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Old 29th August 2006, 20:56   #1
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Hi,

Daily, I have to commute 2hours (20Km) in peak traffic. I need a car where I can relax after a day's work. Interior should be soothing. Driver comfort should be excellent. I am not particular on speed but more on seating & driving comfort. Driving will always be with AC on. I need a car with very low cabin noise.
  • Cars short listed: -none-
  • Price range: 8 lakhs & lower
  • Maintenance & After Sales Service (A.S.S.) expectations: Lower the cost, the better
  • Average distance traveled per month: 900Km
  • Where car will be mostly used (city / highway / rough roads etc): City
  • Chauffer driven / self driven: Self
  • Whether the vehicle will be shared by other members of family: No
  • Any specific requirements from car (ex. Better luggage space, responsive engine, rear seat comfort): Low cabin noise, Excellent driver comfort
  • How long you intend on keeping this car (and how important resale is to you): 5 years
I plan to purchase in about a month. Please let me know your choices.

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Old 29th August 2006, 23:26   #2
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Perfect car for you would be the Honda City GXi. Nice interiors, comfortable, easy to drive & very reliable. I think it fits all your parameters to a T.

P.S. It's got very quiet interiors too!!
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Old 29th August 2006, 23:41   #3
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Hi Raghava,

Thanks for the suggestion. Let me go for a test drive.
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Old 30th August 2006, 00:19   #4
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For low cabin noise, Chevy Optra 1.6 VGIS. No other car in comes close in its class.
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I agree with iraghava. Sounds to me like the Honda City is ideal for you.
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Old 30th August 2006, 07:26   #6
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For Diesel: Ford Fiesta TDCi
For Petrol: Honda City ZX/ Ford Fiesta 1.6
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i would say Optra....
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Old 30th August 2006, 09:18   #8
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Why go for a booted car?
You have not listed luggage space as requiement.
So any hatchback will do better and they are easier to drive in the city.
Getz is pretty comfortable to drive, dont know much about the swift, the owners will tell about that.
Then there is the chevy optra hatchback too.

I suggest take a test drive of all these cars.
There is no such thing as "comfortable", it depends on the drivers body size and shape.
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Old 30th August 2006, 09:43   #9
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I would look at the Chevy SRV. Though, I assume, maintenance may not be low.
To each his own, I guess. Test drive and decide.
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Old 30th August 2006, 09:44   #10
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Would recommend you to test drive both Honda City & Optra in high traffic conditions and pick the one you like. Both of them would satisfy all your other requirements.

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Forgot to add, ensure that you test drive NHC CVT as well. It is going to cost you a little more but for driving 2 hours in Bangalore traffic, it is money very well spent.

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I'd look at the NHC CVT version. the auto box will be nicer givne the ammount of traffic you have to negotiate. in any case look at automatics if you facea lot of traffic daily.
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With ur limited drivingarounds, and as u are also interested in an "SUV" if possible, for u, the best bet is the FORD FUSION. jus wait till the facelifted version comes out! Its a nice one, very comfy and all, but the A.S.S maintainence is a lilt bit on the higher side, while there isnt much of repairs happening to it on frequent basis.
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emm, Optra I guess. Maybe get some damping stuff if you are not happy with that car.I know of a guy who damped his CRV ( spend aa loooot,maybe he has supersensitve ears)
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any idea on the BALENO, it meets all your requirements, is really fast, maintainence is next to nothing, it is adrivers car, comes with all round independent suspension more bhp than honda city, more or less 11 km/lt in city conditions with a/c, looks better than honda, parts are really cheap
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If you are not too particular about the boot, then try getz; else honda city will be your best bet.
BTW, I really liked the way you have listed your requirements. They are crystal clear..
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