Despite making the decision, I am still open to alternative, thanks to Punto offer
Continuing with my reviews of car shortlisted and reviewed before making final decision, I move on to Maruti garage and review all my shortlisted car, leading to final decision as well. Maruti:
Maruti has been considered by me only for company fitted CNG, else for other fuel option I would have really considered other manufacturer on priority except for Swift which again is a Nostalgic like of mine. Estilo Lxi CNG:
At first looks without going into technical details and specification details, I would rate this car as good as Wagon R Lxi CNG. It was closer look and practical adjustment that was very helpful. No TD of the car was needed as I have used this one few time of a family friends and hence I am well acquainted about it.
The Interiors are well done, especially the "life" special edition which I checked out. The dual tone and little refinement was looking just great. Moving when when the driver seat position is adjusted as per my preference and then when immediate on back of it I seat, there is need for more leg space. Leg space is so important for me as my Dad is 6'3" and me 6'0" and hence the need, The driving position, the control, the driving view all were great.
Apart from space issue, I had two other issues with it. The model is not selling and most likely it is going to be closed as per rumors and hence would not like to get stuck with a new car which no more exists in market. The fuel efficiency for petrol is lesser compared to Wagon R and hence the question why not Wagon R? Alto 800 Lxi CNG:
This is one of the first cars that came into my mind when CNG was decided as the options. The reason being it's low cost, 30 plus mileage, new launch and good numbers initially. I decided initially for a TD of same but on a closer looks, it was no where close to what we needed. The leg space on both front and back was in sufficient for us, the driving position was not becoming that comfortable as a leg stretch was needed, the exteriors were ok and so were interiors. the difference between my head and roof was hardly in cms and hence the decision that we really need to move on from this variant. Wagon R Lxi CNG:
This has been the first choice from day one, has been front runner in race and have rightly emerged as winner. I was little skeptic regarding the stability of car given the stock tyre's and the height it has and hence wanted to test it thoroughly. Took 2 TDs, one over long lanes drives and the other with numerous turns. On the lanes, pick up was not decent (will not say impressive), AC is magnificent (imagine in Delhi summer at 2'0 clock, I was comfortable with AC set to 2), gear shift smooth (not great, little disappointed), Breaking is good but still have to try it for sudden breaking, stability is fine as well on all aspect.
In the second TD, well little skeptic about responsiveness of steering, the ease of movement and the view I will get. I was surprised, the view was just amazing (definitely a big plus for a newbie driver like me) as I could see the road absolutely clear and even on the sides. Again very happy to see such a silent Engine, I am twice SA has to tell me "Sir the engine is already running". A little more sensitive steering would have been good but the present one is fine as well.
No point talking about space, if I have leg space left even after 2 6'0 person sitting comfortably back to back. Boot is irrelevant as the CNG eats it up. On the Mileage reported forum claims of 16-19 in city-highly is well appreciated and again CNG in the range of 20-25 is again impressive. I personally love the new dashboard with so much improvement, dual tone combination and lots of holding space. ICE design is icing on the cake and I am in serious thought of getting this ICE for my car (costs 14K and does not come installed in Lxi CNG). oh yes, I should have informed before stating the above statement that this is the car that we have Finalized !!
As evident from above and as per reasons mentioned above Wagon R Lxi CNG has been my final selection, at least as on date. To keep you informed I already have made a booking for same, the preferred color being Baker Chocolate (any comments on that?). The Loan processing is on and would be closed by this weekend. Looks Like I can take deliver anytime post Sunday. Very Excited [Cheers]