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Old 3rd July 2011, 20:32   #46
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If your budget is 4 Lakhs OTR, then A-Star is not in that price range.
My preference in your budget is based on two questions.
1. Does your better half love to drive a zippy hot hatch?
Ans: Alto K10, nothing comes close to it even if you spend 1 Lakh more.
2. Or she values convenience more than sporty drive (easy getting in and out of car), practicality (space, higher seating).
Ans: If i10 Era comes in your budget, I suggest that, but if your wife likes a loaded with options car, Spark will be a better bet.
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After i got my palio repaired by New Mars garage, I am feeling like driving a brand new car. Now in double thoughts whether i should replace the car. Heart says no....
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After i got my palio repaired by New Mars garage, I am feeling like driving a brand new car. Now in double thoughts whether i should replace the car. Heart says no....
In this case, what your heart says might also be agreeable with your pocket. Perhaps you can invest the money somewhere till you decide that it is time to move on.
I can imagine the reluctance in parting with your car especially after she is as good as new. I had similar problems parting with my Zen.

However, I recommend you to set a timeline for changing the car as the resale value for your Palio may take a bigger hit if it isnt sold in great condition.
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Sold off my Palio. Will be parting with it in the next couple of days.

For the new car, Spark is the most probable candidate.
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There was another thread where i requested for suggestions on a small hatch and the information poured in.

Now my wife and I are think we may not really need a second car. There are chances we will go for a bigger hatch. We will use this car for minimum of 2 - 3 years before add another car or replace this car.

My requirements:
Great driveability & fun to drive.
Good handling (remember I am spoiled by my Palio)
Should be good for a highway drive ( max 2 x 800 KMS round trips/year)
Should be comfortable for 3 adults & 2 kids (5 year old + Infant)
Budget: 6 - 8 lakhs (Cannot stretch beyond)
Average weekly mileage: 100 KMS.
Will be retaining the car 3 - 5 years

My options are (in the order of preference):
Nissam Micra Dsl(XV / XV Preemium?)
VW Petrol 1.6
Fabia 1.6 (How good is it compared to VW 1.6?)
Fiesta classic (P)
Figo
Ritz (P/D)

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My requirements:
Great driveability & fun to drive.
Good handling (remember I am spoiled by my Palio)
Should be good for a highway drive ( max 2 x 800 KMS round trips/year)
Should be comfortable for 3 adults & 2 kids (5 year old + Infant)
Budget: 6 - 8 lakhs (Cannot stretch beyond)
Average weekly mileage: 100 KMS.
Will be retaining the car 3 - 5 years

My options are (in the order of preference):
Nissam Micra Dsl(XV / XV Preemium?)
VW Petrol 1.6
Fabia 1.6 (How good is it compared to VW 1.6?)
Fiesta classic (P)
Figo
Ritz (P/D)
I think you should add Honda Jazz to this list. IMHO it is by far the best hatch available in India. Further, it is now being offered on a discount - post major discounts on the City.

It sports i-vtek - very quite, powerful and frugal too. I get about 15 kmpl in city (Pune) and 20 kmpl on highways. In the year and a half that I have owned her she's never given any problem.

It has done its share of both, inter-city drives as well as on the interior rural roads of Maharashtra.

It is fun to drive, comes equipped with air-bags, ABS system, pretty decent music system with 6 CD changer, ultra-smooth gear shift, very light clutch great visibility from inside and a fantastic air-conditioner to boot.

As far as space is concerned, you'll find loads of leg-room - in front, as well as rear - and surprisingly large space in boot for luggage on long trips.

All this is packaged in a space that makes it fund to drive and park in the city.

The quality in premium - and I'd go to the extent that it is better than the City. Think about it.
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You need a "big" hatch w.r.t size or engine? And a hatch or a CS would do? Wondering how Fiesta got into that list.

If it is w.r.t size, you can consider Jazz - one of the best hatch around.
If it is w.r.t. engine, then possibly Fabia 1.6 or even Polo 1.6.

What is your budget like?

Since you've mentioned Fiesta, you can check out Indigo CS too; size plus compact sedan.

PS : You could continue the discussion in the earlier thread itself.
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With a weekly running of 100km, I don't think you would do justice by purchasing a Diesel car. Moreover since you want to sell the car after 3-4 years, the extra 1L spent on the Diesel variant wont be recovered by the cost per km you save between petrol and diesel over those years.

Skoda's A.S.S isn't exactly reputed either.

I too would go with Honda Jazz as the best option considering your space requirements. The Ritz is also a great car, if you don't mind the awkward rear look

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or replace this car.
That does not make sense financially.

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My requirements:
Great driveability & fun to drive.
Good handling (remember I am spoiled by my Palio)

My options are (in the order of preference):
Nissam Micra Dsl(XV / XV Preemium?)
VW Petrol 1.6
Fabia 1.6 (How good is it compared to VW 1.6?)
Fiesta classic (P)
Figo
Ritz (P/D)
And I do not see Punto in this list. No other hatch will ever come near it in terms of handling and ride quality. Its pure driving pleasure.

Infact if Palio is serving you well then you might as well carry on with it instead of spending money on a new car. IMHO Palio is better than Punto.

Any bad experience at hands of FIAT that you want to stay clear of them?
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That does not make sense financially.

And I do not see Punto in this list. No other hatch will ever come near it in terms of handling and ride quality. Its pure driving pleasure.


Any bad experience at hands of FIAT that you want to stay clear of them?
Was thinking in exact same lines - if you are spoiled by Palio, then take a look at Punto.

I would say, choose between Punto and Jazz, after TDing both.
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Any particular reason you have excluded Swift P from your list ? Its really one of the most fun packages out there, and very VFM too.
Peppy and fuel efficient and reliable at the same time.
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Since you'll be owning this for a max of 5 years, you should also consider the resale value parameter. Jazz is a very good car; but, it will have a very poor resale.

Fiesta Classic or Ritz Zxi (if you're okay with the looks) should do. Also, you can wait for the new Swift.
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There was another thread where i requested for suggestions on a small hatch and the information poured in.

Now my wife and I are think we may not really need a second car. There are chances we will go for a bigger hatch. We will use this car for minimum of 2 - 3 years before add another car or replace this car.

My requirements:
Great driveability & fun to drive.
Good handling (remember I am spoiled by my Palio)
Should be good for a highway drive ( max 2 x 800 KMS round trips/year)
Should be comfortable for 3 adults & 2 kids (5 year old + Infant)
Budget: 6 - 8 lakhs (Cannot stretch beyond)
Average weekly mileage: 100 KMS.
Will be retaining the car 3 - 5 years

My options are (in the order of preference):
Nissam Micra Dsl(XV / XV Preemium?)
VW Petrol 1.6
Fabia 1.6 (How good is it compared to VW 1.6?)
Fiesta classic (P)
Figo
Ritz (P/D)
Since you are willing to stretch your budget to 8 lakhs and interior space is priority, the Jazz seems to be the best bet. Otherwise, the Jazz is probably the least VFM among all the cars you have shortlisted. The Fiesta Classic isn't bad either but will have poor resale value.


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Any particular reason you have excluded Swift P from your list ? Its really one of the most fun packages out there, and very VFM too.
Peppy and fuel efficient and reliable at the same time.
I would have recommended the Swift P too but accommodating 5 people in the car would be a tad cumbersome even though 2 of them are kids. The rear bench space/comfort in the Swift are strictly average.

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Was thinking in exact same lines - if you are spoiled by Palio, then take a look at Punto.

I would say, choose between Punto and Jazz, after TDing both.
+2 to that. Why are you not considering Punto Emotion 1.4 / Punto MJD..?
comes within your planned budget, amazing to drive and with improvements in fiat service these days, its amazing to own as well.

Is it the resale value that you are considering..?
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