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Hyundai I20 – The “right” car for one’s mid-senior folks!

Part 1 - The process...
The Old Order Changeth, yielding place to the new, yet again...

Well, here goes guys, another saga of car buying, put down on paper. This time, for my folks in Madras.

The time frame in which the below detail process was accomplished has been over the last 6-7 months.

We needed to change my parents car from their elderly (8year old) Tata Indica V2 DLG Turbo Diesel. Frankly that car was getting a little long in the tooth, and was subject to some amount of "user fatigue", at least from my side, despite its considerable mid-life makeover and major nip and tuck job in 2010, 4 years after it was bought. Now, while there is absolutely nothing wrong with that car, it still needed to be put out to pasture, in favour of youth, refinement and specifically, 'safety kit'.

We wanted a more refined, petrol-driven, modern, easy to handle, service, drive and park, comfortable, versatile, spacious vehicle for them and their luggage, with all possible safety features and comfort/ convenience features that people like my parents, who are in their middle-senior years, will appreciate. They drive on average around 800 kms a month max, and in the last 8 years their Diesel Indica has just clocked 51000 odd Kms. They do not really need a Diesel, quite clearly, and as a Senior Gent, my Dad will be much more comfy in a Petrol. He does not like Chauffeurs, preferring to drive himself as far as possible and he is an excellent driver to boot. Most of their usage is in the City. However, they make three or four trips up and down on the highways in a year between Madras and Bangalore and they also like to go to Ooty and other places to catch up with friends etc. They have always preferred to travel by car, wherever they go, especially when the trips are within the region in which they are based. My Mum needs a car in which she can travel in great comfort so the springing of the vehicle cannot be "hard" and it should not "crash" over the bumpy roads we drive on. She needs ease of ingress and egress and a comfortable front seat to sit in - she never sits anywhere else except the front passenger seat, on account of her health condition(s).

Special Occasion:
This upgrade is a special Gift on the occasion of my Dad's birthday which is coming up in a bit. Like the brand new Indica Diesel with which (at his request) we replaced my Dad's old Petrol Esteem 8 years ago, now it is the turn of the spanking new I20 to take the place of the Indica. To quote an old saying, "The old order changeth, yielding place to the new!" Change is the only constant and all the other platitudes come to mind now...

What better gift can there be from an automobile enthusiast to the one person who taught him everything he knows about cars, maintenance and care, driving, etiquette, road manners and driving techniques! Dad has crossed the 70th milestone and is well underway into the septuagenarian group...all his life he has tried to create a better life for us all- and now we are happy to return the favour in some measure with a nice new car for him to enjoy.

Choosing the car:
After much fiddling and waddling, hemming and hawing and researching for the 'right' sort of vehicle - we spanned the gamut of new vehicles available, of the sedan and hatch type and we spanned a huge number of used vehicles too, in the hope of finding a bargain amongst all the Toyota Corollas and Honda Citys and Skoda Lauras and all the rest of them out there. We considered the Ford EcoSport but found the cost too high plus the waiting period too long. We thought of the Honda City but despite everything, the Honda boys have slightly short-changed the consumers in terms of kit, we felt. Unfortunately they, in their infinite wisdom, also murdered the lovely, versatile, clever, classy, off-beat, refined, comfortable, stylish little Jazz which we would have loved to consider seriously! The Fiesta Classic is way too long in the tooth for our taste though a great car in its own way. Now with its recent 'last ditch' price reduction of one lakh, it seemed very attractive indeed, but its nearness to the end of its natural lifecycle reduces its attractiveness.. The Figo is just too small. The Ford Fusion would have been lovely but that was also discontinued. Same goes for the Linea whose prices were significantly reduced but I still carry baggage about Fiat's service.

New Car or Used?
My Parents, my wife and I would always prefer to buy cars brand new if we can afford it, rather than buy "used" - regardless of however good the deal is and however tempting the vehicle / category/ segment may seem.

The Shortlist:
We finally narrowed down the choices to the Skoda Rapid (which was more of a whim because frankly it is quite expensive at the price), the Skoda Fabia (which I liked a lot), the Fiat Grande Punto (whose looks I am completely smitten with), the Chevy SAIL and SAIL U VA, the Swift, the Swift Dzire and the Hyundai I 20.

Skoda Rapid:
The Rapid is a nice car and both Mum/ Dad liked it. But we were buying in Chennai and Gurudev is about as responsive as a block of wood and about as caring towards their consumers and potential consumers as perhaps a boulder would be.
Frankly they are as uncaring a dealer as one would hope not to have to deal with, in comparison to Vinayak in Bangalore who have been consistently good with me. Added to that the Rapid really does not have a lot of kit, given the price that they charge for it. Despite the discounts of 1 lac plus, the deal did not seem our type. And we all know that the Rapid is one of those "engineered for India" cars. If Im buying Euro then I would like to go the whole hog and not halfway.

Skoda Fabia:
The Fabia is a lovely car too and we all love its Solid Euro quality cues, safety features, solidity, comfort and other details, but the above perception issue with the dealership remained an irritant plus the Fabia does not have an essential thing - a 60:40 split folding rear seat, which is an essential in a hatchback in my opinion. It also comes with a significantly reduced feature list and has been actually de-featured to some extent, compared with the older gen Fabias which were available in 2008-2009, where even the front passenger seat had a height adjuster! This was the only other really strong contender to what was our final choice.

Fiat Grande Punto:
While I absolutely love its looks, I wasn't happy with the way I was looked after on a recent visit to KHT Motors in Inner Ring Road Bangalore, despite being the only customer in the showroom at the time. I am carrying some baggage in ref Fiat Service and possibly a mindset problem but nothing leads me to think on the contrary despite Fiat going it alone in the India market. I would not want my parents to be put to difficulty on account of servicing and the way they are looked after. Now the Fiat is a great car with solid build quality and ride and everything else, including safety, a big engine, fat tyres and many other attractions. However, somehow, it still seems slightly bereft of the features that its competition has. Sadly, the seats do not have a split foldable option at the rear and the flexibility of available and effective luggage space is also not that great in the Punto, unfortunately.

Chevy SAIL:
The SAIL just simply feels tinny and unfortunately, quite cheap. I do not like its overall 'tinny feel' despite the value for money pricing and decent feature list. Add this to the fact that Chevy recently faced issues and had to have a big recall and there was no way of knowing whether these cars being sold now, had had the issues attended to or whether they would undergo a recall later etc. I don't want my parents to undergo recalls etc. While this is an entry level sedan and quite nice sized too and it has a 370 litre boot, all this adds an extra 70-80k to the cost of the car! Unfortunately it did not inspire enough confidence in me.

Chevy SAIL U VA:
The SAIL U VA - an extremely comfy, versatile and spacious hatchback car. Nice and roomy in my opinion and came with a pretty decent feature list too, at a good price. This was very seriously in consideration. I decided against it only because of the same 'tinny feel' and the fact that my parents did not seem 'wow-ed' at all. I mean, when one is buying a brand new car, one has to 'indulge passion' a bit too!

Maruti Suzuki Swift:
We all liked the original Swift, indeed my wife had one and my Dad used to enjoy driving it when they visited us. Then these Maruti fellows have, as you know, been constantly fiddling with the design and tweaking it up and down almost every year or two since launch. This new Swift is a great car, no doubt, but we feel it is a little too blingy, in comparison to the older one. There is also the matter of the door sill being quite high, so it can be just a little bit irritating for my mum to get in and out of. Added to this, the lip of the boot is too high, so it is a task to hoist one's luggage in and out of the boot. Interestingly, irrespective of variant, it seems the Swift also does not offer a 60:40 flat folding rear seat, which is essential for a good sized hatchback car to have, in order to stow luggage smartly and unobtrusively!

Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire:
The Swift Dzire - this car ticked and continues to tick all the possible boxes for most car buyers in this segment of vehicle. Pricing, features, servicing, all kinds of safety kit ,entertainment and convenience kit, comfort, height from the ground for ease of ingress and egress for older people, reliability, maintenance and the list goes on and on and on. It also has a boot which is separate from the cabin and I personally like the Swift Dzire very much as a Taxi Cab when I am blundering about between home and the airport and when I am visiting other cities on work. It is just the right size to manage India traffic pains and is very comfortable too, in the back seat. The long and short of it is that it really ticks all the boxes. Yet, it did not quite cut it from our need/ want perspective.

Why the Dzire did not quite 'cut it' for us:
1. The Maruti Dealers know that these are amongst the best selling cars in India and hence do not offer all that much by way of 'deals' .
2. I personally don't mind the little boot of 315- 320 litres, but it feels 'tacked on' and makes this car a sedan only in name. I feel that it is actually too small to serve a proper function for people like my folks. It is more of a boot in 'name' rather than in real 'function' and I do not like that. The mere presence of this 'boot' adds a cost differential of around 80-90K to the cost of the car!
3.My parents will have a 'neither here nor there' feeling with this vehicle because it most certainly wont fit all the paraphernalia that people like them like to carry about with them, when they are just two people and have a whole car to themselves.
4.Part of the luxury of motoring about as a twosome, is to be able to carry as much as you want, without constraints! I mean, we travel abroad or within India by air and my wife and I really travel light. However, when we travel in our own automobile, we carry all manner of things and rightly so - whats the point of having a luxurious and comfortable, completely controlled mode of travel/ transport if you cant carry what you want?
5.My parents subscribe to the same school of thought! In their case, in the Swift Dzire, many things will tend to spill over into the rear seat, most certainly and the worst of it is, that the rear seat cannot be folded at all. If this is to be achieved, it will require major surgery and I am totally averse to doing such things on a new car. I may, in so doing, also compromise safety and warranties etc, none of which I wish to do.

Hyundai I 20:
Finally the I 20 from Hyundai - I have never been overly fond of the Hyundai vehicles, always considering them as a bit of a compromise. I owned a Santro many years ago - 2001-2002 in fact. At that time, it was a better choice than a Maruti or Zen.Partially, this 'displeasure with Hyundai' I guess, could be some level of prejudice and 'snobbishness'.
Little did I realize how terrihly biased and wrong I was! My Dad tested the I 20 and both parents loved it. I checked it out very critically in the Hyundai showroom in Residency Road and came away impressed. I also tested my colleagues car and asked him innumerable questions about it till he started looking at me strangely and side-stepping me at times!

The Final Choice:
But, however biased one may want to be, one simply cannot ignore the sheer quality, value for money, features list, comfort, safety, flexi-luggage carrying capacity with those excellent fold-flat rear seats and their superb 60:40 split foldability, overall convenience and the overall package that the Hyundai vehicles give to the consumer. This Hyundai I 20 car really ticked all the possible boxes and made a great 'emotional connect' as well, with my folks. It is, in short, a 'near-perfect' pretty large-ish hatchback car which fits our need/ want state just brilliantly. There is no question about that!

Variant & Colour:
The car variant chosen finally is the I20 Kappa VTVT Petrol 1.2 Asta, which comes with 2 Airbags, ABS, integrated music system, bluetooth and otherwise great quality, overall good feel, nice dark two toned upholstery (and not that horrid beige), versatility, space, comfort, convenience and many many features, bells and whistles, most of which are desirable and greatly appreciated.

The colour chosen is "Sleek Silver" on account of its relative anonymity, the fact that it does not show dust, dirt and scratches easily and overall, is quite easy to maintain. The colour Silver still tends to look and feel premium, even over longer periods of time unlike all those other rich, dark shades, which tend to fade and look tatty as time goes by.

The VIN number was given to us a few weeks back before the decision was made; MALBB51BLDM609096. This was subsequently decoded by RSR and we are quite happy with the MY13 (Oct) model. The special deal offered to us was for the MY 13 Model - we were happy with the deal and the vehicle itself.

My unrequited desire:
I would have loved to buy the I 20 Asta (O) Petrol 1.2 with its 6 Airbags and Sunroof, but it has a two to three month wait period as it is not a popular variant in India.
Incidentally and irritatingly, this one, being also a 1.2, comes with rear drum brakes! I would have loved the 1.4 Gamma Petrol AT Sportz variant, but for the fact that it comes (most idiotically) with only one Driver Airbag and has a silly 4 speed AT Gearbox! I mean in this day and age, one would expect at least two front Airbags and a 6 speed AT Box or am I wrong here?

If there is one thing that I am slightly unhappy with in my choice, it is only the fact that the Petrol 1.2 litre Hyundai I 20's, irrespective of variant, do not come with rear disc brakes. None of the variants come with ESP and I would have loved more airbags than are present in this variant.

The dealer we chose to go with are Vinayak Hyundai - Amra Motors, who are a new dealer in Madras and are based out of the Chromepet/ Tambaram Sanatorium Area. I know they are quite a distance away from where my folks are located but they did all the running around and not us, so we did not mind really.

They are owned by the Vinayak Skoda chaps in Bangalore who look after me very well indeed and we are happy with the way their Madras Hyundai dealership are looking after us. Their GM, Mr Ganesh is a straightforward guy and I like doing business with him. I have never met him - only worked with him through the phone/ email. Everything is being done by remote control because of my relationship with Vinayaka Skoda in Bangalore.

The deal given to us is quite comfortable (around 70k) off including all sorts of bonuses and discounts. The new I 20 car costs about 7.43 odd on the road. As per the VIN, it is an October 2013 manufactured vehicle. We have no problem with that. The value being given for the old Indica (around 1.85L) is also very decent indeed, given the general market for such cars. Our old Indica has been jazzed up considerably in its middle age, around 4 years into ownership, with bolstered re-upholstered, comfortable seats and interiors, an excellent further upgraded music system, nice alloys, fatter tyres etc and has been maintained extremely well by my Dad as well as run very little given its age!

We know we could have advertised it privately and gotten ourselves a bigger, better, more super deal but frankly did not want to go through all the botheration.

We much prefer to hand it over to the dealer for what we consider to be a 'fair price'. The major part of the cost of the new car is being put down as a combo of the old car, the discounts offered and a decent sized down payment as well. This enables acquisition of the car through a relatively minimal loan amount. This is the way we have gone ahead.

So the old car went off to the Dealer on 20th Jan. My folks are somewhat sentimental about their old car, being of the generation that bought things by paying 'cash down' and generally hanging on to their things for a far longer time than the newer generations, including us, do. Also, my Dad is very particular about preventive maintenance to the point of obsession and is a real stickler for looking after things properly and well, bless him!

These last few days my parents have been using my Sis's car until the new car came in. This has helped my Dad to acclimatize himself to a Petrol driven vehicle after around 8 years of driving that clattery -noisy engined Turbo Diesel Indica. It helped him in getting used to the softness, refinement and comfort of the noiseless petrol engine, its faster acceleration,greater responsiveness, newer proportions and dimensions, different controls and other vehicular behavioural characteristics. Last but not least it helped him of course, to get used to the softer clutch that these nice new refined petrol hatchback cars have. It also helped him to get used to the ABS and all the rest of it. So all good on that front.

Onward we drive:
Dad wanted delivery of the new vehicle in the final week of Jan 2014. They had originally identified Jan 20th and 24th as 'good days' but have finally settled on today, Wednesday the 29th Jan for the delivery, with the new car clad in its freshly minted registration and number plates etc.
There was also a bunch of requisite paperwork which had to fly up and down between bangalore and Madras and the RTO demands are quite stringent, coupled with the vagaries of the courier services. So 29th Jan it is then...though despite my being away overseas on work for the last week or so, I had accomplished everything by remote control as it were. It just happens that the RTO do not register vehicles on Saturday and the papers were only ready by then. However, Mr Ganesh, the Dealer GM has been highly helpful.

So the car has now been delivered to Dad and Mum. Puja done. Petrol Filled up. Now I guess it is time for them to hit the road!

I hope that this year 2014 brings my folks good luck, great safety, much peace and great comfort in their brand new I 20 - The SilverLightFoot!

Attaching here a few pictures of the nice spanking new car, taken by Dad after the Puja this morning, for you to see.

Yes, the photos show KUN Hyundai. This is because AMRA Motors, Vinayak Hyundai had, on my request, sourced this particular Silver Car for us, from KUN, since they had only White in Stock and we did not want White.


Part 2 – Very Brief First Impressions- 1st Feb 2014:

So, having just arrived in Madras in connection with some work plus of course to visit the Parents, we drove my Dad's I 20 today.

Here is a short bit of feedback.

Its a very comfortable car. Nice and spacious. Easy to use in the City. All the bells and whistles like reverse camera etc are extremely useful indeed, given our terrible traffic.
Excellent dynamics, great feel inside except that it does not have those soft touch plastics. The electronics are clean and work well.
We are quite satisfied with the OEM Music system and speakers though we do know there are far better options available in the market.
The gears feels nice and comfortable, and the gearbox is much more responsive than the "woolly" gearbox of the Tata Indica.
The engine's torque and power delivery is just ok. I find the petrol 1.2 quite underpowered when you really want to "send it". I guess Im biased because Im coming in straight from my Yeti which is an absolute beast in terms of acceleration.
But this I20 is oh so soft and comfy to drive, that it really feels like heaven after than old Indica!
I think it is the correct choice for my mid-senior parents - no doubt about it at all.
Tomorrow we shall take it for a slightly longer drive on (hopefully) empty roads! Then I shall place a further update here!


Part 3 – More Detailed Impressions on a longer drive…2nd Feb 2014.

Quick update again after today's drive:

We drove the I20 for about a 100 odd ams today - all the way to Mahabalipuram and back plus some internal loafing about. The I20 is overall a great car in its Asta Avatar.

Positives in the Top End I20 Asta 1.2 Petrol:
1.Very comfortable inside.
2.Adequate under thigh support for tall blokes like my and my Dad
3.Very ergonomically designed.
4.Good quality interiors and trim materials used except for the lack of soft touch plastics.
5.Dark upholstery is better than the horrid beige.
6. Nice roomy yet snug fitting seats even for a man of my size/ bulk.
7.The car is spacious enough for two people and their luggage or for four people 8.with limited luggage
9.Plenty of cubbyholes for storage but accessing the water bottle while driving with the arm rest down, requires some slight contortions.
10.I love the push button start and the automatic seat belt warning systems, door open warning systems etc.
11.Aircon / Climate Control works brilliantly in the Madras Heat - however, I may be a bit premature on this right now because the real heat is yet to begin.
12. The Music System and its 6 speakers are good in their way but there are far better quality music and ICE systems available. Saying that, this is pretty decent as an integrated system and I am certainly not fiddling with it.
13. The rear parcel tray is of good quality - similar to the one in my Yeti.
14. The Safety kit is great - 2 Airbags, ABS, EBD etc.
15. The Brakes bite well and Im happy with the "confidence inspiring braking behaviour" under "sudden" conditions - there was a "political type" in an Innova with some party flags who on the ECR, decided to take a sudden right turn without indicating. Caused me to brake quite hard and the I20 held its line very well indeed. Having said that, I did not feel that solid ABS kickback/feedback like I usually get in the Yeti, to that extent.
16.I like the clutch and gearbox. Clutch is soft and yielding and the gears are click-positive unlike the Woolly Tata gearbox. One cannot expect the gearbox to be quite as precise as the one the Yeti etc.
All the rest of the positives are already spoken about ad nauseam so Im not going to elaborate further than I already have done.

Negatives in the Top End I20 Petrol Asta:
1. Strange but there is no Engine Cover "Shield" despite this being the "top spec" model.
2.The bonnet underside has no heat and noise resistant cladding - again a surprise, this being the top spec model.
3.I really am irritated that they could not give us disc brakes at the rear - specifically because I was parked next to an I20 AT and another I20 Sportz Crdi and both these had Discs at the rear!
4.I would have greatly appreciated it if these Hyundai blokes had seen fit to give ESP/ESC, Traction Control and Hill Hold - at least in the top spec, along with its 6 Airbags and perhaps they could have eschewed the sun-roof. (Had these options as listed been there, I would have un-hesitatingly plumped for that variant.)
5. The engine cruises beautifully at a 100kmph when on the highway in top gear, but its "acceleration" and "pulling power" leaves a great deal to be desired - especially when taking off from a dead halt or almost a dead halt, say at a traffic chicane or speed bump. Most irritating, especially with a full load of 4 passengers.
6. I guess, the I20's1.2 Litre petrol engine does feel underpowered and not being turbo charged does lack "low end grunt and torque" - again I may be biased, coming from the Yeti. I would still say that this 1.2 in its current state of tune - 83 BHP and 114 Nm Torque might still be underpowered to haul the 1050 kgs of car around. Hence, they might have done better to give their 1.4 Gamma Engine with a 6 speed gearbox in this vehicle.
7.According to my Dad, he feels the same, since he is also migrating from a Diesel, even though that was an 8 year old Indica. That Indica did have a good deal of low end torque and good pulling power. Unrefined yes, but still pretty powerful as a 1.4 Diesel.
8.Those thin slitted map pockets in the front doors are pretty useless except for papers. They ought to have provided us with space to stow bottles there.
9. The Rear seat should have had a fold-down arm rest with a couple of water bottle holders.
10. The rear doors could have had more cubby holes.
11. There could have been seat pockets on the backs of both seats instead of only on the passenger seat.
12.They could have provided us with some soft touch plastics in the cabin.
13. Lack of spare alloy wheel is a bit irritating but can be lived with.
14. I would have been happier with grippier softer compound tyres, which were slightly fatter - say 195 size, like the Punto's. These would have enabled a great "launch" from standstill.
15. While the manufacturer seems to recommend a 32 PSI pressure, I would say 30PSI would give a better ride overall, on the stock OEM Apollo 185/65/14 tyres.
16.The seatbelts tend to cut slightly into my Mum's neck - from the side, as she is small built. So we went and got a couple of those nice sponge-backed, velcro-fastened seatbelt sleeves from GP Road today and fitted them on.

Overall, for the use-case under consideration, my parents, this is more than adequate as a comfortable city commuter and occasional highway cruiser.
Its comfy, stylish, well-equipped with features and gadgets, comes with handy and flexible storage spaces, reasonably roomy,relatively economical, sturdy, decently loaded with safety kit, reliable, dependable engineering and a decent servicing network etc...

That's pretty much most of what we want from a car!

All in all, I am bound to say, that all of us are uniformly happy with our choice!

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Congrats!!! It is a good choice of wheels for your parents. Plus its great to see you have not skimped on the safety essentials! I have one query, does the I20 have an automatic in their line up, do you think an automatic would have made more sense for your parents, considering the ease of use in busy roads?
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Congrats!!! It is a good choice of wheels for your parents. Plus its great to see you have not skimped on the safety essentials! I have one query, does the I20 have an automatic in their line up, do you think an automatic would have made more sense for your parents, considering the ease of use in busy roads?
Yes. The primary reason for the vehicle upgrade was the overwhelming desire on my part for max possible safety features for the folks, given the ever increasing speeds and complexities on our roads. In my book there is no question of skimping on safety on account of costs, provided one is in a position to afford all that one wants. I have never been a penny pincher all my life and am not about to start now. I ve always tried to get the best or done without- no compromises.
Yes indeed I considered the AT as I've written in my post. But rejected it because stupidly it comes with only one single Driver side airbag!
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Thread moved out from Assembly Line to Initial Ownership Reviews section. thanks for sharing!

I find the i20 a nice, big, comfortable and well-equipped car and with that super-soft clutch and nice driveability in the city, your parents should be happy. Do take it up to Bangalore for a nice longish run and let us know your detailed highway experience as well.
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Hi @shankar.balan

Congrats for the new "Big" small car as my father commented on the i20.

FYI, my brother too booked one recently & we will bring the same on Shivratri (27th Feb). Basically it was my father who ruled in favour of Hyundai car selected by brother, despite the fact that he was ready to go for i10 Grand. Unfortunately, my brother did not want to avail his HDFC employee loan to fullest, & was happy with Magna (O) variant... not safety features.

We too shortlisted many cars & in the end diesel ones were out because his wife cannot bear diesel fumes (Figo, i10 Grand, etc diesel go out), & Maruti dealers were too head strong to offer corporate discount of Rs.1.5K as compared to Rs.5k from Hyundai.

I end my post in congratulating you again & wish you & your parents many-many happy miles in the car.
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i20 is a great car, perhaps the best hatchback one can buy today in India. It is spacious, very comfortable, easy to drive loaded with features, looks good and great interior quality well backed by Hyundai's strong after sales. If I was in your place, I too would have made the same choice. Infact when my brother in law (who was fida over Ecosport) asked for my advice, knowing his requirements I suggested him the i20.

But when it was time for me to buy a car, I went ahead and bought the Fiat Punto sometimes the best is not perfect for you.

Regarding the rear seat split folding, you may want to revisit what you wrote about the Punto.

My Punto has 60-40 split folding rear seat. Or is it a petrol diesel thingy?

Regarding luggage space you are spot on when it comes to small storage places, like bottle holder etc. But if it is about the luggage space as in volume of boot, I would tend to disagree. The boot space is at par with the segment and only 15 litres lesser than i20.

Leaving all that aside, wish your parents a trouble free ownership with the i20 and as noopster said, take it on a longish drive and give us your views.
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Drove it around in peak traffic in crowded areas today.

Two slight mishaps. One Auto reversed into us and left a tiny patch of yellow on the front number plate.

Then while turning into a driveway with a steep-ish ramp when attempting to reverse, I have scraped the nose on the ramp - it is not visible but I felt a couple of scratches when I gingerly felt the area with my hand later after we parked.

Well, I guess, better sooner than later and better with my own hand - these things are completely unavoidable on our crowded streets in India.

We do not plan to add any of those special foot mats etc in this car, preferring to stay with the original fibre mats themselves.

We went to an accessory shop and bought those seat belt cushions which are fastened by velcro onto the seat belts to prevent chafing on the neck.
Then we bought 4 of those little door nudge guards - which are stuck on the outside of the doors and hopefully will prevent door edge damage and light knocks etc.

We picked up a nice Lime fragrance MyShaldan which my Dad liked.

All in all, the car will remain stock and we hope to enjoy it nicely for some years to come.

The only other thing I am toying with is a very very light 3M sun film on the vehicle because my Mum really suffers in the hot and bright Madras sun. But thats in abeyance right now until they come to Bangalore where Siddu and his team can be unleashed on the vehicle to do their stuff!

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Congratulations on your lovely car.

Also, great review (from a layman's point of view).

Just out of curiosity - did you consider the Grand i10 also ? How would you compare the i20 with Grand i10 ?

IMHO, considering your parents' typical usage, Grand i10 diesel would also have been a good choice, though not as spacious and luxurious as the i20.

Please update your highway experience whenever you or you parents take it on a long drive.

Also, for the sake of completeness - a few interior pics (especially boot space) would be nice to have on the thread.

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I did consider an AT. But for the various reasons stated in the opening posts, I opted out of the same.
I did check the I10 Grand but I was not happy that they have limited the safety kit to just one variant in the entire lineup.
I did not take pics of the interior. Apologies.
They will be visiting us soon so I will do it then.
Ref your query about its behaviour on highways, I drove it on the ECR on Sunday. Take a look at the post pertaining to that. Frankly it runs out of juice quite quickly. Its more of a sedate cruiser.
Im used to my Yeti, which behaves as if it is a locomotive - exhilarating power indeed.
The I20, however, is great for my Dad and Mum because they do not drive too fast anymore and do not overtake on the highways the way we guys may do.
I also checked the Polo because it looks so cool. But it is too low slung as well.
Diesel really does not make sense given their running of 800kms per month at the max. The Indica which we exchanged had done 52K in 8 years - thats a very low average usage.

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Congratulations. Your parents will definitely enjoy this car. I own an old gen Sportz CRDi and have clocked 75K KM in 3 years. Not even a single squeak or rattle from any part of the car. The only minor sound is from the front left seat which I received as a gift during the delivery itself which was never sorted out. I position the seat such that it doesn't produce the sound. I haven't faced any major issues with the car. All the few minor issues were very well rectified by Hyundai A.S.S. They diagnose the issue correctly without beating around the bush. I haven't been to the service centre for the same issue more than once. The service costs are marginally higher than the competition.

Is there an option to switch off the DRLs?

Edit: The AC vent adjuster is very delicate in i20 which breaks off very easily. In case it breaks, it can be replaced under warranty/extended warranty. I have heard that some service centres try to fool customers telling that its not covered under warranty. I have got the vents replaced thrice under warranty.

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Fiat Grande Punto:
Sadly, the seats do not have a split foldable option at the rear and the flexibility of available and effective luggage space is also not that great in the Punto, unfortunately.
The Punto does have 60:40 split seats at the rear.

Nevertheless, good review of the i20.
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Finally the thread is out.

Good review Shankar and well written. For a change after a long time I am seeing a petrol powered i20. Hardly seen anyone buy the i20 in the petrol avatar nevertheless CONGRATULATIONS for the car.

I suggest you to get the Paint sealant and PPF done from 3M for the car as it will help retain the beauty in the long run. PPF can be done for all 4 door edges and for handle cups.

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Congrats on the new acquisition Shankar! Wishing your parents many many happy miles with the new car. Silver indeed looks good and as mentioned by a4anurag, very few petrol I20's being seen on the forum!
Very crisp write up and unbiased review of the car as well!
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Default Re: Hyundai i20: The 'right' car for one's senior folk. My reasoning & choice

I am wondering out loud here.
I would like to spend some money on this car and have a nice set of tight fitting, stitched faux leather covers for the seats. Preferably in a nice Grey Tone, to go with the Car's Silver colour.

Should I get this done in Madras or Bangalore?
Ovion or Stanley Bangalore? Or where else? Karlsson?

Any inputs and pricing suggestions will be great.
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I am wondering out loud here.
I would like to spend some money on this car and have a nice set of tight fitting, stitched faux leather covers for the seats. Preferably in a nice Grey Tone, to go with the Car's Silver colour.

Should I get this done in Madras or Bangalore?
Ovion or Stanley Bangalore? Or where else? Karlsson?

Any inputs and pricing suggestions will be great.
I kind of like the OE seats of the i20. They offer good support. Even if it's good quality seat covers you tend to lose the contours a little bit. Plus they are dark brown so won't get dirty easily. I would leave them as they are.
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