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Old 13th June 2010, 12:29   #226
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Best: My Ford Ikon w/o Power steering
Worst: Hyundai Verna
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Old 13th June 2010, 13:09   #227
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BTW feedback of ANHC steering considerably improves after upgrading to a wider tyre, especially the straight ahead psosition.
Possible. But I haven't driven one with wider tires yet.

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Best: My Ford Ikon w/o Power steering
+1. I'll even rate it better than FiestaS.
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Worst: Hyundai Verna
+100.

Its dynamics are best termed 'poor' and 'bordering dangerous'. Can't think of a modern sedan that is as bad in steering and handling department as this car. What a waste, considering that it has a stonking diesel engine.

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From various comments it is pretty apparent that i20's steering is a dead boat,
how is the car in a straight-line and if you got to maneuver around a pot-hole/obstacle at high speed?
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leave everyrthig else , the skoda octavia RS has the best steering on other side on bmw . even the LAURA 1.8 TSI got the best feedback ever .!!
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leave everyrthig else , the skoda octavia RS has the best steering on other side on bmw . even the LAURA 1.8 TSI got the best feedback ever .!!
Where do you place the steering of the Forester compared to the RS?
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Where do you place the steering of the Forester compared to the RS?
How did a forester come in the picture? Not many of us here have driven a Forester and chances are it will be tough comparing the two. I have driven it just once and that too for hardly a few kms. in the city. But then its a Subaru and I won't be surprised to hear good things about it.
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How did a forester come in the picture? Not many of us here have driven a Forester and chances are it will be tough comparing the two. I have driven it just once and that too for hardly a few kms. in the city. But then its a Subaru and I won't be surprised to hear good things about it.
Because quattroa4 has both (Forester and vRs) and I am a fan of the Forester
Forester is not best driven in the city with it's poor low end torque. You need to take it on an open highway or a twisty ghat section.

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Because quattroa4 has both (Forester and vRs) and I am a fan of the Forester
Forester is not best driven in the city with it's poor low end torque. You need to take it on an open highway or a twisty ghat section.
I see. Yeah, it will be interesting to learn about Forester's handling, especially compared to the octy as its got 'like on rails' handling.
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I have recently (test)driven lots of cars, and this is the descending order of steering feel -

Skoda Octavia (Rider, diesel)
Fiat Punto/Linea (Diesel)
Honda Civic
Toyota Innova (Petrol) - nice and hefty feel it has got. Quite surprised actually.
Hyundai Tucson
Hyundai Elantra (Diesel)
Honda City (ANHC)

I was just re-acquainted with the Skoda Octavia's steering. Perfectly weighted it is - gives a lot of confidence when driving. I would have bought the ANHC (was perfect for me) if it had a nicer steering feel, but I eventually bought a Honda Civic.

Honda Civic's hydraulic power steering is not as good as Octavia/Linea - but is still not bad. The steering remains weighty even at triple digit speeds. And in slow speeds, it returns to the centre position aggressively (I like that!) after a turn.
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Bad and lifeless- Alto PS, wagon R, verna and the i20
Good- My santro's hydraullic PS, SX4(light in the city, heavy and good at high speeds)
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Where do you place the steering of the Forester compared to the RS?
yeah! what a point ! the forester's steering will put a big smile on your face on twisty roads and over sweeping bends , its kind of light compaired to the RS and is nice to driven around the city where as the RS is a pain in city to operate.
but feelwise its the RS's steering that feels more rock solid !
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Though the steering feedback is good in the Palio stile, it has horrible steering lock which makes it very difficult to take a U turn.
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How would you guys rate the steering feel of Swift 1.3G vis a vis A-Star?

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1) Ford iKon
2) Ford Fiesta
3) Skoda vRS

These 3 top the list for me. The ANHC steering is a absolute delight in the city, it firms up just that bit till 3 digit speeds and goes scary after that. I cannot drive the car at more than 120 kmph without getting the feeling that I am going to loose control any moment...of course the car is still on the stock Michellins.
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How would you guys rate the steering feel of Swift 1.3G vis a vis A-Star?
I didn't feel much difference, the Swift felt a bit stiffer though. Not to confuse that stiffness for feedback. I personally don't like these electric PS systems, in fact this is the main thing I don't like about the Maruti hatchback lineup. I mean, you have to drive these back-to-back with a Ford or a Fiat to understand what I mean.

Unfortunately Ford is going the same path with the Fiesta hatchback next year, which will have an EPS. I hope it doesn't happen, but if it does, my guess is it will break the Ford tradition of having the best steering feel. I only hope Fiat doesn't do the same thing too.
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