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    Thread: My Grey Beauty-i20 CRDI Sportz: Ownership Report

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      My Grey Beauty-i20 CRDI Sportz: Ownership Report

      Hi Guys,
      This is first thread of my first ownership report of my first car.
      Pardon me for anything against forum rules and all comments mentioned are based on my personal opinion only and not to hurt anyone's feelings.
      I started to look for car (First Car) but I know driving. Search started for hatchback with budget around 7.5 lakhs.
      It took nearly 1 month for us to decide on

      Main Criteria:
      -Hatchback(not able to afford for sedan , and hated compact sedan)
      -Powerful engine for Highway driving with 4/5 people on board mostly every week
      -ABS
      -Good leg and rear space since rear seats would be occupied for most of the trips
      -Good NVL level
      -Lesser Maintenance/Hassle Free service. No running in/out of service centers often
      -Good looking exterior and interior with basic features
      -Good Boot space (since more luggage at end of week)
      -Not concerned about mileage, but Diesel engine since I would be doing at least 2500-3000 KM/month
      -Need to be smile at the car at the EOD!


      I test drove Ford Figo, Fiat Punto, Hyundai Xcent, Honda Amaze, Maruti Swift , VW Polo, Liva ,
      but I didn't like these cars either due to cramped leg/rear space or engine was sounding like tractor or engine felt powerless

      So went ahead and Test drove i20:
      Good service. Everyone was like why spend so much(quoted for 8.1 lakhs) for hatchback better to go for Compact sedans!
      I just asked sales guy to give brochure and we had brochure of other test driven cars with us, just showed them the specification particularly of size and they couldn't believe it ! It was bigger in length and width compared to compact sedans like Swift dzire/Xcent/Amaze!
      Then my parents accepted for test drive. I was busy with analyzing the variants with specifications and features.
      By the time , everyone was inside the car for test drive. Music (FM was on) with little louder. And my father told me to switch off the radio (I was in driver seat)and he asked the sales guy who was in passenger seat that he asked for diesel vehicle and you have got us petrol vehicle.
      And the guy and turned back with smile and told that this is Diesel car. We couldn't believe the refinement it had!

      Decide during TD itself to choose Sportz variant (grey color which my wife liked) which comes to 7.8 lakhs. We booked the car immediately and chose loan from SBI which was hassle free(didn't expect from public sector bank)

      With ownership of 7 months and 27000(approx) kms on odo, I am a very happy and proud customer
      +ve:
      -Love the engine. Silent yet powerful! , always wanted to hit the floor .With 27k on odo , the engine still feels butter smooth
      -Dead pedal, highly useful for me since my 75% driving would be in highways
      -Interiors feel premium. Fit and finish of design is top notch even which several lakhs sedan failed to provide
      -NVH level extremely good, very silent engine diesel compared to all other previous test driven cars.
      -Quality of materials are so good that I have not complained of even a single rattle
      -Seat belts Pretensioner are so good that even catch you from falling on hard breaking
      -Seats are so comfortable, even I did a continous 800+(goa and mumbai) km drive twice but didn't had any complaints.
      -Spacious leg room and spacious capin
      -Gear shifting is as PS3 controller
      -Large Glove box with cooling. It would be been great if they provided 2 glove box similar to Jazz
      -Boot space is quite large, for the car in this segment (except for Jazz)
      -Hastle free service (spent just Rs 6000(approx) totally for first 3 services including change in oil and oil filter)
      -4 discs with 4 channel ABS and EBD. Once I have to break hard from 140km in a turn after spotting a breakdown truck in fast lane but car did not give up and stopped even befoore the distance I guessed.
      I always feel ABS kicking in much earlier with little force on brake than I expected, not sure if this the behavior
      -CRDI engine didn't strain for loss of power like the MJDs. I was able to cross 150 Km easily and was able to reach 180 kmph in NH4
      -Light in boot
      -Lots for cup/mobile holders (near the gear)
      -Fog lights are powerful enough since most of the time in b2b traffic. I am using only fog lights rather than headlights
      -Leather wrapped steering wheels provides grip(necessary for light steering) with reachable Bluetooth and audio controls
      -There is only minimal body rolling, I was able to do cornering at speed of 80-90kmph.
      -Sixth gear, no need to lower the gear for mere overtaking , just a press of pedal little more did a brilliance, leaves the vehicles in IRVM
      -6 Speakers with AUX and USB cable
      -Lot of features , some important to mention such as Electric Folding OVRM, Reverse parking sensor with ECM Camera, dead pedal, light steering which is boon to traffic(Bangalore b2b traffic), steering integrated with Bluetooth control , auto wiper


      -ve:
      -Turbo Lag! But got adopted to it.
      -Light steering does not give feedback at high speeds. I did not find the steering totally disconnected from the car but yes it is so sensitive in the cruising speeds too.
      Rather to say, car is well under the control always between 100-120 kmph speeds
      (only once reached top speed of 175 kmph but have to hold the steering in both hands but still the needle was not in red range, I wonder what speed it can achieve)
      -no alloy for spare wheel
      -no auto locking (sometimes I may forget to lock while driving) for Sportz variant
      -Spare key is not a remote key(again for Sportz Variant)
      -suspension is so soft , thuds in city road, absolutely no pain on highways
      -No height adjustment(in Sportz) , And I feel as if I am sitting on Floor But still good lumbar and thigh support with good leg space
      -Only front doors have space for Water bottle that too have to squeeze it I guess.
      -Stock headlights are not that powerful.
      -Stock horns are too bad
      -No rear wiper(available only in Asta)
      -Low ground clearance , not suitable for Bangalore bumps
      -AC was not powerful (for rear seats)
      -NO DTE, Real time Mileage indicator ( I never thought how Hyundai can ignore this but I am least bothered about mileage)
      -Feeling like car tending to dance on big potholes at speeds (greater 30-40 kmph)
      -Rear speakers are not that great. Just half the sound of Front speakers.

      Freebies Offered:
      -Some cash offer (Rs 5000 Less)
      -Free Insurance. Always wanted to buy outside but they were not ready on free insurance that is bought outside. So have to choose.
      (Didn't get 3rd and 4th extended warranty, thought of getting next year)
      -Free Floor mat from below pedal till boot (fully covered)
      -Free rubber mats
      -Free anti-rust coating


      First Service at 1500 Km (done on 6th day of buying the vehicle):
      -Total Rs 20 (Addition Windshield washer liquid)

      Second Service (10000 KM)(done on 3rd month of buying vehicle)
      -Total Rs 3220 (change of Engine Oil and Oil Filters) and Wheel Alignment/Wheel Balancing

      Third Service (20000 KM)(done on 6th month of buying vehicle):
      -Total Rs 3605 (change of Engine Oil ,air filter, Oil Filters) and Wheel Alignment/Wheel Balancing, A/C Disinfectant

      I am constantly getting milege of 14-15 kmph in City (Hebal to ITLP b2b traffic) and 22 kmpl in Highway with A/C around 22-23 C. Just checked couple of times with tankful method.
      Certain things I make sure to follow in day to day life:
      1. Warming up the engine for a minute in morning cold start(that too in Bangalore)
      2. Driving in less than 1900-2000 RPM till engine reaches optimum temperature
      3. Once optimum temperature is reached, then shifting gears in range 2200-2500 rpm so that turbo kicks in continuously after gear change.
      4. Switch off engine only after 3 minutes idling after highway driving and after 1 minute after city driving. During this time, I switch off AC compressor and raise the temperature with full blow speed so that vents are dry, I dont get foul smell next time I switch on AC
      5. Cross the redline in 2nd or 3rd gears once in a week so that sooth gets out of exhaust.
      6. Changing Engine oil once in 5000 km even though change is recommended at 10000 km
      7. Changing oil filter/diesel filter/Pollen Filter

      Trips Made so Far;
      -Bangalore-Chennai (more than 10 times)
      -Bangalore-Goa(off-season time)
      -Bangalore-Mumbai-Pune
      -Bangalore-Munnar-Thekady
      -Bangalore-Chimakalur
      -Bangalore-Coorg
      -Bangalore-Kodaikanal(near my native)
      -Bangalore-Rameshwaram-Kanyakumari
      -Bangalore-Native (Once in 20 days atleast)

      Will soon upload Pics!

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      Nice review

      Nice review and Congo for your car. I always wanted an i20 but just for the sake of boot, I had to settle for Xcent S. Because for Petrol, I don't find i20 amusing as it houses same 1.2L engine. But when it comes to Diesel, it is way ahead and a lot better too. And I personally feel, no one can match the Hyundai's interiors and fit-and-finish in this range.

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      Quote Originally Posted by furious_driver View Post
      Nice review and Congo for your car. I always wanted an i20 but just for the sake of boot, I had to settle for Xcent S. Because for Petrol, I don't find i20 amusing as it houses same 1.2L engine. But when it comes to Diesel, it is way ahead and a lot better too. And I personally feel, no one can match the Hyundai's interiors and fit-and-finish in this range.
      Thanks furious_driver. Yes , Xcent is value for money compared i20 petrol. Even crdi engine noise is so silent that at many times I have to look at MID for rpm needle to change gears.

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      Quote Originally Posted by abalasub View Post
      Thanks furious_driver. Yes , Xcent is value for money compared i20 petrol. Even crdi engine noise is so silent that at many times I have to look at MID for rpm needle to change gears.
      But lately, I have felt the NVH levels are not what it used to be(Or I am hallucinating!). Will record the sound and upload here soon, for other user to shed some light.

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      4th Service done on 8th month (30000 km)
      Bill came around 8000 including A/C disinfection/Wheel Balancing/Rotation/Alignment/Sensor for water detection in Diesel. Still i20 crdi is butter smooth.
      I have already approached 36000 kms. No problems emerged and hassle free experience.
      Still running on stock tyres(appollo , not even single puncture)/stock clutch(no bleeding done)/ stock brake pads.

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      Quote Originally Posted by abalasub View Post
      4th Service done on 8th month (30000 km)
      30K kms in 8 months? That's quite a running.

      Sensor for water detection in Diesel.
      What was done on this?

      Still running on stock tyres(appollo , not even single puncture)/stock clutch(no bleeding done)/ stock brake pads.
      Apolo Aceleres are very good tires. My first set lasted for 58K kms with only a single puncture.

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      Quote Originally Posted by abalasub View Post
      I am constantly getting milege of 14-15 kmph in City (Hebal to ITLP b2b traffic) and 22 kmpl in Highway with A/C around 22-23 C. Just checked couple of times with tankful method.
      Certain things I make sure to follow in day to day life:
      1. Warming up the engine for a minute in morning cold start(that too in Bangalore)
      2. Driving in less than 1900-2000 RPM till engine reaches optimum temperature
      3. Once optimum temperature is reached, then shifting gears in range 2200-2500 rpm so that turbo kicks in continuously after gear change.
      4. Switch off engine only after 3 minutes idling after highway driving and after 1 minute after city driving. During this time, I switch off AC compressor and raise the temperature with full blow speed so that vents are dry, I dont get foul smell next time I switch on AC
      5. Cross the redline in 2nd or 3rd gears once in a week so that sooth gets out of exhaust.
      6. Changing Engine oil once in 5000 km even though change is recommended at 10000 km
      7. Changing oil filter/diesel filter/Pollen Filter
      I like this!! Continue with this practice and the i20 will never fail to amaze you!!

      I just have one question though, in the almost 3 yrs of my owning the i20, I have had the abs kick in only 2wice. Once I did it on purpose, wanted to know if my car had ABS and how does it work!! lol! Second time the road was wet and had sand, braked hard to save a puppy!

      I generally maintain speeds of around 110-120 on the highway and around 60ish in city. Is there something wrong with my car or do you generally brake hard?
      Last edited by maverick0675; 12th Jan 2015 at 10:39.
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      Quote Originally Posted by guyfrmblr View Post
      Sensor for water detection in Diesel.
      They told me sensor to detect water in diesel has gone kapaut. So they replaced but that sensor was not covered under warranty. It cost around 1200 bucks.

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      Quote Originally Posted by guyfrmblr View Post
      Apolo Aceleres are very good tires. My first set lasted for 58K kms with only a single puncture.
      Yes, they are good one, particularly tough for Indian Roads

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      Quote Originally Posted by maverick0675 View Post
      I generally maintain speeds of around 110-120 on the highway and around 60ish in city. Is there something wrong with my car or do you generally brake hard?
      I have experienced a lot particularly on high speeds. (You should have brake pedal pressed continuously without removing your foot, if the foot is removed from pedal ABS is inacitvated)
      Normally ABS kicks in only when wheel locks until then normal braking will happen. Yes, you are right on wet road and soft sand, wheel locks quickly and ABS kicks in.
      Also, say you are driving greater than 110km/hr and you brake hard, you should normally get vibrations on the pedal meaning ABS is activated. When the road is good condition , you can feel vibrations better way . Or the tire noise on the road will overcome the ABS vibrations and you feel as ABS is not kicked in.
      One more quote, try to neutral when you are checking the ABS working(mind it not on real life), so that anti-stall program wont kick in or else anti-stall will kick in making the vehicle to move with vibrations.
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      Quote Originally Posted by abalasub View Post
      I have experienced a lot particularly on high speeds. (You should have brake pedal pressed continuously without removing your foot, if the foot is removed from pedal ABS is inacitvated)
      Normally ABS kicks in only when wheel locks until then normal braking will happen. Yes, you are right on wet road and soft sand, wheel locks quickly and ABS kicks in.
      Also, say you are driving greater than 110km/hr and you brake hard, you should normally get vibrations on the pedal meaning ABS is activated. When the road is good condition , you can feel vibrations better way . Or the tire noise on the road will overcome the ABS vibrations and you feel as ABS is not kicked in.
      One more quote, try to neutral when you are checking the ABS working(mind it not on real life), so that anti-stall program wont kick in or else anti-stall will kick in making the vehicle to move with vibrations.
      Interesting! I have braked hard at high speeds, but somehow the wheel hasn't locked! When I once stood on the brakes to test the ABS, I heard loud pulsating sounds plus that pulsating feel on the pedal! I don't think that the tyre noise can overcome that sound or feel!

      Requesting other i20 owners to chip in! Does your i20 also let the ABS kick in if the brakes are applied continuously for a longer period of time? ( I will be going in for service very soon, hence if there is a issue with my car, want it to be rectified. Quick response will be appreciated.)
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