If you have been planning to buy a hatchback for a while but are
unable to set your finger on one alternative, then let me ease your worries.
The Hyundai Elite i20 is probably your best bet in today's age and date. The
Indian hatchback market is today flooded with options. While considering the
purchase of a vehicle one needs to be wary of many factors like features,
engine performance, price, comfort, safety and much more but there are other
factors which can come into play like cost of ownership, maintenance, frequency
of service, etc.
The Hyundai i20 ever since its launch has been one tough nut to boot and
competition has found it extremely tough to post great sales figures while
competing with this hot hatch. But what makes the i20 so special is the package
which it offers. For starters the car has one of the most powerful engines in
the segment, a time tested 1.4L CRDi engine which posts figures like a top
speed of 180kmph and a 0-100kmph time of 11.9 seconds. Even on the fuel
efficiency front this hatch is not far from the industry leading Baleno with a
fuel average of 18.4kmpl compared to the Baleno's 22.5kmpl.
But does performance mean everything? The answer is no. So what are
you really paying for? Well for starters, Hyundai has always maintained great
quality in its line up and the i20 is no exception. The quality of materials is
very up-market and has a great touch and feel. The seats be it fabric or
leather are comfortable to say the least and the vehicle provides adequate room
for five occupants a fact which does not hold true for a few competitors. The
i20 also comes with a few features which gives it an edge over competitors.
While most vehicles in the segment come with the usual start/ stop button and
more such basic yet handy features. Hyundai goes the extra mile to provide
second row a/c vents and a cooled glove box as well.
On the safety front as well the i20 comes loaded with features like
ABS, crash sensors, driver and passenger airbags, impact beams, day and night
RVMs, automatic headlamps and a rear view camera. The i20 does not just provide
comfort and convenience but also gives buyers an extremely safe cabin. So the
big question still remains, how big a dent will this make on your pocket? The
top spec diesel variant of this vehicle which comes fully loaded with the
features and specifications we discussed above will cost you Rs. 8.8 lakh
ex-showroom Delhi. When compared to the top spec Baleno the top variant of the
i20 is a little more expensive but comes with a bigger engine and more
It all boils down to cost of ownership and maintenance. While Maruti
Suzuki has been the king of this arena, volumes and numbers play a great role
in bringing down the cost of ownership be it parts or service cost. Hyundai has
achieve those economies of scale to ensure that owners of their cars will be
able to afford and maintain the cars with ease. In terms of servicing the i20
is one of the most economical and pocket friendly to maintain with an annual
service bill of approximately Rs. 4,300. Availability of parts for this product
are also not an issue and one does not need to spend unnecessarily on parts as
the Hyundai brand offers high reliability on its products. The overall package
makes this one of the best offerings in the segment and definitely your safest
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