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Old 30th December 2009, 23:49   #1
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Default Iceberg is home (Fiat Grande Punto) Update: 9000 kms in 4 months


Till now I was driving a Maruti Baleno which was purchased second hand in Feb 2008. The car gave me lot of pleasure and is one of the best cars to drive, but only one thing bothered me a lot was the monthly petrol bills.

My dad drives a Vista Quadrajet which we purchased in Jan 2009 and even after his daily drive of 80 kms, the maximum that he has paid in a month over his diesel bill was Rs 3500 to Rs 4000, whereas compared to that my monthly bill with a daily drive of 50kms was anything upto Rs 6000 to Rs 6800. Now this was one of the reasons why I always tried to avoid driving the car over long distance.

The national engine of our country - Fiat multijet is a pleasure to drive. For all our outstation trips, I would prefer the vista over baleno due to its pocket friendly nature. This is very refined and powerful engine with nothing much to complain about the FE that is provides and hence I became a very big fan of this piece of art from Fiat stable.

Now I was thinking of selling my Baleno for long and the only reason being I wanted a diesel car which will help me in my long distance travelling. As luck would have it - in the month of Nov 09, I got a decent price for my old car - 2.75 lac for 2006 model done 55k kms and hence sold it off. Now starts a hunt for a new car - has to be a diesel - with decent FE.

Hunt begins

My budget for a new car was upto 7 lacs. Hence I had shortlisted few cars - Fiat Palio (Multijet), Fiat Punto (multijet), Tata Manza (quadrajet), Ford Ikon TDCi, Ford Fiesta TDCi, Renault Logan Diesel and finally the beast Tata Safari (Heart always wanted one and still longs for one)

Fiat Palio

Nice car to drive, but the interiors feel a lot older and hence it was a straight out of the list. My 6 year old daughter even denied sitting in the car as it was too old. Her quote "Papa, dadu's car is better from inside than this one and I don't like it." Even I had a similar kind of reactions to the car.

Tata Manza
New launch by Tata with a waiting period of 4 to 6 weeks. This is a very spacious car and with lot of features in Aura +. This car was certainly in my short list.

Ford Ikon :- Josh machine
Most frugal diesel engine with decent pickup and power even though it has only 68 bhp engine. This is a driver's car for sure. Ford have surely come a long way from being a high maintenance and low efficient engines to highly efficient engines and low maintenance and peace of mind with their Total maintenance plan where in the car will not cost anything for service in the upto 3 yrs. (a-la-a chevy way). The pricing of the car is also very sweet and you get a lambi gaadi at a price of a hatchback. The reason why it did not come in my short list was the absence of any safety features like abs, airbags.

Ford Fiesta
Again the most frugal engine with a very good drivers car. This surely was in my shortlist and with the year end discount of Rs 75000 on the diesel car bought it almost in my budget. This was one car that I surely would have bought. The only reason why I did not buy this car was that the white colour was not available and would be available only in mid January. Hence did not want to wait.


Again a very decent car with lots and lots of space but looks not upto the mark. I was interested in this car only for the engine but the home minister declined it straight away. The play version though was very good to watch and provide all that I needed sans the airbags and abs. But again cannot go against our home minister.

Beast Safari

I always wanted to own a safari and still want it, but in my budget I could only fit the LX version which has nothing that I want. I know it would have been a little stretch had I tried it but then again at this point of time I did not want to stretch myself. Hence the thought of the beast was out of the window. Then too I took a test ride in this car and I should say I loved every minute that I spent in this car. Beautiful driving experience - all I can say and with heavy heart I returned the keys back to the sales person.

Fiat Grande Punto

Now this car had always been on my radar due to its chick looks. This has already been discussed in many other threads and hence I am not discussing any thing further on its looks. Now I was looking for a car with all the security features and with decent FE. Kept on reading reviews of all others on Punto in Tbhp and finally decided to take the plunge.

Punto won my vote because of many factors
  • Chick looks
    Decent or I should say above expected kit included
    huge tyres
    decent FE of the national engine
    trunk capacity
    blue and me
    huge discounts for the first time
    climate control (after all baleno had spoiled me with its climate control)
    and above all - no waiting time for the Bosa Nova white as it was available in stock.

Certain things I did not like about the car
  • Rear seat space is at premium when I am driving as I drive with my seat completely pushed back.
    plastic quality

Booking and delivery

After visiting many Tata Fiat dealership in and around Mumbai - I finally booked my GP on 22nd December with Balaji Motors in Thane, ghodbhunder road as they had ready stock available for the Bosa Nova white that too with the production month being 11-09.

The on road price for the GP is Rs 682973 - and on this I got a discount for Rs 30k which is for the insurance for the first year, extended warranty, road side assistance. Hence the final price was Rs 652973. I made a downpayment of Rs 2lacs and the remaining was on finance from HDFC bank. The delivery date promised to me was 30th dec if all the papers were cleared from the bank. I should comment - bank is prompt in providing loans and the disbursement happened in record time.

Got the delivery of the car yesterday, and till date I have done 56 kms on board. Hence I will keep on updating my driving experience.

For now let the pictures do the talking.

PS:- We did the puja of the car on a paper as I did not want to put any marks on my car and also for the reason being I laminated the paper and placed in my car for a permanent remembrance. Will keep on updating the thread from time to time and apologies for the long post.
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Congrats!! Time to change your signature now
Thanks for your wishes and also pointing out about my signature - changed it
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kailash..congratz on your acquisition man..!
But the pics do not do do justice to the beauty of this car.

The TATA showroom on ghodbunder road was bull dozed by the TMC last month.Where have they shifted to?
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It still operates from the same place - albeit a little inside. Balaji motors is very much at the same location.

You are right that the pictures do not do justice to the beauty of the car as these pictures were captured in the night when we were conducting puja - expect more and more pictures asap, some that I will click in broad daylight. Additional picture that I clicked yesterday.
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The car looks amazing, congratulations
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Congratulations on your purchase. It's a lovely car and the Bossa Nova white is one of the best (yet possibly underrated) colours on the Punto. Wishing you miles of happiness and do keep us posted as you use the car more.
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Congrats on your purchase of that chic hatch. Puja on a paper, thats a new idea Smart Thinking I must say.
Enjoy your drive to the fullest.
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Congrats on the nice purchase.
Please post some pictures of interiors also.
And Drive Safe.
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Congrats on the purchase of the most beautiful hatch! White looks great!
Do post more pictures and a review.
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Congrats Kailashnj for a lovely purchase. Its an aboslute Gem to drive.
The only issue you might face with the beauty is rear seat leg room for a tall person but the overall experiece outweighs the negatives.
Enjoy the experience and Drive safe.
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Congrats! Looks great in white
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The Punters club seems to be increasing more rapidly than India's polulation!!!

Your daughters look reaaly cute...Touchwood!!!
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Congratulations!!! on the GP and welcome to Punters club. I got my GP from Balaji Motors in Sept. Its a great ride. Enjoy your ownership and happy motoring.
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Congratulations kailashji. Nice purchase. Punto looks great in white. Can you post pics taken in day and some of interiors please.

Enjoy, Drive Safe .

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