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Old 16th April 2006, 09:02   #1
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Iam a newbie( Cars), but i have lot of passion for
Cars........ I love them. This Forum is really rocking and great
I really appreciate all contributors... Great going once again.

Iam about to buy my first CAR, not able to choose between
WagonR and Santro. Awaiting your suggestions.

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hi Prabhu welcome to team-bhp. Before advising you something can you please post your requirements.
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hi bro welcome to the Forum,
There are threads which can help you decide on this.. i suggest you use the search thread option.. please go through the announcements section..

take care

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Hi Prabhu,

welcome to the forums. Have been the owner of wagonR vx since its introduction in India(5th car in Ahmedabad). my cousin uncle bought the 6th one.

My two real uncles own a hyundai santro xing. Been driven all the cars in different conditions this is what I can say.

while both are tall boy hatches they are as different as chalk and cheese.

WagonR is for those who think out of the box with a family of 4. Santro is for the common man who needs a common car.

But with the introduction of latest features like Airbags and ABS wagonR makes more sense according to me. engine is peppy and lots of cubby holes around. Its spacious inside and you can play with the seats all day long. tachometer( mine has one but I guess current cars dont) is a welcome addition. A/c is powerful but too noisy. rear seat headrests are a real boon.

Santro is more similar to the other hatches in comparison. Rear seat is more in width than in wagonR ( didnt know this until my uncle actually measured) and believe me when I say you will love the gearbox when comapred to that long stick in WagonR which sucks. design wise too this one looks more conventional though not even a bit more beautiful. ABS is an option.


also look at the palio 1.2. the new nv give s good mileage and is as powerful but feels sluggish at times due to the extra weight. Is more comfortable and more stable on the highways too. eats potholes and bumps alike. Downside would be the slight niggling problems and fiat image problems during resale. but purchase price should be cheaper than santro and wagonR . 1.2 sports looks way hot.

very less difference in all the cars but I would rank them in this order.

1. Palio 1.2 nv ( preferably sports version)
2. wagonR
3. Santro
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But with the introduction of latest features like Airbags and ABS wagonR makes more sense according to me. engine is peppy and lots of cubby holes around. Its spacious inside and you can play with the seats all day long. tachometer( mine has one but I guess current cars dont) is a welcome addition. A/c is powerful but too noisy. rear seat headrests are a real boon.

Santro is more similar to the other hatches in comparison. Rear seat is more in width than in wagonR ( didnt know this until my uncle actually measured) and believe me when I say you will love the gearbox when comapred to that long stick in WagonR which sucks. design wise too this one looks more conventional though not even a bit more beautiful. ABS is an option.


I would rank them in this order.

1. Palio 1.2 nv ( preferably sports version)
2. wagonR
3. Santro
Nice review.. Guess that finals it.. But then again the wagon R is more expensive than the santro.. you can buy the santro XL (power steering, front power windows, A/C) for 3.79 on road in bangalore.. cant say the same about the wagon R.. Yes the tachometer still comes on the wagon R but only on the VXI version.

So i bought the santro

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I mostly drive in Hyderabad traffic and some highway drives occassionally,
How does wagonR do on highways. In one of the forum, I have read wagonr would wobble when a big truck pass by. Is that true ? This would scare .. if this is true.

So many of friends are suggesting me to buy Swift, if you are going to ride
on highways,but Iam very much worried about the mileage that Swift gives 9-10 kmpl.

Please suggest price tag for my new car is 4.5 to 5 lakhs

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hi prabhu - welcome aboard ... enjoy your stay.
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hey enjoy here ..have a nice time
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Hey bro,
welcome aboard and enjoy your stay here.
Please post your query in the appropriate section.
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I mostly drive in Hyderabad traffic and some highway drives occassionally,
How does wagonR do on highways. In one of the forum, I have read wagonr would wobble when a big truck pass by. Is that true ? This would scare .. if this is true.

So many of friends are suggesting me to buy Swift, if you are going to ride
on highways,but Iam very much worried about the mileage that Swift gives 9-10 kmpl.
Both WagonR and Santro are almost equally tall..... and the wind/air when overtaking a truck at 100+km/h .. .. just pushes them a bit away.

There is no wobbling... if your wheels are fine... true for all cars.

WagonR does not disappoint on the highway.

FE of swift will be a bit less than the wagonR... if you expect 13 ... from WagonR .. then expect 11.5-12 from the swift.

SWIFT is better... in all (but boot size) respects otherwise.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by prabhu
I mostly drive in Hyderabad traffic and some highway drives occassionally,
How does wagonR do on highways. In one of the forum, I have read wagonr would wobble when a big truck pass by. Is that true ? This would scare .. if this is true.

So many of friends are suggesting me to buy Swift, if you are going to ride
on highways,but Iam very much worried about the mileage that Swift gives 9-10 kmpl.

Please suggest price tag for my new car is 4.5 to 5 lakhs

Thanks,
Prabhu.
ok now you have put your requirements up so lets do some analysis again.

In hyderabad traffic or highways both santro and WagonR perform equally well. But WagonR's allround visibility is superb. palio is excellent on the highways with superb stability, handling and comfort but is a bit tough to drive in city. Visibility is not as good.

No wagonR doesnt wobble. We have made frequent trips from Ahmedabad-baroda on the expressway at 110-120 and its as stable as other cars. same goes for santro.

test drive the palio 1.2 nv, wagonR and Santro. also take a FE test with the dealers. drive it on highways and in the conjusted city traffic. also when at the Fiat-tata dealership have a look at the tata indica.

All the four cars are good on FE
Palio and Indica look better
Palio and indica are more stronger
WagonR and santro are easier to drive
WagonR and santro are easier to maintain
Palio and indica do better on highways
WagonR and santro do better in cities.
WagonR and santro have more headspace
Palio1.2 and indica have more leg space
Palio 1.2 and indica are more comfortable


decide your priorities and take test drives to decide.
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Buy the Swift!
It'll make you happy than anything sold in India for now.

If you're still limiting yourself to Santro and WagonR, Then show Hyundai the door and enjoy the WagonR!
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Hi Prabhu
Welcome to Team-bhp.

Regarding your query, why dont you use the search feature. You will find many many comparisons.

Good luck!
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Hi Prabhu welcome to the Team-Bhp... enjoy your stay.
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Santro, although a worse car has much better resale and image especially in South India.
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