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Old 21st August 2017, 00:10   #136
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Why not? It's faster I presume. It's built better (stronger). DSG is probably better that the Fiesta tranny. I want to know more as I am seriously considering it as my next buy.
Yes, the Vento TSI is faster and better built, but the Fiesta S has superior handling and superb steering. Moreover I prefer a manual.
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How about starting a new thread: 2017 Lineup: The Best Enthusiast Cars in India?

There have been quite a few new launches. It would be interesting to go through the refreshed list.
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Under 15 lakhs, the Polo TSi has to be the most involving car I have ever driven! Sorry, just felt that the Fords were always over rated a bit. You know, when all journos and everyone keep going ga ga over fords and when I really drove one, I just didn't feel the reason for the hype. Sure, handling is very good, but the Polo TSi is in a different league.
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Under 15 lakhs, the Polo TSi has to be the most involving car I have ever driven! Sorry, just felt that the Fords were always over rated a bit. You know, when all journos and everyone keep going ga ga over fords and when I really drove one, I just didn't feel the reason for the hype. Sure, handling is very good, but the Polo TSi is in a different league.
You know nothing motorworks!
Jokes aside, TSi's handling is poor to be honest. It has got soft suspension and a steering with no feedback. My old 1st gen Swift had much better handling than the Polo.

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Yes, the Vento TSI is faster and better built, but the Fiesta S has superior handling and superb steering. Moreover I prefer a manual.

Dude, you can only replace a Fiesta S with s BMW 3 series petrol. Nothing cheaper can replace a Fiesta in terms of handling prowess. I have heard good things about the Jeep Compass's precise steering and not-like-an-SUV suspension that is surprisingly good in the corners. But then even that is not under 15.
I would suggest you to get a pre-worshiped new Fiesta diesel and get it remapped. If you can be open for used cars.
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Own a petrol Fiesta 1.6SXI currently. Have registered the Compass. Delivery in a few days. Am so happy with the Fiesta's prowess that selling it will cause a hole in my heart.

Keeping both is not an option right now.
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You know nothing motorworks!
Jokes aside, TSi's handling is poor to be honest. It has got soft suspension and a steering with no feedback. My old 1st gen Swift had much better handling than the Polo.

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Well, to each his own! I stand by what I said, the fiesta classic was always overrated. I haven't driven the S version, so cannot comment about it.
And please don't get the swift to the conversation. And the first gen had the worst brakes ever, I had a 1st gen Dzire myself and my 4 years of ownership was nothing but scary moments all thru. And what's good handling without sharp brakes, eh?
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Well, to each his own! I stand by what I said, the fiesta classic was always overrated. I haven't driven the S version, so cannot comment about it.
And please don't get the swift to the conversation. And the first gen had the worst brakes ever, I had a 1st gen Dzire myself and my 4 years of ownership was nothing but scary moments all thru. And what's good handling without sharp brakes, eh?

Where did brakes come in picture?


Well, brakes on the Swift L and V versions were just horrible. And yes, without good brakes, you don't really get the confifidence to test vehicle's true potential, but it was hell of a fun to drive nonetheless. The stiff chassis, that revv loving 1.2 k series and the steering with good amount of feedback were just lovely.
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Well, brakes on the Swift L and V versions were just horrible. And yes, without good brakes, you don't really get the confifidence to test vehicle's true potential, but it was hell of a fun to drive nonetheless. The stiff chassis, that revv loving 1.2 k series and the steering with good amount of feedback were just lovely.
I fully concur with your views. The Polo and Vento TSi have a soft suspension and a lifeless steering. The rear passengers bounce a lot on undulations on the highways, though not as much as a Huundai. I drove my cousin's Vento (though it was a 1.6 diesel) on the highway, and was disappointed with it, as I'd read a lot of people praising it to glory.

But they do have better zero to one hundred timings. However, what is the use of all that power without sufficient handling? There is a thread on this forum which compares the Vento with the Fiesta, and the thread starter was gaga over the Fiesta. Don't remember the thread title though.
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How about starting a new thread: 2017 Lineup: The Best Enthusiast Cars in India?

There have been quite a few new launches. It would be interesting to go through the refreshed list.
For 2017, shouldn't the Punto Abarth be first on the list!
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For 2017, shouldn't the Punto Abarth be first on the list!
Actually it would be a very tough fight this year. The competition has never been better in terms of cars across segments that are involving to drive!

Octavia vRS
Abarth Punto
Baleno RS
GT TSi
Linea TJet 125S
Figo Sports (TDCi)

Jeep Compass
Isuzu VCross

However, sad to see few names missing from 2014 - specially the premium sedans like Cruze, Jetta, (global) Fiesta etc.
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Why don't we start a poll thread with list of all probables? It would be interesting see who all make it to the top 10 or top 15. Relative ranking would also be interesting
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For a practical "warm" hatch, I'd give it to the Figo Diesel. You can get a decently specced Trend variant for as low as 6.5 ex showroom. It's a great all around product with even a decent mod potential with remaps etc.
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