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Old 10th December 2009, 01:53   #1
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Default New car (4.5L otr) i10 1.2 vs a-star vxi

Hey guys, I've trolled around the other threads, esp Rastapopoulos's and have gotten decent insights from there , my requirements being slightly different as am getting this for myself:
So would like suggestions to compare between i10 1.2 magna/sportz vs a-star vxi .

Its my first car and my requirements are more or less:
- want a city car which can handle highways well (sporadic long drives), but mainly city commute - so agile handling is primary criteria
- 4.5L OTR is the limit i've set myself,dont really wanna exceed it for i20 ,etc
- safety equipment (abs , airbags ) would be more preferred than power ( a-star vs i10 here)

Will go on TD's on the weekend,but reading online, what I want suggestions on is:
- it isnt clear if A-star has foldable rear-seats or not .That really isnt very practical , + for i10
- A-star has ABS + air bag , + for A-star
- i10 has a muchos better engine , + for i10 , but considering that I pretty much consider myself to be a safe driver 0-80/100 rather than go quick, is A-star's engine a let down even in city acceleration or highway speed?
- car stability ?
- rear seat comfort?
- boot space ?

any other views will be appreciated as well.

Last, I live in mumbai/navi mumbai ,so service shouldnt be an issue, but do let me know of any discounts / dealer discounts you may know of here.

Muchas Gracias!
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I may not be answering "exactly" what you want here. but having seen / sat in an Astar, I wanted to add my two cents.

1) A-Star generally feels / looks cramped (No offence meant to owners), I am a 6 footer and my dad (65 +) had a difficult time for the ingress / egress.

2) The engine is slightly coarse, probably because of a 3 pot one.

3) Boot space is very limited, even though you may be driving in the city, it would be difficult to plan out for a quick weekend getaway considering the boot size.

4) Rear seat IMHO (and my dad) felt claustrophobic / cramped. I am not sure if it is the roof line or the windows getting angular and closing at the end, it felt sort of dark (hope you get what i am expressing here).

I will let the experts comment on much important things. Hope my views help you.

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I have had the opportunity to drive both A-star and the i10. dont remember the variant. ito it was the top of the line kappa i guess with sunroof. even had the opportunity to drive a i10sportz.
suzuki has a huge reputation and a widely spread network but IMO in comparison between the two you've you've chosen i10 does stand better in almost all perspectives. don't ask the details cause i am not quite equipped with the boot space in litres and stuff.

Maybe experts would be able to throw some more light on this.

Best of luck in choosing your car.

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The rear seats of A-star are really cramped and as mentioned by @vj_carlover, it is extremely difficult for a elderly person to get in and out of the a-star back seats.
If your requirement is for only 2 persons to travel in city or on highway then A-star would suit. If anything more than that go for i10.
if you put 3 laptop bags, the boot is full.

Here is a superb review of A-star by @sidindica
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/test-d...est-drive.html (Maruti A-Star review + test Drive)

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