I am going to share my experience under the following headings:
(i) Why we decided to get a car in first place.
(ii) What options did we have(car options).
(iii) The search/test drive process.
(iv) The Spinny experience (before buying).
(v) Spinny experience (during the buying process).
(vi) Small issue after buying.
(vii) Review of the Grand i10.
I will try to keep it Crisp and Concise. (i) Why we decided to get a car in first place:
We have a 1.6 Fiesta, 2010 model and a non-functional Fiat Uno (more on that some other day).
The Fiestas always had/have issues of developing rust on literally every body panel, so to get it sorted, the car needed to be away for weeks and since we did not have any other car, meant it would be difficult to survive without the Fiesta. So we decided to get a small second car for us, and that's when the hunt started, in early January 2022. (ii) What options did we have(car options):
Initially we wanted to get an used Alto K10/Hyundai Eon, as our budget was not that huge ~ 1.5 to 2 Lakh rupees.
So we started looking for one, went to car dealers all over the city, test drove K10s and Eons, but soon realised that maybe we needed something a little bigger.
We then increased our budget to upto 5 Lakh rupees. And we wanted a Hatchback, given we already had/have a Sedan, thought hatchback would be little practical to use within the city.
We narrowed down to the Maruti Celerio and the Hyundai Grand i10.
The Ford Figo was another option, but it was not sensible to get a Ford given Ford had already left the country. And we had a Ford already, wanted to try some other car brand.
Another option could have been a slightly older Hyundai i20 elite, basic model: but we wanted top model only. And didn't want something as big as the i20. (iii) The search/test drive process:
Test drove a Maruti Celerio at a local used car dealership and the car felt very light/ flimsy/ poorly put together.
The dealership had few Grand i10s as well, but all driven over 50k kms, and no Asta- we wanted an Asta car with less than 35k kms.
And then one day Google showed an ad of Spinny out of nowhere (everybody knows how smart Google is nowadays). That's how we got introduced to Spinny. (iv) The Spinny experience (before buying):
So we found a 2014 White Grand i10 Asta (the top trim), manual for Rs. 4.5 Lakh with around 35k kms if I remember right. The pricing was appealing, so we decided to book a test drive. Spinny has an option of bringing the car to your home for a test drive, and quite naturally we opted for that.
The car arrived for test drive at the exact time on the exact day, we did the test drive and well, kind of liked the car. The salesman was knowledgeable enough about the car and the company's policies.
However, we thought we would book the car the following day.
But on the same evening we found on their website, that the car was booked by someone else. We were quite upset, naturally.
The Grand i10s sell like hot cakes!
We called the Spinny representative and informed about the situation, he advised us to wait for a week because Spinny has this policy which allows you to return the car within a period of few days if you are not satisfied with the car. But that never happened and the car's advertisement was lifted from the website after a few days.
So, now, we are again searching for a Grand i10 on Spinny and after a week or so, a Blue Grand i10 pops up, 2017 car, Asta, 12k kms, for 5.3 Lakh Rupees -very very appealing. (v) Spinny experience (during the buying process):
We didn't wait a single minute and booked the car even before taking a test drive. By now, we have little confidence in the company.
We advised the Spinny representative to bring the car directly to our local Hyundai service center, where we had a proper look at the car, including the underbody.
The car after the inspection.
We then took a test drive and well: on a car with just 12k kms, what could possibly be wrong, the car was perfect.
It was a Saturday, and we decided to pay the full amount on Sunday morning.
On Sunday morning, we go to the Spinny hub, on OMR (Chennai).
We didn't find our car at their parking lot, and asked the representative about where the car was - he said the car had been sent for delivery preparation (quite nice, given that we had not paid for the car yet).
The Spinny lot.
So yeah, we go to their office and pay the full amount. Signed all necessary document transfer papers and all.
Paid for the car Sunday morning 11am, and they are already at our home with the car in the evening, around 4pm- quite impressive, hey!?
On second day of ownership. (vi) Small issue after buying: Regarding insurance.
Had a minor accident on Bangalore highway after crossing Poonamallee, near Saveetha Hospital- I was in the left lane of the 2 lane(on either side) highway and there was a lot of traffic. There was a truck to my right, near my C-Pillar. The local share autos and bikes were pushing me from my left to my right. I was in such a situation that I had to slightly move right otherwise the autos would scratch my car. The truck, being near the C-Pillar, was at my blind spot and I didn't see the truck. At one point I felt I was trying to steer right but the car would not move right, and looked in my mirror only the find the truck touching my rear quarter panel. It was a terrible situation, my first accident.
The truck driver was not at fault because it was probably not possible for him to see me from his place.
Now the actual problem comes. We realised that the car insurance was not transferred by Spinny to our name and that meant we would not be able to claim insurance for this incident. Spinny did not inform this either, to us.
So there was no other way, than getting the car repaired without insurance with our own money.
And after the repair process, we transferred the insurance, as it required inspection of the car.
Later I heard, Spinny have started transferring insurance as well, to the buyer's name. Anyways, it's still better to cross check this while buying a car from Spinny.
Since then we have used the car left, right and center.
A drive to Tirupati.
With a friend's i20 Elite.
The car had 12k kms when we got it in February and by May, it had clocked 19k kms. The car currently is at the 22k km mark.
The reason for clocking kilometers so rapidly from February to May was due to regular highway driving as I used to drive from Chennai to Kanchipuram almost every week (if not twice a week).
On the then newly inaugurated Kanchipuram flyover.
And since May, I have used the car in the city, occassionally. My mom drives the car nowadays.
With a friend's NIOS. (vii) Review of the Grand i10:
So now, let me introduce the car we have:
It's a Grand i10 Asta 1.2 Petrol Manual finished in a shade named Marina Blue. Asta being the top variant comes loaded with all the bells and whistles one can expect from a car in the segment.
The car has rear parking sensors and camera, an 8-inch touch screen with Bluetooth connectivity and Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, ABS, 2 Airbags, rear AC vents, request sensor on driver's door (the pre-facelift Asta had request sensors on passenger door as well), rear window defogger, rear wiper, DRLs, auto folding ORVMs, steering mounted audio controls and buttons from accepting or rejecting phone calls.
Ok, here are the observations I have made after driving the car for about 8-9k kms.
I will list them as Likes and Dislikes. Likes:
1. Features: Despite the car having few features that are not absolutely necessary, there are few features that certainly stands out to me: (i) Calling function from steering wheel-very useful, I use it way too often (ii) Rear parking camera and sensors (iii) Request sensor- very useful when your hand are occupied. (iv) The ORVMs fold automatically on locking the car and vice versa, which is quite useful.
2. Ease of driving in the city: the car has good all-around visibility, making it easy to drive in the city.
3. A quiet and smooth engine: Although noise insulation levels are not the best, the engine is very smooth and quiet.
4. Looks: The car certainly looks quite sporty as well as classy!
5. Brakes: Brakes are too good. I generally drive a Ford Fiesta, and Fiesta guys will know how awful the brakes are, on that car. So yeah, the brakes on the i10 certainly impressed me.
6. Good high speed stability: Believe it or not, the car feels very stable at highway speeds of 120kmph.
7. Very common: These are everywhere.
Two blue Grand i10s spotted from another blue Grand i10. Dislikes:
1. Cabin insulation: Not the best, expected it to be better.
2. Mileage: We get around 10-12 kmpl in the city, which is not at all good for a small 1.2L engined car.
3. Less power: The engine very much feels lethargic and lacks any sort of punch. It's a slow revving unit as well. I am used to driving a 1.6 Fiesta, and on the highways the Fiesta faces no problem in keeping up with other modern cars and can even overtake cars easily. Meanwhile with the i10, that's not the case.
4. Poor quality parts: The door handle cup(as Hyundai calls it)-the smaller part of the outside door handle, broke twice during our ownership (first time, it was the rear right side door, next time it was the front passenger door) and just the cup costs 900 rupees, and being chrome plated, it's not easily available either.
5. Wheel alignment issue: The alignment gets disturbed every 3-4k kms. Not sure if the problem is specific for our car or it's a general problem of all Grand i10s. As far as I have heard, many Hyundai cars have wheel alignment issue.
6. Stock tyres are awful: The stock Goodyear tyres are just terrible, awful. Too much tyre noise, too much unnecessary movement (wobbly) at around 30-60kmph.
Now let's discuss some points in the form of question answers: 1. How much does servicing cost?
Regular servicing costs around 4.5k to 5k rupees, but if you are not vigilant enough about what they are doing, they may end up charging you a lot by adding unnecessary things. For example they said, on our car with 20k kms, that the clutch has started to wear out, and needs attention - wow, at just 20k kms!
Wheel alignment costs Rs.1.5k, MRF Tyredrome charges 800 rupees for wheel alignment. 2. What's the mileage the car returns?
Mileage is not that great
In City, one can expect 10-12 kmpl and on the highway- 14kmpl. I have averaged 15kmpl on one occasion only. 3. What's the top speed of this car?
I have never pushed the car that hard. The maximum speed I have done is 130kmph on Chennai Bangalore highway and it is not recommended to drive faster than that either.
The car was quite stable and composed at that speed and there were no body movements at all.
I guess this sums up pretty much the ownership experience of the Grand i10 Asta 1.2 Petrol. The ownership was pretty much uneventful apart from the above-mentioned things.
Enjoy few more images.
At a wonderful road named Besant Avenue.
At Besant Nagar beach.