Started searching second hand vehicles from palio’s to ikon’s for almost two months. Dad didn’t agree for a 2nd hand beautyL, didn’t want to break his heart now search changed its way towards new hatches in market.
I was more confused because of more options in hatchback segment. Options and Test Drive experience:
1. Swift petrol– dad’s favourite
I’m not a fan of MaruthiSuzuki – Never took a TD
2. Punto 1.4 EPk – My favourite (Handling and ride comfort)
Prons: Fun to drive, superb handling, comfortable ride.
Cons: Poor plastic quality (gear knob got detached which shifting gear in TD vehicle), after sales service, horrible music system and paying 7.3lacs on-road I think is not worth the deal.
3. Figo 1.2 LXI– VFM
& Figo 1.2 Titanium – VFM
Prons: Fun to drive, good handling
Cons: Ground clearance issue (4-5people in car)
4. Hyundai i20 – Luxury
Prons: Awesome interiors, feel of a sedan
Cons: Didn’t like the steering response (my TD opinion), base model starts at 5.5lacs on-road Bangalore.
I’m not considering diesel model since my monthly usage is less than 1000Kms. This is my first car so was not giving importance to luxurious interiors or features. Dealer:
Lathangi Ford, Bannerghatta road Booking:
Ford Figo Chill (Looks stunning) and Black (Head turner) was finalized after couple of test drive with friends and family, finally booked Ford Figo 1.2 LXI – Black
got the vehicle registered on 24th September and took delivery on 27th September 2010.
On road price in Bangalore 4,26L – 3M Sunfilm (1yrs warranty), Mats + mud flaps + 3rd year extended warranty also included. Same day visited Car accessories shop Glamour in kormangala to get her ICEd Headunit:
Kenwood 546 BT Front Speakers:
Polk DB 571 5”X7” fixed in doors Rear Speakers:
Polk DB 691 6”X9” on wooden plank Amplifier:
Rockford Fosgate Prime R300-4channel Wiring:
Next day installed Nippon Autocop
@ Lathangi Ford, this is the first Figo on which they are installing Nippon autocop they were pretty much confused later Nippon person came for their assistance even he didn’t had training on this new autocop model, finally after 6-7Hrs of R&D on my car they fixed successfully.
On 7th October got a her a new dress (seat covers – art leather Black & Red comibination) and gave power to her beautiful eye – stock headlight make me blind @ night, changed stock headlight to Philips 100/90 with Roots wiring (without touching stock wiring), I would recommend this upgrade to every Figo owners its really worth for the penny spent.
Till date I’ve completed 600+ on odo, getting FE 12-13.6kmpl in Bangalore city bumper to bumper traffic with 50% AC.