A new member has joined our garage and this time itís a Hyundai Eon D-Lite+
The need for a new car started to rise for our local running as our Maruti 800
was growing old and old as the days passed. It had served us for 11 years and more than 1 lac on ODO. Now the 800 was asking a lot of work and some denting and painting as well. So we thought of getting a new or a pre-owned vehicle instead of putting money on the 800 because first of all it was around 11 years old and secondly it had done around 1.10 lac kilometers. So we thought of changing the car itself.
First we thought that we should go for a used vehicle since it will be used for local running only as we have XUV for other purposes. So me and my dad started asking our contacts if anything is available around 2.5 -3.5 Lac. All this happened in the last week of March. I have a cousin in Saharanpur who usually gets used cars at a very good price.
So he called me and told me that there is a i10 Magna 2013
with 4000 kms and the seller is asking 3.5 lacs
and if interested he can break the price further around 3.25 lacs. So I thought that itís a pretty good deal and told everyone in family about it. But then my mom said that itís a used car why not get a new car in that budget, anyways we just have to use it for local purpose only. Hence the i10 was cancelled and I started looking for options under 4 Lac in petrol.
So after a quick decision the requirements for the new car were on the table and they were:
3. Power Steering
4. Atleast 4 people can accommodate easily
5. Should have a decent boot space
6. Good looks (obviously in that segemt)
7. Good mileage
8. Budget: 4 lacs
And the options available were:
1. Alto 800
2. Hyundai EON
3. Hyundai Santro
4. Wagon R
5. Zen Estilo
6. Chevy Spark
So I showed all the above cars to my mom and dad online first. And after 10-15 minutes of discussion only 2 cars were in the list and they were Alto 800 and Hyundai EON. So I called up both Maruti and Hyundai dealers and booked a TD of both for the next day.
Rest our selection process can be read on my other thread as I donít want to put double posts. http://www.theautomotiveindia.com/fo...dai-eon-2.html Booking and Buying Experience:
After taking TD of both the cars we finally booked the Hyundai Eon D-Lite+
by giving 5000 cash on 2nd of April in Dark Grey Metallic
color. Now the good part was that the car prices went up on 1st April but we booked the car at the price which was prior to the hike as I had some contacts. Though the dealer had the car in stock but we wanted to take the delivery during the Navratri
. So we gave the delivery date for 15th April.
On 14th April a day before the delivery I went to the dealer stock yard for the PDI and everything was fine and in good shape.
Now on 15th April (Delivery Day) we reached the dealership around 12:45 pm hoping that our car would be ready and we should be on our way back home within an hour but I was wrong. When we reached the dealership we were told that our car is getting the Teflon coating and should be ready in 30-40 minutes and everyone was okay with it. Since we booked the D-Lite+ model it does not come with central locking so we thought of getting it from the dealer itself. So I told the SA about my intentions and the SA told me to wait.
Since it is Navratri and was the first day of the week as well there were quite a few deliveries lined up hence we had to wait. After waiting for 30 minutes the SA came to me and asked me to pay the final amount and get the receipts followed by the paper work.
After that the dealer took out the service manual and explained about the service intervals, warranty and the extended warranty.
Then he took me to the workshop bay where they had their Hyundai genuine parts shop and I purchased the Autocop central locking device for the D-Lite+ for Rs 3500
and then I came back to the waiting lounge. I was told that once the car is done with the Teflon coating only then they will start installing the Autocop. Hence it took very long and we had to wait.
Finally after waiting for couple of hours our EON came out and 2 guys immediately started working on the Autocop and still it took them almost 50 minutes to install it. Well after a long wait everything was done and we were ready to leave.
The SA took our family picture with the EON which was handed over to us (not in a photo frame like we received for our XUV) and they were out of sweet boxes as well. So the SA apologized for that and said that itís due sir and iíll make sure you get one when you come for seat cover installation (YES they were out of seat covers also) next week. After that they did a small pooja ceremony and we were on our way back to home.
We were given 3 liter of petrol so we directly went to a petrol bunk and got the tank full for Rs. 2000 in which we got 27 liters. After taking petrol we went to Mandir and got the Pooja done and then EON was on its way to itís new home. Ex-Showroom: Rs. 318501 Logistics, Registration, Insurance, Extended Warranty, Teflon Coating: Rs. 51426 Discount: Rs. 15927 OTR: Rs. 354000 Initial Driving Experience:
As soon as i turned on the key the temperature and fuel gauges came alive, took a full spin and settle down in seconds, definitely a good to have stuff on a small car. Now I fired the engine and got a very good response and shifted into 1st and slowly released the pedal and the car was moving effortlessly. Next thing that I felt was the ultra light steering which is really easy to maneuver and perfectly fit for city driving.
Another good thing is the gear shift prompter under the fuel gauge which indicates you to change the gears if you are not driving in the right gear. Then I turned my AC on as it was really hot and I was very happy to see the effect in matter of seconds. Now since it has 814 CC only yes the car does loose a little bit on power when AC is turned on but definitely better than our 800. What I like:
Since the steering is light it makes drivability in city very easy.
Definitely the best interiors in this segment and the plastic quality feels very good. Get a nice feel when you touch it. Even the way the dashboard is designed looks cool.
Well looks are subjective but EON has a very impressive overall design and gives you a modern and trendy look. Body has very nice curves all over. No matter where you look the car from it will look good. My favorite part is the tail lamps and the spoiler.
Very good and yes it is a chiller.
5. Boot Space:
Very good boot space. Can fit a lot of stuff in there.
Very good for a car belonging to this segment.
7. Fuel Economy:
Canít Comment right now. What I donít:
1. Definitely going to miss a tachometer.
2. R12 tires should be replaced with R13.
3. Left side ORVM missing. Accessories Planned:
1. Seat Cover: Included in Freebies
2. Head Unit with USB and AUX
3. 2 front speakers.
4. Rear guard.
5. Wheel Caps.
6. Autocop: Installed (Rs. 3500) As an overall package EON is a great buy and a VFM car which provides you a styling, great design, space, very good interiors as well as exteriors product at 3.5 Lac on road. (Everything written in this review are my personal opinions and does not mean to defame other people or vehicle).
Thanks for reading.
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