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Old 26th June 2017, 00:02   #16
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Swift to Ertiga to Lodgy to i20. Lots of Cars swapped in past ~5 years or so.
Yes, I know! Hope to maintain a long term relationship with the i20.

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The review is nicely done and yes, this hatch [still] looks the best amongst current crop of hatches. More good pictures would do.
Thank you! Yes, the i20's look had a huge influence in my decision making. Sure, will post more pics soon.

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Remember you mentioning [way back then] that indigenous manufacturers don't have the always on instrument cluster and it is good because that way, drivers do remember to switch on their parking lamps. Appears your preference changed after using one
Keen memory! Yes, I still do find drivers driving without their lights turned on due to this set up. They are without excuse as Hyundai provide Auto headlamps on the i20; not sure about other cars. That said, I like the 'always lit' cluster after using it in my car. It looks cool and easy on the eye.
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Default Re: Joined the Elite Club - My Hyundai i20 CRDi

Congratulations on the new car!! your review was a delight to read. I went down a very similar path to choose the i20, albeit petrol. I chose the dual tone variant because the all black interiors just looked too darn good. I'm still waiting for the delivery, getting impatient after reading your review

Like you, I too wish better engine options were available, especially in petrol. I feel the engine, in terms of power lags behind everything else in the car.
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Congratulations on the new car!! your review was a delight to read. I went down a very similar path to choose the i20, albeit petrol. I chose the dual tone variant because the all black interiors just looked too darn good. I'm still waiting for the delivery, getting impatient after reading your review

Like you, I too wish better engine options were available, especially in petrol. I feel the engine, in terms of power lags behind everything else in the car.
Thank you and congratulations to you too! Hoping to see your ride soon! Yeah, the petrol is more than enough if you're a sedate driver and given India's traffic scenario, high performing petrols can be given a miss.
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Thank you for the review mate. I was searching the forum for an I 20 review. Your thought process of the entire experience panned out here is quite similar to mine if I were to write one. I was looking for a hatch back and I never ever considered a Hyundai as I never thought of them as reliable, well-built cars as I had a dismal experience with a 1998 Hyundai excel. The plastics literally fell off and there were rattles and squeaks everywhere but today they have raised their standards so high. I have heard someone say that today's Hyundai was like the Hondas in the 90's. Hope they don't mess it up by cutting corners or removing features and trying to copy other manufacturers.
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Just returned back from a holiday to Ooty. Thanks to the bank holiday weekend, Ooty was crowded like peak season. I'm not opening a travelogue thread as I just wanna share some insights about the car and sign off with some pictures.

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The car has completed over 7000 kms now as I type and it's only getting better. Some observations from the trip:

* I enjoy driving it in the city. On the highway, I'm enjoying it even more and I'm kinda getting used to the flat torque characteristic of the engine. As I've mentioned before, there's no turbo kick but a strong surge of power across a wide RPM range. It's a shame though that I can't know the mileage at highway speeds.

* Again, as mentioned earlier, on this trip as well, I went all the way to the top with the AC turned ON. To me, that's a big deal as it demonstrates the power characteristics of the engine. To be able to upshift in the midst of a steep incline from 1st to 2nd, and the engine picking up without knocking is something to be experienced. By steep, I mean a very steeply angled incline. This is something my earlier couldn't accomplish and I end up making it to the top in 1st gear.

* Appreciate Hyundai for this feature: as the air gets thinner at high altitudes, the ECU increases the idle RPM to ~900 (standard, 800 RPM) for better performance. This really helps in moving from a stand still on an incline without slipping the clutch. As soon as I was half way down from Ooty to the plains, the RPM was back to its normal 800 RPM. Pretty thoughtful and cool

* There's absolutely NO engine braking when coming downhill. Is this what we mean by free-revving? I have no complain but just wondered why it's this way. Of course, the brakes end up being used more.

* Suspension is hard, especially at speed, thanks to 16 inchers, hard set up and Nitrogen filled tyres. Dread running over potholes and the like.

* The NVH outside and inside is mind blowing. Even with the increased idle RPM in the hills, I could have a conversation stood right by the car with the engine ticking over.

Started off from Chennai at 2:30 AM and reached Ooty by 1:30 PM. Took the Kotagiri route to avoid holiday traffic but still ended up getting stuck in many twists and turns. The next day morning, drove down to Coimbatore through Coonoor and left Coimbatore at 4 PM. Reached home just past midnight at 12:30. Overall, a great trip. Enjoy pictures of the car.


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