santro xing xg

Tweets on 2010-08-01

by Vinaya HS on August 1, 2010

in Finance

Do you see any advantage in using “premium” fuel for your vehicle or is it simply a cost that you should avoid?

I’ve owned both a Santro (sold at 45,000+ kms) and a Swift (currently at 32,000+ kms) and have never ever seen a performance/mileage difference when using “premium” fuel.

Note: I didn’t run-in my Swift — it’s not meant to be. And, when traffic-free, my Swift shifts always happen at the red line.

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The Santro Xing XG on the road to Coonoor.

Hyundai Santro Xing XG

Just hit the 20,000 kilometre mark on my Santro Xing XG’s odometer. You can read what my thoughts were at the 10,000 kilometre mark @ Review: Hyundai Santro Xing. Back in September, 2005, I had said:

How would I describe the Hyundai Santro Xing in one sentence?
It’s really a sunshine car!

That opinion has not changed a bit in March, 2007. The Santro Xing is one vehicle that can really claim to have a very low Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). It’s still a peppy little monster, hasn’t let me down even once (touch wood!), is trustworthy both in the city and out there on the highway, and continues to deliver excellent mileage. Trident Hyundai, the dealer from whom I bought my car, continues to deliver outstanding service – they should be a case study in Customer Relationship Management (CRM).

Buy the Santro Xing. It’s one love affair that will never leave you with a broken heart.

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Increase your Santro’s mileage

by Vinaya HS on December 5, 2005

in Public Service Ads

Here is the much awaited scoop on the magic additive 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.

Benefits:

  • 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

Directions:

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.

Price:

INR 150/- per 100ml bottle

Read my review on the Hyundai Santro Xing.

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Review: Hyundai Santro Xing

by Vinaya HS on September 2, 2005

in General Stuff,The Bangalore Blog

My Santro

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!

Vital statistics:

Car make : Hyundai Santro Xing XG
Color : Bright Silver
Dealer : Trident Hyundai, Bangalore
Purchase Date : 31st October, 2004
Purchase Price : Approximately INR 420,000
Freebies :
  1. One-year insurance
  2. Piranha Car Security System
  3. Sony xPlod CD FX-5200 MP3 player
  4. Front + Rear Sony xPlod speakers
  5. Cute Ganesha idol
  6. 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.

Benefits:

  • 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

Directions:

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.

Price:

INR 150/- per 100ml bottle

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