) due to Indian conditions.

I am running on the 4th set of mudflaps on my Swift, which is said to have good 175mm GC (at least that is what I was told by many owners during purchase). I think the design of speed breakers is to blame. Manufacturers have other aspects to adhere to, plus handling and dynamics may be affected after height alteration.

How much was the damage to the pocket?
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Guys, since the floor guard got ripped off due to the inadequate height of the car can I make a warranty claim with Hyundai and hope it's taken care of, for free? What would you advise?
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Guys, since the floor guard got ripped off due to the inadequate height of the car can I make a warranty claim with Hyundai and hope it's taken care of, for free? What would you advise?
I am not sure about this. But the damage is due to personal negligence (as they would say) and not manufacturer's fault. You can talk to the showroom guys and go for insurance claim if the cost of replacement is high. I don't think warranty will hold here. But I am not totally sure, other members may confirm.
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Personal negligence in terms of handling normal humps? In India I stay in the 40-60 Kmph band, and am a careful driver. Ultra careful over humps and potholes, if i may add. But 12 inch tyres dont help.

Isnt the car is supposed to sail through whatever the city puts out? Thats where warranties step in. It came with a delightful 3 year warranty as well.



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I am not sure about this. But the damage is due to personal negligence (as they would say) and not manufacturer's fault. You can talk to the showroom guys and go for insurance claim if the cost of replacement is high. I don't think warranty will hold here. But I am not totally sure, other members may confirm.
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Personal negligence in terms of handling normal humps? In India I stay in the 40-60 Kmph band, and am a careful driver. Ultra careful over humps and potholes, if i may add. But 12 inch tyres dont help.

Isnt the car is supposed to sail through whatever the city puts out? Thats where warranties step in. It came with a delightful 3 year warranty as well.
I don't think there is any fault of the manufacturer in this. If you think the damaged piece was too flimsy for Indian road conditions, the manufacturer would need to make a recall for replacement of this in an Eons.

Consider a situation where one is rear ended by another vehicle. The boot gets dented due to the impact as the bumper was not able to absorb it due to its design and strength (or lack of it). It is like saying that the boot will replaced by the manufacturer UNDER warranty as the bumper designed by them was flimsy!

Did you confirm about this at the dealer?

In no way, did I question your driving skills. I added in brackets "as they would say" because that is what they say to customers asking for replacements, be it a newbie driver or one with 30 year experience.
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You may have a point there, but being rear ended and having a practical suspension are two different aspects. Ground clearance seems to be the number one grouse among Eon Owners across forums.

No, I had no time to approach the dealership in this regard as I had a flight to catch. Maybe, next service. Thanks for your time.
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Have any owners felt their suspension starting to act weird and getting more bumpy post 20-25k kms? Well, I have and getting it checked at service didn't help and they claim all suspensions to be perfectly fine.
I strongly suspect if its the interior parts making all sorts of noises on bad roads that is making me feel like the suspension is bumpy. Tyre pressures and alignment are all fine. Moreover I recently upgraded to 165/65 R13 continental ecocontact3 tyres with the right offset wheels

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