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Old 25th June 2007, 10:25   #1
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Default Swift it is! But ZXI or VDI?

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Am in a quandary: I am toying between buying a Swift ZXI or VDI. Could someone please help me?

My factors are:
  1. Space not a problem - will be restricted to myself driving with wifey and kids. Have a Xeta for driver and lugging relatives/luggae etc;
  2. I love driving (fast) cars. Top speed is academic in India but need torque;
  3. Have never driven a diesel before;
  4. Mainly city with some highway thrown in over weekends;
  5. Safety very important - will not consider a car without ABS and EBD. Airbags even better!
  6. Can't wait 6 months for a new car!
  7. FE not a factor
  8. Resale not that important a factor
  9. Will probably keep it for say 2/3 years
If I assume that it's the Swift, should I go for the VDI or the ZXI? Have read amazing things about the VDI's torque etc but IS IT REALLY COMPARABLE/BETTER TO THE ZXI's HIGH REVVING PETROL?

Your advice please and quickly!!!

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Safety very important - will not consider a car without ABS and EBD. Airbags even better!
Can't wait 6 months for a new car!
I dont think any choice is left for you other than ZXI.
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Go for ZXi as it got better safety and features and as per your requirements FE is not a factor and you are only going to keep the car for 2 - 3 years.
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Out of those, get the ZXi. I thought you were getting a sedan . Why swift all of a sudden?
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Zxi with ABS for you
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ZXI with ABS ?? Jaggu, ZXI always comes with ABS.
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From the points you listed it looks like you really want the ZXi If thats the case you should go for it. Also, you havent mentioned how many kms you drive in a day. I think the magic number is 60 or so. More than 60 km per day justifies the additional cost of a diesel.
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Guys, thanks for the super-quick answers! Guess T-BHP is high on most Systems Administrators' lists to track usage and to block soon :-)

Distance driven will rarely be more than 20 km a day on an average. No way near the breakeven distance to justify a diesel but was considering VDI purely on torque (maybe even adding Pete's Box!!)

As for the sedan Reignofchaos, may have to park that plan for sometime. We are still not sure whether we can afford a 9 lakh (second) car immediately. Case of "Heart wants Cedia but pocket says Swift"!

Any further comments will be most appreciated!

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Zxi seems a sensible option since you cannot wait for 6 months. Slightly off topic - Getz with ABS might be an option, since fuel efficency is not important. However its slightly sluggish.
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The Zxi would be more worth the money you are paying. COnsdering what all you get at the price the VDi is way too much highly priced just ffor that superb engine from FIAT. Moreover since you dont want to wait for 6 months and since you dont want to have one without ABS. Your only choice would be the ZXi with ABS
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One thing to remember about ABS in the Swift is that it works only on the front wheels. The rear wheels are drum brakes and hence ABS does not function on the rear wheels. Hence they will lock up and might make the rear unstable.
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SX4 should be a good option too.
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One thing to remember about ABS in the Swift is that it works only on the front wheels. The rear wheels are drum brakes and hence ABS does not function on the rear wheels. Hence they will lock up and might make the rear unstable.
Is this true? That is strange - that would be as good as not having any ABS system at all, is it not? The rear wheels will lock up and you will lose traction anyway - so how can that be of any help?
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ZXI with ABS ?? Jaggu, ZXI always comes with ABS.
i realized after posting, didnt have time then he he. yes it does come with abs
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I think there was a long thread about ABS in the forum itself. ABS is possible on drums but the performance of ABS with its gonna be very inneffective. On swift AFAIK ABS works only on front two wheels.
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