Driving at night is always a challenge even to the best of drivers. There are many disadvantages like poor visibility, drowsiness, high probability of drunk drivers etc. But there are also some advantages like lesser traffic, cooler air and the resultant higher fuel efficiency and crispier engine. Things can be easier if you are driving the perfect hatchback specially designed for night travelling. Most of the cars seen nowadays come with interesting technologies and features which are sure to make our travel life better. Hence, the best hatchback for travelling in night is the i20 from Hyundai stables.
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Hyundai i20 created a sensation in the car market when it was launched in the year 2008. Novel and trendier models of the i20 have come out in the Indian markets since then, Elite i20 being the most recent and hottest model now. The Hyundai i20 is available as a 1.2-litre Kappa engine, 1.4-litre gasoline engine or as a CRDi diesel engine. It gives a mileage of around 12-15 kilometres per litre. Hyundai i20 is a spacious car and 5 adults can be easily accommodated along with a decent share of luggage. It is laden with comfort and safety features like ABS-EBD, rear parking camera, airbags for driver and passenger in the front along with side and curtain airbags for rear passengers, rain sensing wipers, automatic darkness sensing headlamps, impact sensing auto door, front map lamps, CD/MP3 compatible stereo system, keyless entry and advanced engine immobilizer.
The wraparound headlamps in the new i20 are not only stylish, they cast a brighter and longer light beam on the road which is the basic requisite while driving at night. The i20 is blessed with Daytime Running Lights, which are LED strips bordering each redesigned fog-lamps on two sides. This feature makes a car visible much earlier, head-on, than a car without. This has been a scientifically proven safety aspect. The 2013 edition i20 also gets automatic headlamps – the moment the ambient light goes below acceptable levels, the headlamps automatically switch on. This is also a very convenient safety feature to have. The electrical ORVMs have indicators which help in safer lane changes and increased visibility while turning. Another worthy feature is the Electro Chromic Mirror, which is designed to reduce glare back into the driver’s eyes, when driving at night. This is particularly useful when the person driving directly behind isn’t very polite with headlight usage. The sleek tail lamp cluster also provides optimum prominence in all conditions, making the car the best hatchback for travelling in night.
All said, if possible, one should always pick daytime driving over the night as travelling during the same day is a far safer option, especially in India.
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