After riding my trusty bike for 7 years i really wanted a car. Saved for 2 years for a good downpayment to reduce emi and finally got my ride !
Choosing the car itself was an issue. Budget i had was 5-5.5 max. Joined the site and made a thread and got good help.
1) Swift - was number one choice when dreaming of the car. however maruti salesperson in both showroom i visited were slimy and had no knowledge on cars. Price of vxi was 5.7 which was out of my budget. LXI (o) had too many missing features. However what i did like was higher ground clearance and cheaper parts and service and customer support after sale. However on 3 visits to 2 diff showroom did'nt get a test ride in petrol. they did offer to test ride a customers car but that day i had made mind by then not to go for it due to higher price.
2)Ford new Figo - Had gone to honda and noticed ford next door so casually went in. Test rode one but somehow the car engine in petrol didnt feel lively and responsive. A.s.s also questionable so dropped the idea. Car though is gorgeous.
3)Hyundai Grand i10 - Sales rep was knowledgeable and we got a test drive. Car felt amazing and loved the suspension as well. Was getting good deal as well and it had decent features too. Pulled the trigger and got it at 4.88 on road gurgaon. Magna variant.
Delivery experience - Got alotted a F model which is of jun make according to VIN. Car had run 22 kms already. I was hoping under 10. I had wanted to transfer money after seeing VIN but dad did it without asking me.
During delivery experience was ok and i was made to feel special. Got free photo frame, sweets , window visor, door sill guards, 2 pillows, door protection bumper, hyundai mats , perfume and god plastic idol.
However the ribbons and perfume and idol are all pasted using Double sided tape. Would be hard to remove specially from dashboard. The perfume does'nt even seem to work as i have noticed no smell. Cant even see if empty or not.
User review: Got it delivered on 22 oct and have driven it just 220 kms. My car driving experience previously has been with my esteem so all comparisons with that only.
Like- Silent and smooth engine that seems punchy and torquey
2nd gear has good torque and hardly need to shift to one unless in stop go traffic
Great interiors and spaciousness and decent size boot
Easy to drive and handle and is very comfortable in bad road too. guess new suspension helps.
Mirrors have good view of road.
AC works well and cools car soon. however sometimes speed 1 is slow and 2 feels too loud. would like a 1.5 kinda speed .
Engine seems eager to rev and is hard to keep under 3k for running in.
Dislikes- The brake has no progression. press a little and like 80% braking gets applied. Need to have amazing foot control to get smooth braking. Always scared someone will rear end if i press a bit too hard. thinking of getting that rear bull bar for this reason only.
Gear from 1st to 2nd was very jerky. however it seems to have improved a lot now. Will keep a eye on it.
No real time mileage or Distance to empty indicator.
No front adjustable head rest.
Clutch though light has a bit longer travel.
ECU has anti stall and sometimes on taking turn on 2nd gear if it is a bit low speed then car auto accelerates to 18 kmph that makes turns scary sometimes. dint happen in my esteem to have to get to learn it.
Fog lamp hardly has any throw when used with lo beam. i would have liked more width. Maybe it helps in fogs only. May think of doing a DIY projector fog lamps with 3k HIDS as i already have 2 projectors at home.
Upgrades in NOV - planning for a Pioneer AVH 279BT or AVH x 2790BT touch HU with 4 6" inch speakers. Got quote for 18.5 k 279BT for these with 1k extra for rear cam. Have budget upto 20-24 so will see more. Also will get a gear lock installed for security. Any suggestions on which to get ?
Not many pics of interiors etc everyone must have seen already as its a 3 year old car with facelift coming within next 6 months.
At Hyundai Dealer-