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Old 27th May 2010, 00:04   #31
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Hi Sanju,
Thanks for the advice.
I had test drive of 2 vehicles in the evening.
1) Spark -- Front and rear seats have good view. Very good shock absorbers. Console meter -yucks! Pickup was slow.
2) New estillo again -- Good pickup and interior space. Not sure why market did not like it. Guys can you help me find out the reason?Any flaws? Was little big than sparky.
3)Checked figo in showroom. No test drive as we got little late.
Guys I would like to know if petrol version is really good? How cheaper would be its service costs and mileage. I do not want to keep an eye on fuel gauge instead of road.
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absorbers. Console meter -yucks! Pickup was slow.
What about Beat? Trust me, you'll love the console; err...not only that, GM did some real good work on beat & that's what I read. Did you give a try on that along with Spark?

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Guys can you help me find out the reason?Any flaws? Was little big than sparky.
This is Team-BHP, you'll have answers even before one thinks - http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/indian...ectations.html (Maruti Estilo fails to live up to expectations???)

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TD the figo and see the difference.
I have seen a figo two days back (someone came to my home with their new figo -high end version -costs about rs.6Lakhs) and the vehicle is superb, no doubt.
(But frankly ask me, at rs.6L I would have gone for Ikon?)
Just try it, before making a decision..!
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Old 27th May 2010, 10:46   #34
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My wife is learning driving too Anand and there is a need to buy a second hatchback (I already own a Figo TDCi) in the house now since she works in the opposite direction to my office.

My idea is to buy a second hand or new hatch Automatic version sice it is for my wife and the car has to be compatible to a newbie driver.

my options are Santro, i10 and Wagon R.

You might want to try this option as well.

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Hi nairrk,
Thanks for that. I really do not want to cross my budget of 4L as at 5-6L range I shall definately get -Swift D,figo D, punto, polo and some good sedan as well.I find even i10 bit costly as per my budget and the features that GM and ford are giving a much a less price.

Thus I think following cars are closer to my budget and I need suggestions for their high speed manners and safety along with quality of service levels from their respective companies in case I go out on those weekend getaways/highways:
1) Alto
2) New Estillo
3) Spark
4) Beat (Have to take a test drive and see it in skin)
5) Figo petrol (any takers for this car here guys?)

Please guys help awaited eagerly.
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I would recommend the beat based on your requirements.
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HI All,
Went to GM showroom to see beat in skin:
1) Too garish for women drivers. Wifey said would look good on me than her.
2) less space in rear than spark.
3) Costly than spark

So spark i am getting for 3.8L (all basic freebees +audio+autocop)
new Estillo I am getting for 4L (all basic freebees +audio+autocop)

On one side have wide service network and other I have 3 years of free maintainance package.

Now I require help of team-bhpians desperately to find the best car or go down on Alto like others to be on safer side.
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HI All,
Went to GM showroom to see beat in skin:
1) Too garish for women drivers. Wifey said would look good on me than her.
2) less space in rear than spark.
3) Costly than spark

So spark i am getting for 3.8L (all basic freebees +audio+autocop)
new Estillo I am getting for 4L (all basic freebees +audio+autocop)

On one side have wide service network and other I have 3 years of free maintainance package.

Now I require help of team-bhpians desperately to find the best car or go down on Alto like others to be on safer side.
i found the spark better quality,build and ride. Just did not llike the estilo interior quality and looks. Only the console on the spark is odd, rest all is fine
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But what about high speed grips and behavior of them.
How does following cars fair?
1) Alto
2) Spark
3) New Estillo
4) Figo petrol.

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But what about high speed grips and behavior of them.
How does following cars fair?
1) Alto
2) Spark
3) New Estillo
4) Figo petrol.
Figo > Spark ~ Alto > Estilo

BTW, what i fail to understand, you have Estilo in your list, but not the far superior new WagonR !

And, by high speed, how high you mean ? 120 + kmph ?
Under 80 kmph and normal city driving, there won't be much issues with any of the small hatches around, even the tall ones.
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BTW, what i fail to understand, you have Estilo in your list, but not the far superior new WagonR !
@Anand - For some reason you're skeptical about the new WagonR; trust me, if I'd to change my car, WagonR wil be my decisions; its got all the best of the features in the small car. For luggage you can opt for the roof carrier, if you feel the boot is small.

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And, by high speed, how high you mean ? 120 + kmph ?
Trust me, WagonR can do 120+ & 80 is quite easy. The best part is the road visibility is excellent.

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Hi All, I agree with you hands down Aargee and DCEite about prowess of new wagon R but following is my reason to not go for it:
1) Waiting period of 3 weeks or more.
2) My dad already had wagon R for 5 years and thus we want a fresh change.
3) Looks are subjective and when you see it closely it resembles sumo grande(thats what i feel). My wifey too did not like it at all.
4) Our old wagon R sweared on ghats because of boxy nature, this might be better but logic points that aerodynamics of the body might play spoil sport.
5) Price-- The price at which it is available in bangalore here might call me to get a used sedan like OHC.
6) Sitting position-- Upright like sumo(bit more comfortable though).
7) Boot and space it offers is sufficient.
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HI All,
Went to GM showroom to see beat in skin:
1) Too garish for women drivers. Wifey said would look good on me than her.
2) less space in rear than spark.
3) Costly than spark

So spark i am getting for 3.8L (all basic freebees +audio+autocop)
new Estillo I am getting for 4L (all basic freebees +audio+autocop)

On one side have wide service network and other I have 3 years of free maintainance package.

Now I require help of team-bhpians desperately to find the best car or go down on Alto like others to be on safer side.
If you are going to be staying in a major city, GM or for that matter anything will be fine. Maruti will be better if you will be staying at places where others have not reached. Go for the GM 3 year cashless ownership. It really works as advertised.
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But what about high speed grips and behavior of them.
How does following cars fair?
1) Alto
2) Spark
3) New Estillo
4) Figo petrol.
I feel you are thinking too much in terms of high speed behaviour of the cars.

Frankly speaking, most hatchbacks are meant to be city cars. They are generally not designed to be high speed highway cruisers.

But, at the same time, almost any car can be comfortably driven on the highway as long as you understand its limitations. (I am talking about normal highways, not severely bad roads or steep ghat sections)

You might be aware that 2 distinguished Team-BHP members have driven a Tata Nano from Mumbai to Delhi. If a Nano can be driven non-stop for such long distances, the cars being considered by you would perform much better.

I would suggest you that you select a car which is suitable for your wife for driving in the city. On highways, drive at reasonable speeds, so that you won't have to worry about crosswinds, aerodynamics, high speed grip etc.

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BTW, what i fail to understand, you have Estilo in your list, but not the far superior new WagonR !
Why do you say that WagonR is far superior to Estilo ? What is the major difference between the two ?

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Go for the Figo Petrol, its a wonderful option, looks great, strong and durable, built on the tried, tested and much loved Fiesta platform, drives like a beauty too. At 3.5-4L, it's a steal. Next best would be i10 Sports, although, if you go into the higher bracket, try get an Ikon in one of the non-metro cities (it doesnt sell in metros any more)
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