Hyundai i20 is a so-so car
Pros : diesel fuel efficiency, appearance, space
Cons : brakes, dragging power on hilly road
Friends, just wanna share experience of my new (3 month old) Hyundai i20 Era (Diesel). I am Rahul residing in Mumbai and i20 is my third car in last 6-7 years. Prior to purchasing Hyundai i20 I had Hyundai Santro and Toyota Innova. Santro is my lovely first car, while Innova we purchased couple of years back. After driving Hyundai vehicle for 6 years I made up my mind to upgrade to a hi-tech Hyundai vehicle, although friends suggested with Volkswagen Polo, but looking at high maintenance I halted and went for tested and superbly fantastic Hyundai i20 Era Diesel.
After deciding at i20 was confused on fuel option, whether to go diesel or petrol. Here petrol version was offered with just nearly above 5 Lakh with discounts while diesel was costing almost above 6.50 Lakh, along with waiting period of a month. I chose to go with diesel to try something new, as with Santro I had already experienced petrol rides and now its time for diesels. This is also because I was supposed to have long trips with my family.
Once I drove it to Mahableshwar. In the whole trip engine noise was never heard inside cabin, though it was coming up with amazing pick up as it has got a powerful 1.4L against weaker 1200cc in Petrol. It gave me an average of nearly 17kmpl, while it was due for its first service and I drove around 1500kms in a month. The riding on ghats and hills I felt a bit of disappointment is it was a bit dull on performance and load dragging capacity, while steering response was wonderful. On mileage part I am sure after two services mileage will raise around 19 -20kmpl. The brakes are at times acceptable and at times are not seems to be in mood. For these concerns I expect to see better after sales service from Hyundai as they always do.