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Old 19th July 2007, 13:35   #1
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Default Swift Lxi /Getz Gle1.1 / wagonrVxi / Santro xo best car at 4.5L

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

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Old 19th July 2007, 14:33   #2
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Are you going to sit in back seat?
If yes then You can go for Getz/Palio/Indica.
If not then your choice can be expanded to Santro and Wagon R.

I am 6'2" myself and I find getz driving position to be the best for my lower back. Indica seat has average under thigh support.
As for santro I find the seat very good for long drives.
If you could tell your approx monthly running, it would be better. Please post your requirements in a little more detail
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Santro (the best choice) or WagonR are best cars for city driving If you drive it yourself. If you need comfortable back seat go for Indigo.

You get heavy discounts on Santro and WagonR.

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Indica back seat, for that matter even SX4 back seat are not good enough if one is 6.2 - if you sit erect, the head will touch the roof (believe me- Iam 6.2! and own an Indica, have sat in the Sx4).
Can manage if you slide down the seat and recline - but wouldnt be ideal on long trips. Front seats are a different ball game - loads of head room
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I would suggest you go with the WagonR. Under the 5L mark and considerting your height that would be the best option. Its easy to handle it in the city and i guess you could also go for the Duo which would save your fuel bills. I think there need not be much of a confusion here. It seems to be tailor made for your requirements.

Why i dont consider the Santro for you is due to
1) not as good ride comfort as wagon R
2) Hyundai seems to be having some quality issues nowadays. At least thats the impression i personally get from watching the issues being raised. (very personal impression, please dont start a fight on this)
3) No lpg option while one of you priority is less running costs
4) being a first time buyer you would really appreciate the hassle free Customer service that Maruti would give you.Though Hyundai is not that bad in this aspect i think maruti would score slightly higher on this.
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It is a choice between Santro and WagonR if you are driving it yourself.
Pros and cons are as below:-
Santro has better pickup in lower gears.
It does not have a blind-spot due to thick A pillar.
The drivers seat is better for long distance driving.

But a WagonR has :-
Better steering (EPS) for city-driving.
Better suspension, esp for rear seats---in Santro there are many jerks.
Better ride.
Bigger boot space.
Reclining rear seats--good for long journeys with less luggage.
Better A.S.S.
Better brakes.

Mileage is more or less same for both cars--13 in city with A.C.
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I am going to drive a car and also my monthly running will be max 300Km and all of that will be in city of Pune..

But what about Swift Vxi it also has great space and power too

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swift is a great car for your kind of running.
Go for it if you like the car.
Take a test drive.
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varun i did not tell you about the swift due to the following reasons.

1) Swift is really bad in terms of interior space
2) Considering your height i dont think the swoft seats would be comfortable. The Wagon R seats are higher and good fall tall persons. Take a test drive and decide for yourself
3) The Swift is a bit bulky on the out and teds to get more scratches than other cars. Reversing and parking is considered a bit difficult due to this design. I thought since you are a first time buyer you might not want to have an easier to ahndle vehicle
4)The Swift engine is being replaced soon. So if you go for one right now your car might become an "Old Swift Petrol" Pretty soon.

One small suggestion. Take the test drives. And go with the car your heart wants to be with. Drive safe and all the best.
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3) No lpg option while one of you priority is less running costs
Hi Gemithomas,

Santro comes with a CNG option. I saw the ad a couple of days back in TOI.
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I guess one cannot really go wrong with a Santro Vs WagonR shootout. My guess is to pick the one that you like better. The Swift is a good choice too - these are all safe cars, and probably better suited to the City than to the Highway. I would buy the swift over the other two because I'd like my engine to be bigger and more responsive.

Here's my question to the forum - Which City is best for a car?

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NHC Exi/Gxi
- Spaceous interiors
- Fuel Efficient
- Reliable
- Smooth and silent
- Very good low end torque - a big help in city driving.
- Turning radius 4.9m (no problem to manuover in city)
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For the first time buyer, better go for any of these Santro/Wagon R/Spark
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I agree about WagonR's seating position really liked it for tall guys.

WagonR has better ride compared to Santro. Very silent prooved and tested engine backed by MUL.

I suggested Santro just for its easy to drive in City and good low end pick up.

Choose between WagonR and Santro for sure.

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As everyone suggested, a Santro/WagonR would be just fine. However, since your budget is upto 5 lacs, you can very well consider Aveo U-VA and Getz as well. Swift is not so good for city driving, so not suggesting it.
Also a Palio 1.6 is an option in that price bracket, but i doubt its low end response and its a bit bulky too. Not to forget it will give a lower FE compared to others in the segment.
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