abhigtr

Travelogue:Monsoon madness in i20

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Hi ACI forum members .This was the first time i took a hatch for a long vacation and i would like to share my review on how i20 performed on the highways and the ghat section with its tight bends and curves so here it goes.

CHENNAI-BANGALORE-MANGALORE-UDIPI AND BACK

CHENNAI-UDIPI :dad decided to put some kilometers on i20 after its first service since it had done only 1500kms and all .he wanted to see the performance of the hatch . so on 16th we left from chennai with just max load of 4 people and 3 medium size luggages . the distance to bangalore was 300kms and odd and we had to reach a place called hassan by sundown this was a task up to i20 to take us there in time and i should warn that there was a heavy monsoon climate trigger in karnataka so a tough journey ahead. The stretch on chennai -sriperambudur is by far the best 6 lane highway ever. i20 just enjoyed the road she

just zoomed past big SUV and sedans   .She just wanted to be revved to the limit and we gladly did smiley36.gif .i20 reached a speed of 165km/hr and wanted to go more but mom and my sis were scared so dad had to slow down a little .but this hatch is the fastest crdi we have ever seen faster than our fiat punto and our previous car chevy optra .so by the time we reached bangalore it was downpour rain and the wipers and brakes did the work .must say that bangalore has to improve their highway connectivity fast since the roads are pathetic and i20 took a lot of beating under. we reached hassan by sundown and my god i20 had a lot of slush and dirt around owing to the rain.we went to our pilgrimage tour starting towards the sakleshpur ghats and my god the weather had intensified and it was raining madness impossible to see the road but i20 did her job . smiley36.gif there was near misses to accident . we reached MANIPAL by 6:30 since she wanted her drink of diesel and must say the consumption of fuel is higher than punto must be owing to its constant shift .we reached udipi with all might against the rain . Did a tour in the nearby temples of mookambika,sringeri,hornad and all.

            Inside the cabin we all were comfortable with the automatic climate control set at a min 18c and the music with the help of its usb port kept us enjoying the nature around us . i20 by now had a lot of beating there was a sudden development of cabin rattling in the dashboard and steering wheel and unusual noise in the suspension when we went over small ditch . dad immediately contacted Hyundai dealer and they have obliged to take a look at the car immediately as soon as we come to Chennai. The car performed a breeze handling tight corners and sharp bends .we also had a unofficial race with a Volkswagen polo petrol she just wanted to be ahead and pushed my father to press the pedal.we had a really good time in i20 by far the best performing hatch for India .

The sad part was she was dirty to the core with all the slush and all dad felt sad and wanted to clean the car spotless when he returned to Chennai before handing her over for her next sevice. The was a problem on the return journey when my dad tried to overtake a truck he missed the edge and went off road but i20 handled the situation and we were bought on track good gracious there was no vehicles on the opposite side coming or this could have been a major disaster.on the whole we were delighted to take i20 rather than cruze or punto for a change.now here is my report on how many km covered along with some great photos and mileage .

TOTAL DISTANCE COVERED IN TRIP- 2700KM

TOTAL MONEY SPENT ON DIESEL FOR TRIP- 4800RS(cheaper than travelling in train smiley36.gif )

GOOD AND BAD:

.REALLY FAST HATCH (1.4 CRDI WITH 90PS OF POWER) NOT EXPECTED THIS MUST PERFORMANCE ...AMAZED smiley32.gif

.AIR-CON FELT COOL CONSIDERING MONSOON IN K.A

.NO TYRE PROBLEM (FRONT TYRES WERE OVERINFLATED AWAY FROM NORMAL PSI POSED A PROBLEM.WHY DID HYUNDAI DO THIS )

. RATTLING AND SUSPENSION PROBLEMS DEVOLOPED

.MOTOR IN ORVM FAILED

   This is my first journey on a hatch for a long journey and enjoyed the driving pleasure which me and dad took turns .

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Hope you had a good time. A downpour in the city makes it difficult but on highways ones got to be real careful as visibility diminishes and braking distance with load increases; thats where all wheel discs and ABS come in handy and cuts out the drama from braking. Monsoon ravaged roads will take its toll on any car. Must have been real adventurous. 

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@Durango dude had a good time.the windshield was started to mist and made it difficult to see in the night .and i have given the i20 to Hyundai motor plaza for service they said that the rattling noise was because a part in the steering wheel column had broken due to this condition they said the warranty will cover it happy to hear this and hyundai promised to deliver the i20 in 2 days.

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@abhigtr

You are making me want to go back college early. I study at Manipal and the fact that Delhi temperature is reaching 45 is not helping.smiley5.gif

EDIT: I thought i20 had a demister.

rahul18102010-06-21 12:28:41

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@abhi,

Good post, pictures not very clear what you want to inform, is it about the rain ? Also keep us informed about the service of Hyundai.

@Rahul - Do I20's have demisters on their front wind shield ?NAREN642010-06-21 14:46:30

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Yes the i20 has demisters and rear glass heater too you need to use it wisely .

@abhigtr Looks like you had a blast with the car , I also enjoy highway drives in the car and long to go some place in it . I am soo much addicted to the car that my next car has to have auto AC ,auto folding mirrors and great space . But I hope Hyundai had made the suspension a little bit more stiffer though . You can't through the car into a corner as you could through a Zen .

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@abhigtr: when on a long trip, a/c setting must be 24 deg or the cabin will freeze over and you'll have to take frequent "pee" breaks, also develop muscle cramps especially the right leg coz it's in a constant position on the gas pedal and the fuel consumption will also increase coz the a/c compressor doesn't really cut off. Demisters are there for front and back of the i20, even my Accent had it. 

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ya i know that i20 has demister are there in both front and rear window but it adjusts the temp when you turn them on .the i20 will be back sparkling in 3 days time with polish and all issues resolved will post details of the cost involved .

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sorry for the lack of pictures this is the maximum i could take since it was a weather that did not permit me to step out of the vehicle and click good pictures .There were beautiful scenery in the area of sakleshpur ghat section simply breathtaking view.

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@abi, DD

The Demister is availabe for all cars with Ac & for the Front Glass, how do you use a demister for the rear glass. Only the Defogger can be used & is available in select cars models. Am I correct.

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Nice trip abhi. I hope you enjoyed a lot.

I had been to Udupi last year. We started from Hassan and went upto Murudeshwar via Udupi .

This saturday i will be going for a road trip too. Some 300km from kolkata.

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got back my i20 from the service center and she is sparkling just like punto since dad had to shell an 1000rs extra for polishing and must say the service has been the best compared to last time and they have fixed the rattling noise coming from the dashboard.

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