Was so amazed to see so many Fans of Brio at one place that immediately registered and posted this message :)
My daily ride is a Safari. Right in front of my office, Chennai Metro Rail has setup their drilling station and thus the entire front entrance of the building is blocked. Only a small pathway to enter and exit the building has been created and that pathway is too small for my Safari :( and thus for the past 3 months, I have been using my family's trusty 8 year old Wagon R.
The Metro guys seem to be in no hurry to leave and it means that I require a smaller call for quite some time in the future for my office commute. The wagon R had no specific problems but it shows age and the ride was very bumpy which gets un comfortable at times.So I decided to bid adieu to the Wagon R and switch to another small car.
My requirements were simple
1)Budget: Sub 5 lakhs - this means that I most probably wouldn't get a (quality) diesel car, except maybe the beat. But there is already a beat in the house.
2) Power Windows
3) Power Mirrors: Crackpots in the office parking keep fouling with the mirror adjustments always. So I needed it
4) Decent FE
5) Steering control for Music (nice to have)
I created a spreadsheet to compare all the cars within the 5 lakh budget and their variants and features and guess which car fit perfectly in? The Brio Of course ;)
To be honest, I am a big hater of the Brio's styling and not a Honda fan boy either. But the sheer VFM
of the car made me research on it quite a bit and I learned that it has impressed and pleased almost everybody who drove it / own it. So I went for a TD and was pretty impressed with the build quality, fit & finish, the engine and everything else. I am 6ft 3in and weigh a little over 100k and I could fit in comfortably and also did not end up shouldering the co-passenger which usually happens when I get into a small car. So eventually, I decided that with so many positives the eyesore styling can be easily ignored (and also I guess the styling slowly grows up into you and you get used to it).
And thus I bit the bullet and booked a SMT - Urban Titanium. Got free insurance + 12.5k discount + 5k accessories. Hopefully the car should be delivered immediately after Diwali. Will keep the thread updated when I get my hands on the car.
1) How much mileage does the card return in the city with AC on (Sorry if this has been answered already)
2) How much does the front and rear bumper protectors cost. I see sudeep.roy has got it on his car
3) The double DIN OE music system, does it have an Aux or Sub woofer out so that I can connect an AMP and Sub woofer?
Any responses, much appreciated. And welcome me to the club ;)
(off topic), the Wagon-R fetched 1.4 lakhs which I felt is huge. Almost 40% of the initial car costs after 8 years is not bad at all. No wonder India is so obsessed with Maruti. But IMHO, Maruti's are extremely over priced. Not even the lower end LXI's of Ritz and Swift could fit into my budget and LXi-s do not even 1/2 the features of Brio at the price point.