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      Hyundai i10 AT Ownership Review

      Shiva Shankar

      Shiva Shankar


      Hyundai i10 AT Ownership Review

      When it comes to choosing a car with an automatic transmission, particularly in petrol hatchbacks, there are limited options available to customers. In an endeavor to provide more detailed information on automatic transmission hatch backs, we recently interviewed Mr V.Singh who has bought a Hyundai i10 Sports Automatic transmission version car. It is a brand new car which is yet to obtain a permanent registration number. The purpose of the interview is to find out what were the key motivating factors in his decision to purchase a Hyundai i10 automatic.

      Details of car

      It is a Hyundai i10 AT Sportz variant, which comes with a 1.2 L Kappa engine. This unit delivers a power of 80PS and a torque of 112NM. Details are tabulated in tables below.

      Hyundai i10 AT Technical Specification

      Technical Specification Hyunai i10
      Engine Capacity cc / Cylinder 1197/4
      Power in PS/RPM 80@6000
      Torque in Nm/RPM 112@4000
      Gears 4/AT
      Dimensions in mm
      Length 3585
      Width 1595
      Height 1550
      Wheel base 2380
      Ground clearance 165
      Fuel tank capacity 35
      Mileage in KMPL 18.4
      Tyres rating 155/80 R13
      Tyres type Tubeless


      Below is a brief interview with the owner of the car.


      Question: Since when do you own this car, what motivated you to go for the particular brand and model?

      Answer:  It is a brand new car, we bought a month back. We have done close to 1000 kms on it. The reason behind choosing i10 from other available hatchbacks is cause of the popularity and reliability of the brand.

      Question: Did you have a car prior to this, how was the experience?.

      Answer: Yes, we had a Maruti Suzuki Wagon R with an automatic transmission for 3 years. We have always preferred models with automatic transmission and with a budget range of Rs.5 lakhs, we decided to test drive the Hyundai i10 AT. I had earlier test driven my friend’s vehicle and was happy too.

      Questions: What aspect of your car impresses you the most?

      Answer: The Hyundai i10 has the best styling with contemporary design and good interior fit and finish. The i10 also has proved itself as a great performing hatchback. I am very pleased about this decision and very happy that finally we got a car that suits all our needs.

      Question:  What was the reason behind selling Maruti Suzuki Wagon R?

      Answer:  Maruti Suzuki Wagon R is a great car and this was in addition to the bonus point of it being available in Automatic Transmission. Though the initial years of ownership were impressive but then later, the automatic transmission started creating issues. After driving the Hyundai i10AT I was very happy and was convinced that the i10 AT would be the best upgrade.

      Question: Any mileage issues that you have faced with the Hyundai i10?

      Answer: I am getting a mileage of around 14Kmpl in city and 16kmpl on highways, which is quite good considering traffic conditions during peak hours.

      Hyundai i10 AT Features

      Featuers available in Variants
      Prices (Ex-showroom Mumbai in lakhs) 549063 645070
      Features Sportz Asta
      Body color bumpers Yes Yes
      Body colored ORVM No Yes
      Body colored outside door handles Yes Yes
      Chrome Radiator Grill Yes Yes
      Front Fog lamps No Yes
      ABS No Yes
      Aairbag No Dual
      Driver side airbag No Yes
      Micro roof antena Yes Yes
      Electric sunroof No Yes
      Leather wrapped steering wheel Yes Yes
      Height adjustable driver seat No Yes
      Central locking Yes Yes
      Power windows Yes Yes
      Power steering Yes Yes
      AC with heater Yes Yes
      Rear wiper and washer Yes Yes
      Rear defogger Yes Yes
      2-DIN-Radio+CD+MP3Player Yes Yes
      Tilt steering No Yes
      Automatic transmisson Yes Yes

      Question: Have you taken your car on a long drive?

      Answer: I have driven my friend’s Hyundai i10 AT for about 1000 kms and the experience was nice. Since my car is still new I haven’t got an opportunity to take it for a long drive. I use it for my regular commuting and then for the occasional family outings.

      Question: Any breakdown that you faced and how was the problem solved?

      Answer: No Breakdown faced till now.

      Question: Any accident repairs done, insurance claimed?

      Answer:  Not with the Hyundai i10. However, when I had the Wagon R, I got few accident repairs done for Bumper replacement, bonnet, fender repair and repainting etc. Claiming insurance was not a problem as body shop executives were very helpful throughout the process.

      Question: Any good / bad experience that you faced at the authorized service station?

      Answer: Hyundai has a very well distributed and equipped service station all over the country. Since it is the second largest car maker, they are very careful with the servicing standards. The service engineers are qualified and do give priority to quality work. Since my vehicle is comparatively new and is also covered under warranty, I prefer giving it to the official service station.

      Hyundai i10 AT Competition

        Hyundai Maruti Suzuki 
        i10  Astar 
      Variant Sports AT Automatic
      Prices (Ex showroom Mumbai in lakhs) 549063 479546
      Engine Capacity cc / Cylinder 1198/4 998/3
      Power in PS/RPM 88/6000 68/6200
      Torque in Nm/RPM 109/4600 90/3299
      Gears 4/AT 4/AT
      Dimensions in mm
      Length 3585 3500
      Width 1595 1600
      Height 1550 1490
      Wheel base 2380 2360
      Ground clearance 165 170
      Fuel tank capacity (L) 35 35
      Power Steering Yes Yes
      Power windows Yes Yes
      Central locking Yes Yes
      A/C Yes Yes
      Music system Yes Yes
      Fog Lamps Yes No
      Rear wind shield washer No Yes
      Defogger No Yes
      ABS Yes Yes
      Airbag N0 No
      Average fuel efficiency 18 18

      Question: How do you rate the overall ownership of Maruti Suzuki Wagon R , would you recommend the same to others?

      Answer: We were very satisfied with the overall performance of the car. The cost of servicing is also manageable. One can always expect good resale value for Maruti Suzuki cars. It is a strong recommend. However since the new version does not have an AT variant, obviously the option of a new car no longer exists. Alternatively, one can opt for Maruti Suzuki A-Star AT. I found the Hyundai i10 to provide better space and comfort and hence chose the same.

      Question: What is your opinion about other brand of cars?

      Answer: As most of the people know, there are limited choices for availability of hatchbacks with an automatic transmission version in range within Rs.6 Lakh. Hyundai i20 Sportz is available in AT version but then the price ranges more than Rs. 8.5Lakh on road. As mentioned earlier nearest contender is the A-star from Maruti Suzuki. It would be an ideal choice for people preferring Maruti Suzuki cars.


      The basic idea of this article is to represent an ongoing trend in a particular segment. Hyundai i10 AT is a top priority choice for people preferring an automatic transmission car. Car manufacturers should take cues from this trend and explore introducing automatic versions in the lower price range. Such cars would help them exploit the ample opportunity and potential in the market, ultimately driving better sales figures by creating value in the market. We welcome our readers to share their opinion about the same.

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