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Old 17th November 2009, 12:55   #1
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Have been reading all this while ......... last post from my side would be atleast a yr ago.

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Need a third car for petty jobs / backup purpose / enter thin bylanes of city and primarily for my mom.

Presently, this job is done by Santro and thoroughly satisfied with its overall packaging brilliance (almost 6 yrs / 76000 kms ...... Touchwood).
But just dont want to repeat my purchase for Santro.

I am thinking between New Estillo (as it has 1.0 ltr K series engine as in A star) and I10.

Pls advice.
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i10- much better than estillo (my previous car was zen estillo)
i10 is better built /stong car with good interior compared to others
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Do consider Spark. Fits the bill perfectly.
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Just to understand, do you really need a car? Can't you look at other options like two-wheelers or even better cycle? This would give you great deal of flexibility and also quite fuel efficient. In case of cycle, its quite green.
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Just to understand, do you really need a car? Can't you look at other options like two-wheelers or even better cycle? This would give you great deal of flexibility and also quite fuel efficient. In case of cycle, its quite green.
The OP is looking a car primarily for his Mom. So keeping in mind the age a car will be better option.

namit, think about alto. easy to maintain and will not be a problem to park in those small bylanes.
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The OP is looking a car primarily for his Mom. So keeping in mind the age a car will be better option.
Oops. Sorry for missing that part.

If that is the case, then I would go with Spark. It's a lovely car.
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Actually, my mom and even me for that matter, like the driving posture like in Santro (upright). You dont feel tired even when stuck in jams for 3 hrs.

So keeping that posture and visibility in mind, i narrowed on these 2 options.

Moreover, althiugh very satisfied with Hyundai's overall packaging, i am inclined towards Maruti for a reason of even cheaper maintenance and more long lasting life (in terms of engine life) as i may keep this car for 8 - 10 years.

Not conidering Spark as I do not like its Engine noise and my mom finds its very toyish.

Otherwise pretty content with GM's service and customer care.

Also bcoz of GM's brand image being not that good, would not like to have 2 GM cars at home.

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The Santro and the Wagon R make for the best ingress and egress especially for the elder.
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i10 would be the perfect replacement for the Santro. I dont except a huge difference in maintenance costs for i10 vs Estilo.
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spark or the alto, IMHO.
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spark or the alto, IMHO.
Considering the car to be for an elderly person, ingress and egress would be a bit difficult on the Alto. Spark does make for a good choice.
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buy a REVA KLASSE i version
easy to drive, easy to park, easy to charge.
zero emission, zero inconvenience and nice little runabout.
Helps to try and keep the planet green too!

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Hi All,

Have been reading all this while ......... last post from my side would be atleast a yr ago.

Back to this fantastic forum.

Need a third car for petty jobs / backup purpose / enter thin bylanes of city and primarily for my mom.

Presently, this job is done by Santro and thoroughly satisfied with its overall packaging brilliance (almost 6 yrs / 76000 kms ...... Touchwood).
But just dont want to repeat my purchase for Santro.

I am thinking between New Estillo (as it has 1.0 ltr K series engine as in A star) and I10.

Pls advice.
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Namit if its a Maruti you are considering, why dont you look at the Ritz? Its a fresh car and the petrol model comes with the K series engine as well which is brilliant. Also its considerably tall so should be an advantage to your mom as well.
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Ritz or i10 Kappa seems to be logical upgrade from Santro.
Estilo is a decent car, but i actually liked the older engine better for city drives.

Why don't you look for an old Estilo with 1.1 L engine, might get good price for it. Engine and mechanicals are bulletproof, being a wagonR in disguise.

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Hi Namit

I have been also considering a second car for the exact same reasons you are... something for the narrow roads plus for my wife and I am thinking i10 would be a great car... but also wondering if Chevy Beat would be a great car too ? I guess they would be launching in the next 4 - 6 weeks. Any ideas from Chevy enthusiasts in the forum ?

I like the build quality of the Spark, but still I discounted it from my list after finding myself in a cramped seat where the left leg keeps hitting the center panel - looks more like the car was originally planned only for countries using AT and by chance selling here also without having to increase the leg space.

Good luck.
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