Every car has its own set of pros and cons, its just that when you simply highlight the pros and hide the cons, then you are biased.
While writing one's ownership review, it is the duty of the owner to properly highlight the pros of the car and mention its cons too(Although I am yet to find what's wrong with my cars). But what's actually bad is when you are completely unaware of a car and come up without doing any homework and start bashing a car or a brand just because you don't like it. Example:
I personally never had the Ertiga in my list, but still I got three of my relatives get Ertiga. Not because it was a Maruti or I hate other brands, instead just because their requirements were:
- 5 comfy seats
- Big boot
- High GC
I quickly went through my books and asked one to get Ertiga VDi and one to get the ZDi variants based on their budget. The car offered them the safety of ABS
(In both VDi and ZDi and airbags in ZDi), they wanted 5 comfy seats and they got it. They simply removed the third row and pushed the rear seats to their extreme back on rails and voila! There was a proper 5 seater car with a lot of headroom, legroom, two row air conditioning, a big boot and high GC and all this on the footprint of a hatchback - that makes Ertiga a very practical car for me. Why I never bought it? Err.. I am very serious about engines(I now I drive a Corolla D-4D and its engine is puny) and the 1248cc engine is a bit too small for a vehicle like Ertiga IMO
Well, being an enthusiast it is not our right, but our duty to be honest to anything and everything on wheels and the car which deserves to be praised for something must be praised even if you hate it. None of us can twist the facts based on our 'personal' opinions. If my D-4D is underpowered then it is, no matter what I say. If my TSi is a fuel guzzler and brings on big service bills then it is, if my XUV has torque steer then it has and if my Pulsar has poor handling and brakes then it has them. No matter how much I love them, I can't change these facts and my duty as an enthusiast is to make people aware of what they can expect from a car or motorcycle I am aware of and they want the info about it. @Vu2gt:
Buddy you know the reason behind the failure of SX-4, Kizashi and Vitara? Well, the badge on the nose is not 'only' the badge - it has a lot lot more things associated with it. Neither SX4, nor Kizashi, nor Vitara had got the thing that is required to beat the competition and the lack of good engines with Maruti is unknown to none. They are relying on Fiat MJD and Suzuki K, the JD simply can't match the K series of Renault or even the D-4D in terms of power delivery while the 'K' series is nowhere in front of Honda i-vtec, Toyota vvt-i and talking of engines like Ford Ecoboost will be like adding more than deserved respect to Suzuki K engines.
Coming to DZire, The car has got ride, handling and performance - no doubt. But it is a Maruti and that name in itself is one of the reasons behind such figures. But mind you, this car has got tight rear space, poor brakes(L and V trims) and a small boot. BTW
, a good name always pays
you know - the equations change in premium segments though.
You know why Mercedes don't make the cars in the segment of Honda City? That is the specific reason many people look down at Maruti. Compare their dealerships with the 'rich and 'new money'(in your words)' brands, compare their service centers with them, compare their customer lounge, compare the attention they command on road.