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Old 19th July 2007, 17:46   #16
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Originally Posted by gemithomas View Post
1) Swift is really bad in terms of interior space

If Swift is "really bad" about the interior space than 800,Alto, estilo, wagonR,santro are not even worth looking at.
Swift has little less rear leg space as compare to other big hatches ( GETZ, UVA) but front seats are one of the most comfortable and spacious in its class (and thats what you need being a tall guy). Swift is a clear winner in your case. Test drive is comprehensively and then decide.
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Old 19th July 2007, 17:46   #17
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SANTRO - Offer best driving position, I am 5'11 ( 95 KGS ), I work out a lot, The only drawback is when you are built heavily that you push the seat as back as possible ( I do that ) Leaves no space for person sitting behind the passenger. If only you have to drive or 2 ppl in car its fine, IF it is going to have 4 then its a bit small.
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hey Bhpian
Is it really true that swift is changing it's engine??
Also is it worth to wait for fabia as i found that it will compete with swift and getz in terms of price?
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Old 19th July 2007, 19:39   #19
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Originally Posted by varunghatge View Post
Hi All,

I am a first time buyer of car, I wish to buy a car upto 5 lakhs.
My limitations are

1) 99% of city driving ( So i wish a car which will be best for city use)
2) I am 6ft 2 so i need a car which has more space
3) Need less running cost
4) I am going to use this car for 5 to 6 yrs

I have taken test ride of Santro ,Swift ,Palio ,Wagnaor.. all are good cars but i am not able to make out which will suit me?

Can any one help me...

Thanks in advance
Also TD the UVA and Spark. I guess the you would like the UVA as none of the cars you have TDed has really touched you..

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Old 19th July 2007, 23:07   #20
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Default Santro!!

Santro is the best "city car" IMHO

Has enough leg/head space for tall drivers too. I think it suits your requirements best.

Also since this is your first car, maintenance and running costs will be low if you go for Santro.

However, news is that Santro "might" be phased out soon. I think its too premature to say that considering that its Hyundai's entry level car and unless they can get something for the same price, they won't banish their bread & butter model

If you wish to go for a Maruti, Wagon R is the car. However, I personally hate its boxy design. But thats upto you.
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Old 19th July 2007, 23:24   #21
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If you can live with the limited low end torque (engine response), then it is swift for you - i am 6 ft tall and feel pretty comfy with Swift and the rear seat comfort is anyday better than Santro. Am not sure about the new WagonR, but I hate old WagonR's bench like rear seats. Swift will be more useful if you get into the highway periodically ...

As far as the driveability is concerned, Santro/WagonR is good for congested city traffic. But you can get used to Swift too and if you are a first time driver, you should be prepared for some minor cosmetic damages initially in case of swift.

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Old 20th July 2007, 23:56   #22
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For 5 lacs you get...

1. Fully loaded Chevy Spark (1.0LT)
ex. 394875,14074,43440,1000, 4000,=4,57,389
2. Base U-VA (1.2 Base) (AC Power steering, pretty good)
ex. 399488,15040,43945,1000,4000=463473
U-VA 1.2 LS = 509978
3. Swift Vxi
Ex. 427279,13016,47001,2395,4000=493691
4. WagonR Vxi (MET)
Ex. 378277,11643,41611,1890,3500,=436921
15K discounts is being provided.

5. Santro XO
I think it's 4,10,000 on road.

These are B'lore prices, but if you observe carefully...
For chevy vehicles of same ex. show room price, you end up paying almost 3-4k extra to insurance compared to Maruti. The 3.5lacs to 5 lacs is the most exciting one, it's also the segment which is most difficult to make a choice, we are spoilt by choices!!!

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Old 21st July 2007, 00:31   #23
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Hi from a WagonR owner.

Like everyone suggested, chose between Santro/WagonR. However, i'd suggest you to look at the Swift first.

Reason? I own a WagonR. Its a good car. But Swift is much better and modern. And defenitly a better car compared to Santro/WagonR.

Swift may not be as easy to drive in the city as the Santro/WagonR. But, its only a matter of a month of driving to get used to the dimensions of the Swift. After that, you'll love your decision to have gone for the Swift instead of Santro/WagonR.

Still if you want to go for Santro/WagonR. Take TD of Santro/WagonR/Spark and decide for yourself. Its a very tight segment and its better you decide the car thats suits you the best.
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Old 21st July 2007, 20:51   #24
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The Chevy UVa is a spacious car and carries a good service package. Considering your height It should be a good bet . Also have a look at the Getz which has good interiors ans is very spacious.
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Old 22nd July 2007, 03:26   #25
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SANTRO is a very good city car, though its dated. If thats not an issue than you cant go wrong with this car. Take a TD of SPARK too before taking your final call.
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Default Swift Lxi /Getz Gle1.1 / wagonrVxi / Santro xo best car at 4.5L

First of all dear moderators i am not able to merge this thread with my previous posts please do merge it with my previous threads if you can but please do not delete this thread..

hi all
I am buying my first car..and my budget is 4.5L
I have 2 basic questions
1) should i go for top model of B segmnt car like wagnor or santro if yes which one is better Wagonr or Santro
1) Maruti car
2) Better suspension
3) better resale value
1) lesser power
2) loose body frame
1) Good power
2) solid built
1) Susupension
2) has ac problem

2) If I should go for b+ segment cars which one should i go Swift or Getz prime 1.1
1) Maruti car
2) good power than getz 1.1
3) good resale value
4) good looks
1) rattling noise
2) less rear space
3) interior quality
Getz 1.1
1) Good intial torque even better than swift 1.3
2) extreamly good rear space
3) better interiors
4) extra smooth gear transmission
1) bit overpriced for 1.1
2) may be high maintanice value
3) less resale value

mine will be 95% city driving and runnig cost and maintaince cost are concerns ..also this is my first car so i am getting confused evry day so i request all bhpian to help me out
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Old 3rd September 2007, 15:01   #27
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I feel you should go in Maruti Swift. Stretch a little bit if possible and buy a VXi. It will serve your purpose and its a better car than all the B segment ones. I am driving it currently it is giving me around 12.5 in city with full a/c and 16.5 to 17 in highway. Handling in swift is best can take on any car in this regard. As a driver you will have full confidence. I have driven both Wagon R and Santro it can never match upto swift.
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Old 3rd September 2007, 15:06   #28
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I recommend go for Wagon R. Good car with excellent visibility, low on maintenance, good A.S.S and comparitively good resale value.
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Go for Chevvy UVA. Good Car. For 5L you can get UVA 1.2 LS. This comes with PS/4PW/tilt stearing. Interiors are 1pt better than base model.
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Even I would suggest the Chevvy UVA. Its a really nice car for the price. Also please stay away from Swift for the time being. There are reports of people facing problem with rattles and now the latest, the clutch which is serious.
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