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View Poll Results: Vote ONLY if you are an i20 owner. How do you find the air-conditioner effectiveness?
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Old 17th April 2010, 00:00   #61
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Dont know if this has been posted earlier-

From the Summer Special AC shoot-out conducted by CAR India (April 2010), i20 has been given 'hot' rating.

For the segment. (Lowest Cabin temp in brackets)

Grand Punto (31.4) < i20 (29.7) < Fabia (29.1)< Vista (29.0)< Getz Prime (28.8)< Polo (28.8)< Ritz (28.3) < Figo (27.1)< Jazz (27.1) < Swift (26.3) < UVA (25.5).
thats weird...

No Punto owners complain about their A/c, whereas scores of i20 owners are !!
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Old 17th April 2010, 00:45   #62
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thats weird...

No Punto owners complain about their A/c, whereas scores of i20 owners are !!
Punto owners have yet not complained but in the Premium hatchback shootout in AutocarIndia, they had mentioned that the Punto has the worst AC amongst all. Don't know what the real story is.
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Old 17th April 2010, 00:57   #63
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thats weird...

No Punto owners complain about their A/c, whereas scores of i20 owners are !!
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Punto owners have yet not complained but in the Premium hatchback shootout in AutocarIndia, they had mentioned that the Punto has the worst AC amongst all. Don't know what the real story is.
Ive driven my Punto through out last summers and even this season the temperature in NCR has already exceeded 43 degrees C but i have never found the AC to be ineffective. My car is parked in open car parking in sun most of the times.

I found the AC to be better than my Swift last year and i mentioned it in my ownership thread. But the AC in GP is not a match for the chiller AC in my Elantra.
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Old 17th April 2010, 08:53   #64
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Never felt the a/c is bad in Punto. Vista's AC is worse than Punto IMO.Drove my friends car and the blower sucks in vista
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Old 17th April 2010, 13:31   #65
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I have done some testing today in my car to get the maximum effect of A/C to the rear passenger and found good effect in one setting.

1. Switch ON your A/c
2. Select your desired Temperature Level.
3. Turn-on the re-circulation button.
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In this mode all your settings except air-direction will be Automatic . This setting helps the rear A/C vents to work and giving the cooling effect to the rear passenger fast.

More on the setting found on the owners manual putting here:
Weak Hyundai i20 air-conditioner. EDIT : Test results on pg. 4-.c.jpeg-copy.jpg

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Guys, i am also having problem with my i20 A/c that is because of the fan speed, which is very low and i20 has double filter fitted inside the air ventilator.
In six months of my I20, i have already cleaned that filter 3 times and after clearing it my A/c works great.

Guide me if i am wrong

this can also be because of the double filter which is fitted in the A/c
I have cleaned that A/c filter 3 times in the six months of my i20.

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Ok, had the same problem (ineffective A/C - Black Hyundai i20, 1.2 Asta ) and now have the solution.

1) Took the car to my dealer (Trident, Bangalore) and explained that the A/C was not cooling properly, the blower air was less than my Santro's and that there was an occasional hissing sound from the vents.

2) Was told that this is due to excessive leaves and dirt clogging up the air filter. Car was taken to the workshop, brought back in 15 minutes after the A/C filter was cleaned.

3) Voila! the A/C is back to awesome - the blower works perfectly, the back seats are cooled properly, all is well.

4) Asked about a permanent solution: Unfortunately I park on a very dusty road, with mud flying all over the place and small leaves as well. I always used the A/C in "outside" mode and apparently that's the cause.

Was told by the service manager to ALWAYS leave the A/C in "re-circulate" mode to prevent the filter from getting choked. Apparently even on re-circulate mode, the climate control mechanism will occasionally bring in a bit of air from outside as well, so no fears of CO2 buildup.

That's it - to summarize - your A/C is (probably) not cooling well because of a dirty filter. Get your A/C filter cleaned, it takes 15 mins, and use the "re-circulate" mode on the climate control at all times.
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Originally Posted by CrAzY dRiVeR View Post
Dont know if this has been posted earlier-

From the Summer Special AC shoot-out conducted by CAR India (April 2010), i20 has been given 'hot' rating.

For the segment. (Lowest Cabin temp in brackets)

Grand Punto (31.4) < i20 (29.7) < Fabia (29.1)< Vista (29.0)< Getz Prime (28.8)< Polo (28.8)< Ritz (28.3) < Figo (27.1)< Jazz (27.1) < Swift (26.3) < UVA (25.5).
That is interesting, because Ford India was claiming that FIGO has the most powerfull AC among all hatches in India.
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I mean come on guys... dont tell me you are taking CAR India ratings seriously. I have experience the A/C in the Figo and the Punto and they are much much better than the second ranked Swift.
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Punto owners have yet not complained but in the Premium hatchback shootout in AutocarIndia, they had mentioned that the Punto has the worst AC amongst all. Don't know what the real story is.
I don't know what you meant by "yet". If there isn't a problem there won't be any complaints. There are scores of reports in this particular thread (and other ownership threads) about the effectiveness of Punto's AC !!

And I can VERY CONFIDENTLY say that the numbers in that report / test are incorrect. Reason for me being so confident ? I was driving my Ritz ZXi for the past 15 days. I shifted back to the Punto today and there is clearly a vast difference in the amount of time the Ritz took and the Punto took to cool the cabin. Punto's AC is a lot quicker and efficient in cooling the cabin.
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And I can VERY CONFIDENTLY say that the numbers in that report / test are incorrect.
We tend to judge an AC from a driver's perspective.
i.e the cold air blows directly to our face and we get cooled immediatley.

But that doesn't mean that the rear seats are also cooled similarly.
The tests done by the magazine would calculated all those factors and arrived at the scores.
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We tend to judge an AC from a driver's perspective.
i.e the cold air blows directly to our face and we get cooled immediatley.

But that doesn't mean that the rear seats are also cooled similarly.
The tests done by the magazine would calculated all those factors and arrived at the scores.
And what made you think that the rear seats of both my cars (Punto & Ritz) were never occupied ?

I am quoting a part of my post

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I shifted back to the Punto today and there is clearly a vast difference in the amount of time the Ritz took and the Punto took to cool the cabin.
Read carefully : I have used the word : CABIN !!
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Read carefully : I have used the word : CABIN !!
Oops missed that..
maybe these guys tested the 1.2 Punto.

A question to all.
Does driving style affect AC performance?
i.e if you rev the car more in lower gears does the AC compressor get more power and perform better. Asking because home-window ACs tend to perform badly when supply voltage is low.

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My i20 is now more than 1 yr old, and the a/c is a big problem. I faced this last summer, and facing it this summer as well. When I am alone in the car, I close the side passenger's vents, and only then is the a/c just cold enough to not feel hot. Ya, Hyundai has goofed bigtime on such a critical parameter of a car

Coming to your question, indeed revving the engine speeds up the fan and cools the car more. I have noticed that while waiting at a signal, I start feeling hot, and then on the green as I accelerate, the airflow suddenly increases and the cooling is more. So bottomline is, one has to really work the engine to get the a/c compressor doing its job.
Infact I had observed earlier on this forum also, that if one wants to cool the car really fast, then working up the engine does help the compressor work better, obviously at the cost of FE, and makes one look like a fool that he is working the engine hard with the gear in neutral


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A question to all.
Does driving style affect AC performance?
i.e if you rev the car more in lower gears does the AC compressor get more power and perform better. Asking because home-window ACs tend to perform badly when supply voltage is low.
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We tend to judge an AC from a driver's perspective.
Here is how CAR India claims to have tested it-

Cars were kept in the scorching sun till inside temperature showed 50 degrees. Then AC was switched on, with blower at full blast. Cars were driven on a specified route. Thermometers were placed on top of the centre piece of the steering wheel.

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