I am pleased to offer a long term update for the blue boy.
>The Boy carried is to the heart of India (Madhya Pradesh) on a 3000 KM round trip flawlessly and comfortably. We were 2 people and huge amount of Luggage (including a lot of Glass items).
light rectified itself after few 100Kms. I guess the boy wanted to stretch its legs a bit.
>We had zero issues or punctures. I was worried about cracks in tyres but its fine.
>The bass and SQ in default Music system was impressive. Factory speakers too. After a long time we had to carry a pouch of MP3 CDs as the i10 does not have USB in!
>The poor performance of i10 petrol reared its ugly head as overtaking was not very enjoyable. However we still managed to overtake most of the Scorpios,Innova,Swift, SX4 and so on. Actually you should be seeing the look of my wife's face as i overtook a pack of Scorpios and travera going at 120 KMPH
>The boy refused to accelerate beyond 120 but I turned off AC and I could manage a final top whack around 140 KMPH on 4 lane roads. I seriously did'nt dream the Boy could run that fast. The car felt very stable at 140 as well.
>The little 1.1L engine sure felt strained at 140 as it gave a really loud roar like airplane taking off... I felt it was better to keep under 120 for long distance cruizing.
>I Noticed that the gearing ratios were a bit to short. It required 3000 RPM to cruise around 90 KMPH and over 4000 at 120 KMPH. I wish a 6th gear would be provided.
> Im still finding the headlights inadequate and I have ordered an H27 Fog lamp HID kit for the same.
> We got some VERY nice fuel efficiency figures as below-
Offroad/Bad roads, 100% AC- 15 KMPL
Jungle safari (no AC), 1st or 2d gear- 14 KMPL
4 lane highway, Energetic driving , (Upto 140 KMPH)70% AC- 17.88 KMPL
4 lane Highway, Sedate driving by wife, (Upto 90 KMPH)30% AC - 23 KMPL!!