Go Back   Team-BHP > BHP India > What Car? > Hatchbacks


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 10th March 2010, 23:22   #1
Distinguished - BHPian
 
SS-Traveller's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: New Delhi
Posts: 6,628
Thanked: 10,846 Times
Default Petrol Hatchback That "Looks Smart", Within 7.5 Lakhs

This is for a friend who lives in Moradabad. He is depending on me to find him the right car. He is not an auto buff at all.

He is looking for a petrol hatchback, but can go for a sedan if his requirements are met.

Average running: 7000 - 8000 km/year.
Requirement: Top-end petrol hatch with maximum bells and whistles possible.
Price: Not exceeding Rs.7.5 lakhs OTR.
Looks and style are big issues, and so are comfort and space. Service is an issue, and he is not sure what dealers are available in Moradabad (neither am I!).

His tentative choices:
  1. VW Polo: He likes the looks.
  2. Maruti A-Star: Looks good according to him.
  3. Hyundai Verna Petrol: Big car, not too expensive.
Negatives for the above choices:
  1. Polo: Nearest service station is at Delhi.
  2. A-Star: Not enough space.
  3. Verna: Looks too plain and simple.
However, he doesn't particularly want a Maruti Swift/Ritz/DZire (everyone has it).

Please help. Inputs about dealer/service centre details in Moradabad would be welcome.

Last edited by SS-Traveller : 10th March 2010 at 23:24.
SS-Traveller is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10th March 2010, 23:49   #2
Senior - BHPian
 
wildon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 2,405
Thanked: 1,040 Times
Default

The Hyundai i20 1.2 Asta (0) with Sunroof will get in that price range given.

i20 1.2L Asta Option With Sunroof Rs.611133/- - in Moradabad - Ex-showroom price.

Arjun Vasu Hyundai

5 Th K.M Delhi Road Moradabad, Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh

Tel: 591-2481898
Fax: 591-2481390

Last edited by wildon : 10th March 2010 at 23:53.
wildon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10th March 2010, 23:56   #3
BHPian
 
akshaymahajan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Delhi
Posts: 482
Thanked: 113 Times
Default

According to me he should get either a Chevrolet Beat or a Skoda Fabia.
Fabia being one of the best built hatch in that range and has the classiest yet simplest interiors. He can save the rest of the money ( from the 7.5) for maintaing it.
Beat is the smartest out of the lot these days but he may have to get all the bells and whistles installed on his own.
A-star is a bit too cramped and has nothing that matches your friends criteria. VW still needs to prove its worth by showing reliable and good AS$ and cheap maintenance. And the Verna.. did he not want a hatchback?
PS: If he wants peace of mind and does not want to go wrong with anything tell him to get a JAZZ.
akshaymahajan is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11th March 2010, 00:13   #4
BHPian
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Navi Mumbai
Posts: 388
Thanked: 51 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by akshaymahajan View Post
According to me he should get either a Chevrolet Beat or a Skoda Fabia.
Does Moradabad has Sokda/Chevy dealer or workshop? If your friend is not interested in Maruti then tell him to go for i20 as suggested by Wildon. A perfect car in that price.
gaddiwale is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th March 2010, 00:18   #5
BHPian
 
KALINGA's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: PUNE
Posts: 695
Thanked: 254 Times
Default

At 7.5 lac budget the choice may be as below:-

1) i20 Asta (O) :- Topend Model, Excellent Safty feature.Great A*S*S.
2) Skoda Fabia
3) VW Polo
4) Figo
5) Swift ZXi
6) Punto

The above are all hatchback.
If your friend open to used car then a springly used Honda CIVIC/CITY can be considered.May be little +/- of your budget.

Please refer GTO's new (Used) CIVIC thread as below:-

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/test-d...nda-civic.html (Got my *pre-worshipped* Honda Civic)
---------------------------------------
Another thread by @jesal

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/test-d...e-passion.html (Honda Civic V AT - Purple Passion)

I will prefer a CIVIC any day against a hatchback.

Last edited by KALINGA : 11th March 2010 at 00:20.
KALINGA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th March 2010, 00:33   #6
Team-BHP Support
 
.anshuman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Good-Gaon
Posts: 7,714
Thanked: 9,012 Times
Default

Best Looking car within 7.5lakhs: Fiat Linea
Driver's car car within 7.5lakhs: Ford Fiesta
Hassle free ownership: SX4(Considering MASS support)
.anshuman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th March 2010, 01:02   #7
Distinguished - BHPian
 
Mpower's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 10,432
Thanked: 1,682 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by SS-Traveller View Post
Price: Not exceeding Rs.7.5 lakhs OTR.
Looks and style are big issues, and so are comfort and space. Service is an issue,
Sounding like a Chevy Aveo sedan or a Fiat Grande Punto to me. Both 1.4P
Mpower is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th March 2010, 02:54   #8
BHPian
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: HYD
Posts: 226
Thanked: 16 Times
Default

1. Hyundai i20
2. FIAT GP
3. VW Polo
4. Fiat Linea emotion
5. Skoda Fabia
Comrade is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th March 2010, 09:10   #9
Distinguished - BHPian
 
SS-Traveller's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: New Delhi
Posts: 6,628
Thanked: 10,846 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by wildon View Post
The Hyundai i20 1.2 Asta (0) with Sunroof will get in that price range given.

i20 1.2L Asta Option With Sunroof Rs.611133/- - in Moradabad - Ex-showroom price.

Arjun Vasu Hyundai

5 Th K.M Delhi Road Moradabad, Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh

Tel: 591-2481898
Fax: 591-2481390
Good suggestion, wildon, esp. since there is a dealer/service centre in Moradabad. Thanks for the address and numbers.

Quote:
Originally Posted by akshaymahajan View Post
According to me he should get either a Chevrolet Beat or a Skoda Fabia.
PS: If he wants peace of mind and does not want to go wrong with anything tell him to get a JAZZ.
Fabia/Beat/Jazz: Again, the question boils down to the presence of a GM or Honda dealer and service availability in Moradabad. And the Fabia petrol is definitely not on the list, esp. since Skoda service is bad as it is, and the petrol engine has enough complaints against it on T-BHP itself.
Quote:
Originally Posted by akshaymahajan View Post
Beat is the smartest out of the lot these days but he may have to get all the bells and whistles installed on his own.
That he won't. He is not comfortable with shopping for car accessories. But yes, the Beat can be an option if the question below by gaddiwale is answered...
Quote:
Originally Posted by gaddiwale View Post
Does Moradabad has Sokda/Chevy dealer or workshop?
The Skoda Fabia is anyway out of that list.

Quote:
Originally Posted by KALINGA View Post
If your friend open to used car then a springly used Honda CIVIC/CITY can be considered.
No, a second-hand car is totally ruled out. As I said before, the friend is neither an auto enthusiast, nor someone who understands the finer points of automotive engineering.
Quote:
Originally Posted by .anshuman View Post
Best Looking car within 7.5lakhs: Fiat Linea
Driver's car car within 7.5lakhs: Ford Fiesta
Hassle free ownership: SX4(Considering MASS support)
The SX4 VVT, to my mind, seems to be a good choice. The ZXi appears to have almost all the desirable bells and whistles, is good to drive, and is not so common on the road, but the price may be a little too steep at 7.67L/8.01L ex-showroom (or @8.2-8.5L OTR) for the ZXi. The Honda City is also similarly ruled out due to price.

Considered the Figo and Fiesta. Ford also has the Limited Edition Fiesta (Ford - Fiesta Limited Edition 2010) with even more bells and whistles, but the major negative is that the nearest Ford dealer is at Bareilly, over a 100 km away.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mpower View Post
Sounding like a Chevy Aveo sedan or a Fiat Grande Punto to me. Both 1.4P
The Chevy Aveo is pretty dated in appearance. Both the Punto and Linea are serious contenders, but again, is there a Tata/Fiat service outlet at Moradabad?
Quote:
Originally Posted by Comrade View Post
1. Hyundai i20
2. FIAT GP
3. VW Polo
4. Fiat Linea emotion
5. Skoda Fabia
1, 2, 3 and 4 are in contention, but 5 is out as explained earlier.

As of now, the consensus seems to indicate i20, mainly because there is a dealer/service outlet close to hand at Moradabad. My choice might be the 1.4(P) Asta AT (Rs.746185 ex-showroom) or 1.4(P) Asta AT(O) with sunroof (Rs.788056 ex-showroom). This might edge past my friend's original budget though. My personal experience is that the 1.2L Petrol feels underpowered, and I cannot seem to find an ownership thread or test drive report on the 1.4L (P) AT on T-BHP (or anywhere else). Can anyone help by posting a link to one?
SS-Traveller is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th March 2010, 09:21   #10
Senior - BHPian
 
wildon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 2,405
Thanked: 1,040 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by SS-Traveller View Post
I cannot seem to find an ownership thread or test drive report on the 1.4L (P) AT on T-BHP (or anywhere else). Can anyone help by posting a link to one?
Here is Pachchu's Ownership report about 1.4 AT

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/test-d...ip-report.html (Hyundai i20 1.4L Petrol AT Initial Ownership Report)
wildon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th March 2010, 09:51   #11
Senior - BHPian
 
shankar.balan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: BLR
Posts: 8,027
Thanked: 5,326 Times
Default

Suggestions:
1. VW Polo
2. Ford Figo
3. Hyundai I 20
4. Skoda Fabia
5. Fiat Punto MJD (Diesel here because it is more powerful)
6. Wait for the new Chevy Aveo
7. Else, stretch a bit and pick a Honda Jazz

All these cars look lovely and certainly will help you in creating the impression that you desire.

Last edited by shankar.balan : 11th March 2010 at 09:52.
shankar.balan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th March 2010, 09:54   #12
Senior - BHPian
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Chicagoland
Posts: 1,504
Thanked: 437 Times
Default

I guess the i20 Asta (O) wins this hands down.. Top end, maximum bells and whistles, comfortable and modern. No competition there!
vineethvazhayil is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th March 2010, 10:39   #13
Senior - BHPian
 
suman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Gurgaon
Posts: 4,589
Thanked: 257 Times
Default

The thread title mentions "hatchback" yet I see quite a few sedans being suggested as well

Doc, "looks smart" = Fiat Grande Punto . If he wants a VFM hatch with all bells & whistles - the top end i20.
suman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th March 2010, 15:59   #14
Distinguished - BHPian
 
SS-Traveller's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: New Delhi
Posts: 6,628
Thanked: 10,846 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by suman View Post
The thread title mentions "hatchback" yet I see quite a few sedans being suggested as well
The friend is not really averse to a sedan either, but a top-end sedan for his price point is not easy to come by.
Quote:
...can go for a sedan if his requirements are met
Quote:
Originally Posted by vineethvazhayil View Post
I guess the i20 Asta (O) wins this hands down.. Top end, maximum bells and whistles, comfortable and modern. No competition there!
I concur with your opinion.
Quote:
Originally Posted by shankar.balan View Post
Suggestions:
1. VW Polo
2. Ford Figo
3. Hyundai I 20
4. Skoda Fabia
5. Fiat Punto MJD (Diesel here because it is more powerful)
6. Wait for the new Chevy Aveo
7. Else, stretch a bit and pick a Honda Jazz
(3) is currently the first contender, mainly because Hyundai has a dealer & service outlet at Moradabad. (1), (2), (4) and (7) don't. The Jazz would have been a choice except for the facts that (a) it oges into the i20 Asta 1.4L Petrol AT price range without the bells and whistles, (b) the nearest dealer/workshop is at Bareilly, over a 100 km away, and (c) it does feel underpowered with its 1.2L, without great fuel efficiency either. (5) is ruled out - no diesels for him, he says.

(6) Does Chevy have a dealer in Moradabad? And if yes, when is the new Aveo expected?
Quote:
Originally Posted by suman View Post
Doc, "looks smart" = Fiat Grande Punto . If he wants a VFM hatch with all bells & whistles - the top end i20.
Punto or Linea would have fitted the bill if they did have a dealer/A.S.S. in Moradabad. Absolutely spot on about the i20...
Quote:
Originally Posted by SS-Traveller View Post
As of now, the consensus seems to indicate i20, mainly because there is a dealer/service outlet close to hand at Moradabad. My choice might be the 1.4(P) Asta AT (Rs.746185 ex-showroom) or 1.4(P) Asta AT(O) with sunroof (Rs.788056 ex-showroom). This might edge past my friend's original budget though. My personal experience is that the 1.2L Petrol feels underpowered...
As we write, my friend is to visit the Hyundai dealer at MBD and check out the i20 1.4L (P) AT, if they have a TD vehicle there. Will wait for his response.

Last edited by SS-Traveller : 11th March 2010 at 16:01.
SS-Traveller is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th March 2010, 20:22   #15
BHPian
 
theEnd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Bombay
Posts: 534
Thanked: 5 Times
Default

The i20 1.4L AT petrol may look more powerful than the Jazz 1.2L on paper (99PS v/s 90PS). However, the automatic gearbox would certainly rob a bit of the power and I would imagine them to be about evenly matched.

Of course, you get a whole lot more features in the i20, the best of which are the 6 airbags. Also, you dont feel as cheated as you would be if you bought the Honda Jazz.
theEnd is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
"Cayenne" we "XC-eed" in our "Endeavour" to "Safari"? Taking powerful metal off-road SS-Traveller 4x4 Excursions 55 10th November 2016 22:56


All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 13:17.

Copyright 2000 - 2017, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks