Update on Recent trip to Native(No photos, as I never planned to write this!): Total Distance covered
: 460 km(70% highway) Mileage
: 16.xx km/l
Since the car had recently finished it's second service, I didn't do any extensive check before leaving. I did the basic stuff like checking tyre pressure, checking spare and tools. Fill up the fuel, wash the windshield(damn flies!!!!) and finally check oil level(You can't trust anything these days).
As with any family, I know timing will not be followed so I informed my wife and mom that we need to start by 8:30am. And as expected they exactly started on 9:30am which was my originally planned time. And so, we set to start the journey at around 9:30am on Friday(took one day leave so can I rest for a day, where the only task for me to do is to EAT!!!). Total of 3 adults and 1 kid with 1 medium sized bag + couple of small bags!
I took my regular route which involves mostly SH of 150km and NH 60km. And due to some recent road works, the SH roads were repaired and so it was nice to drive in the road. Except a stretch of some 10-20km, all went well. We reached Dindigul by 12pm. And here comes the change in plan(I never actually had a plan
). My mom wanted to try Dindigul famous Biryani! So I thought, why not? Believe my, streets in Bangalore is lot wider than the roads inside this city! It took me close to 30mins to reach the place which is mere 10km. My mom & wife had Biryani while I stare at them(I recently turned to Veg-ism, if that is even a word). Once it is finished it took us another good 30 minutes to reach NH, where I had my veg meals! How it handled?
Lunch is over. My kid is asleep. Now all that is between me and my home is that 60km smooth even tarmac. It was a bliss to drive in this road and trust me, my home is located just closer to the NH, which means I don't even need to go inside the City. That 60km was covered in flat 1 hour, where I consistently maintained 120km/h speed and lowest is 60km/h!
I never get to reach 90km in that SH, but this road had given me the opportunity to test my Xcent, and I politely did. Those 60km strecth left me with wide grin in my face till we reach home.
Now about car, I cornered the car at 100km/h speed and body roll is well contained. It was confidence inspiring, and it never run out of breath! I pushed it till 140 to see if it can, and yes it did. But it struggled to reach that speed. Max speed to reach with ease is 130. Period. The Tyre noise is unbearable though. Wind noise at high speeds is well controlled, again well done Hyundai uncle! One irritating stuff is, integrated neck restraint. Yes, I usually tilt my head while driving for long and that is where Hyundai messed up. A/C did good job, considering the scorching summer of Madurai. It stayed at 2 mostly and at times, I switched it to 1. Braking is something I would like to have a special mention. It has good bite and whoever says it is grabby, deal with it. This is how it should be and not something like where you stand on the brake to stop it!
Time took to cover 210km : 7 hours(that include close to 3hr breaks including lunch, leg stretch and tea break) Return leg:
Return leg have mixed feel for me. We started off after finishing lunch around 12:30pm. This time, I kept steady 120+ in NH and 90 in SH. With less breaks(just three tea breaks of 10min each) we reached Coimbatore at around 4:30pm. That's when THIS
happened. We had a minor accident, due to which a couple of guys in bike had some bruises and we had a torn fog lamp and scratches in front LHS bumper. It took me 2 days and 3000 bucks to get it fixed! And on the top, the trauma!
Overall, the Xcent performed well throughout the trip and it may not be like Polo/Punto in handling, but it is not bad as everyone portrays.
Some pictures of bumper before and after repair: