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Default Small Car Buyer Guide - A Ready Reckoner

I have been trying to use the data available in the "Buyer Guide" of automobile magazines on various small cars to arrive at some sort of qualitative ranking. This study will compare cars based on measurables like -

1) Outright Performance (0 - 100 kmph)
2) Driveability or In-Gear acceleration (30 - 80 kmph in 3rd Gear, 40 - 100 kmph in 4th Gear)
3) Mileage and cost per Km.
4) Initial Purchase price and depreciation (cost of ownership)
5) Safety features like airbags & ABS
6) Interior space, bootspace and legroom
7) Features that make our life easy - like climate control, electric mirrors etc.

This compilation does not cover subjective aspects like -

- Ride & handling
- Design/Looks
- After sales service
- Maintenance costs

This compilation of data also exludes cars with automatic transmission, LPG/CNG kits and also oddballs like Premier Rio/San Storm. I've excluded Reva for obvious reasons. Also, with the arrival of BSIV norms, some of the models mentioned in this list will go off the shelf.

I have NOT separated petrol and diesel cars in this "study" - it is quite interesting to compare their engine performances.


Part I - OUTRIGHT PERFORMANCE

This is the most used and abused statistic that everybody uses to measure a car's performance. Although, one wonders if it is really that important. I don't exactly recall getting to 100 kmph from zero in 11 seconds in my car (Optra's supposed 0-100 timing) too many times. But anyway, here are the rankings -

Fiat Palio 1.6 Petrol -------------- 11.9 secs
Hyundai i20 1.4 Diesel ------------ 13 secs
Hyundai i10 1.2 Petrol ------------ 13.02 secs
Maruti Swift 1.2 Petrol ------------ 13.09 secs
Honda Jazz 1.2 Petrol ------------- 13.29 secs
Maruti Ritz 1.2 Petrol ------------- 13.33 secs
Maruti A-Star 1.0 Petrol ----------- 13.79 secs
Maruti Swift 1.3 Diesel ------------ 13.87 secs
Maruti Ritz 1.3 Diesel --------------14.36 secs
Hyundai Getz 1.3 Petrol ----------- 14.47 secs
Hyundai Santro 1.1 Petrol --------- 14.66 secs
Chevrolet Beat 1.2 Petrol ---------- 14.86 secs
Skoda Fabia 1.4 Diesel ------------ 14.95 secs
Hyundai i20 1.2 Petrol ------------ 15.21 secs
Fiat Palio 1.3 Diesel -------------- 15.49 secs
Hyundai i10 1.1 Petrol -------------15.55 secs
Maruti Estilo 1.0 Petrol ------------ 15.83 secs
Chevrolet Spark 1.0 Petrol --------- 15.93 secs
Ford Figo `1.4 Diesel -------------- 16.26 secs
Skoda Fabia 1.2 Petrol ------------ 16.26 secs
Ford Figo 1.2 Petrol ----------------16.36 secs
Tata Vista 1.3 Diesel ---------------16.36 secs
Chevrolet U-VA 1.2 Petrol ----------16.49 secs
VW Polo 1.2 Petrol -----------------16.5 secs
Fiat Punto 1.4 Petrol ---------------16.58 secs
Maruti WagonR 1.1 Petrol ---------- 16.6 secs
Tata Indica 1.2 Petrol --------------16.95 secs
Hyundai Getz 1.1 Petrol ------------ 17.7 secs
Fiat Punto 1.3 Diesel --------------- 17.84 secs
Fiat Punto 1.2 Petrol ----------------18.16 secs
Tata Vista 1.2 Petrol -------------- 18.36 secs
Maruti Alto 0.8 Petrol ---------------20.38 secs
Fiat Palio 1.1 Petrol -----------------20.45 secs
Tata Indica 1.4 Diesel ---------------22.39 secs
Maruti 800 0.8 Petrol ----------------26 secs
Tata Nano 0.6 Petrol --------------- 29.78 secs

Inferences:

- As expected, petrol cars rule the top 10 scene.
- Good old Palio 1.6 is on top - but is it still on sale?
- The second quickest small car is a diesel!
- Nobody has ever talked about i10 as a performance car, but it is quicker than the Swift!
- While the Marutis are mostly on the top, the bottom end of the table has been taken over by the Tatas and the Fiats.


Not to worry though - the Tatas and the Fiats come back into the game in the next section - DRIVEABILITY.
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You should also consider the 0-60.

Also, it might be useful if you mention the source of these figures.
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Waiting eagerly for
the next section - DRIVEABILITY.

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forgot to add the 1.2 palio to the list.
the pocket rocket still tops the list
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Awesome stuff. The figures when viewed are absolute shockers.

The INDICA is a slow coach, I never knew that, what with all the speeding INDICABs
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You should also consider the 0-60. Also, it might be useful if you mention the source of these figures.
The numbers are taken from Autocar India. There are a couple of reasons why I'm not including 0 -60 here -

1) Almost all small cars reach 60 kmph from zero in around 6 to 7 seconds.

2) There is almost no difference in ranking of the 0 - 60 cars from 0 - 100 cars. That is, a car that does a quick 0 - 100 does a quick 0 - 60 too.

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forgot to add the 1.2 palio to the list.
I think Fiat got rid of the old 1.2 Palio and replaced it with an anaemic 1.1 litre engine. From what I know, the new 1.2 FIRE engine powering Vista and Punto has not been placed in the Palio.

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Awesome stuff. The figures when viewed are absolute shockers. The INDICA is a slow coach, I never knew that, what with all the speeding INDICABs
I was quite shocked to see i10's and Jazz's performance.

IndiCAB's are not powered by diesel engines, they are powered by dark forces of EVIL
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thats is one study helpful for all the petrol and diesel heads !! awaiting updates man !!!

keep up the good work.
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Thanks daredevil!


Part II - DRIVEABILITY (IN-GEAR ACCELERATION)

I have been watching other people drive sitting in the passenger seat - and according to me, atleast 90% of the users are "lazy gear changers". That is, on a dual carriageway, 2nd gear is rarely ventured into. Even in a single lane state highway, the car stays in the 2nd gear for a very short time (because of the engine noise) - people tend to upshift pretty soon.

That's why, to most users, driveability of a car is more important (and useful) than outright 0 - 100 kmph performance.

Ranking of cars with the quickest 30 - 80 Kmph timings in the 3rd Gear:

Tata Vista 1.3 Diesel -------------- 11.79 secs
Fiat Palio 1.6 Petrol --------------- 11.9 secs
Maruti Swift 1.3 Diesel ------------- 11.96 secs
Maruti Ritz 1.3 Diesel -------------- 12.52 secs
Fiat Punto 1.3 Diesel ---------------12.57 secs
Fiat Palio 1.3 Diesel ---------------- 12.66 secs
Hyundai Santro 1.1 Petrol ---------- 13.19 secs
Skoda Fabia 1.2 Petrol ------------- 13.35 secs
Ford Figo `1.4 Diesel --------------- 13.45 secs
Skoda Fabia 1.4 Diesel ------------- 13.76 secs
Fiat Punto 1.4 Petrol --------------- 14.11 secs
Honda Jazz 1.2 Petrol ---------------14.26 secs
Hyundai i10 1.1 Petrol -------------- 14.67 secs
Maruti Ritz 1.2 Petrol --------------- 14.67 secs
Maruti WagonR 1.1 Petrol ----------- 14.71 secs
Maruti A-Star 1.0 Petrol ------------ 14.93 secs
Maruti Swift 1.2 Petrol -------------- 14.98 secs
Maruti Alto 0.8 Petrol --------------- 15 secs
Hyundai Getz 1.3 Petrol ------------- 15.12 secs
Chevrolet Spark 1.0 Petrol ---------- 15.19 secs
Tata Indica 1.2 Petrol -------------- 15.25 secs
Fiat Punto 1.2 Petrol ---------------- 15.27 secs
Maruti 800 0.8 Petrol ---------------- 15.4 secs
Maruti Estilo 1.0 Petrol -------------- 15.46 secs
Hyundai i20 1.4 Diesel ---------------- 15.51 secs
Hyundai i10 1.2 Petrol ---------------- 15.52 secs
Chevrolet U-VA 1.2 Petrol ------------- 15.57 secs
Chevrolet Beat 1.2 Petrol -------------- 15.99 secs
Hyundai Getz 1.1 Petrol --------------- 16.31 secs
VW Polo 1.2 Petrol -------------------- 16.83 secs
Ford Figo 1.2 Petrol -------------------16.84 secs
Hyundai i20 1.2 Petrol ---------------- 16.98 secs
Tata Vista 1.2 Petrol ------------------ 17.91 secs
Tata Indica 1.4 Diesel ------------------18 secs
Fiat Palio 1.1 Petrol -------------------- 19.99 secs
Tata Nano 0.6 Petrol ------------------- 20.45 secs


Ranking of cars with the quickest 40 - 100 Kmph timings in the 4th Gear:

Maruti Swift 1.3 Diesel --------------- 14.14 secs
Tata Vista 1.3 Diesel ----------------14.87 secs
Fiat Punto 1.3 Diesel ---------------- 15.22 secs
Fiat Palio 1.3 Diesel ------------------ 15.26 secs
Maruti Ritz 1.3 Diesel ----------------- 15.36 secs
Ford Figo `1.4 Diesel ----------------- 16.36 secs
Skoda Fabia 1.4 Diesel --------------- 16.49 secs
Fiat Palio 1.6 Petrol -------------------18.7 secs
Hyundai i20 1.4 Diesel -----------------19.01 secs
Fiat Punto 1.4 Petrol ------------------ 19.53 secs
Hyundai Santro 1.1 Petrol -------------- 20.04 secs
Honda Jazz 1.2 Petrol------------------ 20.27 secs
Hyundai i10 1.1 Petrol ----------------- 20.64 secs
Skoda Fabia 1.2 Petrol ----------------- 21.17 secs
Maruti A-Star 1.0 Petrol ---------------- 21.23 secs
Hyundai Getz 1.3 Petrol ---------------- 21.26 secs
Fiat Punto 1.2 Petrol ------------------- 21.72 secs
Hyundai i20 1.2 Petrol ------------------ 22.23 secs
Maruti Swift 1.2 Petrol ------------------ 22.41 secs
Chevrolet Beat 1.2 Petrol --------------- 22.43 secs
Chevrolet U-VA 1.2 Petrol --------------- 22.54 secs
Maruti Estilo 1.0 Petrol ------------------ 22.93 secs
Chevrolet Spark 1.0 Petrol --------------- 23.03 secs
VW Polo 1.2 Petrol ---------------------- 23.04 secs
Maruti Ritz 1.2 Petrol -------------------- 23.7 secs
Maruti WagonR 1.1 Petrol --------------- 24.06 secs
Tata Vista 1.2 Petrol -------------------- 24.48 secs
Hyundai Getz 1.1 Petrol ----------------- 25.58 secs
Tata Indica 1.2 Petrol ------------------- 25.6 secs
Ford Figo 1.2 Petrol --------------------- 26.65 secs
Tata Indica 1.4 Diesel ------------------- 29.7 secs
Hyundai i10 1.2 Petrol ------------------- 29.92 secs
Maruti 800 0.8 Petrol -------------------- 30.4 secs
Maruti Alto 0.8 Petrol -------------------- 31 secs
Fiat Palio 1.1 Petrol ---------------------- 34.19 secs
Tata Nano 0.6 Petrol --------------------- 46.38 secs


Assuming equal weightage for both 30 - 80 kph performance and 40 - 100 kph performance, the final driveability ranking of the cars (from top to bottom) -

Tata Vista 1.3 Diesel
Maruti Swift 1.3 Diesel
Fiat Punto 1.3 Diesel
Maruti Ritz 1.3 Diesel
Fiat Palio 1.6 Petrol
Fiat Palio 1.3 Diesel
Ford Figo `1.4 Diesel
Skoda Fabia 1.4 Diesel
Hyundai Santro 1.1 Petrol
Fiat Punto 1.4 Petrol
Skoda Fabia 1.2 Petrol
Honda Jazz 1.2 Petrol
Hyundai i10 1.1 Petrol
Maruti A-Star 1.0 Petrol
Hyundai i20 1.4 Diesel
Hyundai Getz 1.3 Petrol
Maruti Swift 1.2 Petrol
Maruti Ritz 1.2 Petrol
Fiat Punto 1.2 Petrol
Maruti WagonR 1.1 Petrol
Chevrolet Spark 1.0 Petrol
Maruti Estilo 1.0 Petrol
Chevrolet U-VA 1.2 Petrol
Chevrolet Beat 1.2 Petrol
Tata Indica 1.2 Petrol
Hyundai i20 1.2 Petrol
Maruti Alto 0.8 Petrol
VW Polo 1.2 Petrol
Maruti 800 0.8 Petrol
Hyundai Getz 1.1 Petrol
Hyundai i10 1.2 Petrol
Tata Vista 1.2 Petrol
Ford Figo 1.2 Petrol
Tata Indica 1.4 Diesel
Fiat Palio 1.1 Petrol
Tata Nano 0.6 Petrol

Analysis:

- As mentioned before, Tatas & Fiats come back into the game. It's quite obvious that the engine and transmission of Tatas & Fiats have been tuned for driveability rather than outright performance.

- The Swift & Ritz diesel do quite well for itself on the driveability front too. They have the best of both worlds.

- Petrols are nowhere to be seen (except for Palio 1.6).

- Swift Diesel's 40 - 100 kmph time of 14 secs is beaten only by Skoda Laura 1.8 litre petrol engine. No other saloon petrol car gets close to Swift Diesel's 4th gear accelation. No wonder Swift diesel owners are so smug about their cars!

- Hyundai i20 1.4 diesel and Hyundai i10 1.2 Petrol rankings, which did so well in outright performance category, simply fall of the cliff when it comes to driveability.

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Thanks Sunil. Now I'm making a ranking of cars that perform well both on outright acceleration and driveability - to do this, I will be using a simple "point based system".

Since there are 36 cars in the list, the car with the quickest outright acceleration gets 36 pts, the next one gets 35 pts (and so on) while the last one gets 1 pt. Ditto with driveability. Adding the two, the car with the highest points has the best combination of both outright performance and driveability.

The methodology might be too simplistic and perhaps a bit flawed too, but it does give some idea about how the engines perform.

Ranking of Cars with the best combination of in-gear acceleration and a quick 0 - 100 kmph time:

Fiat Palio 1.6 Petrol --------------- 68 pts
Maruti Swift 1.3 Diesel ------------ 64 pts
Maruti Ritz 1.3 Diesel -------------- 61 pts
Honda Jazz 1.2 Petrol ------------- 57 pts
Hyundai i20 1.4 Diesel ------------- 55 pts
Hyundai Santro 1.1 Petrol ---------- 54 pts
Fiat Palio 1.3 Diesel ---------------- 54 pts
Skoda Fabia 1.4 Diesel -------------- 53 pts
Maruti Swift 1.2 Petrol ------------- 52 pts
Maruti A-Star 1.0 Petrol ------------ 52 pts
Tata Vista 1.3 Diesel ---------------- 51 pts
Maruti Ritz 1.2 Petrol ---------------- 49 pts
Ford Figo `1.4 Diesel ---------------- 48 pts
Hyundai Getz 1.3 Petrol -------------- 47 pts
Hyundai i10 1.1 Petrol ---------------- 45 pts
Skoda Fabia 1.2 Petrol---------------- 43 pts
Hyundai i10 1.2 Petrol ---------------- 42 pts
Fiat Punto 1.3 Diesel ----------------- 41 pts
Fiat Punto 1.4 Petrol ----------------- 39 pts
Chevrolet Beat 1.2 Petrol -------------38 pts
Hyundai i20 1.2 Petrol ----------------- 35 pts
Chevrolet Spark 1.0 Petrol ------------- 35 pts
Maruti Estilo 1.0 Petrol ----------------- 34 pts
Maruti WagonR 1.1 Petrol -------------- 28 pts
Chevrolet U-VA 1.2 Petrol -------------- 27 pts
Fiat Punto 1.2 Petrol ------------------ 25 pts
VW Polo 1.2 Petrol -------------------- 23 pts
Ford Figo 1.2 Petrol -------------------- 23 pts
Tata Indica 1.2 Petrol ------------------ 22 pts
Hyundai Getz 1.1 Petrol -----------------18 pts
Maruti Alto 0.8 Petrol --------------------16 pts
Tata Vista 1.2 Petrol -------------------- 13 pts
Maruti 800 0.8 Petrol -------------------- 11 pts
Tata Indica 1.4 Diesel ------------------- 8 pts
Fiat Palio 1.1 Petrol --------------------- 6 pts
Tata Nano 0.6 Petrol -------------------- 2 pts

Analysis:

- If you look at the top 10 cars now, 5 are powered by petrol and 5 are powered by diesel.

- Suprise entry by Hyundai Santro 1.1 petrol. Not exactly a scorcher in 0 - 100 kmph or in-gear acceleration, but performs decently well in both categories.


Coming up next - the running costs. Tata Nano should redeem itself in this section. It would be interesting to see which cars offer the best balance between quick acceleration, driveability and low running costs.
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Fantastic analysis and a very useful thread!
Where did you manage to get all the stats ?
Am waiting for the other sections! Keep going!
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akex, the stats are from Autocar India. I'm just doing some data mining.

Part III - FUEL EFFICIENCY & RUNNING COSTS

Most of these cars will be doing duty in the city limits, but it also doubles up a highway car. As expected, the diesels engines murder the petrols in this contest. Here is the mileage ranking of the 36 cars in our study -

City Mileage:

Maruti Ritz 1.3 Diesel ------------- 14.6 km/l
Tata Nano 0.6 Petrol ------------- 14.5 km/l
Maruti Swift 1.3 Diesel ------------ 14.4 km/l
Ford Figo `1.4 Diesel ------------- 14.1 km/l
Skoda Fabia 1.4 Diesel ------------ 14.1 km/l
Hyundai i20 1.4 Diesel ------------- 13.8 km/l
Fiat Punto 1.3 Diesel -------------- 13.7 km/l
Tata Vista 1.3 Diesel -------------- 13.6 km/l
Maruti Alto 0.8 Petrol -------------- 12.9 km/l
Chevrolet Spark 1.0 Petrol ---------- 12.3 km/l
Honda Jazz 1.2 Petrol -------------- 12.3 km/l
Maruti Estilo 1.0 Petrol --------------12.3 km/l
Tata Indica 1.4 Diesel -------------- 12.27 km/l
Fiat Palio 1.3 Diesel ----------------- 12.2 km/l
Maruti 800 0.8 Petrol ---------------- 12.2 km/l
Hyundai Santro 1.1 Petrol ----------- 12.1 km/l
Maruti A-Star 1.0 Petrol ------------- 12.1 km/l
Hyundai i10 1.1 Petrol --------------- 12 km/l
Maruti Swift 1.2 Petrol --------------- 11.9 km/l
Maruti Ritz 1.2 Petrol ---------------- 11.8 km/l
Hyundai i10 1.2 Petrol ----------------11.7 km/l
Maruti WagonR 1.1 Petrol------------- 11.7 km/l
Chevrolet Beat 1.2 Petrol -------------11.5 km/l
Hyundai i20 1.2 Petrol ---------------- 11.2 km/l
Ford Figo 1.2 Petrol ------------------ 10.9 km/l
VW Polo 1.2 Petrol --------------------10.9 km/l
Chevrolet U-VA 1.2 Petrol ------------- 10.6 km/l
Tata Indica 1.2 Petrol -----------------10.5 km/l
Hyundai Getz 1.3 Petrol --------------- 10.4 km/l
Tata Vista 1.2 Petrol ------------------ 10.3 km/l
Fiat Punto 1.4 Petrol ------------------ 10.2 km/l
Fiat Palio 1.1 Petrol ------------------- 10.2 km/l
Fiat Punto 1.2 Petrol ------------------- 9.7 km/l
Skoda Fabia 1.2 Petrol ----------------- 9.7 km/l
Hyundai Getz 1.1 Petrol ---------------- 9.3 km/l
Fiat Palio 1.6 Petrol -------------------- 9.1 km/l


Highway Mileage:

Tata Nano 0.6 Petrol ------------------- 20.1 km/l
Hyundai i20 1.4 Diesel ------------------ 19.5 km/l
Maruti Ritz 1.3 Diesel-------------------- 19.3 km/l
Maruti Swift 1.3 Diesel ------------------ 19.1 km/l
Ford Figo `1.4 Diesel -------------------- 18.5 km/l
Skoda Fabia 1.4 Diesel------------------ 18.5 km/l
Fiat Punto 1.3 Diesel ------------------- 17.5 km/l
Maruti 800 0.8 Petrol ------------------- 17.5 km/l
Maruti Alto 0.8 Petrol-------------------- 17.5 km/l
Maruti A-Star 1.0 Petrol ----------------- 17.1 km/l
Maruti Swift 1.2 Petrol ------------------- 17 km/l
Chevrolet Spark 1.0 Petrol --------------- 16.9 km/l
Honda Jazz 1.2 Petrol ------------------- 16.9 km/
Maruti Estilo 1.0 Petrol ------------------- 16.8 km/l
Maruti Ritz 1.2 Petrol -------------------- 16.7 km/l
Tata Indica 1.4 Diesel ------------------- 16.6 km/l
Hyundai i10 1.1 Petrol -------------------- 16.3 km/l
Fiat Palio 1.3 Diesel ---------------------- 16.2 km/l
Hyundai Santro 1.1 Petrol----------------- 16.2 km/l
Maruti WagonR 1.1 Petrol ----------------- 16.2 km/l
Hyundai i10 1.2 Petrol --------------------- 16 km/l
Tata Vista 1.3 Diesel ---------------------- 15.7 km/l
Hyundai i20 1.2 Petrol---------------------- 15.5 km/l
Tata Vista 1.2 Petrol ---------------------- 15.5 km/l
VW Polo 1.2 Petrol ------------------------ 15.5 km/l
Ford Figo 1.2 Petrol ----------------------- 15.4 km/l
Chevrolet Beat 1.2 Petrol ------------------- 15.3 km/l
Skoda Fabia 1.2 Petrol --------------------- 15.2 km/l
Chevrolet U-VA 1.2 Petrol------------------- 15 km/l
Fiat Punto 1.2 Petrol ----------------------- 15 km/l
Fiat Palio 1.1 Petrol ------------------------- 15 km/l
Fiat Punto 1.4 Petrol ----------------------- 14.6 km/l
Hyundai Getz 1.1 Petrol --------------------- 14.6 km/l
Tata Indica 1.2 Petrol ---------------------- 14.5 km/l
Hyundai Getz 1.3 Petrol---------------------- 14.4 km/l
Fiat Palio 1.6 Petrol ------------------------ 14.1 km/l

But because of the difference in petrol and diesel prices, the above comparison table doesn't make sense. What matters is the running cost - that is, the cost in rupees per Km.

Assuming a 70% city and 30% highway run for each car, and a petrol price of Rs. 52 per litre and diesel price of Rs. 39 per litre, the ranking of running costs for each car would be something like this -

Running costs:

Maruti Ritz 1.3 Diesel ------------ Rs. 2.44/km
Maruti Swift 1.3 Diesel----------- Rs. 2.47/km
Hyundai i20 1.4 Diesel ----------- Rs. 2.51/km
Ford Figo `1.4 Diesel ------------ Rs. 2.53/km
Skoda Fabia 1.4 Diesel ---------- Rs. 2.53/km
Fiat Punto 1.3 Diesel ------------ Rs. 2.63/km
Tata Vista 1.3 Diesel ------------ Rs. 2.74/km
Tata Indica 1.4 Diesel ----------- Rs. 2.87/km
Fiat Palio 1.3 Diesel ------------- Rs. 2.91/km
Tata Nano 0.6 Petrol ------------ Rs. 3.21/km
Maruti Alto 0.8 Petrol ----------- Rs. 3.64/km
Maruti 800 0.8 Petrol ------------ Rs. 3.77/km
Chevrolet Spark 1.0 Petrol ------- Rs. 3.8/km
Honda Jazz 1.2 Petrol ------------ Rs. 3.8/km
Maruti Estilo 1.0 Petrol ----------- Rs. 3.81/km
Maruti A-Star 1.0 Petrol ---------- Rs. 3.82/km
Maruti Swift 1.2 Petrol ----------- Rs. 3.87/km
Hyundai Santro 1.1 Petrol ---------Rs. 3.9/km
Hyundai i10 1.1 Petrol ------------ Rs. 3.91/km
Maruti Ritz 1.2 Petrol ------------- Rs. 3.92/km
Maruti WagonR 1.1 Petrol --------- Rs. 3.98/km
Hyundai i10 1.2 Petrol ------------ Rs. 4/km
Chevrolet Beat 1.2 Petrol --------- Rs. 4.11/km
Hyundai i20 1.2 Petrol ------------ Rs. 4.16/km
VW Polo 1.2 Petrol -------------- Rs. 4.23/km
Ford Figo 1.2 Petrol -------------- Rs. 4.24/km
Chevrolet U-VA 1.2 Petrol -------- Rs. 4.36/km
Tata Vista 1.2 Petrol ------------- Rs. 4.38/km
Tata Indica 1.2 Petrol------------ Rs. 4.44/km
Fiat Palio 1.1 Petrol -------------- Rs. 4.47/km
Hyundai Getz 1.3 Petrol ---------- Rs. 4.48/km
Fiat Punto 1.4 Petrol ------------- Rs. 4.51/km
Skoda Fabia 1.2 Petrol ----------- Rs. 4.58/km
Fiat Punto 1.2 Petrol ------------- Rs. 4.61/km
Hyundai Getz 1.1 Petrol ---------- Rs. 4.78/km
Fiat Palio 1.6 Petrol -------------- Rs. 4.91/km
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No Way . I am getting 13-14 comfortably and I certainly don't baby the car .
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Part I - OUTRIGHT PERFORMANCE


Fiat Palio 1.6 Petrol -------------- 11.9 secs
Hyundai i20 1.4 Diesel ------------ 13 secs
Hyundai i10 1.2 Petrol ------------ 13.02 secs
Maruti Swift 1.2 Petrol ------------ 13.09 secs

Inferences:
- Good old Palio 1.6 is on top - but is it still on sale?
- The second quickest small car is a diesel!
- Nobody has ever talked about i10 as a performance car, but it is quicker than the Swift!
Good Analysis and exhaustive data, Smartcat.

Couple of points from myside;
>> The withdrawn 1.6 GTX is still into comparison, however, Swift with 1.3 G13B block is not here. I am saying this because, manufacturer listed timings for a 0-100 km sprint is 12.9 secs. This can become the second best had you included in your analysis.

>> The Other point is, being an i10 owner i appreciate your statement that i10 is quite fast. But unfortunatley in real world conditions all its power is going waste. Reason: Tall boy design, body roll, poor handling very bumpy suspension and last but not the least scary dynamics. Had Hyundai had got a better chasis with low CoG that aids better cornering and a slightly stiff suspension i10 would have made a mark in performance hatches in India.

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In City Mileage No Way . I am getting 13-14 comfortably and I certainly don't baby the car .
Different people get different mileage from the same car (mostly because of driving conditions, driving style, whether AC was ON or not etc). Now the car magazine would have tested all the same under the same conditions (hopefully). So taking the car mileage printed in the magazine should be fine.

So basically, if you had owned a Honda Jazz (for eg), your city mileage would have been more than 12.3 km/l - and hence the ranking of the cars wouldn't have changed .


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Couple of points from myside;
>> The withdrawn 1.6 GTX is still into comparison, however, Swift with 1.3 G13B block is not here.
Along with Palio 1.6, lots of cars listed in this test will not be on sale anymore, because of BS IV norms. But since we already have the data, I'm using it.

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The Other point is, being an i10 owner i appreciate your statement that i10 is quite fast. But unfortunatley in real world conditions all its power is going waste. Reason: Tall boy design, body roll, poor handling very bumpy suspension and last but not the least scary dynamics. Had Hyundai had got a better chasis with low CoG that aids better cornering and a slightly stiff suspension i10 would have made a mark in performance hatches in India.
True, but numbers cannot measure ride & handling - that's why one needs to apply these subjective aspects too, before buying a car. This data will definitely help if you are comparing two tall boys for example.
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No Way . I am getting 13-14 comfortably and I certainly don't baby the car .
Yes... I am also getting 12-13 KMPL in city with 80% Ac in city.
And 14+ with 90 % AC on in highway. (Just checked in Expressway(Pune-Mumbai))
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