After doing a lot of research I booked i10 magna 1.2.I exchanged my alto for an exchange bonus of 15k and also insurance of 14k is offered free. It turned out to be very good deal for me. Before booking I researched all other cars except i10 .On the budget of 4 to 4.5 lacs I considered Maruthi ritz,Astar, Swift, wagon R, Tata indica vista (TDI) and santro.
Ritz: Good engine ,I did not like the styling of back.
Astar: Very less Interior space.Other wise a very peppy engine and good handling.
Swift:Price factor and waiting period.
Wagon R: It seems to be bit outdated now.
Vista (TDI): Concerns over maintainance.
Santro: Good car ,Style is bit old now.
Then at last I took a test drive of i10 magna 1.2.The over all styling is good.The interiors are simply luxurious. The kappa engine is very smooth and has great pick up in initial gears. I compared feature wise with Ritz at the price point. i10 magna 1.2 had all 4 power windows ,body coloured mirrors, tilt steering, very rich interiors and also got free accessories like key less entry, 3m sun films and all basic accessories like wheel cover and mud flaps.
Its week since I am driving the car. I am completely enjoying it.
The power steering and ac is simply awesome. When I stop at signals I don’t realise that the engine is on.
Mileage: At this point of time not able to measure. Will update when it does couple of thousand KMs.
I have measured the FE by the following method:
When the low fuel indicator was just on filed in around 10 litres(9.87 litres) ,set the trip meter to zero and checked the mileage till the low fuel indicator was again on.The mileage clocked is 118 kms. 118/9.87=11.95kms(Ac 30% of the time).I think its a decent mileage as most of my travel is in heavy city traffic. My first service is still due,it may increase a bit after that.I have to check the actual mileage on a long drive. Will update when i do it.
Mileage update 2: This time checked the mileage with extra premium petrol.Filled 9.53ltrs, mileage got 121 kms. 121/9. 53=12.69km/ltr. in city drive.
Mileage Update 3:I have completed my first service.This time filed in 19.7 liters,mileage clocked 270 kms. In that 60 kms was on high way as i went to Banglaore airport,rest of them were in city with 50% of AC. 270/19.7=13.7 km/litre.I am very happy with this mileage.
Mileage Update 4:Long Drive:
After the second service i went to a Hogenakkal waterfalls around 145 kms from banglaore,Total kms drived 295 in 17 litres of petrol 295/17=17.35km/litre on long drive.
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