I cant believe I am sharing my second ownership review in the same year!!!
For over a month or probably almost 2 months, we had been looking for an ideal replacement to my Swift Vdi August 2009 model, already clocked 80k kms, due for works w.r.t. clutch repair , front suspension and some under body and engine compartment, it was time to bid farewell to our first car after marriage that obviously was very close to both of us and trust me the decision had to be a very calculative one!
We purchased Hyundai Verna 1.6 SX VTVT in February this year only and needed a second car for daily run of around 70 kms as I need to take the car on field due to nature of my work, hence a CNG option. I prepared Fuel efficiency comparison charts in Excel while comparing Current situation of Swift + Verna, Verna alone and Verna + CNG car. As per my calculations that included EMI cost, running cost and fuel cost, the current situation was the most expensive and having Verna and CNG car combination yielding me around 4000-5000 per month saving and Rs. 1 lac as cash in hand so it had to be a CNG Car plus Verna combination.
The next decision was to decide between two of the shortlisted cars among initial choices of Honda Brio Ex, WagonR Lxi with company fitted CNG and Hyundai i10 1.2 Magna with Dealer fitted CNG. Honda Brio was out of contest based on the fact that it was only petrol and CNG was not available so competition was between WagonR and Hyundai i10.
With Grand i10 coming in there were great discounts offered by Hyundai and they even valued my Swift better but WagonR being front runner and hot selling model were little tough to crack a good deal. I really had to negotiate a lot to get any freebies and good value for my existing car.
i10 1.2 Magna CNG -
On Road 599000
Cash Disc incl of Corp Disc - 46000
Old Car vlaue incl. of 30k exchange Bonus - 365000
Add on - Mats, Mud flaps, Teflon and Under body coating
3000 extra for Zero Dep insurance
WagonR Lxi CNG
On Road 521659
Cash Disc 30000
Car Value incl of 25000 exchange bonus - 353000
Add on - Mats, Mud flaps, Teflon, Under body coating, Reverse parking sensors and Remote Locking
Zero Dep insurance
So if you see WagonR was around Rs.50000 cheaper with low maintenance cost and company fitted CNG.
Things in favor of i10 were
1. 1.2 L Kappa engine (4 Cylinder) with 80 ps power at 6000 rpm vs 1.0 L K series engine (3 pot) 68 ps at 6200 rpm, Torque of 90@3500 vs 114@4000
2. i10 had little better build quality, looks and probably more stability due to car dynamics
3. i10 was 120 mm wider than WagonR although doesnt feel like due to WagonR with height
4. Body colored door handles, ORVMs with Turn indicators, All 4 power windows
Things in favor of WagonR
1. More sold car than i10 CNG as it is company fitted, almost 0% error rate (BIGGEST PLUS, FULL PEACE OF MIND)
2. Rear seat 60:40 split to accommodate luggage with boot accomodating only CNG Cylinder
3. Lower price Tag, Lower maintenance cost
4. CNG fueling from Normal hose and Suspension tuned to CNG kit weight
5. Since I have a Dog and he needs good space at the back, hence was more practical [:-)] Windows also rolled down completely!
I really had to convince my wife for WagonR as she was not sure of the looks of the car but we needed a practical low cost car and downgrading from Swift to a CNG was also once concern with her but with the cost savings and the overall benefits of owning a WagonR, we both were convinced and finally could decide on WagonR. Test driving of both the cars did not help much as both had its own positives and negatives but good thing about WagonR was that it had better ergonomic interiors with full of utilities. So much space well utilized, I mean great work by designers!
We are now getting the delivery tentatively on Sep 2nd. I shall keep you guys posted on the same!