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Old 17th September 2009, 14:01   #1
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Which would be the best car for a friend's parents out of the following choices:

(i) Maruti A Star LXi

(ii) Wagon R Duo

(iii) Chevy Spark LPG

(iv) Maruti Ritz Petrol

(v) Maruti Ritz Diesel

The following points may also be kindly kept in mind while giving your opinion-

(a) The car would be chauffeur driven all the time

(b) Fuel economy is a big priority

(c) Average running would be around 30 to 40 Km per day mostly in congested city roads

(d) LPG, though available, is at a distant place

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Old 17th September 2009, 14:30   #2
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Maruti Ritz Petrol.(Compact, decent seating etc, inexpensive to run and maintain as well as to buy)
Maruti Ritz Diesel.(Compact, decent seating position, inexpensive to run and maintain - higher initial purchase cost)
Swift Petrol - good buy -same reasons as above
Swift Diesel - good buy if you're ok with the initial purchase cost.
Hyundai I 10 Automatic. (Compact, easy to drive, inexpensive to run and maintain)
Hyundai I 20 Diesel. (Very stylish - easy to drive, inexpensive to run and maintain but initial purchase cost is higher)
Hyundai I 20 Automatic (Same as above)
Consider also the Tata Indica Vista Quadrajet which is a great car. Or maybe the petrol version of the Vista.

I would not recommend Chevy Spark on account of poor residual/ resale values in general for Chevy vehicles. I would not recommend the Wagon R Duo - Wagon R itself is rather outdated. This is why I also would not recommend the Santro.
The A Star is a bit small in comparison with the Ritz / Swift so one may as well buy something slightly larger and more comfy which yet maintains the easy to drive and park aspect.
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My preferances for your criteria :

1. Chevy Spark Petrol (not LPG) : Milage : 16kmpl in city , good interiors , easy to drive

2. Ritz Diesel : Milage : 17+ , I personally do not like the looks and interior though they are roomy

3. Ritz Petrol : Same as above

4. Astar : Interiors are bit cramped as compared to Ritz.

I do not recommend Wagon-R at all.
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In this case, go for the Wagon R. Tall seats, very reasonably priced.

A star has very poor back seat space.
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Maruti Ritz Petrol.(Compact, decent seating etc, inexpensive to run and maintain as well as to buy)
Maruti Ritz Diesel.(Compact, decent seating position, inexpensive to run and maintain - higher initial purchase cost)
Swift Petrol - good buy -same reasons as above
Swift Diesel - good buy if you're ok with the initial purchase cost.
Hyundai I 10 Automatic. (Compact, easy to drive, inexpensive to run and maintain)
Hyundai I 20 Diesel. (Very stylish - easy to drive, inexpensive to run and maintain but initial purchase cost is higher)
Hyundai I 20 Automatic (Same as above)
Consider also the Tata Indica Vista Quadrajet which is a great car. Or maybe the petrol version of the Vista.

I would not recommend Chevy Spark on account of poor residual/ resale values in general for Chevy vehicles. I would not recommend the Wagon R Duo - Wagon R itself is rather outdated. This is why I also would not recommend the Santro.
The A Star is a bit small in comparison with the Ritz / Swift so one may as well buy something slightly larger and more comfy which yet maintains the easy to drive and park aspect.
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Ritz as its more spacious at rear and easier to get in/out for seniors.

Diesel will have a long waiting period.
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Maruti Ritz would be a good choice!
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Chauffeur driven car.

You want as much comfort on the rear seats as possible.
Why don't you for the Indica Vista Petrol.
The rear seats don't get better that this.
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Agree with bblost. My In-laws bought Vista a few months ago. The space utilization in this hatch is unmatched and can put some mid-size sedans to shame.

If not a TATA product, Ritz and Wagon R will fit the bill. I find Swift's rear too cramped for comfort.
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Omit A-star,Wagon R and Spark.
Best bets- Ritz diesel, Vista quadrajet.
As the car will be chauffeur driven imo vista has the best back seat comfort and space in the segment.
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chauffeur driven = back seat comfort = indica
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Indica Vista TDI Terra. (or even the older variant DLE if available)

Diesel = cheap.
Chauffeur = forget Tata ***

PS: I find the quadrajet suggestion interesting since they would neither appreciate the MJD turbo from the rear seat, nor would the extra cost be paid back.
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Chaurffer driven, Vista is the way to go, excellent back seat comfort.
Diesel will the best buy in Vista, but the petrol engine in Vista is not bad either.
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Default It's got to be Vista Diesel

If its going to be Chauffeur driven, it has to be Vista. Great rear seat comfort, decent ride quality and if its diesel, economical.

I recently TDed Ritz and asked sales guy to drive it and I sat on backseat; and it was not what I initially thought. Seats / space is cramped, stiff seats and not at all comfortable for the distance (30-40 km) that is suggested in initial post.

Its Vista Diesel.
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Indica Vista. seats can't get better in this price range. It's a little unrefined, but as it's going to be chauffeur driven your friends parents won't know.

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IMHO, the best car would be Ritz. The suspension is soft that offers good ride quality, the interiors are roomy, reliability and specially A.S & S. is an added advantage. Moreover its new and above all, safest of all the cars you have listed down.

Petrol or diesel, depends upon running. If a diesel is being considered, tell chauffeur that there is a concept of turbo lag before he damages the clutch by riding the clutch.
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