Originally Posted by mithafashi
I am planning to replace my 5 year old Alto with a petrol hatchback. My monthly running will be 1000 kilometers with 80% city and 20% highway run. My preferences are reliability, fuel efficiency, performance and good after sales service in that order. I took test drives of Maruthi Swift and Grand i10 and I liked both. The final on-road price of Grand i10 sports is 50K cheaper than Swift Vxi, so I am slightly inclined towards i10. Before finalising the decision can somebody put some light on the long term reliability and ASS
costs of Hyundai i10 compared to Swift
I also had a 2004 alto prior to my grand i10. Its been a little over a year with this car and I LOVE this car. From the day I bought it till today there aren't any issues like something being loose or any problems with the fit and finish. No vibrations, smooth engine, suspension doing its job well from day 1. Got my second free service done a little over a month ago and the average of the car has increased. My car gives an average of 14kmpl in the city (Delhi) with no a.c. usage as the weather has become pleasant. I never owned a swift, just seen them at dealerships so I cant exactly comment on the drivability and maintenance part of it, however from sitting in it and observing it I must say that the fit and finish is not as is in the grand i10. Infact the fit and finish and the quality of materials used is comparable to hyundai's other cars like the elite i20 and the verna and to top it all of its cheaper than swift.
As for grand i10's drivability, i've done speeds above 120kmph (I do not support overspeeding, just wanted to stretch its legs on an empty stretch of road) and the car is very stable at those speeds with no vibrations although the steering does feel lighter above 120kmph. However there's no "boat-like" feeling or bumpiness. It feels very planted.
Coming to the maintenance of grand i10, I got my second service done with a total bill of INR2800. The service intervel for the second service is 10,000 kms or 1 year, whichever is ealier from the date of purchase. I think that's a very reasonable price and equivalent to maruti if not cheaper. I had an engine oil change, oil filter change, added some additives (the SA said its to clean the engine and is put it with the engine oil I think), checked the underbody of the car and whatever else that needs to be done as stated in the car manual was done. I got the wheel alignment done from outside for INR 250 as the Hyundai workshop was charging me INR1300 for the same.
The build quality may not be as in a vw (polo) but its close. The power window buttons and other buttons in the car feel solid and built to last.
Last but not the least, I cant think of a more value for money car than the grand i10 in the market. However I wish hyundai provided airbags from at least the sports variant.