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Old 27th June 2011, 16:39   #1
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I am shopping for a new car after a period of seven years. My current car is Palio 1.9 D and is almost as old as Team-BHP site it self. Below is the link to my purchase thread for the sake of nostalgia.

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/indian...-shopping.html (My Car shopping)

Still i love my car when it runs fine. Nothing in it's class can beat it for build quality and fun to drive character. But it is in heap of troubles. Planning to dispose it off before it milks me any more money.

I am planning to replace it with a small hatch. I may be getting a bigger car by the end of year and then my wife will be using the hatch.

My requirements are:
Price up to 4 lakhs.
Peppy.
Decent mileage.
Will be staying with us for up to 5 years.

My preferences are:
Maruti Alto K10
Maruti A-Spark
Chevy Spark
Hyundai i10 Magna

Have to go around and check for the prices, options with in my budget, discounts etc.

I am guessing A-Star will be very peppy to drive. Am i right?
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my wife will be using the hatch.
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My choice would be the i10 or the Spark.

i10 : Excellent interior quality, torquey engine (both, the 1.1L from your budget and the 1.2), proven reliability and easy to drive.

Chevy Spark : Second choice, after the i10. Peppy engine, fun to drive, well built. Though a decided class lower than the i10 overall.

Your wife will enjoy driving either, though she will definitely like the i10 that much more. The A-Star is outclassed by the i10 in most areas.
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I guess you are referring to Maruti A-star instead of A-spark?

I will too suggest you Hyundai i10. It is much good looking, powerful (1.2), Hyundai A.S.S is also comparable to Maruti A.S.S. Maruti Alto is still too low on space. Chevy spark is little old now and you have better alternatives. Hyundai i10 is better than Maruti A-star in most of the ways. Hyundai i10 is my pick for you. But do TD the cars before you decide on anyone.

PS - Maruti Alto will give you more mileage than Hyundai i10.

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I have driven all the cars as my colleges have them. I found i10 and A Star to be better than the rest. Much more easier to drive and decent looks. Although i had driven the old i10 but believe the newer one is even better.
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I am planning to replace it with a small hatch. I may be getting a bigger car by the end of year and then my wife will be using the hatch.
With the same requirements, we went in for the Nano. It has been hassle free, is surprisingly peppy to drive and a hoot to park anywhere in town. My ownership experience here:
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/test-d...-enter-um.html

I would recommend you have a look at this. It is definitely more spacious than the Spark IMHO.

Of your preferences, I recommend the Spark though!

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I will second i10! Wonderful car! My friend has one. Whenever we go out together, I take the key from him!
Though another name is not in your list, you can opt for WagonR as well.
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Hey,

Are you looking for a new car or a used one will do?

I doubt you'd get a new i10 Magna at 4 lakhs OTR.

Any reason you aren't considering a Figo?
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Spark, i10 and A-Star - all are good cars and I had considered all these when I was in the market looking for new car in 2009. But low on the road price + 3 year maint plan + huge discount + additional mouth watering discount :-) did the trick and bought Spark.
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Go for the I10. Good engine, excellent interiors and great package overall.
Very easy for the ladies to drive.

If your budget does not permit the 1.2, you can get the I10 1.1 which is a very very good engine to drive in the city and provides awesome low end torque.
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Why not the Zen Estillo. It looks cute. Has a decent drive quality. Poor sales but that can be leveraged for a good deal.
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Spark gets another vote from me. Excellent to drive in the city, good ac, above average highway manners, very good price and 3 year warranty. However the i10 has a more premium feel but is quite a bit more expensive. A-star is too expensive for what it offers but quite a fun car to drive with Maruti service thrown in.
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First choice --> Spark for sure.

Second choice --> i10.

As already mentioned by Sparkled, Spark has very good drive-ability and is almost like an automatic in the 3rd gear with an amazing low end torque. This will lead to hassle free driving for your wife and you as well until you get that bigger car. Highway manners are really good for the segment. I have completed the 15k kms service recently and i was present for the whole day monitoring the servicing. It is above par at least at Trident in Bangalore and I came away impressed.

One more vote for Spark!
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I would offer another option the Beat. Its quite a peppier car, fund to drive, looks futurstic backed by GM maintenance program.

My second choice would be an i10. The car is cute and drives well too. I think you can ask mods to start a poll here and the results would be self explanatory. All the Best.
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I will move i10 and Spark to top of the list and test drive them.
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On second thoughts even the Wagon-R is a very good car. it has lots of space and the same same engine as the A-star. So if you like the A-star, the Wagon-R is all that plus more. A very competitive car in its segment.
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