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View Poll Results: Which compact sedan would you choose?
Maruti Dzire 112 37.71%
Tata Tigor 37 12.46%
Hyundai Xcent 11 3.70%
Honda Amaze 11 3.70%
Ford Aspire 86 28.96%
Volkswagen Ameo 28 9.43%
Tata Zest 12 4.04%
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Old 20th July 2017, 14:32   #31
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Of these, my pick would be a Dzire, but between these and a hatch, I'd pick the hatch.

An Uncle recently cross shopped between the Swift, New Dzire and the Baleno. He eventually picked the Baleno which is what I would suggest most people do. The car feels more premium and better built, has more space and the boot is large enough for trips as well.
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Old 20th July 2017, 17:29   #32
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I am in the market currently for a diesel compact sedan owing to my daily drive of ~70Kms. Did not consider the Amaze and Xcent. I have taken a test drive of the Aspire and really liked the 1.5 engine. But personally I felt that the foot area is cramped and the clutch travel is long. Test drove the Ameo and liked the engine. I like the timeless design of the first 3/4 part of the car (the rear looks weird). I am yet to test drive the Dzire but I have driven the old diesel Dzire. The new Dzire looks good except for the chrome outside and the wood inserts inside. Currently I am extremely confused between Ameo and Dzire.
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Old 20th July 2017, 19:34   #33
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Voted for the Hyundai Xcent, keeping petrol in in mind. Yes, the new Dzire is massively improved, and offers slightly better performance, but the Xcent's performance is adequate and it betters the Dzire in areas more important for any sedan, such as refinement, quality and overall finesse. Even equipment levels are very much at par with the Dzire (give or take one or two features). Amaze just looks and feels bog-standard, while the Ameo, Tigor and Aspire's petrols are no good anyway.

If it were a diesel, Ameo is definitely the king. It might seem like a close call between the Ameo and the Aspire here, until one looks at the differences in build quality, equipment, and overall finesse. The Ameo is good enough overall to ignore the weird rear.

Having said all that, none of these sedans have any significant advantage over hatchbacks in the same price range, except for a boot. I would any day prefer a smart looking hatchback over a derived sedan.
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Old 21st July 2017, 05:15   #34
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Can I take back my vote? I meant to hit the Ford but ended up choosing Honda.

I have a soft spot for the Honda. It is also the only car in this group I have driven a fair bit. In terms of packaging, I doubt if anyone can beat the Amaze. The only area where I think it falls short are the toys off course and that annoyingly loud diesel. The petrol gets the job done better than most in this group and you get a nice petrol AT variant. There is no question about reliability for the Honda. After sales support is excellent too.

My vote goes to the Ford. I doubt if any car in this club represents so much value for money. Safety is indeed a big question mark. I am not a fan of ultra light cars either. I doubt if this car will ever have that Ford feeling of security and stability (even in Sport guise). What does impress are the numbers. 100 horses combined with over 200nm of torque, on a car that weighs a shade over 900 kilos can only mean a silly grin when you step on it. This pretty much sums up my vote for this car.
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Old 21st July 2017, 11:05   #35
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I agree when a person chooses a car for looks, equipment list, comfort, engine etc..but the cost of ownership is not a perception. and still thinking Maruti gives less cost of ownership is not valid as on date

I have owned Maruti, Hyundai and Ford. So i think i have experienced it to comment.
100% agree. Maruti is more expensive to maintain than Fords & Toyotas of similar class. Of course, more expensive than Tata as well. However, there is this thing of niggles with Tata and Mahindra that more frequent trips to service centres offset the lower cost of getting the job done. With Maruti, job gets done in one shot - almost every single time. And wide service network is very very reliable - you can approach any service centre with 'near' full confidence. This is something I value a lot in my experience.

I am not sure of whether Marutis are free of niggles any more - steering rack issue, coolant system issue in my s-cross that left me stranded, couple of small things with WagonR I had for 65K kms. And yes, WagonR service was expensive for car of that class.

From this list, I vote for Tigor for:
1. Incredible value for money
2. Great interior and exterior styling
3. Excellent materials and finish
4. Solid build
5. Spacious and nicely sculpted seats, large boot.
6. Performance is not bad and I can live with the noise as my current rides are diesel
7. Very good ride, for the segment
8. Respect more thought through product. Dzire is close second

Ford's S trims are great. But car is way too boring inside and lost too much on build. If it had previous Figo's or EcoSport's feel in build, then it could be closer contest.

For my next ride, I am looking for pre-worshipped D-segment ones in Dzire ZXi+ budget range. That seems more sensible choice for reasons well elaborated by GTO and others on the forum.

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Old 21st July 2017, 13:26   #36
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The title says it all in my opinion. Its one goliath, against many davids. Though, David defeats the Goliath, I doubt there will be biblical justice here.

There cars who are better(slightly) at VFM aspect, Ford Aspire for eg, or are better to drive, again Ford Aspire diesel and VW Ameo diesel, but none quite match the overall value that Dzire brings.
  • Largely untarnished brand image, both Maruti and Dzire
  • Well priced variants
  • Consistency in after sales service
  • Resale value
  • Now to add to this, its also amongst the best looking compact sedans

Though, I have voted for Dzire, if I were to chose from this price segment, I would choose Baleno or i20(top variant only) hands down.
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I voted for the Aspire (TDCi) for the following reasons:
1. Value For Money good overall package
2. Excellent Diesel Engine (No turbo lag)
3. Better build quality compared to Marutis though nowhere near 1st. gen. Figos
4. Exclusivity
5. Ownership reports of T-Bhpians which prompted me to buy the Aspire TDCi Titanium trim
6. Maruti service is not cheap(especially for Diesels) as commonly believed
7. I had a Dzire VDI which I drove for over 70k in my 5 years of ownership and hence I feel confident to make the statement as per Point 6 above.

P.S. This is my first post on T-BHP and hence request mods to make suitable corrections as and where required.
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Ford aspire, if only people come out of the myth that mass has the lowest service maintenance cost and Ford should get a better marketing agency.
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