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Old 24th March 2008, 21:35   #1
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Default My mother's new car, i10! (Now 20k kms service done)

Well like title says, bought a new car for my mother. But to be honest, it was bought on the 25th of Jan and me being the lazy *** that I am, I never got around to taking pictures of it & starting a new thread. But just about 2 months later, today I have managed to do so!

First a little background, come December my mother declared that she wanted to changer her April '04 Santro as despite 3.5 years of trouble-free service the car had by now done 100k kms. & my mother wanted a change! So the hunt began & we shortlisted 3 cars: Swift, Estilo & the i10.

Swift got rejected because my mother was not comfortable with the visibility & apprehensive about what she had heard about it's FE figures. Estilo got rejected because both of us thought that it looked pig ugly! So, the final contender the i10 got the nod once we'd driven her around & were impressed with it's high-quality interiors. Ok, it's not really a looker but it doesn't look bad & our happy trouble-free experience with owning two Santro's back-to-back really swung it in the favour of Hyundai.

The version chosen was the Magna as my mother refused to pay the extra money for the models above that & the only colour we could agree upon was the Deep Ocean Blue. In hindsight we would have picked the White if it was available then.

The car was bought from HMP, New Delhi & as usual the process was smooth with no issues. However, they refused to even give Foot Mats or a Car Cover as complimentary saying that Hyundai had a new rule in place under which any dealer found gving out any discounts/freebies on the i10 is being fined Rs. 1 Lac! And they informed me that quite a few dealers in Delhi ahd already been fined!

Short review:

1. Excellent interiors & build quality. Compared to the Santro this is in a completely different league altogether. Everything feels well built & the plastics seem to be of high-quality. Though both my Mother & I have our doubts about the beige colour getting dirty in our conditions.

2. Engine is decent but not as peppy in the low-wnd as the Santro. However, FE is better than the Santro with the car consistently giving 15 kmpl in city driving.

3. Excellent A/C but real test will be in the months of May/June.

4. NVH & Refinement is also quite good.

5. Boot comes with built-in light making it easier to put in/take out stuff in the dark.

Negatives:

1. 155/80 R13 tyres on a 4B rim means upsizing is difficult especially as shifting to 175/70 would mean Alloys & a loss of FE (Important for my mother).

2. Engine noise when outside the car seems to be louder than the Santro.

3. Rearward visibility is bad due to the fat C-Pillar.

4. Beige dashboard reflects annoyingly on to the windscreen under direct sunlight.

More reviews to come as time progresses. Current odo reading stands at 3072 kms.

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Convey my congrats to your mom. I might buy this soon.

What's NVH?
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Congrats on the buy dude ! What FE you getting? Yup even i think the engine is kinda noisy ! But all in all a great car !
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Congrats Ishan!

That's a real nice color you chose. Those interiors look high quality too.

My mom got a Swift early last year and I must say, the FE of the swift is really not as bad as what it's made out to be. I had the car with me for about 4 months in '07 and constantly got 14-16 kmpl on my commute from EOK to Karol Bagh.

Anyways, congrats again on the new purchase.

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Congrats to your mom !! she must travel a lot. 3,000 kms in 3 months is a lot !! Or is that normalk for Delhi standards ?

Nice write up. The interiors are certainly very good, but the rear isnt very different from a Santro's.
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Great pics, iraghava. Nice car too. It is surprising to know that it does not have a low end grunt as the Santro!
Anyway, the FE seems quite good for city driving--I assume it is city driving.
But your mom really uses the vehicle a lot----wouldn't a diesel have made sense?
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Good choice,Ishaan.
Here's wishing you mom miles & miles of safe & trouble-free driving!
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2. Engine is decent but not as peppy in the low-wnd as the Santro. However, FE is better than the Santro with the car consistently giving 15 kmpl in city driving. Thats new news. Havent driven one yet and hence donno

3. Excellent A/C but real test will be in the months of May/June. Hows it when you compare with Santro's?


5. Boot comes with built-in light making it easier to put in/take out stuff in the dark. Thats a nice feature.

Negatives:

1. 155/80 R13 tyres on a 4B rim means upsizing is difficult especially as shifting to 175/70 would mean Alloys & a loss of FE (Important for my mother). So no upgrade???

2. Engine noise when outside the car seems to be louder than the Santro. Felt so

Rim size is same as Santro's?
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congrats on the new car !! the colour is pretty good..

for your kind of mileage - why didnt u consider a diesel ?
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congrats buddy. no ICE for mum?
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So finally the pics are up. Nice color ishan ! congrats
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Congrats Ishaan Wishing your mom all the best and safe driving. Nice car and awesome pictures.
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Looks like all your cars cross the magic 1,00,000 km mark . Congratulations to your mother. I really liked the colour you chose. Nice contrast to the beige interiors. Hope your mom has many years of driving pleasure. Do keep this thread updated regularly.
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congrats Ishan bhai,nice purchase out there
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Congratulation to your Mom for the great buy.
No micheline for her?
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