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View Poll Results: Which has the best suspension?
Swift 49 21.49%
Getz 32 14.04%
Indica 22 9.65%
Santro 1 0.44%
WagonR 2 0.88%
Alto 2 0.88%
Estilo 0 0%
Fusion 19 8.33%
Palio 90 39.47%
UV-A 4 1.75%
Spark 3 1.32%
M800 4 1.75%
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Old 12th September 2007, 21:27   #31
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You should realize that handling and ride-comfort are inversely proportional.
Nope. The Lancer and the Baleno are both great handlers and comfortable too. The OHC is very nervy, and a little harsh in terms of ride quality as well.

The Getz is more planted, but the Swift is more of a fun car to drive, all in stock form, of course. But the best handling hatchback in India is undoubtedly the Maruti Alto. I'm surprised Zak didn't bring it up. I'd love to have an Alto 1.1 to drive around in town, or on track.
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Old 12th September 2007, 21:37   #32
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Alto added to the list.
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Old 12th September 2007, 21:46   #33
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Technically, isn't the VW Golf based Skoda Octavia a hatchback?
Or does its price elevate its status to that of notchbacks with proper trunks?

Do please add a radio-button for the Octavia too.
Technically speaking the Octavia is more of a hatchback than a sedan. Since the rear windshield is attached to the tailgate/boot and goes up when opened. However, the price tag (in India at least) makes sure that it is in line with the D-Segment Sedans. Also the Chevy SRV, which is a 100% proper hatchback does not figure in the list due to the price factor, I guess. And also low sales which ensure that it is not a car that many people would have personally driven.
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Old 12th September 2007, 21:59   #34
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Another vote for Swift.

Its handles too good. And with the stiffer springs on the diesel, ride comfort is pretty much in the limits.
My second choice would be the Palio Stile 1.6.

As for the car i own- WagonR- its got a good balance of handling/ride. But its certainly not the best.
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Old 12th September 2007, 22:29   #35
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Well if you ask me about a suspension setup for handling i'll go with the fusion and the swift. If you're looking for ride comfort on the indian roads, its only the PAlio.
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IMO - Fusion is the best suited for your needs.
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Old 12th September 2007, 23:12   #37
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From my experiance of sitting at back seat:

1. Palio 1.2
2. Palio 1.6
3. Indica D
4. Getz 1.3 (Very good on good roads and equally bad on bad roads)
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Technically speaking the Octavia is more of a hatchback than a sedan. Since the rear windshield is attached to the tailgate/boot and goes up when opened.
Doesn't it classify as a 'notchback'? (Or hatchback as you said?)

Other examples include the Accent Viva.
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Doesn't it classify as a 'notchback'? (Or hatchback as you said?)

Other examples include the Accent Viva.
Yes octavia and Viva are notchback.
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i have driven the Indica, Santro and the Spark extensively while the rest have been TDs so I shall vote for the best handling and ride balance amongst the 3 which goes to the Spark.
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IMO it should be the Getz
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well i have driven all the cars mentioned in list except palio, my vote goes to UVA, though getz is also good but need to choose one.
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But the best handling hatchback in India is undoubtedly the Maruti Alto. I'm surprised Zak didn't bring it up. I'd love to have an Alto 1.1 to drive around in town, or on track.
one has to drive it to believe it. Though i would say Fusion and swift/palio has to be best. New Fusion somewhat compromises on handling a bit but its as perfect handler as swift or any other hatch and comfort and suspension is gr8.

Where as swift compromises on suspension a bit but its not at all bad.

I will never be able to choose between palio and swift.
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the handling and ride comfort that palio gives is something else amonge all these hatch and its suspension oh god amazing.
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Definitely the Palio followed by the getz.
the Swift is good to drive but the ride is quite poor.
the getz has a comfortable ride and is decent to drive and nothing comes close to the Palio in temrs of ride/handling combination.
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