I couldn't go for any TD today because of heavy rains throughout the day. I had plenty of spare time so I thought of hovering around carwale and shortlist all the options available in my budget. So I shortlisted the following cars:
1. Swift Zdi.
2. Swift Dzire Zdi.
3. Elite i20 Sportz
4. Grand i10 Asta
5. Xcent SX(O)
6. Fiat Punto
7. Polo Highline
8. Honda Jazz (SX)
9 . Honda Amaze
10. Tata Bolt
11. Tata Zest
12. Toyota Etios
13. Toyota Liva
I hope I have covered all the options available in the market under my budget.
I took my requirements and budget into mind and started working on the list. Ohh I forgot two main factors which will play very important role in making the decision as well, you guys know them too. HEART & MIND. So letís start:
1. Swift Zdi
: Well itís one of the hot selling cakes in India and ticks more than half of the requirements, so definitely in the list.
2. Swift Dzire:
Swift with added boot space, letís keep it as of now in the list.
3. Elite i20 Sportz:
Hits almost all the tick marks in my requirements list, so yes definitely a strong contender.
4. Grand i10:
Mind says yes but Heart says no as it gets too small a car for me coming directly from XUV. Secondly smaller engine and less space as compared to its contenders.
5. Xcent i10:
Well this is the same case as Dzire. Grand i10 with added boot space. So goes away from the list as well.
6. Fiat Punto:
Well Heart and Mind are confused on this one. Heart says it has space, best GC if I am not wrong and the stability will be the best in class. But on the other side Mind thinks of ASS
and Resale hence denies it. But letís keep it in the list as of now.
Hhmm definitely the best highway car out of all the contenders. Tank like build quality and excellent stability makes a solid case for itself. So makes entry in the contender list.
8. Honda Jazz:
Well thatís a new product in market and ticks almost all the requirements and backed by Honda reliability. Hell ya, a very strong contender in the list.
9. Honda Amaze:
A straight NO from heart. Reason being, donít like the interiors. A good car but heart wins hands down on this one, so out of the list.
10. & 11. Bolt/Zest: Again, very nice cars with new technology and might save good amount of money as well. But again Heart does not allow me to put 8-9 lacs on a Tata when other worthy options are available in the market. And After Sales horror stories backs the decision made by heart. So both these cars of the list.
Simply NO because of the speedo located in the middle which looks very odd and a straight NO from Heart and Mind both. So, off goes Etios and Liva from the list.
So the contenders left in the race are:
1. Hyundai Elite i20
2. Honda Jazz
And one more contender which might make its place in the list is Figo Aspire. If it launches before I book the car. So hopefully I have taken all the options in mind. Will try to start taking the TD's from tomorrow.