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Old 16th June 2007, 17:18   #1
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I'm considering buying a hatchback only because I think it will be easier to drive in Mumbai traffic.

Palio/Swift/U-VA are top contenders. Not planning on driver; I like driving.

But this afternoon, I began to wonder. Does my big-traffic-small-car theory make any sense?

For e.g. a Ford Ikon (1634 mm) is narrower than a Swift (1690 mm). So Ikon, a bigger car, should be easier in lane-changing, narrow-wiggling scenarios.

Yes - parking a bigger car is harder. But Ikon is only 45 cm longer than Swift.

I'm avoiding smaller cars like Alto, Santro - would like something more powerful and comfortable.

I'm a first time buyer; would love to learn from real experiences of others.

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Buy a hatchback, i had a hatch, than a sedan and now an SUV. Have to say i was happiest with the hatch when it came to parking. Want a big comfortable hatch - Palio, U-VA, Indica, SRV (highly overpriced).

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As you say you are a first time buyer i would recommend you to buy a hatch

And if you want a big powerful and a comfortable car get a palio 1.6 sport
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buy the 1.6 palio.
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Old 16th June 2007, 20:19   #5
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I would suggest that you get a Santro or Wagon R , since this is your first car. Easier than the Palio to drive in the city and easier to park too.
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For e.g. a Ford Ikon (1634 mm) is narrower than a Swift (1690 mm). So Ikon, a bigger car, should be easier in lane-changing, narrow-wiggling scenarios.
Ikon is not exactly 'big'. Just that it has a boot!

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I would suggest that you get a Santro or Wagon R , since this is your first car. Easier than the Palio to drive in the city and easier to park too.
I'd anyday prefer the Swift over ikon/ esteem and the likes. If you dont need all that boot space, buy the Swift.

However, If you are a newbie to driving, and if worried about driving/parking then better stick to Santro/ wagonR.
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Well if your considering buying a hatch only because of Mumbai traffic then dont.If you have the option for Optra/Fiesta/City etc then pick one of those..
These are more powerful than your little run arounds..and as easy to drive.They have all the +points of the small car and more..Its not like its a problem parking these cars also..
I say change your mind..Dont go for a hatch.
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I'd say definitely go for a hatch if you don't need the boot. Bigger cars IMO are a complete waste of time in Bombay traffic.
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For City driving, a hatch makes more sense!
Carrying a large empty boot in the City is a waste of fuel & hassles in parking etc.

Test drive Palio 1.6, Aveo UVA and Swift and then decide!
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Thats for your responses folks - very helpful. As always

I'm having an epiphany. Either choose an A segment car

Or if driving a C segment car isnt hard - go for it. You get much better rear passenger leg room. And the boot for airport/out-station rides.

If the car gives good FE, B vs C shouldnt be a problem.

So only issue is parking.

Does anyone see something that other's missed?
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Look at the Palio 1.2,not the 1.6.

You might want to stay away from the Swift purely as a Stop-go traffic car.The absolute lack of power below 2000rpm is a reason why.

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Or if driving a C segment car isnt hard - go for it. You get much better rear passenger leg room. And the boot for airport/out-station rides.
if the car gives good FE, B vs C shouldnt be a problem.
Honda City i-Dsi.

Or you could look at the fiesta.

Emm..actually no,..the Honda city is perfect..Its compact fuel efficient,powerful enough for the city,quite spacious,has very good quality interiors.
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Look at the Palio 1.2,not the 1.6.
Is this purely for FE reasons?

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You might want to stay away from the Swift purely as a Stop-go traffic car.The absolute lack of power below 2000rpm is a reason why.
Makes complete sense; thanks.
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First time buyer stick to MARUTI or HYUNDAI. Go for Swift if Hatch and if sedan u can go for SX4
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I see you are going through something i did when i started out researching. Well choice for hatchback (vs 3-box/sedan) depens on individual needs. (my priorities changed and i know if i buy a 3-box i wont be able to take it on long drives for the next year or so.)

In addition to what you listed, you may want to look at how long you drive in a day (i.e how long u spend time in the car) and see
- whether you want more leg space and airy feeling
- whether you need a more presence on the roads (some ppl actually do have a theory that bigger car on india roads means no one will mess with ya )
- interiors - u dont want to keep getting reminded of how ur money spent is not worth it everytime you are stuck in a jam (but a good FE may even counter for this .... lol).

Also look at whats the avg kms/day or week u expect to run though you are in a city.

Btw - welcome aboard and good luck with your search!
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