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View Poll Results: which would be your one and only entry level car
santro 18 14.75%
indica diesel/petrol 20 16.39%
zen 8 6.56%
versa 0 0%
wagon R 15 12.30%
alto 9 7.38%
palio 27 22.13%
ambassdor 1 0.82%
Swift 24 19.67%
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Old 17th February 2006, 18:28   #16
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Santro Or WagonR...

Buying it for the first time.... I'd probably go for WagonR.

Now since I already have a wagonR... probably get a Santro.

Haven't driven the new indica petrol (Xeta)... so till I do... I still take the indica as un-sophisticated.
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Old 17th February 2006, 18:47   #17
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It would probably be the Santro for me. Reasonably fuel efficient, cheap to buy and maintain, Hyundai ASS, good reliability. Though the base Indica turbo diesel would be a very close second choice.Cant really pass an opinion on the Xeta.
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Old 17th February 2006, 19:01   #18
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palio. safe and sound. be it diesel or petrol.
old zen would come next, for it' cute looks and obviously decent performance for entry level.




P.S: i was wondering as to how many cars on indian scene match the stability of ambassador at high speeds ( 140+).
P.P.S: drive the amby, you'll know what stability i am referring to.
P.P.P.S: atleast dont consider it entry-level. and anyhow, it is too old to catch a normal buyer' attention anymore.

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Old 17th February 2006, 19:07   #19
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Default Indica it is

Indica -

Practical

Spacious

Comfortable

Safe

Economical to run and maintain
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Old 17th February 2006, 19:08   #20
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Palio 1.6 in the poll? If so that would be my choice hee hee. Otherwise, if I was going in for my first car (and I did not have too much money to spend on petrol) then it would have to be the Indica Diesel.
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For me it would have to be the zen within the list provided .. If u can live with the dated looks , that engine used to bring a smile to my face everytime i would take it to redline .. Not to mention the sporty feel u get sitting pretty low .. I just so love the peppy engine ..

The next would have to be the santro , but being a tall boy it would not suit the driving style of the youth (too many cases of toppled santros) .. Not to mention that these cars are mostly bought by the youths who have just then gotten into fresh jobs .. So i expect them to be pushed hard ..
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It has to be WagonR. because zen and Alto are cramped for space, not as reliable, not as safe, not as many features and not enough difference in FE.

All this for just a bit more is worth buying a wagonR
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Old 17th February 2006, 21:12   #23
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Alto LXi. Brilliant car. Low maintenance, economical and peppy engine, easy to punt around, good looking and backed up by the country's best service network. Infact, my brother just bought one last month.
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Hmm, would have to be Santro... best all round car available today, in my opinion
make it best all round "city" car..... its bad on highways!

@Aditya.. Alto is anything but peppy... it requires a heavy foot to get going from standstill, with A/C its even worse. Rest everything is OK... but then why not extend ur budget just that much and go for santro which is a much better car.

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i would suggest buying a diesel swift
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@Aditya.. Alto is anything but peppy... it requires a heavy foot to get going from standstill, with A/C its even worse. Rest everything is OK... but then why not extend ur budget just that much and go for santro which is a much better car.
Well, the few Altos that I have driven have had no trouble keeping up with other cars when the lights turn green. With the AC, most cars do lose some of their venom and the Alto is no exception.
Santro - Good city car, but, no thanks.
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Palio no doubt, the best hot hatch in India. Looks as fast as it goes too..
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My friend told me there is some huge discounts for zen nowadays..
Zen Lxi = 2.7lacs ...n corsa 1.4 or 1.6 within 3.5 lacs with sunroof...
Is this true???? anyone
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Palio anyday. 1.2/1.6/19D any.
The car looks HOT, is quite big, good fun to drive, has an awesome ride (my friends who were sitting in the rear when i was in the front - We are around 5'10"- were quite comfortable on the WE highway after the monsoons), is very stable on the expressway, VERY SAFE, and the engine has loads of power and torque and is very useful in climbing the 30+ degree sope near my house in 3rd gear (i mean in a relaxed manner).
And the best part, our car has done 40Kkm and there are only a few rattles and tis is after going on the WE highway everyday after 26/7 (Most of the rattles are from the stuff kept in the dashboard). I don't mind compromising 1 day in 6 months (for service) or 500 bucks a month (FE) for the above gains.
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As a first time buyer i would choose Santro, i think its the best car to begin with. Very user friendly and also Hyundai has good service.
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