Hyundai i20 Asta CRDi ABS


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Friend of mine was looking to buy a car as there came a midnight emergency and so buying a car became the first next priority. He don't know how to drive and had only 2 other members in family. His use will be 20 km in 100% city traffic. So I suggested to get a small petrol car and suggested Wagon R. Most of his buddies were Swift fan boys and they influenced him to go for Swift. He booked Swift LDi without consulting me. Then he upgraded to VDi and then to ZDi. Waiting period was going up and up, he downgraded to VDi again. Then another colleague of him booked a Swift. With influence, waiting list got shuffled and both reached under 100. Other guy got a car, but this guy didn't. Swift guy put all bells and whistles and the ego clash starts, so wanted something better than Swift.

Test Drive Marathon:

One fine Sunday night he calls me and asks to take TD of all diesel cars and find a car better than Swift, sent his cousin along, an UK returnee. His prime priority was Liva or Etios, because of Toyota's brand value than Maruti. Right then asked him to pick Honda Jazz, but he refused. Must haves he wanted were ABS and airbag.

Monday morning head to Toyota dealer. No TD car was available. Waiting period 3-4 months. Said about the party channel. Waiting came down to 1 month and top variants, ugly colors readily available. Then took a look inside the car. Terrible and disappointed. I said, I won't let him take this crap, so did his cousin. No features, no Toyota quality, just a Toyota logo. Another Indian disaster.

The hit Marikar Nissan. Micra, what a car. We both fell in love at first sight. Feature-rich, high-quality car. Again, No TD car available, but the guy promised he can get it to anywhere we want the next day or in an hour if we could wait. We said we will go an TD Figo and come back. He smiled with an evil grin, "Okay Sir." Understood its meaning after TDing the Figo.

Kairali Ford. Got an undisguised red Figo diesel. Took out for spin. O bloody turbo lag. But once the turbo kicks in, it was absolute rocket. I could feel the torque from rear seat. We ran out of road before we could try the 5th gear, the executive was asking can we turn back at every junction. Took a U-turn in the verge of a clean straight. Clearly, it was a car from the past, should have been here 10 years back. Disappointed with built quality, was in the yard to check the red trimmed car, saw at least one part fallen off in most of the car, pathetic. Other than price point, nothing really convincing in Figo, maybe the mileage too.

Back at Nissan. Demo car not back. Just a km from there was EVM Volkswagen. Decided to TD the Polo in the meantime. He was in love with the love of its looks and I was in with the highway characteristics. He was saying it's the only car that could be called a perfect Hatchback. Everything else lack the proportion. Executive was a petrolhead, not the blah blah kinda idiots we saw in all other showrooms. All queries and doubts answered perfectly and satisfactorily and he owns a Polo 1.2. UK boys turned the key, everything gone, 8L car, sounds worse than the Indica. Diesel clatter felt on gearstick and steering. Premium build, but very bland interior, very less features compared to rivals and an unrefined crappy engine. Lost interest in Polo too. Took it for a spin, the executive guy was asking us to go faster and faster. It hit 140 and it felt as low as 100s only. He made his point very clear. He asked to slam the brake hard at that speed, car slowed down perfectly even without ABS coming into play. With Micra in mind and unjustified 8L Polo price tag, we zeroed to Micra

Back at Nissan, the test car was there. Executive apologized for the delay. His mom was in hospital and he came back just for our TD, a nice guy. Keyless entry, keyless ignition. Here we go.
We: Dude, we asked for diesel Micra.
He: Sir, it's diesel only.
WTH.
Terribly silent. Virtually no turbo lag, quick as petrol. Hit 80s in no time. Awesome car. Feature rich, right price, many innovative features/designs. Finalized. Micra. Top-end diesel around 7L. Agreed to pay advance and same day. Picked up my buddy and hit back dealership. First impression, he didn't like the looks. We both tried hard and convinced him. Agreed to pay advance next morning. On the way back, hit the Renault dealer (just open, still under construction). Showed him the Pulse. Same car with just Renault logo and a doggy front end. He said it looks better than Micra. 20k more than Micra, you get twin Airbag, Micra had only drive side one. Finalized and back home.

Nothing heard from him for some days. One day call me up and said took TD of Verna and i20. I said "NO." Unreasonably high service costs. He said it is "Hyoooj" and got chilled glove compartment which can hold 4 bottles :D. Gave up. After a debate, call ended.

After a week, just thought of visiting his house. Nobody home, wall and gate being rebuilt and repositioned. He was saying he may get the Swift soon by influence. Called him, he was at showroom taking delivery and he said it's an "I20." Was like WTF. !@#$%^&*

At first, I decided not to collaborate with that car (ego ego). But how can I avoid a CAR, spent 3 sleepless days in that car continuously.

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Date of Delivery: 27/3/2012

Damage to Pocket:
On-road price: 7.8L INR
Accessories at dealer: 16k + freebies (3M paint treatment, underbody coat, seat cover (interior was brown and beige, he ordered black and beige though same brown was available), floor mat).
Another at dealer 2.5k for fixing Roots Megasonic (another disaster, I could've done it better).
35k @Car Palace accessorizing (most of them unnecessary) (Reverse cam, sensor, tinting, windshield film, carpet, bass tube, amp, door sill, crappy perfume, mobile charger, etc.)

First Impression:
It was "HYOOJ," feature rich, slightly more premium than Swift, but lots of gizmos than Swift and better built. A bit difficult maneuvering city traffic, but solid on highway. Turbo lag till 1.8k rpm. Starting from steep incline is a bit difficult. Handles well on highway. Premium feel all over, better quality than Maruti cars. Biggest blunder was fluidic i20 was just a week away and I've mentioned that to him earlier.

1st Service:

Done 10 days at 1.5k km.

Economy:

Returned just around 15 with full time AC, unnecessary idling, 60+% city driving.

Inevitable Crashes:
Had two bumps. Pain in city. Scooter uncle brushed the left front end. Slight scratches. Next came a bloody auto driver, overtook through wrong side. and crashed the stationary car at traffic light. Same spot. Bumper broken, more scratches. Fog lamps came off the clips. Dealer quote 1k for repair.
 
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Congrats for your new car. You would have got more features, had you waited for little more time. But not to worry. A good car is always a good car. The new i20 fluidic has mostly cosmetic upgrades, which can be done to this car too. What matters is good built quality and a good engine. You have got both.
Post more pics buddy.
 
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Steering wheel reminds me of a Honda
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Climate control. AC lacks initial cooling, but after a minute or 2 I had to shut down the vents, my hands were frozen over the steering.
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Driver and Passenger side airbags.

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Got option to turn off passenger side bags (in case you wanna kill someone [evil])
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Passenger side air bag

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Seatbelt warning. Headache for those who don't want one.

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Incredible player. Great SQ.

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Steering controls.

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Supports USB, Aux in, Bluetooth. Pairing was headache, but call answering was breeze.

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Got tweeters on door near the handle.

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MID doubles up as Player display.

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The 100th km

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Gear got push button instead of push down setup like in Polo

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Flip keys

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Chilled compartment.

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Cubby holes

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@Car Palace

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RVM monitor. Cam concealed above number plate (with number plate lighting module)

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Reverse indicator.

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Illuminated dor sill/scuff plate.

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Bought Kenwood after confusion over JBL and Kenwood. Amp under passenger seat. JBL wiring (looks fake). JBL Bass tube had deep bass, but lacked looks [evil]. Kenwood got more power and clarity. So did the amp.

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Hi-quality vinyl flooring done by Hyundai dealer. Pretty impressed, looking for the same for Hell's Angel.

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Seat is well done, but material lacks quality, color coming off.

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Finally.

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The sheer size.

Swift looks dwarfed

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As wide as the Tavera. Same length without overhang.

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Longer than Indigo CS.

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One Interesting Review here..excellent..!
Even me too dint liked I20 but you review changed my mind..nice ride there.

spent 3 sleepless days in that car continuously
true ...
when it comes to car yes days becomes sleepless
(at night we will be watching her and waiting for daylight instead of sleeping)
 
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i20 comes back to Trivandrum after long 2 year stay in Ernakulam

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83.7k km in just 2 years

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Serviced at Popular Hyundai, Ernakulam before return.

Parts:
Topups - 70
Hyundai Servo Engine Oil (5.3L) - 1370
Wheel Balance Weight (x10) - 157
Oil Filler Cap Packing - 21.5
Caliper Guide Grease - 145
Air Filter Assembly (x2) - 155 (??)
Front Brake Pad Kit - 1805
Fuel Filter - 1430
Air Filter - 280
Oil Filter Service Kit - 400
Oil Plug Gasket - 33
Windshield Wash Liquid (x3) - 48

Labor:

Interior Cleaning - 1250
Underbody Coating - 1688
Wheel Balancing (x4) - 460
Wheel Alignment - 560
Paid Service - 1375
Engine Oil Flush - 812
Diesel Engine Conditioner - 1159
Rear Brake O/H - 656
Front Brake O/H - 575
AC Disinfection - 500
AC Service - 1780

Total Bill - 17146 Inc Tax
 

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That's some odo reading[:D] why did you go for underbody coating after 2 years ? And diesel engine conditioner and ac disinfection you could have avoided.
 
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That's some odo reading[:D] why did you go for underbody coating after 2 years ? And diesel engine conditioner and ac disinfection you could have avoided.
Not my car. Friend's car. He gave for service. Seeing it after 2 years since starting the thread. Month-end extortion.
 
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Hi,
All service centers are trying to keep a minimum fixed amount which need to be received from customers for sure if its enter service. I am hearing lot of new stuffs now a days like Diesel Engine conditioners, Mileage mill etc., in the service markets.
 
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Hi,
All service centers are trying to keep a minimum fixed amount which need to be received from customers for sure if its enter service. I am hearing lot of new stuffs now a days like Diesel Engine conditioners, Mileage mill etc., in the service markets.
Some customers keep a check on essential and make them do the listed job alone. Advisors will convince the other unsuspecting customers into these value added stuffs. To some part, Hyundai also is responsible. They recommend these in the service book as optionals, with that the dealer easily make the customer do these as essentials and extort money. Month end is the worst time to go there. All the balance target amount will be put on head of customers. I myself fell prey for the brake pad scam and these flushes one time.
 
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This i20 had the most awful sounding audio system I ever heard, thanks to the ****** job done by Trivandrum's most popular and one of the largest accessory shops, Car Palace. That time, the installer said since it was factory set, we have to add line converter, we paid extra 2800 rs for that then. Then, he said there was disturbance with line converter and subwoofer and he cut the speaker connections and connected all 4 speakers to stock audio front channel and connected sub to rear, making it sounding awful. No clarity. No tunability. Only some radio like sound with some bass.

Asked him to take it back to the same shop and ask them to straighten it up and they quoted another 15k for new amp and speakers. Then decided, I will do the work and if necessary there was a pair of Pioneer components and coaxials lying idle in his cousin's Baleno.

Took apart everything, there was no line convertor (cheating #1, 2800 gone). It was a 2 channel Kenwood amp with inbuilt line convertor. Installer actually drew 2 channel +/- till amp and there was only 3 lines going in with common ground. He couldn't connect 4 wires into 3 as it was causing disturbance and he made the 4 speaker into 2 channel stock speaker out.

Wires were cut too proximal to the headunit making further cutting and joining next to impossible.

Cut and rewired everything and sleeved them properly. Now HU 4 channel powers 4 speakers and rear channel feeds to amp to drive the sub.

i20 got one of the best sounding factory sound system and only these kind of ignorant morons can screw it up.

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Try Car Park ,Mr.deville.
Nowadays Car palace service is based on the price of car you own.
A Chevrolet Cruze - has a particular kind of service ,while Chevrolet Beat lacks it.
Everything fixed. Car Park also is not trustable. They gave us an exact lookalike and builtalike Kenwood HU some 10 years back [frustration]. Only when it packed up and we took it to ASC aka Car Palace found it was fake.

Nowadays I install everything myself, don't let anyone go to the extorting, screwuping accessory shops.

Happy to restore the SQ of the i20 HU.
 
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