Let me first pen down the information according to the template given in this
thread before giving a quick write-up of the actual situation. Do note that this car-buying question is raised by my close relatives. They asked me for the best possible option and I've suggested them Alto 800 Lxi Option for the time being. Purchase is planned in late Feb 2017.
> Your Budget: 3 Lac on-road Delhi, but expandable to 3.5-3.75 Lac as they will opt for maximum loan
> New or Used: New Car, strictly a hatchback because of limited parking space (already have a Dzire)
> Your Location: Delhi
> Top Five Priorities: *Listed down in detail
> Running: Close to 14k kms per year
> Type of Fuel: Petrol, no plans to opt for CNG in future
> For What Purpose: 80% in-city daily commute, mild traffic
> Seating Capacity: Solo driven 90% of the time, with a co-driver occasionally
*Top Five Priorities
1. This car will be used by a 55-year old sedate driver, not totally well-versed with driving (uses Honda Activa a lot for city-runabouts) but is also not keen on AMT and such. Ease of driving is a big priority. He does not use Dzire due to sheer size only. It has covered 18k kms since 2010.
2. Car will be used, on petrol, for close to 10 years. So we are looking at ~1.5 Lac kms of running. Fuel economy is the next major priority, with expectations of 16-18 kmpl in city with AC. I believe B-segment diesels and A-segment petrol cars would be equally fuel efficient. Correct me if I'm wrong.
3. Resale is not that big a concern, since the car will be used to its capabilities by the time it is sold. Frugal engine and decent reliability is expected though.
4. Basic feature requirement is AC and power steering. Front 2 power windows would be required, but can be fitted from aftermarket if not provided. Costs around 6k bucks. Airbags and ABS
can be skipped, but will be good to have. Optional airbags will be opted for it available with a difference of under 10k bucks. Looks, handling, performance, comfort, etc. can take a backseat as the car will be used for Point A to B commute, nothing else.
5. Due to low budget, discounts are a deciding factor. They will be able to get good discounts on Maruti cars because of some contacts with the dealer and loyalty bonus as well. Their previous cars have been from Maruti only. Insurance can be purchased seperately if price difference is significant.
Cars under consideration -
Maruti Alto 800 (Lxi option)
Maruti Alto K10 (Lxi option)
Renault Kwid (RxL)
Hyundai Eon (Dlite+ with airbag)
Do suggest which one would be more suitable for the above requirements. Thanks in advance.