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View Poll Results: Your vote for the Team-BHP Car Of The Year 2010?
Maruti Wagon R 11 1.12%
Chevrolet Beat 30 3.06%
Ford Figo 375 38.30%
Nissan Micra 13 1.33%
Volkswagen Polo 101 10.32%
Toyota Etios 75 7.66%
Volkswagen Vento 140 14.30%
Tata Aria 130 13.28%
Skoda Yeti 25 2.55%
BMW X1 31 3.17%
BMW 5 Series F10 28 2.86%
Mahindra Thar 20 2.04%
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Old 20th December 2010, 15:18   #1
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It's back again; The Team-BHP Car of the Year 2010, where YOU the BHPian will choose the car of the year. Via a public poll of course.

Given below is a list of all the cars launched in India in 2010. Included are some relevant highlights on each car. The list has been sorted by price-ascending order. Look forward to your votes and also the reason why you voted for the car that you did.

Previous COTY - 2009 Team-BHP COTY Thread (Team-BHP Car of the Year 2009 EDIT : The Tata Nano it is!)

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Maruti Wagon R

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  • The same successful formula, now improved
  • A practical value-for-money package
  • Better road manners, especially urban ride quality
  • Improved interior space
  • Precise gear shifts, unlike the previously lousy quality
  • Optional ABS & Dual Airbags on the VXi variant
  • Maruti's stellar after-sales quality & network
  • Higher NVH levels, inherent to 3 cylinder engines. Average low rpm throttle response
  • Iffy build & interior part quality
  • Smaller boot compared to the outgoing gen. 180L capacity
  • Looks are not as contemporary as other recent launches
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Chevrolet Beat

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  • Funky styling inside & out
  • Nippy city hatch character. Light, easy to drive and chuckable
  • Compliant ride quality. No bumpiness
  • Unique superbike-inspired speedometer
  • Well packaged interiors (for 4)
  • ARAI fuel efficiency topper
  • Chevy's 3 year service guarantees
  • Unconventional styling isn't to everyone's taste
  • Compact 170 liter boot. 50 - 60 liters smaller than competition
  • Very dull dark-grey interior shade. No beige option either
  • Horribly undertyred (155 mm width). An upgrade is a must
  • Some goodies missing (keyless entry, driver seat height adjust, steering mounted controls)
  • Small rear window creates a claustrophobic ambience at the back
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Ford Figo

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  • Robust build and construction
  • Interiors more comfortable than chief competitors i10 & Swift
  • 1.4 Diesel's proven driveability and fuel efficiency. No turbolag
  • The Ford Figo's mature big-car-like ride quality
  • Ford's DNA in the on-road behaviour and quick steering
  • Class-topping 284 liter boot space
  • Lacks the modernity of recently launched hatchbacks
  • Both of the engines in the Figo are lacking in outright performance. Neither engine can exploit the car's dynamics
  • No true top-end variant (tilt adjustable steering, rear power windows, MID etc.)
  • Average backseat legroom. Not in the league of, say, an Indica Vista
  • Ford's sub-par dealership experience
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Nissan Micra

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  • Cheeky styling. A touch of retro too
  • Quality, well-designed, interiors
  • Driver airbag standard across the range (including base variant)
  • Compliant ride quality. Suspension tuned for comfort
  • Gizmos : Keyless entry & go, engine start / stop button, electric folding mirrors, climate control
  • 3-pot fuel efficiency. ARAI = 18.06 kpl
  • Ordinary three-cylinder petrol engine, dull to drive. 1.5 Diesel model recently launched.
  • Inexistent under-thigh support from the rear seat
  • Quirky design may not be to your taste
  • The wafer-thin dealer network
  • Nissan's cost of ownership is yet unchartered territory
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Volkswagen Polo

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  • A well-built solid European hatchback
  • Clean and contemporary styling. Absolutely no quirkiness
  • "Big car like" ride quality. Suspension setup ideal for Indian roads
  • Neutral handling & mature road behaviour
  • Fuel efficient range of engines
  • 280 liter boot. Figo-like & substantially larger than direct competition
  • Short-throw slick gearshift (petrol especially). Amongst the best in India
  • Commuter 3-cylinder engines do not hit the sweet spot nor match the segment benchmarks. New 1.6 Petrol is better
  • Some niceties missing. Climate control, USB / AUX audio input, electric ORVMs etc.
  • Ordinary rear bench legroom. Comparable to the Ritz
  • Thin 40 dealership network
  • VW's cost of ownership is yet unknown territory
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Toyota Etios

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  • A practical family sedan. Realistic pricing too
  • Spacious interiors can easily carry 5 adults
  • Stunning in-city driveability. Torquey engine & nice gearshift
  • Well-tuned suspension. Safe handling and flat ride
  • Cavernous 595L boot swallows holiday luggage
  • Toyota’s excellent after-sales service
  • Dated, plain-vanilla styling. Lacks contemporariness
  • Missing equipment (climate control, height adjustable seat, electric ORVMs etc.)
  • Cost-cutting glaringly evident in some areas
  • Unconventional dashboard will meet mixed opinions
  • Buzzy engine over 4,500 rpm. Doesn't like the redline

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Mahindra Thar

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  • Available in two variants; an MDI engine and a modern common-rail diesel
  • 2.5 times the torque of its closest competitor, the Maruti Gypsy
  • Independent front suspension will not please the purists
  • Better on-road behaviour than old school Jeeps
  • Don't go by the MM540 looks. It's actually a Scorpio underneath the skin
  • BorgWarner 4wd system is standard
  • 2.48 ratio low range gearbox

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Volkswagen Vento

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  • A well-built, robust, European sedan
  • Clean and contemporary styling. Boot is superbly integrated
  • Competitive pricing, especially for a German car
  • Stunning diesel engine. New torque king of the C segment
  • Mature suspension setup. Balanced ride & handling
  • Segment firsts : Reach adjust steering, gear recommender, adjustable driver armrest etc.
  • All-rounded nature; Jack of all trades
  • 6.99L Trendline (entry) variant is simply too basic. No Comfortline (middle) variant
  • Petrol engine isn't as impressive as the diesel. Average low rpm response
  • Electric power steering. The Vento deserves a pure hydraulic unit
  • Some goodies missing (steering-mounted audio controls, AUX / USB stereo, dead pedal & folding rear seat)
  • Thin 47 dealer all-India network. After sales has yet to prove itself
  • VW's long-term ownership costs are unknown
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Tata Aria

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  • Solid body-on-frame construction. Seemingly robust
  • Futuristic styling, especially the face. Good street presence
  • Spacious 1st & 2nd seat rows. Interior quality a big leap ahead for Tata
  • Balanced road behaviour. Strong brakes too
  • Premium level of equipment. Many segment firsts, including AWD
  • Safety : Traction control, ABS, 6 airbags & all-round disc brakes
  • Rs. 14.75 lakh (base) - 17.75 (top variant) on-road is simply overpriced
  • Third row of seats best suited to kids only
  • Unsettled ride quality at highway speeds
  • Apprehensions over initial niggles with new Tata cars
  • Tata's un-premium after-sales service experiences
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Skoda Yeti

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  • Premium, solid build quality, inside and out
  • Smooth and responsive diesel engine
  • Compact enough for the city. Easy to drive
  • Sedan like handling and road behavior at high speed
  • A host of electronics and features on the Elegance version
  • Safety: ABS, EBD, Hill-hold, TCS, ESP, 6-airbags, active head restraints and 3-point seatbelts for all passengers
  • Quirky looking from some angles, might not be to everyone's tastes
  • Firm low-speed ride quality
  • Cramped rear seat when seating more than 4 in the Yeti
  • No Auto or DSG transmission currently offered on the Indian Yeti
  • Skoda’s after-sales horror stories
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  • Based on the 3 Series platform
  • Two engine options. 1.8 Petrol and 2.0 Diesel
  • High quality fit and finish. German trademark
  • Longer wheelbase gives better legroom at the rear
  • Low placed rear seats not comfortable for tall passengers
  • Good boot space. Rear seats fold 40:20:40
  • Compact Size. Easy to drive in city traffic
  • Run flat tyres not suited for Indian roads
  • Fantastic brakes. Loaded with safety features
  • Excellent BMW after sales maintenence packages

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BMW 5 Series F10

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  • Classic BMW styling. A timeless design, no more quirkiness
  • 7 series quality, inside out. Actually based on the exact same platform
  • Stunning performance, flexibility & refinement from the 6 cylinder diesel
  • Immaculate balance in ride and handling
  • Cutting-edge tech (8 speed gearbox, regenerative braking, full iDrive etc.)
  • 5 star safety. 6 airbags & endless electronic aids. Outstanding brakes
  • 5 year / 100,000 kms all-inclusive maintenance packages
  • Electric power steering. Drive is not as pure as the E60 on the limit
  • Runflat tyres mandatory. No room for a space saver spare either
  • Legroom about the same as the E60. No perceptible increase. Rear headroom at a premium
  • E60 fans wont take kindly to the conservative styling
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CBUs (fully imported cars) have not been included due to their limited applicability to the Indian market.

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I actually had to spend some time thinking between:

- The Ford Figo : Right car at the right price. Entered a domain dominated by Maruti, Hyundai & Tata, and gave them a tough fight. Emerged as a highly successful car. No real deal breaker with the product, it's well-rounded. The diesel is the undoubted pick.

- Toyota Etios : A sedan that beats the Dzire at its own game. Spacious, torquey petrol, safe ride & handling and the "T" badge for 5 - 6 lakhs.

- VW Vento : The only sedan that can challenge the Honda City's 13 year hold on the C+ segment. Priced well for a European, good build, excellent ride & handling and a stunning diesel engine.

- Tata Aria : A giant leap ahead for Tata in terms of product engineering. However, an equally large step behind in terms of VFM...something that Tata has always stood for.

In the end, I have to pick the Figo...Ford pulled off a master-class move in the hatchback segment. Evidently, the market seems to agree too.

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