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Old 24th August 2009, 10:27   #1
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Hi Bhpians,
I am searching for a perfect car for my mother.
She is about 45 yrs old, wants to learn how to drive a car and use it to go to shopping etc (mainly city driving)

Requirements:
Main Priority : Should be very very easy to drive.
Lack of Rear Seat space NOT a problem
Budget of 1-1.5 Lakhs (Will definitely buy a used hatchback)
Power Steering and A/C a must
MPFI engine
Good Mileage
Easy to maintain (local mechanics should be able to service it )
Preferably a Maruti/ Hyundai

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Old 24th August 2009, 10:31   #2
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Alto Lxi.

Add power windows.
I cannot think of any other car, which can match the requirements and come within the budget.
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Old 24th August 2009, 10:31   #3
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I guess you could get a second hand Alto for that budget.

There you go, even bblost thinks the same. FYI, Its hard to come by good alto for a song.

My friend sold his 2008 Lxi to true value for 2.10. The car had clocked 65000. New Lxi on road costs 2.90.

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I would suggest to go for a used Santro, Not only it will fit into bill perfectly but can be repaired by any nick and nack.
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Alto LXI is the best bet, or a good second hand Santro if it come in the budget.
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As others suggested Alto Lxi is the best suited for the requirement
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If you can stretch the budget ( by quite a large margin ) I guess a used Santro AT would be the easiest to learn and drive in the city.
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Used Santro AT if you can get one. Very comfortable. Not too big. AT means easy to handle in the city and easy to drive with zero pressure.
inexpensive to maintain. great service network. economical enough - should give you about 12 kmpl with AC in city.
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Second hand santro would be my suggestion.
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I completely agree with shankar. Nothing beats a santro AT for the ladies. This is first hand experience from my mom, who claims that the santro was the best car she's driven ever and shes been driving from 35-40 years. What she's talking about here not the AT though, but clearly the ease of use. I'm sure an AT will be far better.
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forgot a couple of things which ladies (especially mum's) love - the high and commanding seating position in the santro plus very easy to get in and get out of- the santro door opens nice and wide so there is lots of space and is comfortable for ladies who wear sarees and carry handbags etc unlike many other cars.

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I completely agree with shankar. Nothing beats a santro AT for the ladies. This is first hand experience from my mom, who claims that the santro was the best car she's driven ever and shes been driving from 35-40 years. What she's talking about here not the AT though, but clearly the ease of use. I'm sure an AT will be far better.
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My vote goes to Santro!
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@rahulsingh007 - IMO if you're going for a pre-owned car, nothing better than a well mentained Hyundai Santro or a Maruti Alto.
The other better options like i10, spark, would be hard to squeeze in that budget.
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My mom also loves to drive her alto. It's quite comfortable to drive as well as park which is quite a task. But power steering is a 'must have'. You can even consider wagon r.
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Even a used Spark would meet her requirements. And, if you get that green funky color, even more appropriate for a lady
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