Hyundai Alcazar diesel AT ownership update: 15,000 km in 8 months

Its usage has been a good 50-50 mix of city and highway runs.

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It has been 8 months and 15,000 km up on my Alcazar D AT 6 seater. I am happy with my decision to go with the Alcazar.

Some important updates:

1. It has been almost 50-50 between the city and highway usage for 15,000 km. The city is our pothole-ridden Bangalore roads (Bannerghatta road to Whitefield as the daily drive crossing Silkboard, ORR and Marathahalli - so you get the feel).

2. The overall mileage has been 12.5 km/l as per the tankful method using the Fuelio app. The dash shows at least 2 km/l extra.

3. The highest mileage was in my recent BLR-Kumbakonam trip. It returned an amazing, 20+ km/l, as the roads were almost empty and I stuck to about 100-110 km/h for most of the 7-hour trip.

4. The inbuilt TPMS was finally put to good use. I started at 7.30 am from home for my solo trip to Kumbakonam. As soon as I got out of the gate, I somehow had a feeling to check the TPMS. Not sure why I got the feeling though. Lo and behold I saw the front left tyre showed low pressure. But there was no warning for this on the dash. Not sure why. Went straight to a puncture shop and there was a small screw sticking out. Was fixed within a minute and I was on my way.

5. In November at about 13,900 km on the ODO, I was driving back home from work. As I crossed Silkboard, I noticed the warning - "Diesel filter regeneration required" on the dash. This was the first time I had faced this. It was also surprising as I had done a 400 km highway run about 3 days back. But anyways, I drove home (about 7kms away) and did not face any loss of power.

As soon as I reached the parking, referred to the manual and followed the steps to start regeneration:

  • Opened up the hood.
  • Switched on rear defogger.
  • Turned AC on at full speed/blower.
  • Then rolled down the windows
  • Used the options button on the steering wheel to switch on the regeneration. As soon as I did this, the engine rpm went to 2000rpm and stayed there, and a count timer for about 27 minutes showed up on the screen.
  • The regeneration was completed in about 24 minutes and the rpm came back to normal with a message on the screen that the regeneration was successful.
  • I have driven 1000+ km since then and seems good.

Some niggles:

  1. The wiper which was super silent has turned into a screeching machine. It makes so much noise that my son closes his ears every time it is on. Need to get this checked.
  2. The outer plastic cladding on the hatch door and the boot lock system makes some noise on uneven bad roads. Nothing major. But in a silent cabin, it does cause some irritation.
  3. I feel the overhang of the Alcazar should have been a little longer for a specific reason. When it rains the tyres throw out so much muck on the back hatch, that it gets dirty as hell so very quickly. If driving in the rain, it will be a pain.

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