The firsts are always special for us. The first photograph, the first school, the first friend, the first love, the first fight, the first vacation, the first date, the first what not! We never run out of words when we talk about our firsts :) So here I am, writing about my first car. Yes, I am excited!
Hyundai EON is small for sure, but it still looks like a car (unlike Nano). It competes with the entry level segment that includes Maruti Alto and Chevrolet Spark. So why didn't I go for Alto or Spark? Alto looks more like a refined version of Maruti 800 and honestly I was bored looking at it for 10 years. It was a tough choice to leave the Maruti family and enter the Hyundai for one reason - Maruti had never let us down. Be it the maintenance or the performance it has always lived up to the expectations. Spark - I never got a convincingly positive feedback. However I would refrain from giving a negative feedback myself for one reason - I have not driven a Spark.
Hyundai EON inherits its looks from Hyundai i10 and Verna. The fluid look definitely has not lost its grace in the small package. The plastics used are of fair quality and the AC is incredible. The higher end variants Magna and Sportz houses advanced features such as power steering and power windows, in built stereo system with ipod connector and aux cable. Safety features including Anti-lock Braking System, EBD etc are missing from Hyundai EON although driver side airbag on EON Sportz ensures that EON is the safest car in its class. The unique digital gear shift indicator helps attain maximum optimum gear usage and best possible fuel efficiency. Alternate Management System allows control of power supply to a battery depending on the load and thus reduces fuel consumption and improves entire performance.
The post wouldn't be complete without mentioning the staff of KTC Hyundai. They were extremely supportive and helpful during all the phases including selection / decision making / buying. On a special note, I would thank Sreekumar (staff of KTC Hyundai, Palakkad) for making this entire process easier! Hopefully the relationship with the Hyundai family would GO ON smooth :)
Ex Show Room price of Hyundai EON:
Hyundai EON D Lite Rs. 2,73,599
Hyundai EON D Lite Optional Rs. 2,95,761
Hyundai EON Era Rs. 3,16,027
Hyundai EON Magna Rs. 3,41,360
Hyundai EON Magna Optional Rs. 3,51,494
Hyundai EON Sportz Rs. 3,76,827