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Old 3rd October 2010, 10:12   #1
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My cousin in AHMEDABAD is looking for a hatchback.

Budget: Rs 4.5 Lacs on road
Running: approx 3000 per month

As he will be running so high km every month, he is looking for a Diesel/CNG/LPG car only. Factory fit CNG/LPG preferred.

I have suggested he looks at WagonR CNG and Santro LPG.
I told him to look at the Ford Figo Diesel as well, but it is costing Rs 5.10 Lacs on road.

Any others to recommend?

He currently has a 12 yr old Santro (with LPG Kit), he plans to keep the car for at least 5 yrs. (Any opinions on how much the Santro is worth in used car market?)
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Factory fitted CNG - WagonR or Estilo is the way to go.

Otherwise if he is OK with LPG, he can consider Santro LPG - but its a dated car in comparison to the new Marutis with K-series engine.
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I would suggest to go for a Maruti make, probably a Wagon R CNG, since he already has a Santro.
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Increase the budget by a bit, and go for the Ritz LDi. It should be around 5'ish OTR.
Leave aside the CNGs LPGs and the likes.

Its a better car than santro/wagon-r, drives and handles much better - decently spaced; and a diesel is much more convenient fuel option.

Thank me after a few thousand kms of ownership
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As suggested buy the Ritz base version.

If you want to look beyond Maruti, consider Figo/Indica Vista base models.

Forget the idea of LPG/CNG, diesel works out the best.
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Given the number of Kms/Month. I would suggest you look at either the Diesel versions or the LPG.

You try the different variants in TATA diesel small cars or Ritz LDi or Wagon R LPG.

While choosing between the diesel and LPG, do consider the long running effects which the diesel cars have like engine noise etc.

let me know what your friend decides and rational behind it.

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I do not know the availability of LFPG/CNG filling stations in Ahmedabad, But i feel that they are less compared to diesel stations.

Considering your specifications, I would suggest Figo Diesel.
Its a tried and tested engine (ikon and fiesta) with a great mileage.
If you are ok with the figo looks. thats a good car for the specified usage
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@3000km per month, or >200km/day, your cousin would be wasting a lot of time filling up at CNG stations everyday, unless he has a driver to do this chore for him.
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Thanks for all the suggestions. I have passed them on to my cousin.

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Availability of LPG/CNG is apparently very good in Ahmedabad (I don't know about other cities), off course less than Diesel, but overall still very good.

He said he is going to look at a range of cars today, lets see if any specific car entices him and he raises his budget?
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Swift LDI. Would anyday opt for a Diesel car over an LPG one for such high running.
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Its better to go for diesel than all these lpg/cng things.
Main issue would be the availability of lpg cng stations and the queue present at the stations.
Also lpg cng kit decrease the boot space.
I would suggest Vista or Figo or Palio Stile (?) - Fiat India
Ritz has much much better back seat comfort than swift. So ritz is the way to go if interested in swift.

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Since his running is so high, so will be the rate of wear & tear. Ask him to avoid cars that suffer from frequent niggles (Tatas & Fiats). He'd be happiest with a diesel. Ask him to make his choice from the Swift, Ritz or Figo.
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Since his running is so high, so will be the rate of wear & tear. Ask him to avoid cars that suffer from frequent niggles (Tatas & Fiats). He'd be happiest with a diesel. Ask him to make his choice from the Swift, Ritz or Figo.
Wonder why not Tata?? Most of the cabs these days are Tata Indicas ? I am sure they clock more than 3k/month.
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cabbies tend to run the car to the ground and then move on to another one. If an indicab had a mouth, it would probably cry for help.
And besides, they get them serviced from elsewhere. If you are going to service an indica like you service another car, TASC's obscure labour charges and frequent part replacements (due to the questionable durablity of their spares) mean that your bill will be higher.
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My cousin in AHMEDABAD is looking for a hatchback.

Budget: Rs 4.5 Lacs on road
Running: approx 3000 per month

As he will be running so high km every month, he is looking for a Diesel/CNG/LPG car only. Factory fit CNG/LPG preferred.

I have suggested he looks at WagonR CNG and Santro LPG.
I told him to look at the Ford Figo Diesel as well, but it is costing Rs 5.10 Lacs on road.

Any others to recommend?

He currently has a 12 yr old Santro (with LPG Kit), he plans to keep the car for at least 5 yrs. (Any opinions on how much the Santro is worth in used car market?)
My insurance agent in Delhi has clocked 1.8L km in his CNG Wagon R in 3 years, and the car is still going strong. As long as CNG is available and as he is comfortable with CNG/LPG (Santro), there is nothing wrong with CNG. In Delhi all the cabs are CNG, so are a lot of owners of Esteem, Contessa and Cielo.

A factory fitted Wagon R CNG is ideal for in city travel, especially high milage user. It is about 4.25 ex-showroom in Ahmadabad.

In Delhi the CNG costs the Wagon R user a little over 1.25 rupees/km. No diesel can beat that. Yes the performance suffers, but who wants performance in dense city traffic?
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