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Pros : Compact, good interior space, looks

Cons : V.Poor city drivability and fuel economy

Look and Style : i10 is a good looking car with modern styling. It is well proportioned and compact and easy to manoeuvre in busy city traffic.�

Comfort : The ride quality is good, except for an annoying thump when going over some speed-breakers.� The interior is well appointed, though the plastic could improve in colour combination and feel.� The dashboard is sleek, but the inbuilt�stereo screen is a bit difficult to read with polarised sunglasses. The fuel gauge is pathetic and difficult to read, though the speedo and odometer�are great.�

Pickup : Excellent�at engine speeds over 2500rpm and highway driving, but pathetic below 1350rpm -�one has to keep it at a minimum of around 1500rpm to assure drivability.�This�makes it very difficult to drive in�city traffic, without constantly shifting gears,�which is not only annoying but sometimes dangerously distracting.� And the tall�gearing in the 1-2-3 zone, possibly made to camouflage the poor engine torque delivery at low RPM, does not make for a smooth drive in the city - which is exactly opposite to what the vehicle should have delivered.�

Mieage : I expect that this would be good at constant speeds in the 60-100kmph range.� But it is very terrible in city driving conditions. An average driver gets around 9.5 kmpl (even my H-Civic does better), but as an experiment, I have been able to drive it very carefully, accelerating and shifting gears 'by the book'�(very annoying) in the city�and returned an average of 12.8 kmpl over 150km.�I peg this as a direct result of its poor low speed drivability.� This has been a big letdown.�

Best Features : Looks, interior space and good driving position.�

Needs to improve : Significant uprating of engine torque in the 1000~1500rpm range, and consequently, shorter gear ratios. Also, the suspension needs a bit of tweaking as far as the jounce setting of the shocks are concerned.�

Overall Experience : Very disappointing.� I chose this car over a Suzuki to combine good interior space, easy parking in the city with good driving experience and at least a 13kpl fuel economy. I got half a car - my Santro drives better and is just as compact! At the first sign of a good alternative, I intend to jettison the vehicle!

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  • manoj |18 Jul,2011 12:10:05 PM

    My be your car has some problem. I own i10 2009 1.2 magna. regarding the mileage I am getting the worst as 14. KMPL in Chennai City and the best in highway ( Chennai - Bangalore) I got 21.5 KMPL. My be the quality of the fuel may be the culprit. Try some good fuel from Shell or Direct Company outlet.

    tbasu |20 Jul,2011 01:54:36 AM

    Manoj, Thanks for your feedback. And congratulations on owning such a satfactory car. But your statements only proves my point - that a vehicle with such a sharply falling torque curve in its 'city' operating region will give wildly varying results depending on even small variations in the operational regime. A more mature design with a flatter torque-speed profile would greatly even out all 'where and how' variations e.g an average driver in a congested area would not return too distant a consumption figure from that of a good driver in a more benign operational area. And to reassure you on the fuel - I use a premium brand from a BP company outlet. But to rule out any possible unsavoury characteristic of a single outlet, I intend to, temporarily,change over to, say, an Indian Oil Company outlet. Further, my dissapointment is compounded by the fact that I have previously owned and was greatly satisfied with, two other Hyundai products - a Santro and an Accent. I would certainly like to see Hyundai respond to this post with credible, engineering explanations to my comments.

  • Ravi |23 Aug,2011 04:09:02 PM

    Hi I am planning to buy New i10 magna with kappa2 engine. but i am afraid about the meliege reviews in this site can any one pls suggest me which petrol car i can buy in the range of around 5 lacks.

    vvbhadram |05 Nov,2011 06:17:00 AM

    100% go for A- star of maruthi

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