We purchased an Alpine Blue Hyundai i10 Magna in April 2008. A brief story of my experiences till now.
Looks Exterior : Amazing! Great job by Hyundai. Looks a bit Honda Civic-ish from the front. Rear is a bit ugly.
Looks Interior : Extremely good. The beige interior is the best in class. You will fall in love at first sight.
Comfort : Easily accommodates 5 Adults. Adjustable steering is a big plus for tall people.
Engine : 1.1L with 67 bhp. More than enough for city ride. Little underpowered in highways. Pick up is less with 5 people with AC on, ie the car won’t start off after a speed breaker at 3rd gear.
Breaking : Pretty good, but could have been better. My model does not have ABS.
Power steering : This is one of the smoothest steering I have ever seen. Hair pin curve can be negotiated with a single hand. A big big advantage.
Air Condition : Too Good. You feel the chill instantly.
Mileage : 15kmpl in city-20% AC. 20kmpl in Highway-100% AC.
Top speed : 145kmph.
Gear : Awesome positioning of gear. Shifting is smooth. No issues.
Clutch : Major drawback. Point clutch makes it difficult in heavy traffic. Clutch has to be released at the exact point, failing to which engine goes off.
Dashboard : Instrument is at the right position with several indicators.
Head Lamps : Bad. Extremely bad. 12V lamps without fog lamps are just not enough for night ride. I struggle even in city ride. Highway night ride in i10 ? No. I won’t risk that.
Front Windshield : Major Disadvantage – The beige interiors reflect on the windshield during day time. Sometimes it becomes nearly impossible to drive under trees where sunshine falls in a random manner on the windshield. Hope Hyundai fixes this.
Suspension : No issues. Humps are easily negotiated.
Boot Space : Little cramped. Just not enough for a long drive with 4 Adults.
All in all a good release from Hyundai.
Price : 4,13,000 INR – Annual Road tax payment( 800 INR per year )
Dealer : Advaith, Residency Road.
City : Bangalore.