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Old 17th June 2013, 22:42   #511
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I own 2011 Asta ( 25 months old and almost same time when me & Pancham got the car) and i get 14.5 to 15.5 kmpl consistently in highways with full time AC on, 3 to 4 adults & good amount of luggage. But i did notice that my FE improved atleast by 1 to 2 kmpl after 15k kms !
In city driving i get at max 11 kmpl but not more than that as my city driving is too low.

But FE depends on lots of factors so better take a conscious look when you drive and see what can be improved.
Few things i do are,

1) Move up to higher gears as quickly as possible
2) Avoid frequent gear changes
3) Try to use engine breaking wherever possible
4) Don't accelerate when you know you are about to brake for a signal/speed breaker
5) Try to keep RPM between 1.5 to 2.5k most of the time. Don't push the engine too hard.

Read through multiple other threads in the forum to get more idea.

However, your highway FE is way too low, so better recheck in different service center and tell the SA that FE is the No. 1 complaint. When Hyundai ask for feedback, unless you see results don't give good ratings. If you still see the issue again, go for a mileage test with SA and reconfirm the results.

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Old 18th June 2013, 11:42   #512
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Hi Ravi,
Thanks for the suggestions. I am already a fan of frugal driving and do follow these practices and a few more.

I have a 2006 Fiesta which gives me 14 kmpl on highways and my 2008 Alto used to give me 16 kmpl; so I tend to think that my driving style is not the culprit here.

My request on FB resulted in just names of other dealer's service centers. In the absence of suggestion of any independent mechanic, I will try those out.
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Hi @AmitFromPune

If your Fiesta managed 14 kmpl & Alto 16 kmpl on highway, this is pretty average driving or rather pedal to metal type. Please also accept my apology for being blunt.

Both these cars can easily give better numbers. In fact, @Aroy who has a Alto1000 (if I recall correctly) gets nuch better numbers on the highway run. Similarly, few Fiesta petrol owners have reported 15+ kmpl numbers on TBHP itself.

Probably you need to drive like the Buddha or start early to reach your destination on time, without ripping your car, whatever it is.
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Hi everyone!
I too drive an i20 (2011 model) and I manage to get 10-11 kmpl in the city and 11-13 kmpl on the highway.
After 1.5 years of ownership, what I have learnt is that this 1.2ltr engine is too punny for a car of this size and weight. This is the main reason behind a low fuel economy of this car as the engine has to put more effort to pull the car.
Also the torque available below 2000 rpm is very less which is another reason behind it. So, one has to rev it atleast till 2500 rpm to build the momentum.
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I own a two month old i20 and have managed to get >11 kmpl in city driving. On a couple of highway trips to lonavala, have managed above 14. Total mileage of my car is 3600, hope it will increase once the engine settles down. Hope that helps
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Cardeep, no offense taken. You are entitled to have your opinion. But even if I accept your evaluation, it doesn't explain 15% drop in FE for one car (assuming 16kmpl for the Fiesta) and 50% for another. GreyAsta's post helps in that regard.
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Took delivery of the baby greyhound, i20 Asta Petrol, today.
It's for dad, and he liked this car the best out of all cars he test drove including Ecosport and also insisted on a hatch over a sedan in the city

We sold our trusty ANHC as it had come of age, plus dad was shifting from Mumbai to Delhi, which did not justify moving the car here considering transport and registration cost.
The registration in Delhi would've made dad the third owner which sucked, this despite him being the sole owner. (Company car in Delhi then Transported to Mumbai -> Transfer from company to dad's name -> Transport and registration in Delhi)

We had to push our budget by 60k just so that we get 2 airbags instead of just 1. My dad did not understand the point of spending more but I insisted quite heavily on safety. Sadly Asta(O) was completely out of budget for a second car.

Wonderful car, lots of gizmos. I do miss the thud of closing the door (maybe dampening's side effect would help)

For some reason, I was having a very hard time reverse parking the car, I think it's because of the new car jitters.

I've changed the rubber on the 4 alloys to Michelin XM2 185/65 R14 and waiting for go ahead from dad for a moderate ICE upgrade, which might take a while.
I did not choose to change the rubber on the spare as the size is the same.

The keyless system will take some getting used to and so will the camera image in rear view mirror (I'm used to having it on the dash)

Shocked to see that there is no FE or DTE meter and more than that, the lack of phonebook access for Bluetooth is utter nonsense. Bad Hyundai.

Also, how can they not have the feature to dim down the backlight of the buttons? It's so bright. Some key buttons, like outside mirror controls, are missing backlight.

Another niggle is that you cannot display Track Name permanently when using USB, as it continues to show File Name only, which is also truncated.

I wonder who does their quality testing, as there are very minor issues and are easily fixable.

Just a few hours of ownership as of now, will keep updating this thread.

OT: I'm posting ownership experience here as I do not think I can create a thread and keep it updated enough.

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Guys,

Yesterday afternoon, I saw a black i20 with a LHD system. Any idea what it might be? A car meant for export? or an import from another country?

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Guys,

Yesterday afternoon, I saw a black i20 with a LHD system. Any idea what it might be? A car meant for export? or an import from another country?

Thanks,
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I20s are exported from chennai to other countries, among them are LHD cars with country specific trim levels. For eg in UK, two of the i20 trims are Classic and Style(instead of Era/Magna/Spotrz/Asta in India)
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I20s are exported from chennai to other countries, among them are LHD cars with country specific trim levels. For eg in UK, two of the i20 trims are Classic and Style(instead of Era/Magna/Spotrz/Asta in India)
1st, your example of the UK is a bit off the mark, since it too is a RHD market like ours. Also I am not sure all or even any LHD i20s are made in India any more, since the Hyundai Turkey factory too started to make the i20 and Verna. The i10 on the other hand is exclusively made in India.
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1st, your example of the UK is a bit off the mark, since it too is a RHD market like ours. Also I am not sure all or even any LHD i20s are made in India any more, since the Hyundai Turkey factory too started to make the i20 and Verna. The i10 on the other hand is exclusively made in India.
The trim level example was solely for conveying that export i20 models have different trim level names compared to Indian models.

Besides, spotting a LHD models surely means it is for export or is on test (as many previous spottings of such i20 LHD models, including two door models, prove). Surely, Hyundai won't be foolish to sell LHD models in India.
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Our family took delivery of our new "Fluidic" i20 earlier today - VTVT Magna (O) model, Ember Grey metallic in colour.

OTR came to 6.2L, with us getting the July discount offer of 10,000/- cash discount + 3,000/- extra discount for government employees. (she was registered in the name of my younger aunt) The dealer was adamant and didn't throw in anything else except the customary car mats and mud flaps. Try as I might, I couldn't wring out anything else from them - not even a car cover!

It is to be used primarily as our family's 2nd beater car, with me, Dad, my uncles, my cousins etc., taking turns to use & abuse her for everyday runs for our family.

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The car looks great. Please start an ownership review of the car for the benefit of all of us.
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Picked up this beauty today. It's an i20 Asta Crdi (Maharaja Red). Bought the car after much confusion on taking a new car or a used one. The features of this model just made me go for it. On road price was 8.68L. Got a 10k cash discount with the basic accessories (mud flaps, door mats and a body cover). Main reason for taking the car was for school runs (Civic demanded too much petrol). Drove it for about 10kms today so wont be able to comment too much on the car. Attaching a few pictures.
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Discovered a new feature in my i20 ASTA Crdi 2012. While the car is in motion and if u unlock from driver door, only driver door gets unlocked & all doors get unlocked only when car is stationery. Last night we were just nearing a friends place and i unlocked the doors only to realise that only driver door got unlocked and rest of the 3 doors were in locked position only.
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