Hello TAIans, |
I am planning to buy a hatch in next 3-5 months from now. Currently I have a 2 year old Alto K10 and I am totally disappointed with it. I want to make sure this time I take a right decision in picking the right car for me as I don’t have any plans to upgrade for next 5 years. My usage will be around 500-600 km per month (80% in Bangalore's heavy traffic); hence diesel car is ruled out. My budget is 6 lakhs OTR (OTR prices in Bangalore is higher compared to other places) and below is my requirement:
1. Good Fuel Efficiency & Low Cost of Maintenance: Considering the ever increasing petrol prices, good fuel efficient engine is my top priority. At the same time I do not want to pay premium for maintaining it. A car with a minimum cost to maintain on a longer run is what I will be looking at.
2. Space & Comfort : Comfortness while driving is what I am missing in my Alto! I am 6 feet tall and feel very discomfort while driving even during small drives. So looking for a car which has good interior space for both driver and rear passengers (Should have decent leg room and shoulder room).
3. Handling & Ride Quality : The car should handle well both in city and on highways. As I mentioned before, I will be driving mostly within the city. So looking for a car which can maneuver easily in the heavy traffic without causing much stress and at the same time should be fun to drive (stability at high speed) on the highways. I know I cannot expect outright performance in this segment but a decent handling and good ride quality (good suspension) is what I need.
4. Others Factors : Good AC & Music system (Since I am looking top variant, car will come with factory fitted music system. As far as I have heard, these will not be that good. I don’t want to upgrade, so would like to have a decent set).
I have shortlisted:
Please suggest me which fits best to my requirements.
Let me try to help you as briefly as possible. First figo petro
l- rule it out ( it meets almost none of your requirements and the competition is better )
the choices you have with their pros/cons/others
1 Swift -
pros- great looking ( in my opinion it is the best among all the others ) , excellent resale ,excellent engine, tried and tested , jack of all trades and even master of many , Maruti service ..... etc.
cons : you pay a premium in price , not as spacious as competition
others: frankly its hard to fault this car.
Pros- a cheaper swift with all its pros except looks ,a spacious car , especially suited to tall people like your requirement
cons- Looks , body roll ( although it is not much ,not enough to sway your decision atleast )
others : Love swift with all its qualities - but do not want to spend that much / want a spacious car / can digest its looks - then get this
3 grande i10
pros- best interiors , loaded to gills for its price
cons- The petrol engine was notorious for less FE in earlier car
Others - First forget about costly ASS
, it is not a skoda it is a hyundai the ASS
is maybe costlier than maruti/honda but not by much, not enough to sway your decision atleast.
Can you post where it is written that the car has low FE ? Maybe hyundai has made some changes !! Maybe not !! If you want surity you will have to wait.
But one thing I can guarantee it will be a little less fuel efficient ( i hope a little only) than marutis and honda
pros-looks (some ppl like it ),compact , easiest to drive in city, honda badge ( if you are brand conscious ) , quality of interiors better than marutis
cons-looks (some ppl hate it ), boot is absymal , unconventional in some ways
others : Its a car with very clear pros and cons and a very particular target customers. So you either love it or you hate it .
I hope my effort helped you. And do take a long test drive of each car before deciding .