Last year around the time I joined this forum I had made up my mind of buying the Brio. But job change and other things happened and I postponed my decision. In between I also thought about getting the Jazz VMT instead.
These days after everything is sorted I am back on the road and I am looking to buy a hatchback. My query, however, is not so much about which car to choose, rather whether would it be the right choice.
I drive a 2010 model i10 Sportz and a 2013 model Alto 800 (A800). The i10 is being sold to a relative. The A800 I will use for now and exchange with the new hatchback.
Some of the factors that influence my buying decision are:
1) Size: There's space to park only a small hatchback at my house. Although I'd have bought Jazz (petrol) outright by stretching my budget, there would have been no space to park it. This also rules out all compact sedans and longer cars. The parking space at my office in Connaught Place is also limited.
2) Only petrol engine, 1.2 preferred for mix of fuel economy and power. My daily running is about 50km.
3) Basic creature comfort of course. Boot space can be anything, no issue there. I'm not particular about climate control, start-stop button and DRLs. I prefer to live without them. I also prefer good ol' non-touch screen rugged ICE set-up. Only I'll be the one driving to work in heavy traffic, day in, day out.
4) Maximum budget: 6.5 lakh OTR, 7 lakh if the vehicle is deserving.
5) I plan to keep the car for at least five years.
mandatory. Airbags not so (somewhere on this forum I had mentioned about a bad experience I had with airbags in an office car long ago).
The petrol hatchbacks I have looked at so far are:
All these cars have their individual strengths. But I will list my opinion on why I didn't choose them over the Brio. It doesn't, however, mean the cars are not good; it's only that I am not interested. So owners of these cars would do good not to slot their gear into a defensive mode :-)
1) Polo: Cost, maintenance, after sales service IMHO
2) Figo: Underpowered petrol IMHO
3) Swift: Bored with it IMHO
4) Bolt: Unable to get over the egg shape, don't know how its turbo petrol would be in the long-term IMHO
5) Punto: Underpowered petrol IMHO
6) Brio (as per my needs): Can fit in parking space available to me, good petrol engine, airy cabin for self-driving with one passenger, can do highway runs acceptably, fuel economy not very bad, ease of driving in heavy traffic, long-term reliability IMHO.
I decided to go with the Brio after having done several test drives. From ownership reviews posted here the long-term experience of owning a Brio seems positive. The engine refinement also impressed me. Two guys at my office also got the Brio recently; one of them writes on the auto industry, so I assumed he must be knowing his stuff.
So here are my questions, finally:
1) considering Honda might launch a new generation Brio by early or mid 2017--if the few reports available online are to be believed--would it be a right move on my part to buy the current Brio since the new generation launch doesn't appear that very far away?
2) Has anyone had any ownership experience to talk of about having bought any car, only to see a new generation launch 6-10 months down the line? Would availability of spares be an issue after, say, three years?
3) I'd like to get the advice of members on whether to go for the Brio this year or wait it out with the highest degree of patience?
I have asked around. People give me the Nike slogan, "just do it". Or stuffs such as "if you love a car, buy it." :-)
But I need to hear what seasoned car folks here would recommend. It might give me the mental peace to swing my decision and get it immediately. On a side note, there's a Honda dealership on my way to work (Samara, Lajpat Nagar) and I see this sparkling new Brio looking out toward the main road, mocking me every time I pass by. At night the dealership is lit as if it was Diwali and the sight is even more torturous. Either I get that thing or wait till next year. Help!
A very confused car shopper.