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Old 13th November 2015, 22:19   #106
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Hello all,

I am on the lookout for a new petrol hatchback for my aging parents. Priced roughly 7 lakhs OTR in Mysore. It won't cover too much distance but my folks do like to hold on to their cars so I expect it'll be with them for at least seven or eight years, if not more.

My criteria list is relatively short:
1) At least two airbags and ABS (seatbelt reminder is a plus!) and a solid safe car.
2) Hassle free maintenance and excellent reliability, particularly since I will not be around to help.

Other things like performance, FE, comfort etc. are actually not that important. I'm currently choosing between the Baleno, the Figo and the Polo. Are there any other models that I should consider and what would you guys recommend?

We currently have a Maruti and the after-sales experience has been very good. Moving to another brand is fine but naturally, I am a little hesitant and don't want them to have an issue laden car, especially three or four years down the road. On the other hand, I am impressed with the Polo's performance in the Global NCAP crash tests while the other two are unknown quantities at this point. So yes, it is a bit of a puzzle for me at the moment and your opinions would greatly help me make up my mind.

Thank you for your advice!

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I think with the 7L Budget and safety features, you have your short list right. Since you have already had a good experience with Maruti, the Baleno would be the top choice.

Although in general VW After Sales has been iffy, I have heard good things about VW Mysore. So I would put Polo in 2nd spot. From build and solidity, the Polo would come out tops.

If you want to consider an Automatic for ease of drive, the Celerio ZXI(O) would be good.

What is the current car your parents use. I guess you would want it to be a decent upgrade.

Also the below related thread is a good read-About car that suit elderly parents.

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/hatchb...e-village.html

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A manual is fine so not really looking at automatics. Plus, I suspect the Celerio would probably do worse or at best as well as the Swift (whose structure didn't hold up too well in the NCAP test) in a crash while the Baleno would do at least as well if not better? I know this is speculation but it is the best I've got. Based on this, I think the Baleno is the safest Maruti (under 7l) unless there is something I've missed?

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What is the current car your parents use. I guess you would want it to be a decent upgrade.
Current car is a rather ancient Omni so anything will be an upgrade!

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I have heard good things about VW Mysore...
Interesting that VW Mysore is rated highly, but I'm also wondering about long term reliability of the car itself (i.e. how many times they'd have to visit the A.S.S. even if they have a good experience each time they do).

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When an elederly takes the wheel it is best to make them feel comfortable with it.
A car with less dimensions , high seating , light controls and good around visibility should be preferred.

IMHO , Wagon R with all safety kit fits well. Also, they would feel right at home after Omni. The only downside I can think of is weak bottom end from K10 engine.

Baleno is widest of all hatchbacks at 1745mm. This would make its presence felt whilst parking and b2b traffic.
The VW Polo seats are placed on lower side making ingress/egress difficult.

So test drive all cars with them and evaluate.
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I have a Honda Brio and I feel it is a good car for you. It's small dimensions mean it won't be a problem in traffic (this is why I bought it). It has a seat belt reminder and airbags if you opt for the S(O)MT or higher variants. Ride quality is just about okay. It is good on the highway but the rear bounces around a lot on bumpy roads at slow speeds. You will get an automatic gearbox in the Brio for about 7.64L OTR which is a lot for a Brio, but the car is a great all-rounder. However, I suggest taking your parents for a test drive as my mother felt the position of the clutch wasn't comfortable but me and my father feel it is fine. Another thing, the car is very reliable and the service cost is fairly low. The service package that they have is pretty good, too.

EDIT: S(O)MT seems to have been discontinued. I think the SMT variant is now the EX and the S(O) is the SMT. I'd suggest calling up a dealership near you or asking them to come for a test drive as this should clear up any confusion about the variants and pricing. Best of luck!
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I know this is speculation but it is the best I've got. Based on this, I think the Baleno is the safest Maruti (under 7l) unless there is something I've missed?

Interesting that VW Mysore is rated highly, but I'm also wondering about long term reliability of the car itself (i.e. how many times they'd have to visit the A.S.S. even if they have a good experience each time they do).

Thanks!
I think the point that Baleno would be Maruti's safest hatch is a fair assumption.

The Polo has been around for long and should be quite reliable. But as mentioned in a post above, the low seating can hinder ingress for elders.

I suggest you get your dad to TD the Baleno, figo, polo and brio and see which works best. All of them suits your needs and I guess it boils down to personal preference.
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Hello all,

I am on the lookout for a new petrol hatchback for my aging parents. Priced roughly 7 lakhs OTR in Mysore. It won't cover too much distance but my folks do like to hold on to their cars so I expect it'll be with them for at least seven or eight years, if not more.

My criteria list is relatively short:
1) At least two airbags and ABS (seatbelt reminder is a plus!) and a solid safe car.
2) Hassle free maintenance and excellent reliability, particularly since I will not be around to help.

Other things like performance, FE, comfort etc. are actually not that important. I'm currently choosing between the Baleno, the Figo and the Polo. Are there any other models that I should consider and what would you guys recommend?

We currently have a Maruti and the after-sales experience has been very good. Moving to another brand is fine but naturally, I am a little hesitant and don't want them to have an issue laden car, especially three or four years down the road. On the other hand, I am impressed with the Polo's performance in the Global NCAP crash tests while the other two are unknown quantities at this point. So yes, it is a bit of a puzzle for me at the moment and your opinions would greatly help me make up my mind.

Thank you for your advice!
The best bet is the Wagon R or Stingray AMT with the safety features.
This is a car built for city driving. Easy to drive and light controls makes it very comfortable for senior citizens.
It's wide doors and higher seating position makes it easy for ingress and egress.
I am from Mysore and parking situation is getting bad over weekends especially in the city center and Wagon R would be much easier to park and remove from tight spaces.
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With so many electronics on offer on the Zeta and above variants of the Baleno, I have my doubts about how reliable these would turn out to be in the long run. Anything from the Delta or Sigma should be a decent pick.

If possible, do stretch your budget to a Jazz SV/ V. The car has a relatively higher seating position and with lesser electronics, should easily last the distance!

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Thanks again, some very valid points about larger vehicles being a little harder to drive for the elderly, so I'll certainly be sure to check that during the test drives.

The Brio is a nice idea and is now on the list too, thanks for that. The Jazz is currently out of budget (and it's the reason I can't get the Figo with six airbags either) but I'm hoping that with all the Baleno and Figo hype, there will be company/dealer level discounts on the Jazz.
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