THE SUNSHINE CAR
The Santro Zip Plus, doing what it does best
TRUST HYUNDAI TO COME UP WITH some memorable tag lines. The Santro Zip Plus has certainly brought sunshine to the Bell family. Ramona’s father, Peter Bell bought this beige coloured hatch way back in 2002. The Santro has always been treated like a trusted family member and has been handled with a lot of love and care. “Dad was very particular about the car and he never let anyone drive it, unless he knew the person. He used to scold people if they closed the door with a slightly heavy hand!” The family went on many weekend trips, even all the way to Goa. “I remember, it was packed with five adults and yet we all were sat very comfortably.” Ramona also has a nice story about her mother to tell. “Mom used to drive the 800 and was used to its dull responses. One day, she chose to drive the Santro. However, it didn’t go as expected. Thanks to its 1.1-litre engine and a very responsive throttle the Santro literally zipped through, leaving mom zapped.” And since then, Ramona’s mother has preferred the back seat of the Santro. The family swears by the Santro and says it has been a ‘complete family car’ like Hyundai claimed it to be.
But where do you go after the Santro? “We thought the Creta offers a very similar package. It is a modern family car with ample space, features and style. It is my daily driver and I adore it. It’s effortless in traffic and even though it is large on the outside, it wraps around you really well. For metros, I don’t see any other car that is as easy to drive and practical.”
Looks like the sun is still shining on this Hyundai family!