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Old 3rd March 2009, 17:14   #16
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sorry that i couldn write in detail ,in my last post



i am a doctor and i drive 50-60 kms per day in chennai city traffic. i also go occasionally on trips on highways may be twice a year.

is fabia deisel elegance really worth the 8.58 lakhs?


now thats my story............

now for the questions

is it really worth spending 8.5+ for a hatchback or try to go for a vfm sedan sx4 for 8 lakhs ( the showroom gives 25000 discount + 3000 rs gold coin)

or choose swift zxi petrol which has great engine but lack comfort
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Let me put in some more food for thought:

1) If your daily driving is 50-60kms (add highway driving), I presume you will be doing some 2000 kms per month on an average. In that case, a Diesel vehicle will cost you about half of a petrol in running costs - a sum of better fuel efficiency and cost of the fuel. Do factor this into your decision.

2) As far as Fabia vs SX4 goes, its a much more rational decision to go in for an SX4. Not only is the latter more spacious and fully loaded, it also comes with the peace of mind guaranteed with Maruti service. But do understand the fact that the SX4 has a high boot (reduced rear visibility) and thick A-pillars (blind spots), both of which are hinderances to city driving. If you can live with these, go for the SX4.

3) In any case, avoid the Swift ZXi. No point in waiting for something which you dont find comfortable, especially since you have the dough for something better.
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For 8 lacs, you can also check out Ford fiesta S. Fiesta 1.6 is a pure drivers car and you will love driving it. I also read that you get airbags and ABS. Try it once before deciding on SX4.
Only downside with Fiesta is costly A.S.S
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8 Lakhs is a good budget and you need not settle for a hatch. The SX4 ZXi has my vote. Push for more discounts, they are surely feeling the heat from the ANHC.
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With your budget at 8 lacs + I think you have a wide variety of sedans to choose from

1 - Maruti SX4
2 - ANHC
3 - Ford Fiesta
4 - Fiat Linea( you already mentioned your dislike towards it).
5 - Hyundai Verna(Petrol)
6 - Hyundai Accent (not a bad car at all)

With all the bells and whistles being your priority I would stick to what others have suggested SX-4 is the way to go.
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1) If your daily driving is 50-60kms (add highway driving), I presume you will be doing some 2000 kms per month on an average. In that case, a Diesel vehicle will cost you about half of a petrol in running costs - a sum of better fuel efficiency and cost of the fuel. Do factor this into your decision.
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I have to agree with this point. If the driving is so high, then a diesel makes sense. But this is only if the running cost is a concern.

If not, the SX4 would be recommended, but then, as noted in previous posts, the high boot and thick pillar might be an issue during the initial days.
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How about the Fiesta 1.6S?

Do check the Ford Service at your place.
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ANHC is way out as it costs 9.22 lakhs on road in chennai
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hi drashkum

Go for the Fabia or fiesta.have sx4 as the last option.ya it is vfm car but it consumes lot of fuel.

Fabian is a very good car and is worth buying,but go for the middle variant.

All the best.do let us know your decision

Ram,chennai
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Do take a test drive of the Fiesta 1.6S before you take a decision. Its a beauty!!!
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your kind of daily running deserves a diesel car for lower running costs and a relaxed ride (thanks to torque).

for that budget you can look at Fiesta TDCI ZXI that has ABS now.

if you are not worried about boot space, Fabia hatchback is also a good option for that kind of money.

downside for both Ford and Skoda are the high maintanence bills.

you can come down a lower in the price band (5.5L - 6L) and take a look at Vista Quadrajet Aura which is loaded with features (except ABS/Airbags) and massive interior space.

you have already ruled out Swift so I am not mentioning that.

If you still want a petrol car, there are so many options - AHNC, SX4, Fiesta among the sedans, with i20 and Fabia leading the pack in hatchbacks.
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Do take a test drive of the Fiesta 1.6S before you take a decision. Its a beauty!!!
Speaking of that, did you check the advertisement in the papers
today? It is hard to believe it is a Fiesta S. On the first look I thought
it was a Mitsu Evo X 10. TOI today I think.
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You could also consider the Aveo. Compact sedan with nice interiors. Autocar march issue states that its available with a handsome discount too, in addition 3years/100,000kms maintenance pack free!
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well, i would suggest you also take a look at the ford fusion plus tdci. abs/airbags, lots of space and comes at around 7.2L , i think it is a very good deal!
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To add to your confusion let me suggest FORD FUSION TDCI also ! I personally feel its a good car but then I dont think it will have all the bells and whistles you found in the i20 ASTA to start with. But then, neither does the SX4 or any other SEDAN being suggested here has ALL OF THOSE
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Speaking of that, did you check the advertisement in the papers
today? It is hard to believe it is a Fiesta S. On the first look I thought
it was a Mitsu Evo X 10. TOI today I think.
Yup its in TOI today. Ford is giving free insurance on all Fiesta variants.
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