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Old 10th July 2014, 17:26   #46
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Hi Folks . I drive an AT Laura and we have a second fabia that I /driver have been driving. Now my driver has left and my wife has decided to start driving. We have now decided to sell the fabia and go in for a city use AT and keep the Laura for Highway. The challenge is my wife is 5-2 and I am 6-2. We are looking for a small car, i10, A star... that both of us can drive. My wife wants small (hatchback, no sedan) and AT, visibility and I want distance between seat and pedals, decent clearance for head. Any suggestions .... We are open to used cars, petrol, etc. Budget about 7 Lakhs, give or take 10% ... Thank you Sathya
I am also 6-2 and have a Laura and an i10 AT in my garage. I use the i10 AT for the city and the Laura does highway duty. Space in the i10 is not bad at all. Shoulder room and headroom should not be a problem, though the leg room can be a bit iffy. I push the seat all the way back and am OK with this position. It depends how far back you are used to sitting. The bigger problem I have with the i10 is pathetic dynamics, artificial feedback from steering and low mileage. Otherwise it is a very good car for the city. The ladies of the house love the light controls, small dimensions, tight turning radius and overall user friendliness and can't understand why I keep cribbing!

Since you are coming from cars like the Fabia and Laura, the i10's dynamics and steering may be a bitter pill to swallow. Watch out!

The Brio AT should be a good fit for your requirements if you are not keen on the Polo GT TSI.
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Old 16th July 2014, 09:08   #47
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Thank you to all who responded. Sorry that I could not respond as I was travelling.

I plan to try out the Ritz and Brio AT's. Unable to find any owner reviews of Ritz AT on Team BHP though.
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Update: I made the booking for a white Brio AT on 16th July, based on the dealer's promise that the car will be delivered by August end.

Now, the dealer's SA says that he has "blocked" the car and asking me to make the payment asap. He says that the car will leave the factory by August 3rd week and reach here by August end. When I asked for the VIN, he said he will get back to me on that.

So, even if I am to buy his story, if the car only leaves the Noida factory by August 3rd week, won't it mean that the car is not manufactured yet?

Is there any possibility of the SA's story being true? Has the car actually been allocated to me? OR does he just want me to make the payment early so that I do not cancel in the event of a delay?

Usually, when does one make the full payment? After the car is allocated and leaves the factory or before that?
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Me and my family went for TD of Brio VX AT yesterday and the dealer SA guy told me 2 months waiting for the car. So not sure how you are being promised by month end.
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Me and my family went for TD of Brio VX AT yesterday and the dealer SA guy told me 2 months waiting for the car. So not sure how you are being promised by month end.
Since I booked in mid-july, wait period is about 1.5 months.

But, I have a sneaking suspicion that the wait period may very well be beyond that.

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I got my AT in 6 weeks; booked in last week of April and got it in 5th June.
Normally it takes 10 days to reach Chennai from the factory. This 6 weeks I waited because of blue color most of the other colors were readily available.
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I got my AT in 6 weeks; booked in last week of April and got it in 5th June.
Normally it takes 10 days to reach Chennai from the factory. This 6 weeks I waited because of blue color most of the other colors were readily available.
Btw, when did the SA give you the car's VIN details?

Was it when he informed you that the car has been allocated in the system? Or was it just before the car left the factory?
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Before car left the factory.
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I plan to try out the Ritz and Brio AT's. Unable to find any owner reviews of Ritz AT on Team BHP though.
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Add the brilliant Polo Tsi to that, going by your affection for Germans, you'll be highly impressed. Assuming that you too will be taking the reins occasionally, I'd strongly recommend you request for a test drive. And though you have quoted your budget, who knows one drive and you may not be looking for further answers, there is a world of difference and it explains the increase.

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Got the Brio delivered last week.

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