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Introduction

This ownership report is written in chronological order of events. Scroll all the way down for the latest updates!

My outgoing car is an '07 SX4 Vxi with 33K on odo. I love that car! However, I have been looking for a new car for the past three months and my requirements were as follows:

1. 20L on-road in Bangalore.
2. Petrol - My daily commute is pretty short and a diesel would have been wasted on me.
3. Automatic - Ease of use in heavy traffic.
4. Safety features - New baby in my life woke me up to the fact that the SX4 lacks in safety department.

Armed with these criteria, I started my search with great help from friends and fellow bhpians: sandeepmohan and reignofchaos. The options for an enthusiast's car in that price bracket with my requirements were nil. The Laura automatic is only available in diesel. The Corolla is not very fun to drive. The Cruze is a diesel. VW have terrible customer relations and the Jetta doesn't offer better value over the Laura and all these cars are on the absolute borderline of my budget. At this point, I had almost decided to go with the Laura since I was willing to get a diesel but not a manual.

Enter the Kizashi

Somewhere in our lengthy discussion, the Kizashi's name came up. I made a call to Bimal in Mahadevpura and was informed that a TD car was available. The car ticked all the boxes for my requirements and came with the peace of mind of having MSIL's service backup. I am particularly happy with Bimal with whom I have had a 5 year trouble-free relationship with the SX4. No complaints.

The TD was brilliant. I loved the car at first sight. It's understated design and comfortable interiors were an instant hit with me. reignofchaos hates the interior plastics quality and while I cannot disagree with his assessment, its hardly a deal-breaker. In fact, a trip to an upholsterer should fix that issue quickly.

However, one question remained: is the Kizashi worth the 22L on-road price it commands?

The Clincher

To be honest, the answer to the question above is a definite NO. However, because the car is not a hot seller (OK, its not a seller, period) the only models available were NOS from the 2011 batch and came with a whopping 4 lakh discount! At 18.xx OTR, there are few cars that make more sense than this, provided you can live with the fact that you will own a 2011 model car. It doesn't bother me because I don't buy a car with resale in mind and I'm certain to hold on to this long enough to not have to worry about it's eventual resale (which will be zero, ha ha!)

So there. I bought the car no one else is buying. My original color choice was the premium silver (see Sidindica's official report) but that was not available and not wanting to deal with maintaining a black car, I've opted for the white. Delivery is promised at no later than 1st week of Nov.

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Test Drive Experience

Now that I have shared why I purchased the car, I'll try and elaborate on how the events unfolded, starting with, the TD.

After my initial conversation with Bimal, I asked for a TD, almost convinced that I will be brushed off. Surprise, surprise! Bimal not only offered me the car for a drive, unlike Honda, did not ask me to sign any liability agreements. Like I said earlier, watching the car roll up was love at first sight! MSIL employs specially trained drivers to drive the automatics (or so I was told). After the initial introductions, I got into the driver's seat.

Note: From this point on, I would like the reader to read the information from a relative point of view. Relative to my outgoing car, the SX4. Owners or people who have owned or driven say a 5-series may find my adjectives superlative but try to keep in mind that all my comparisons and revelations are in contrast to the SX4 (or some similar 5 year old car)

Interiors

The interiors of the car are gorgeous. Understated design without an faux wood or shiny chrome finishes. Some might even call it a little bland but it's perfect for me. The steering wheel is solid and very good to hold with excellent quality switches on the column for the steering mounted controls. In spite of this, out of habit, I reached out to the actual stereo controls to lower the volume at one point!

The seat is very comfortable and is electrically controlled which means no more Bollywood jhatkas to move the seat to the desired position. There are 3 memory positions as well. Finding the right position for my height (5'11") took just a few seconds. The steering wheel itself was in the perfect position so I didn't change it's position though I should have tested the options available.

The MID is very clear even in bright sunlight and the dials look stunning! There are two steering mounted controls where the right hand's middle finger is, which can be used to cycle through the different read-outs on the MID. One feature I loved was how the back-lighting on the dials came on automatically when I entered a basement car park.

The two things I could fault, if I were wanting to, were the quality of plastic on the dash, especially in front of the co-passenger's seat and the switch-gear on the window controls which are a straight lift from the SX4 (or is it the other way round?). While there is nothing wrong with the switch-gear quality (my SX4 never once gave me any issues) it doesn't feel quite as premium as the steering mounted controls. As for the plastic, the quality is a little cheap and even the color is not a very rich shade of beige, rather its a yellow-ish hue which does not suit my tastes. That is one thing that is definitely on my to-do list after I get delivery. I am planning on a much richer and darker shade for the facia. I will try and Photoshop something later.

I never got into the back seat so I will leave that input to sandeepmohan and RoC to share. From what I heard from them, rear seat space isn't luxurious but at over 6 ft tall, RoC wasn't complaining either. All my family members are short so that really shouldn't be an issue.

Something that is almost standard on luxury cars these days is a touch-screen audio and sat-nav system which this car lacks. However, I own a 5" smartphone and with a proper car docking station, I should be OK to use Google Navigation without problems. A small anecdote: I love Google Navigation. When it first came out, I tried it from my home to my office and things were fine till I reached the main gate of ITPL. Once there, Google decided I shouldn't go in to work today and asked me to take a u-turn. Yay!

In conclusion, fit, finish and design of the interiors of the car is excellent and with a fix on the plastics, will leave nothing to be desired.

Driving and Handling

The very first thing that struck me about the drive was the quality of the brakes. The car has two more discs (at the rear) as opposed to my SX4 and the difference in the braking feel and capacity was easily apparent. I also think that the car being new meant that the brakes were biting quite a bit. Very confidence inspiring. Since we are on the topic of brakes: at one point I braked hard (not in panic but in sudden realization that I am about to miss an exit on a freeway) and the car felt very composed and stable with no slipping or sliding or unwanted feedback in the steering wheel. The ABS unit was at work for sure.

The drive itself is composed and comfortable. The engine has a nice hum at low revs which builds up to a nice growl past 3,000rpm. The Kizashi is very happy to be revved close to the red-line and the engine note, even through closed windows, had a very nice throaty sound. The CVT has a rubber-banding effect. Initially, I did not understand what this meant but by the end of the TD, I could appreciate that the CVT box takes a fraction of a second to hit the correct rev to get going. This means that you will not get the instant acceleration of a manual transmission but once it gets past that, the power delivery is seamless and linear all the way to the red-line. Think of it as turbo-lag but in the transmission. I have noticed that RaceDynamics are developing a CVT controller. I will get in touch with them soon to see what that can do for the Kizashi. Overtaking on our highways should be a breeze and even in traffic, the car was not difficult to drive. With the manual mode selected, the rubber-banding is greatly reduced since the gearbox is no longer making the choices for you. I only tried the paddle shifters since the up/down action of changing gears on the stick did not feel intuitive to me. If you don't upshift, the car will rev happily to 5,500 without a hitch. If you start slowing down or coasting, it will downshift for you but it does that as late as possible. Nice feature!

The ride quality is plush and comfortable. Undulations and bumps on the road are easily absorbed by the suspension and the touring spec Yokohamas. For me, this was the biggest improvement over the outgoing car since I had up-sized the rims to 17" and was running very thin rubber which made the ride very stiff and uncomfortable. The SX4 does look awesome with the 17" Lensos! At one point, I missed a small, unmarked speed-breaker on the road (yes, I'm in Bangalore!) and the car went over it at about 60kph with 5 passengers on board without any discomfort. In the SX4, all five occupants would have needed spine surgery and the car would have needed new tires.

On to the fun part! Only at one point and for a short duration was I able to unleash the full potential of the power-plant and MY GOD! What a rush! The car accelerates quickly with an excellent sound-track to go with the performance. 0-100 is claimed to be just under 9 secs and I personally think that it's more than sufficient on both streets and highways. I have never been a fan of top-speed. I prefer acceleration. The awesome feeling of being pushed back into your seat as the revs build and car rockets forward is what I enjoy the most and this baby delivers! The mid-range is the strongest point of this car. The Kizashi is by far the most powerful car I have driven in India and I can't wait to see how it will perform on the highway. Good thing I have family in Chennai!

This concludes my TD report. A couple of pics of the TD car courtesy sandeepmohan:

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Post TD Drama

I don't want to dwell on this too much and swell the post but it was an important part of the buying process. After the TD, I came away impressed and so did the wife. With our decision almost final, we spoke to Bimal only to find out that the car had been sold to a friend of the MD! The news came as a shock since I had already made up my mind and since the discount was being offered by the dealer, I could no longer get the car at 18.xxL OTR. At the behest of the sales rep, I went and met the chief-GM of sales for Bimal who asked me for some time in order to coax MSIL to provide another car with the same discount.

After waiting almost 3 weeks, I was finally informed that MSIL has agreed and I can have the car at the price I wanted. Meanwhile, due to changes in taxation, the cost of the car went up from 21.90 to 22.15. We decided to go ahead with the booking before some other tax changes increased the price any further.

The worst piece of news I received was that the Premium Silver color that I wanted was not available since the last car of that color had been sold by a Delhi dealer. I settled for white since maintenance of a black car would be quite painful, especially with the terrible hard-water of Whitefield. I have seen a white car at Mandovi and it didn't look too good. I'm hoping that the car looks good once seen on the road.

Booking

With all the decisions made and finance sorted, I went ahead and gave a cheque of Rs 50,000/- as booking amount. I have been promised delivery by end of the month but definitely no later than 1st week of Nov. Meanwhile, I have a buyer for my SX4 from my office. I will have to say goodbye to the old girl soon but I'll be very happy to see her every once in a while.

Update - 16th Oct 2012

I received a call from Bimal today with some good news: the car is being dispatched from Mumbai where it is off-loaded and not Gurgaon, as previously thought. This should substantially reduce my waiting period since the distance the special truck bringing the car has to travel only about 1000 kms. Delivery is still promised before end of October.

Update - 21st Oct 2012

I have had a niggling concern about the quality of the stock stereo system in the Kizashi and I spent a good part of my Sunday reading up on Kizashi owner fora about this. The worst part of the deal for Indian buyers is that the Indian Kizzie does not have the regular Rockford Fosgate system and those people that own the similarly spec'd car abroad have complained about the middling quality of the components provided.

A good stereo in the car is very important to me and what little I heard and lot I read does not inspire confidence. I am contemplating an upgrade to the speakers and amplifier to something much better without changing the HU or losing steering-mounted functionality. This probably warrants a thread in the Ask The Gurus section but I wanted to highlight the fact that for some reason, some regions are being short-changed on the stereo front. The 10-speaker RF system that comes installed in some regions is fantastic! It has a 425w DSP amp that alone costs Rs 75,000/- in the Indian market. We get 5 speakers and some run-of-the-mill amplifier. Poor choice by Suzuki.

Update - 23rd Oct 2012

I called the finance manager to speak about some follow-up documents. At the end of our conversation, he reassuringly told me that the car should be here soon since it has already left Guwahati. I almost fell out of my chair in shock! I immediately asked him if he meant Gurgaon but he was confident the car was coming from Assam. Now, I've never heard of any cars being stocked in Assam so naturally I was concerned. I called up my sales rep and he brushed off the claims of the finance guy as hot air. I quote, "Sir, don't listen to him for matters that are not financial. Same way you should not listen to me about financial matters!"

He assured me that the car was coming from Mumbai and would be here in the special truck before the end of the month. I can see how special the truck is since it has been 8 days and it still hasn't managed to cover 1000 kms!

The wait continues and the excitement builds!

Update - 29th Oct 2012

The wait is finally over! I received a call from my sales rep today informing me that the car has reached the showroom. The news came as a total surprise since just a few hours earlier I had been informed that the car will be at the showroom in a day or two. Maruti Suzukis come in to a yard at Tumkur where they are off-loaded and re-loaded on to trucks to go to individual dealers. I expected this step to take at least 2-3 days but it was dealt with in a matter of a few hours and the car was at Bimal at 3PM. I immediately took some time off from work to go take a look. My dear friend sandeepmohan and another colleague accompanied me. Both Sandeep and I had a nagging suspicion about the condition the car will be in after lying in a stock-yard for over a year. As it turns out, our fears were completely unfounded since the car was spic and span. Not a trace of dirt or grime anywhere. MSIL has definitely taken care with warehousing their flagship car.

The car had been washed and was being polished when I asked them to take a break so we could give it the once over. It was by no means a full-scale TBHP PDI but we checked all the major aspects of the car and everything was working perfectly, as expected.

A huge relief for me was that the stereo actually does not sound bad at all. The settings were all wonky to begin with but with very little tweaking we were able to make the speakers sound pretty good. The system is not mind-blowing but it also does not warrant an upgrade. I was dreading meddling with the stereo but now I feel a great sense of relief.

Here are a few pics from the PDI. These are from my Note so please excuse the quality. I'm not a DSLR kinda guy but I'll see if one of the many good photographers in my office can do a nice set for later. The car looks absolutely gorgeous in white which was another one of my concerns. I love the color!

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Bank Loan Process - 30th Oct 2012

I visited the Doorvani Nagar branch of SBI today to complete the finance formalities and paperwork. I have to admit that I was expecting the experience to be long and arduous but I'm very happy to report that it was anything but. The Manager of the Personal Banking Division was not only polite and friendly but he also got most of the paperwork done in double-quick time. Same goes for his support staff and the Chief Manager. I was there for about two and a half hours and in that time I got all paperwork related to my loan sorted, opened a savings account, signed up for online banking, received my passbook and initial starter kit which includes the debit card and even got the ATM PIN!

The overall efficiency of the process was astounding for a Citibank customer since they take 48 hours just to dispatch the PIN after delivering a debit card. I am sure the Bimal finance rep who accompanied me had a big hand to play in how swiftly the business was dealt with. The bank's decision to release the funds the same day was the cherry on top!

D-DAY: Delivery of the Kizashi - 02 Nov 2012

Finally.

I received confirmation from Bimal that the car will be delivered on 02 Nov at around 4PM. The sales rep was adamant upon completing the delivery formalities since the day was supposedly an auspicious one. While I personally don't care much for these things, my family does and they concurred that Friday indeed was a good day.

I reached the showroom at about 4:15PM. I was palpitating in excitement! The sales rep showed me the car and I did another quick inspection. I asked them to remove the plastic covers on the seats which they did with great reluctance. A priest was already present on-site and he did a quick puja. After this, I was escorted to complete the paperwork. Again, full marks to Bimal for streamlining this process. A gentleman patiently went through all the documents and explained everything in detail. I was then introduced to the service advisor. Since I had stepped out from office to finish all this work, I asked them not to give me a detailed explanation of the working of the car. The only thing I wanted to know was how to open the fuel-filler lid since I couldn't locate a button for it.

Once all the formalities were complete, I drove the car out of the holding area to the main exit where the priest placed four lemons under the wheels of the car. I'm not sure what this signifies. Importantly though, we were off in our new Kizzie!

I gingerly rolled the car out on to a traffic-packed road. There was a BMTC bus approaching slowly. The driver noticed that I was trying to ease my new car into traffic so he stopped and allowed me to go through. Faith in humanity, restored. The drive back to office was slow and uneventful except my wife and I couldn't stop gushing about everything in the car. Every 15 seconds there would be a "Ooh, look at that thingummyjig!"

I have now driven the car slowly in traffic for about 40km total. Slow-speed acceleration and maneuverability are excellent. I was asked by the service advisor to keep the car under 90kph for the first 1000km but I knew that number was too low. Also, AFAIK, nowadays the restriction is on the RPM and not the speed itself. A bit of searching on Kizashi forums revealed that the ideal RPM to limit oneself to is 4,000.

First Long(-ish) Drive - 04 Nov 2012

Having only driven the car in traffic and for short periods, I was itching to have a go at some empty roads to see how the car behaves on the highway. I reminded myself to strictly stay in the 4 K RPM limit as sandeepmohan and another friend of ours planned a drive from Whitefield to Woody's near Kolar for breakfast.

The Kizashi's performance on the highway is a revelation! The car feels solid, planted and comfortable at triple-digit speeds. The mid-range is superb and the car pulls and pulls from 1.5 K RPM all the way to my 4 K limit. Every once in a while the CVT may take a fraction of a second to find the right ratio but when it does, the car is a rocket! I refrained from using the paddle-shifts since I did not want to get suckered into red-lining the engine. Not that it would be needed since the car was doing 130 kph at 2200 RPM with consummate ease. I wasn't even close to my running-in RPM limit but I still decided to not get carried away and drove with speeds intentionally varying between 80 kph and 110 kph.

I am sure the car will be a great mile-muncher and I can barely contain my excitement at the thought of planning some epic road-trips in the months to come.

During the drive, we saw a group of superbike riders who also pulled in to Woody's for breakfast. It was a dream come true sight for any bike lover since there were CBRs, CB1000Rs, FZ1s, Ninjas, Ducatis and Hyosungs all in one place. On the way back, we pulled over to take a few pictures and witnessed a group of Harley Davidsons out on a ride. What a racket! A great sight. It was heart-warming to see that both the superbike and the HD group was fully kitted out and were riding with proper road manners. Kudos!

We clocked about a 100 km during the drive and there was not even a hint of fatigue. The Kizashi has lumbar as well as under-thigh support which is a God-send. I drove the SX4 immediately afterwards in traffic for about 40km and I could appreciate the difference in noise levels and cabin comforts apart from performance and driving characteristics. I am planning a proper highway run on the weekend after Diwali to Chennai and back. I should have a better write-up on highway cruising after I return.

The only problems I have found so far:

1. Doors don't auto-lock at 20 kph. Hoping that there is a software fix for it.
2. AC in auto mode defaults to fresh air mode. I need to remember to switch it manually to re-circulated air mode.
3. At high-speeds, there is a slight vibration in the steering wheel. I have spoken to Nikhil and this issue should be resolved before this post becomes public.

Some pics from the drive:

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Not too many angles possible due to proximity to the highway. Photo credit goes to sandeepmohan.

Bangalore - Chennai - Bangalore on Diwali weekend (11 Nov - 13 Nov)

Diwali this year came with a 4 day off and so it only made sense for me to take the Kizashi for her first highway outing. Due to some last minute changes, I could not depart at my preferred time between 5AM and 6AM and ended up leaving at about 8AM instead. This turned out to be a BIG mistake since the traffic on the highway (AH 43/AH 45) was terrible. In fact, upon reaching the main highway from Attibele, I could see a long, snarling line of traffic on the EC flyover which continued well past the toll gate and the RTO check-post. It took me 50km (and about 1.5 hours) to see any open stretch of road. The six-laning process is taking a toll (pun intended) on the highway with a lot of diversions and patchy stretches of road. Thankfully, the diversions are very well marked with warning signs up to 1km away. I could see a lot of flyovers being built to by-pass small towns and villages. This is a welcome move since traveling at highway speeds through villages is a tense and dangerous exercise. In parts, the six-laning is complete and the road quality is absolutely fantastic. Anyone from Bangalore who has been on the NICE road can attest to the fact that the road is not exactly flat and smooth. It has quite a few undulations. The six-laned highway, on the other hand, is like the baize on a billiards table. The surface is nearly flawless and the Kizashi obviously felt the best on these unfortunately sparse stretches. I am writing this update from Chennai and the plan is to use Old Madras Road to go back from Ranipet onwards since the road conditions made this a very arduous trip. The total driving time from home to home was 7.5 hours and there were more than a few scary experiences!

Coming to the car and the driving experience, I can only re-iterate that this car lives for the highway. I have never found myself enjoying driving on the highway as much as I did with the Kizashi. The car is fast, comfortable and absolutely SOLID. Like I mentioned earlier, there were a few occasions where either a diversion, cattle or an errant, over-enthusiastic driver caused me to have to brake quickly and never once did the car feel unsure or unstable. In fact, my wife's reason for me to drive slower was that the brakes on the Kizzie are so good that, in an emergency, we will stop but the person behind us may not be able to. The Kizashi's driving characteristics are very similar to the SX4 which meant I could adapt to it fairly quickly. The engine is a rev-happy unit and the 4,000RPM run-in limit reins in the fun factor since the motor gets serious only at about 3K RPM. The mid-range (2.5K to 4K) is very punchy and over-taking is effortless. There is very little body roll during cornering and certainly no discomfort for the inmates. Once the running in is complete, I am sure the car's true highway potential can be explored. I'm not referring to driving very fast but being able to cruise at reasonably quick speeds for long periods without fatigue for the passengers or strain on the engine. As an example, 80kph is achieved at 1,200 RPM and 120kph at 2,200RPM. Kick-down acceleration is brutal but I (with great difficulty, heh heh!) refrained from doing that for the sake of completing the run in as per guidelines.

Only issue I faced was cabin noise. On the older tarmac, the noise from the rubber gets a little invasive. However, on the freshly laid blacktop, this was not an issue at all. I'm not sure what is at work here but it's not something I can control so I just turn up the stereo!

Conclusion

A lot of important information about the process came from my friends sandeepmohan and RoC. Thanks guys!

A TON of information also came from this very site. In fact, a lot of my questions and requests were met with surprise by the dealer. I don't think they get too many customers who ask for VIN numbers or refuse to make the full payment till after a PDI. The sales rep was speechless when I answered his question about release of full payment with the words, "After a detailed PDI". I ended up convincing him that the bank will RTGS the money within 30 minutes of my approval.

As for the VIN, I was told that the VIN can only be provided after invoicing and payment is complete. When I questioned this rationale, I was told by the rep that the information has come from the AGM. I sternly asked him to ask his AGM to choose his words carefully with a Bhpian next time.

I just want to say thanks to all the contributors on this site. You have built a wealth of information here that benefits the lesser of us (170 posts in 5 years and almost all of them in the bikes section) immensely. Here is a video link to a beautiful documentary about a team that drove a Kizashi from Hamamatsu, Japan to Los Angeles, California via Russia, Siberia and Canada:



I'm posting just the first of a four part series. It's about an hour long and contains some beautiful photography and snippets of information from lesser known parts of the world.

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So the Rs 5 lakh discount on Kizashi mentioned in a separate thread is true. Congrats on the buy. Looking towards seeing the pics.
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Congrats on the buy, Bluu.
The Kizashi is a great VFM prooduct 'now' if you're okay with petrol. Good choice.

Din't you try the new Elantra, or is it not available in P?
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First Kizashi on team-bhp? Probably yes.

Snow white pearl? Can't believe you unless we see the pictures!!!

Great car mate. Enjoy your ride. Perfect upgrade and sweet deal on the price to boot.
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Thank you!

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So the Rs 5 lakh discount on Kizashi mentioned in a separate thread is true. Congrats on the buy. Looking towards seeing the pics.
The initial discount of 4L was being offered by the dealer since he had a silver car in his possession. That was the one I test drove. However, before I could book it, it got sold. When they realized that I was a serious customer, they (Bimal) contacted Maruti and asked for the same discount. Took a while but Maruti agreed. Discount being offered by Maruti is about 3.xL while the rest was covered by Bimal. Not all dealers are willing to go to these lengths. Mandovi never sent me a quotation in spite of evaluating my SX4 while Pratham refused to give any discounts.


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Congrats on the buy, Bluu.
The Kizashi is a great VFM prooduct 'now' if you're okay with petrol. Good choice.

Din't you try the new Elantra, or is it not available in P?
No offense to Hyundai owners but I test drove the Verna and absolutely hated the handling characteristics. Going by that and the reviews I read online, I struck Hyundais off my list. This is strictly my opinion so please don't flame me.

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First Kizashi on team-bhp? Probably yes.

Snow white pearl? Can't believe you unless we see the pictures!!!

Great car mate. Enjoy your ride. Perfect upgrade and sweet deal on the price to boot.
I'll post pictures as soon as I go for the PDI. It's going to be a long wait
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No offense to Hyundai owners but I test drove the Verna and absolutely hated the handling characteristics. Going by that and the reviews I read online, I struck Hyundais off my list. This is strictly my opinion so please don't flame me.
Am no Hyunadai lover myself, but I like the Elantra, although I dislike the Verna. I think the broader dimensions of the Elantra compensate for the very curvy fluidic styling. Handling, haven't driven , so can't comment.

Chalo, anyway; all the best for the car. Hopw to see some pics soon.
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Hyundais are IMO the best looking cars in each segment they represent. The Verna is loaded to the gills with features but at the end of the day, if a car doesn't drive well, it doesn't appeal to me.
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@ Bluu

Great choice and a wonderful set of wheels. I had the opportunity to TD a Kizashi and was sorely tempted to buy one but other monetary commitments meant the purchase was a no go !

The Kizashi is one of the most underrated cars around. It drives and rides very well , is a neat and tidy handler, very stable at expressway speeds and would run rings around any hyundai for that matter.
It may not be the most spacious of the lot but what the heck, the driving enjoyment makes up for it..,

Wish you many miles of happy and safe motoring !

Cheers!
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Congratulations Bluu. Having not sold many, you will get attention where ever you take her. Tsi AT & 2011 VRS ( manual offcourse) are selling with heavy discount as well, any reason you went with Kizashi ?

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I'm awaiting delivery of the car. Will post snaps then. Mileage is expected to be in the region of 7-10 kmpl in the city and a touch more on the highway. Surprisingly, on claimed figures, the auto box gives better FE than the manual on this car.

@blackbeast - sorry but which TSI AT are you referring to? I absolutely did not want a manual.

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Congrats! You are in for a very stress free ownership experience. I bought the first Grand Vitara on the forum and now just short of 20 days of completing 5 very satisfying years with it.
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Congrats on the new car Bluu! Your thought process is very clear and it certainly seems the Kizashi is the best choice for you given your needs.

Apart from the superior ride quality, what else do you like about upgrading from the SX4? You mentioned safety features, can you please elaborate? Some interior pics added will really help.
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Congrats Bluu.....i absolutely love the Kizashi and being the owner of an SX4, i cna identify with your feeling of love for the sx4 as well. the Kizashi is a logical upgrade from the SX4 and its a real pity it doesnt sell in India. If MSIL gets serious and starts assmbling this beauty in India and prices it against the elantra/cruze, this baby should sell pretty well!

enjoy years of hassle free ownership.
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Bluu, Congrats on the brand new Kizashi.
It looks stunning.
Can you please upload more pics and pics of interiors as well?
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