Update from my Aria -
Back from 1660 KM road trip. Trip was for 6 days and covered Hyderabad-Kolhapur-Chivla Beach-Malvan-Devbagh-Goa-Hyderabad.
MID showed an overall fuel efficiency of 12.2 for the entire trip. This is lower than what I have been getting on my previous trips where I was a bit sedate in driving.
In this trip the maximum speed I touched was 130 during the return journey. I think its better to maintain 90-100 speeds so that F.E improves.
The ride as has been so far was excellent over both great roads as well as some of the worst roads that one could encounter.
Overall the roads were good for major part except for a very poor section of 40 KM before Kolhapur.
One major irritant was in the return journey between Belgaum and Mahboobnagar every village has this awful practice of putting huge speed breakers!! So one is never sure of the terrain. One really needs to slow down to less than 10 to cross the breakers smoothly. On couple of occasion I was quiet late in spotting the speed breaker and resulted in taking the vehicle over the breaker at some speed. After second such incident the Door ajar warning started coming on intermittently. It started flickering showing driver side door being ajar. It remained so for almost an hour. Tried switching off the car, locking/unlocking but the light kept on flickering. Later on the flickering light went off on its own and now the issue is not reproducible. Luckily I had taken a video of the flickering light, will take it to service center and get it checked. It must be some lose connection.
Maximum distance I traveled in a single day was 697 KM on my return journey to Hyderabad from Goa. Initially I was bit hesitant considering we were traveling with 2 kids with my daughter being just 1.5 year old, so was thinking of starting from goa a day early halting for the night at Belgaum and then continue from Belgaum next day. But then looking at the time we spent in packing/unpacking and the hassle of looking for hotel in belgaum we thought to do the whole Goa-Hyderabad distance in one day.
Started from Mapusa,Goa at 6:30 AM and reached home at 7:15 PM.
The total journey was absolutely fantastic. There were just 4 of us in the car me, wife and 2 kids. With so much space available, the kids were not at all cranky and the journey was super comfortable!
Posting some snaps of the journey.
Top view of the Aria (at Kolhapur Hotel Jotiba)
Gaganbawda Ghat enroute Chivla Beach
At Chivla Beach in Malvan with cousin's ertiga.
With garlands on Dussera
Goa-Belgaum-Hyderabad through the scenic Chorla Ghat