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75 days & 4200 km with my Kia Carens diesel AT: 6 pros & 4 cons

The best fuel efficiency I could extract on a long trip of 325 km, fully loaded, driven very sedately and hardly ever touching 100, was 16.5kmpl.

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4200 km update:

It has been around 75 days since I got my Kia Carens diesel automatic (Aurora Black).

Pros:

  • Engine is butter smooth. NVH levels are low. Difficult to observe when the gear changes except while climbing up on Cruise control when RPM shoots up.
  • Seating is spacious. For a family where no one is > 5'6", it is the ideal car.
  • Ingress and egress for elderly is not bad.
  • I was initially driving on Eco mode but when I started using Normal mode, I never went back to Eco mode again. Never tried Sports mode though.
  • People do observe the car on roads.
  • Enough luggage space.

Cons:

  • There is a huge difference between fuel efficiency displayed on MID vs actual mileage using tankfull-to-tankfull method. The difference observed is from 2.5 to 4 kmpl.
  • The best fuel efficiency I could extract on a long trip ~ 325 km, fully loaded, driven very sedately and hardly ever touching 100, was 16.5kmpl. When driven in city+highway, which is my daily ride to office, the best I could extract is 14 kmpl. I used to get 19 kmpl from my Vitara Brezza on the same route.
  • TPMS is never correct. Even though all the tyres are set to same pressure, TPMS always shows a difference between them.
  • Head lights are worst. Haven't driven yet on highways at night but I dread that day (or night).

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