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Old 26th October 2009, 00:49   #1
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Talking Meet the "i" : Hyundai i20 Asta 1.2

Back in August, the time had finally come to replace our aging old warrior, the Hyundai Accent GLS. It had served us well, and was largely trouble-free and reliable, covering 1,37,000 km in its 9 years (and 4 days) in service. When talks to decommission it from the fleet were on, we were initially looking at a C / C+ petrol sedan. This would be the secondary car in the house, and not much of a highway runner.

While I held the Fiesta, City and SX4 in high regard, the SX4 was rejected because I simply cannot deal with rattles on a car of any age. Ford service, upkeep, part prices and resale were questioned by my dad, and he wasn't very happy. He's the kind that really could use some peace of mind, and a car can't be a reason for him to worry at any time. The Honda was within budget, but I was insisting on the A/T which was fairly expensive. We did a TD, and both me and Dad hated the silver finish dash, forget about quality etc.

Meanwhile, I floated the suggestion of the i20. Dad was wondering why I'm suggesting a hatch at this budget, and was less than convinced. So I took him for a TD, and the first time he saw it, he was quite impressed with the look, since it looked like a refined, mature and big hatch unlike the tinny and compact image he had of most hatches like the i10 & Spark. Also impressed was he, by the quality of the interior materials and fit+finish. Very un-Hyundai. A quick demo of all the features on the Asta version and he was sold. We realized, this was the perfect car to suit our needs. A big hatch which looked great, was easy to drive within the city, returned good FE figures and was fully loaded in Asta guise was the perfect recipe for a second car in the urban scenario. Not too expensive either, given our budget, infact it was more of a VFM proposition given the long list of bells and whistles... and practical ones too, not stupid gadgets we would never have utility for. The underpowered engine did not bother us, it was zippy enough in the city.

[I'd like to add here, the reason why we did not consider the Punto. I won't beat around the bush, quite frankly, I hate the interiors. Still, I asked dad to have a look, but he rejected FIAT outright, questioning A.S.S. Maybe if it was a diesel under consideration, I''d have still dragged him to have a look, but since I didn't care for the Punto much, I didn't bother beyond that point. Obviously, no offfence meant to Punto fans / owners]

My first attempt at purchasing one didn't go too well (Uneven panel gaps on Hyundai i20. Should I take delivery?). Check the link for more on that. Ever got the "Why ME?" feeling?

Following that incident, I went to another dealer where somehow, I got the feeling that they were just not interested in customers and were too busy with their pending work. Went to yet another dealer, and this time a rather incourteous salesperson totally put me off, yet I went ahead with the booking on a couple of conditions, which the sales rep would get back to me on. Four days without any communication and I was really beginning to get pissed off. At this stage, I was almost inclined to look at another car. But somehow, I knew that only the i20 would fit the bill for us, and perfectly. Swallowed my discontent with Hyundai's dealerships in Mumbai, and approached one last dealer, on the recommendation of a fellow BHP'ian. Got the colour I wanted, and delivery was promised to be quick. They're rather business-minded though, but never mind. Why shouldn't they be. Worked out an exchange deal with them for my Accent.

The car was ready in the stockyard for really long, but my stupid exams kept me from the PDI for almost a week. Finally went and approved the car, this time everything was perfect. Went to the RTO myself to get a number of dad's choice. Delivery process was quite smooth, and finally, our new car was with us !! Eventually, due to the week's delay with my exams and RTO off-days in the festive season, it took a total of one month for the car to be delivered from the day of booking.

My old faithful in the background :

Meet the "i" : Hyundai i20 Asta 1.2-photo0186.jpg

Some pictures I clicked on the way home. Stock rims and no sunfilm yet :

Meet the "i" : Hyundai i20 Asta 1.2-photo0195.jpg

Meet the "i" : Hyundai i20 Asta 1.2-photo0196.jpg

Meet the "i" : Hyundai i20 Asta 1.2-photo0197.jpg

A day after delivery i.e. yesterday, I exchanged my stock rims for these 14" x 6J. I think they look fabulous. I also saw a couple of other designs, but they seemed like overkill on such an elegant design. Also, got 3M sunfilm all around. I love the look of my car now. Considering that Dad has always believed in keeping things stock (sigh, the Accent never had any ICE whatsoever), it was my dream to have a car worthy of posting pics of in the alloy wheel show-off thread and luckily, Dad agreed with this car.

Post sunfilm + alloys :

Meet the "i" : Hyundai i20 Asta 1.2-photo0242.jpg

Meet the "i" : Hyundai i20 Asta 1.2-photo0254.jpg

Meet the "i" : Hyundai i20 Asta 1.2-photo0246.jpg

Meet the "i" : Hyundai i20 Asta 1.2-photo0247.jpg

Meet the "i" : Hyundai i20 Asta 1.2-photo0248.jpg

Already clocked ~500 km in the last three days that I've had the car, and it's just awesome. This included a round trip to Pune. Put in 40.xx litres of fuel in for the first tankful. Covered around 400km after that already and visually, the needle is just a little below the halfway mark, about 35% of fuel still left I estimate. A good bit of highway running of course, but some city running as well. Needle always kept below 2500 rpm in the urban environment, and upto 3000 rpm on the expressway.

Initial impressions, positives, negatives and FE figures later, after my first tankful.

As an MBA student, I've been hearing a lot about - and therefore believe that the i20 Asta is a shining example of - the difference between customer satisfaction and customer delight. Atleast that's my initial impression. Elaborate on that later.

Comments welcome.

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Old 26th October 2009, 01:25   #2
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she looks so "WOW" flyingspur heartiest congratulations :-) , wishing you both an endless mile crunching affair ;-)
which dealer finally got your business ? Hyundai dealers have become a spoilt lot of late due to success of i20 and i10.

offtopic: You have to be extra careful when you give her for service, make sure you are present with her. I own a 02 accent gls too and service her at my neighbourhood MASS after my fuel pump was swapped during a service by an authorised dealer :(.
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congrats on the new ride...
the silver colour is looking pretting nice.....
im glad your dad agreed on for the rims.....
they are looking very elegant.....
they gel quite well with the car....
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Congrats on getting the 20. I feel it is one of the best looking hatchbacks. If one has the budget then this is the car to go for. Congrats once again.

I am not sure why but the stock rims looked much better than the new ones. Anyways, if you like it then nothing else matters. Please post some interior pictures too.
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Congratulations
please provide a detailed drive report
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Old 26th October 2009, 07:23   #6
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Congrats Akshay,
So you finally got hold of the i. Really neat pics and good choice of alloys. Did you upgrade the rubbers too or they're stock? Hope to catch you on Carter's sometime, we never got a chance to meet up, now with your new ride, we must!

Take care and have fun with the beauty bro!

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Congrats Buddy!

Long time coming, eh? Enjoy your ride and time for some ICE?

Btw, good rims, car looks great!
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You've made a right choice for going for hatch which is very rarely used.

Was it Asta with sunroof? I love that,though not convenient for Indian environment, can be used during the night in highway.

BWT I personally didn't the kind of alloys, also doesn't match with the macho looks of the very. Side profile of the vehicle had become poor.
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Just one thing. When running in, it's advised to keep varying the engine load, rather than cruising at a single speed for a lot of time. Never had the patience to run-in a brand new car, but if you're going to follow the guidelines, just thought of telling you in-case you didn't think about it.

Nice car. Love the i20, specially in that color.
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she looks so "WOW" flyingspur heartiest congratulations :-) , wishing you both an endless mile crunching affair ;-)
Thank you so much !! Which service centre do you recomment for Hyundai in Mumbai. I was about to ask for recommendations for the same in my next elaborate post anyway.

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congrats on the new ride...
Thank you !

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Congrats on getting the 20. I feel it is one of the best looking hatchbacks.
Thanks leonerd.From the moment I saw the Asta, I knew I simply hated the rims. The car looks too anynomous. I mean, I don't like being flashy or conspicuous at all, but I don't like bland. To make things worse, I wasn't at all in favour of this colour and if you've checked the thread I linked regarding my first failed attempt, my choice was previously white. Finally gave in to family's wishes w.r.t. the colour. I thought the silver makes it really bland and anonymous. That's why I had decided beforehand itself that the stock rims were out. Anyway, now all that is out the window

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please provide a detailed drive report
Will follow soon, Raj. Thanks!

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Congrats Akshay,
So you finally got hold of the i. Really neat pics and good choice of alloys.
Thanks a ton, Anil. I retained the stock Apollo Aceleres cause I think they're perfect for my usage. As I said in the alloy wheel thread, I'm not going to do any spirited driving with this Kappa engine and the EPS isn't so confidence inspiring (more on that in my driving report later). So the width and height was perfect, keeping ride quality in mind.

We'll surely meet up soon.

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Congrats Buddy!

Long time coming, eh? Enjoy your ride and time for some ICE?

Btw, good rims, car looks great!
Thanks bro. You know how much I've waited for this I'm going to keep the stock ICE for a long time. It was difficult enough getting the rims and sunfilm sanctioned.

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You've made a right choice for going for hatch which is very rarely used.
Thank you so much. Actually it's used quite a lot, but in the urban environment. Regarding the sunroof, I've always thought of it as a needless excess, and I almost never drive with the windows down (even of AC is off) cause I hate dust getting into the interior. As for the rims, to each his own, I suppose !!

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Just one thing. When running in, it's advised to keep varying the engine load, rather than cruising at a single speed for a lot of time. Never had the patience to run-in a brand new car, but if you're going to follow the guidelines, just thought of telling you in-case you didn't think about it.
Thanks Pranav. Since it was the expressway, I didn't have much choice. Was running short of time anyway, so it was ~90kmph @ 2750 r.p.m. for most of the time, except my brother did push it to about 3500 r.p.m. on a few occasions Now about 60% on this tank has been highway mileage, but the remaining tank (~1/4th) will solely be in the city. Lets see how it goes. I think it's kinda easy for me to run in this thing because frankly, there's not much power to be tapped !! I've never run in any of my other cars before. Heck, I wasn't legal to drive back then.

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Nice car. Love the i20, specially in that color.
Colour was actually a compromise on my part, but after the rims, I'm sorted

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Congrats akshay! What deal you got on the rims? buyback etc...
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Congrats buddy.

Silver looks pretty cool with that shade of sun film you have there. Personally I do not like the alloys - takes a lot away from the car.

And yes - like I said earlier, do remove the seat covers. Also a few shots of the interiors would be nice.

Have fun with her and drive safe.

ps - main chalaon kab ?
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FS, congratulations on your uber cool acquisition, looks cool and hot in those alloys.What was the final deal with dealer as well as how much did you paid for your current alloys in exchange of stock, do share with some more cool pics.Enjoy your ride.
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Congrats . Can you tell me what was the total cost of the 3M Sunfilm you installed?
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Congrats flyingspur, guess you are 2nd time lucky (after that issue with your first booked i20)
Keep posting about your various experiences.
The car looks great as it is supposed to be! Post some interior pictures if you please.
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