Hi Nick / Niel and the others.
Im from Mumbai too and am in the process of booking a a C+ segment petrol car. After a month of fun/painful/confusing...... test drives, I narrowed it down to the obvious choices ( i guess )..the Verna Fluidic SX vs Honda City VMT. Both are on offer for the same price range - 9.7L on road. Just today, I finally settled in on the Verna.
I have been following your ownership comments for a while and well, they too have inspired me to buy a Verna.The reason I picked a Verna was -
1. More Features - complete VFM
2. Hyundai cheaper to maintain over Honda ( over a 5-7 year owner ship span ).
3. Too many City's
on the roads.
I hope my reasons are justified and make sense. Now im not a very car savvy person in terms of picking on the finer nuances of car handling,ride quality etc. Having said that, even in the short test drive of both City and verna - there was an obvious thrust of power that I felt with the City at about 2k RPM which was somehow lacking in the Verna. Is all that power and fuel really being put to good use ? The other bit was ofcourse the suspension. Soft is nice but the whole body roll talk scares me a bit. Now i do not go by all these pro reviewers, who are like movie critics...nothings really good enough, so I'd rather hear it from some owners.
My driving patterns are - 95% Mumbai driving with and occaisonal Shirdi/Goa/Pune trip thrown in. I generally am an under 80kmph driver and do a max 120 on highways. Im not really a redline pusher so to speak.
Given all of these - Am I making a good choice in picking the Verna SX petrol over the City VMT ?
Eagerly awaiting your replies.