This is Hyundai Grand i10 ownership review. Covering buying, ownership and maintenance experiences.
The story began at the beginning of this year when I finally decided to buy my first car.
The First question: Petrol or Diesel?? (I couldn’t sort it till now by the way), I would be making a monthly run of 1000 Kms plus occasional weekend trips. All the calculators and spreadsheets suggested that Petrol is the best choice for me, however the mood of the market and the examples of petrol car owners (who park their cars back home and use bikes for office) inclined me towards diesels.
Next was budget: I was bit flexible about it around the range of 6-7.5L.
During the course I was continuously referring to TAI threads and there were multiple threads referring to the similar situation as that of mine and hence refrained from posting a new thread.
Expectations from Car:
Me: Good steering feedback, ABS, Good Interior Space for 3 at rear and descent boot space, Low maintenance and good ASS.
Better Half: Looks, Descent looking interiors, steering mounted controls (just because it looks nice), Good AC.
Selection and Cars considered:
Honda JAZZ: Both of us were in love with this car and by the time I made my mind it was being discontinued and we started waiting for AMAZE.
SWIFT: I liked the handling part but yet another swift on the road?? Also the rear seat is not specious to my liking.
RITZ: Somehow I liked Ritz but my better half didn’t also the interiors and Dash are too basic.
I20 : The buttery Steering was a major factor and somehow the Indian in me could not make my VFM equation for this car.
POLO: I liked the built of the CAR, Handles well too. ASS at my native would have been a problem and also service costs are on higher side. 3-Pot engine another concern for me.
BRIO: I agree “It’s the car that loves you back” - just give me some descent boot space.
FIGO : My VFM car. It was offering me everything diesel + safety features within the budget. my better half, colleagues & friends did not support had that tag of a VFM car and average interiors.
AMAZE: Now you have a brio with more than decent boot space and I had to take it seriously. I loved handling of this car. It’s lesser turning radius. Seating is a bit low to my liking also ground clearance is a concern. I was seriously thinking about this while just waiting for ECOSPORT.
ECOSPORT: I was following it closely on TAI and news etc. Only the 1.6L petrol and base diesel were within my budget. Landed up in the showroom within few days after the launch and was struck by the negligence of the sales people first major negative vibe for me. However I had liked the seating position in the car, interiors and the SUV looks. Was even ready to stretch budget for it.
The dealership did not offer me a test drive neither did they call back later. Even the waiting period was huge so NO NO.
GRAND I10: Suddenly on TAI read about grand I10 coming on 3rd September. Had been to Hyundai Showroom straight from office. The car was specious, interiors good quality and loaded with gizmos in the top end model.
Had a test drive and it was better in handling than the I20 and I10. I needed some expert opinions on this but the TAI review was not coming up. Had 2 more test drives from different dealerships and it was good enough for me. Meanwhile CNB CAR AND BIKE SHOW also mentioned satisfactory remarks about the Car.
Buying my GRAND:
On 5th Sept I was sure that I am buying it. Rushed to different showrooms to check-out colors. Twilight blue and Wine red were my contenders.
Though I stay and will be driving in Gujarat, I had decided to buy it from my native place in Maharashtra. Called and checked with the dealer regarding availability. He had Wine red color Asta-o model and promised me delivery on 12th Sept. went to his showroom on 8th and checked the vehicle, It was in display and he had separate demo cars. Found no signs of having driven this display vehicle. I was getting the color of my choice and delivery on my required date but it was Petrol model. Decided to go with it and paid booking amount.
Since I had 4 days leaves planned from 12th I asked for delivery then. On 12th morning the vehicle was ready for delivery completed paperwork and other formalities. The Dealer arranged a small ceremony as it was first grand being delivered. They also decorated the car well, they made us feel special.
The dealership is 100Kms Away from my home town so had to drive it 100 Kms out of the showroom to home. Subsequently in next 3 days driven more than 600Kms. Total 700+ Kms in 4 days. It’s become too long hence will keep sharing my experiences in further posts.
Please refer to below page,Raja has already posted very nice pictures of wine red Grand
Fingers Still crossed on my choice of Petrol Car.
Looking forward to the help of Gurus at TAI to enrich my driving and ownership experience.
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