I always wanted my wife to drive and even tried teaching her how to drive but she always struggled with Clutches and Gears. In the end, she did give up learning how to drive a car and instead forced me to buy her a Scooty for nearby driving for buying groceries, etc. I always thought Scooters are a very unsafe mode of travel, esp. in crowdy cities like Delhi and it was then that she told me that she would drive a car, only if its an Automatic.
That was around more than 2 years back and it was the 1st time that I scanned the net for Automatic option among the small cars. Soon, I got to know that only i10 and A-star had an Automatic version among small cars.
We went and took a 'test drive' of both and since I am not a big fan of Maruti, I decided i10 would be my choice for Automatic version among small cars for my wife. Since I too was looking to change my Ford Fusion for a newer car, I sold it to one of my friends and bought an Automatic Sportz i10 from Deep Hyundai in Dec,10. Since one of my patients worked there, he got me a very good deal in terms of free insurance, exchange bonus and a handsome cash discount.
I bought it for close to 5 Lac only. Initially, I thought it would be just like a toy car with not much acceleration. I had also read on internet that Automatic cars lack acceleration and aren't fun to drive on highways.
I exclusively drove it in whole of 2011 and clocked close to 18,000 km. And found it amazingly agile with adequate power while overtaking bigger cars on highways. In fact, last summers, we went to Nainital, Binsar, Almora and Kasauni with 5 adults and 4 kids on board since my sister with her son had come from US for Holidays. Still, the car performed brilliantly on highways and some very steep hills.
In city traffic, the Automatic option is a boon with no tiredness felt at all while negotiating traffic moving at snail's pace with frequent starts and stops.
Interiors which are a combo of Grey and Biege look very soothing while boot space is adequate for a small car. The in-built music system is good and Air-conditioning too is very good. Even the roof is quite high helping a 6 feet plus guy like me get in and out pretty easily. The after-sales Service of Hyundai too is good and I have not spent anything major on it having driven around 20,000 km so far.
Since I now drive mainly my own XUV, my wife drives it and I thank Hyundai for providing such a good Automatic option because otherwise I would never had the pleasure of seeing her drive.
Only flaw I can think of is the mileage. Its around 10 km/l in city and 12-13km/l on highways and that too on Petrol which pinches the pocket quite a lot.