Hyundai Santro Reviews from India

2003 Hyundai Santro

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.8 / 10
Distance when acquired14 kilometres
Most recent distance96000 kilometres
Previous carMaruti Zen

Summary:

None of my future cars will be from Hyundai

Faults:

Alternator had to be replaced after I drove through a rain filled road for 5 kms. It cost Rs 7000, which I got to know was available outside the Service Centre for Rs 3000.

For over THREE Years, my car has a problem with the ignition. According to the Service Adviser, the coil does not get the correct position in every turn on the key, and that is why it happens. I got a part replaced, but it still comes back now and then, and keeps me stranded on the road.

Service charges and general maintenance are VERY expensive as compared to the other cars of the same category.

General Comments:

It was working fine for the initial 2-3 years, but beyond 50000 kms, it needs regular services, which involve high repair costs.

This car chickens out at speeds beyond 80 kmph, and seriously vibrates, indicating its weakness.

Also, this car is not made for Indian road and traffic conditions.

One thing I have always admired is the power steering, and the way it can be parked so deftly. I will miss this power in my future cars.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th December, 2009

2006 Hyundai Santro XO

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired15 miles
Most recent distance15040 miles
Previous carToyota Camry

Summary:

Not very safe

Faults:

I don't know about other car models safety, but surely this car is not safe. This car is for smooth roads, this car tilts and turns over very fast even on a small pit or small stones. I would not recommend this car for safety reasons to any one who is going to drive and make occasional mistakes of going over stones, pits or small bumps.

General Comments:

Looks is good, Comfort wise also good.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd April, 2007

2006 Hyundai Santro xo

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired10 kilometres
Most recent distance14000 kilometres
Previous carMaruti Zen

Summary:

Good car

General Comments:

Santro, really a good car for city driving, comfort levels are good for the money.

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Mileage was good in older version 1000 c. c engine had good enough power for city driving, wish mileage in city should be more in newer versions.

----------------------------------------------------Build quality is not good, body dents very easily, don't feel like built for long lasting. in my opinion Hyundai need to think about solid body.

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Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd February, 2007

2005 Hyundai Santro XL 1.1 eRLx

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.1 eRLx Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance4500 kilometres

Summary:

Good car, very poor after sales service

General Comments:

No sunshine anymore! :-(

This is a young car owner from Chennai, South India, who is just not satisfied by the way his car performs. I own a 2006 Santro XL that has done 3500KMs (an infant by car standards!)

We have already seen too many reviews that said good things about the engine, the drivability, the rear space and the A/C (that's what drove me to buy a Santro in the first place. So am gonna get directly to what I found was bad about the Santro.

First, the so-called ‘power’ steering. Hey Hyundai! What were you thinking when you advertised a car with a power steering, huh? The power steering of ever other car performs a million times better than a Santro's! Alto, WagonR, Indica, Palio, Zen, Sumo, Scorpio.. and am not even getting into the sedan or the luxury segments! And the unfortunate thing for me is that my steering is sooo much tighter than the other Santro's I've driven. I told this a dozen times to the service folks at Hyundai, but they just nod their heads and return my car in the very same condition I left it in.

This brings me to yet another bane of buying a Hyundai, the Service! Not only are the cost of spares and service of Hyundai astronomical, but the service at their service centers is absolutely dull! I was surprised at the aggressive the sales pitch of Hyundai's marketing, but the service is just the opposite. It's as if they don’t even care what happens once the car is bought. All they're bothered about is competing for the free services, and if any paid service comes their way. The door rattles.. the gear shift is too tight, and the power steering absolutely doesn’t work. I keep hearing funny sounds from the engine.. all this in less than a year of purchase (I haven’t even completed my 3rd free service yet!). But the issue is far more serious than the faults I describe. I guess any car can develop issues in harsh Chennai conditions.. But my frustration is because NO ONE at Hyundai cares or does anything about the condition of my car!!! And one service engineer at DSC Service station went to the extent of telling me that THIS is how a Santro is!!??!!??!!

And the proof that they don’t care a damn about you or your car?? My experience at the 2nd free service. I was to take delivery of my car at 2PM. But since I didn’t have any better thing to do (it was a Sunday) I dropped in at 1PM. No person was there in the lobby, so I made my way into the service bay, where I found my car. And guess what? Two service guys were sound asleep with my car's engine running and the A/C on!! When I took it up to the supervisor, he turned the issue around and said that I didn’t have any business in the service bay, and I was to stay at the customer's lounge. (Now you know why customers are not allowed into the service bay!)

All said and done, the Santro is a good car to drive if you have the money to do your service at a private car mechanics, or the know how to do every sort of a service yourself. Just don't expect any sort of a help from your 'friendly' neighborhood Hyundai service centers!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th December, 2006

1st Sep 2009, 11:01

Looks you were not lucky enough, otherwise it is a good car.

Average review marks: 6.0 / 10, based on 8 reviews