A few more update on the hatch hunt. Covers the last 3-4 weeks hence will try to make it concise.
Few weeks back, one Sunday had some free time and my father was also not busy so thought it a good idea to get his inputs on two of the cars that I would consider to be among the the probable choices. The choices in this case were the Figo and the Beat. The only reason these two were considered that day was because the show rooms were in the same building and going to this place you could TD both the vehicles.
At home we discussed on both the cars and my father's point of view was that Beat is a better car because of the following reasons:
1) Better GC
2) Better FE
3) Having a Spark, knowledge of ASS
is better + the CPCO offer
According to him since the car would be used for city drive 90% of the time, FE and GC were of utmost importance. Also Beat (LTO) was coming to about Rs.25K (approx) cheaper than Figo Titanium, was a point to consider.
Now I like to state that my father's opinions are very important to me and if he said no to something, I would find it very difficult to go against it. Its not that I am financially dependent on him, but it is mostly out of respect. I may try to reason with him and shows him the pros and cons, but his consent (as in most Indian families) is always required.
Any way we got to the showroom and I had already alerted the SA that we would be coming so did not have to wait for the test drive. Beat was the first and since I had driven it before, let my father and wife drive it around. Was expecting my wife's view of the Beat would be a little positive this time and unlike the first TD, she would give her go-ahead. My father was pro-Beat before coming to the showroom and financially Beat was making a lot of sense too (insurance was offered free at that time). Anyway, after the TD, following were their feedback.
Wife: Nothing special, but I think I will get used to the seating position. Kind of OK, if you really want to buy it.
My father had one line and with it he showed that he was going to vote for anything but the beat -- "Good pick-up, but feels like a toy" and that said it all.
So not wasting any more time, decided to try the Figo. The dealership had received the latest face lifted titanium model and I liked the handling very much. Following are the good and bad points:
1) Excellent handler, probably the best handler after Punto. Again my views after TDing both vehicles, so owners (who have both) probably are better judge.
2) Lots of space (rear seats) as well as boot. Rear seat rivals that of Vista.
3) The steering felt very good, good feedback from the road. With diesel as fuel, I expect this to be a fun vehicle to drive. Quite planted at 100 km/hr. Could not take it over that due to traffic.
4) Could not check the headlights, hence not sure if the week HD issue has been resolved.
5) GC issue remains, but hopefully careful driving should alleviate some of the concerns.
6) Steering mounted controls correctly placed and easier to use
7) no turbo lag, but engine clatter present if you stand in front. Very less noise enters the cabin (with windows up) though.
8) Spare tyre is one size down
Father and wife both liked the car. Wife liked it more and the blue was practically confirmed (the current TVC running on TV has something to do with this). The SA could not give the exact FE figures on paper, the number he quoted (25km/lt) is a lie.
To me, the Figo seems to be a VFM
offering and something the driver in you can be happy with if you cannot go for the Punto (for whatever reason). Talked with a few existing owners on ASS
and service cost and feedback was generally positive (some mentioned the GC issue though). General stated FE in city was 14-15 km/lt with AC on, which I think is quite good.
So in summary, Beat was struck off from the list and Figo seems to be an obvious choice.
Why then have I still not decided and booked it? Well because I am still to receive my Spark's smart card back from RTO after removal of hypothecation (was sitting on Form 35 for more than a year). A few people have shown interest and hopefully should be able to sell it by December. The choice would then be decided partly by brand which gives the best end year offer.
Last week, dropped in at the Toyota showroom as my wife had not seen the Liva in flesh. She liked it and though no TD car was available, seems like it might be back for consideration. Strangely when I sat in this car at the showroom, the steering did not rub against my thigh as it did in the TD vehicle, so I thought it rather strange.
Will update the thread as things progresses.