Today is an eventful day in my brief motoring history. I crossed the 10,000 km mark on my peppy little Santro’s odometer. It’s a good time for a firsthand review and some flashback.
Last year, the motivation to buy a car grew stronger each time the heavens opened up in Bangalore and I reached home (on my CBZ), soaked in muddy water merrily splashed by other vehicles. Since Vinayak too was looking out for a car, both of us decided to take the plunge and come out with a good deal. The autos within our budget were the Maruti Zen, the Tata Indica, the Fiat Palio, the Opel Corsa, and the Santro Xing. Quick trips to the showrooms and we ruled out the Zen (too cramped), the Indica (cab-like looks), the Palio (awful dealer and service network), and the Corsa (the dealer himself advised us not to buy one).
The Xing won us over on first sight. Driving this baby inside the city or outside on the highway is a pleasure. It’s got stunning looks, an extremely roomy interior (especially for tall people), comfortable front and rear seating, sufficient luggage space, great road view, responsive steering, and ample performance to round off. To date, I have not had a single problem with the vehicle. Touch wood! The mileage is pretty decent; 14 km/litre in the city 17 km/litre on the highway without the air-con and using standard un-leaded petrol. Subtract a kilometre or two with the air-con. Hyundai recommends an additive (INR 175 per bottle per 1500 kms) that increases the mileage.
What we really appreciated was the top-notch customer service shown at Trident Hyundai (Next to Cauvery Theatre, Sankey Road, Bangalore). It counted heaps towards making our decision. Almost a year down the line and having seen their after sales service, we were not wrong then. Way to go guys!
|| Hyundai Santro Xing XG
||Trident Hyundai, Bangalore
||31st October, 2004
||Approximately INR 420,000
- One-year insurance
- Piranha Car Security System
- Sony xPlod CD FX-5200 MP3 player
- Front + Rear Sony xPlod speakers
- Cute Ganesha idol
- Dubious perfume bottle (Chinese make)
How would I describe the Hyundai Santro Xing in one sentence?
It’s really a sunshine car!
Update: November 30, 2005
The name of the additive is Bardahl. One bottle of this additive costs INR 150. Use one bottle every 1500 km.
Update: October 27, 2006
Here is the much awaited scoop on the magic additive – Bardahl – for increasing your Santro’s mileage. Personally, I experience a 2 km improvement in my Santro Xing’s mileage. A word of caution: Check with your authorised service technician before using this additive.
Public service advertisement
BARDAHL Auto Additives
Special Injector Klene
Approved by Hyundai
Provides quick and superior cleaning action to injectors, carburetors, and the induction system.
- Easier starting, smoother idling, immediate throttle response
- Cleans and unclogs the fuel injector and dissolves injector deposits
- Optimizes fuel economy and engine performance
- Improves drivability
- Protects against rust and corrosion
Pour contents of one bottle (100ml) into the petrol tank. Bardahl Special Injector Klene stats working while the vehicle is driven. Does not harm catalytic converters. Repeat treatment after 1200 – 1400 kms. Ideal for both MPFI and Carburetor system vehicles.
INR 150/- per 100ml bottle