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Toyota Urban Cruiser Taisor 45 28.85%
Maruti Suzuki Fronx 46 29.49%
Citroen C3 15 9.62%
Tata Punch 20 12.82%
Renault Kiger 5 3.21%
Nissan Magnite 9 5.77%
Hyundai Exter 10 6.41%
Other (Please specify in your post - Nexon, XUV 3XO, Venue, etc.) 6 3.85%
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Toyota Urban Cruiser Taisor vs Maruti Suzuki Fronx vs Citroen C3 vs Others

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Toyota Urban Cruiser Taisor

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Maruti Suzuki Fronx

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What you'll like:

• Smart looking crossover with sharp & attractive styling
• Feels better built than some other Maruti cars
• 1.0L Boosterjet turbo-petrol engine is quick and has minimal turbo lag. Driveability is satisfactory
• Smart Hybrid system ensures excellent fuel efficiency. ARAI = 20.01 to 22.89 km/l
• Nicely tuned suspension glides over small bumps, potholes and road imperfections
• User-friendly cabin with loads of space! Can easily seat 5 adults (unlike many competitors)
• Long feature list includes LED auto headlamps, LED DRLs, cruise control, 9-inch touchscreen HU paired with an Arkamys sound system, 360-degree camera, head-up display, rear A/C vents, wireless charging, footwell lighting, tilt & telescopic steering adjustment, connected car features etc
• Safety kit includes 6 airbags, 3-point seatbelts for all, ESP, traction control, hill-hold assist and ISOFIX
• Maruti’s excellent after-sales service, wide dealer network & fuss-free ownership experiences

What you won't:

• On the inside, it’s almost identical to the regular Baleno. Differentiation should’ve been more
• Quality of some plastic parts and fabric upholstery is mediocre
• 1.0L turbo-petrol although quick, is not exciting enough for enthusiasts
• 308-litre boot is among the smallest in the segment
• No diesel option like some rivals
• Rear seat’s under-thigh support is lacking for taller passengers
• A few missing features like sunroof, TPMS, rear armrest, drive modes, auto wipers and front parking sensors
• Lesser height means, despite the smart styling, it doesn’t have the road presence of typical crossovers

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Citroen C3

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What you'll like:

• Striking design! Very funky, yet likeable at the same time
• Good-looking cabin that is practical too
• Fast 1.2L turbo-petrol is genuinely fun-to-drive, while the 1.2L naturally-aspirated engine offers excellent driveability
• 6-speed MT is slick and light to operate. Definitely one of the better gearboxes in the segment
• Sorted suspension offers a very good ride & handling package
• Compact size and light controls are perfect for the urban environment
• 10-inch touchscreen with wireless Android Auto & Apple CarPlay is excellent to use
• Lots of customization options and accessories to make your car truly unique

What you won't:

• No automatic transmission on offer - a big miss when ATs are rapidly gaining popularity in India
• Quality of cabin materials doesn't feel great; cost-cutting is pretty evident in certain areas
• Some ergonomic issues like the placement of rear power window switches, unusable rear headrests…
• 1.2L NA petrol’s highway performance is mediocre; 5-speed MT is notchy too
• Cabin width makes the interiors suitable for 4 adults, not 5
• Missing features like climate control, tachometer, decent sound system, LED headlamps, etc.
• Long-term reliability & after-sales service quality are big unknowns; dealer network is tiny

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Tata Punch

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What you'll like:

• Snazzy styling! We love the mini-Harrier face and tight rear end
• Well-designed & practical cabin with enough space for 4 adults
• 366-liter boot is accommodating
• 1.2L NA petrol offers good driveability in the city. Performance is acceptable <90 kmph
• Sorted road manners & reassuring high speed stability
• Enjoyable Harman 6-speaker ICE. One of the better systems in this segment
• Features such as auto headlamps & wipers, cruise control, Traction Pro (AMT), cooled glovebox…with factory customization packs too
• A full 5-stars in the GNCAP! Safety package includes dual airbags, CSC, brake sway control, ISOFIX etc.

What you won't:

• 1.2L NA petrol’s highway performance is weak. At 100 km/h & up, more noise than action
• Suspension has a firm tune (R16 variants). It is compliant & liveable, but you do feel bad roads
• Jerky and slow AMT gearbox when competitors offer you smoother CVTs and torque converters
• 3-cylinder petrol cannot match the competition’s 4-cylinders in refinement & NVH
• No turbo petrol or diesel option. Period. Rivals & other Tata cars offer both
• Cabin width makes 4 adults welcome, not 5
• Some missing goodies such as an auto-dimming IRVM, splitting rear seat, rear AC vents, full-size spare…
• Tata's after-sales service quality is a hit or miss. Remains a gamble

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Renault Kiger

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Nissan Magnite

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What you'll like:

• The Magnite looks really good…that handsome face is a head-turner
• Sheer value-for-money pricing. Turbo-petrol with a proper AT under 10 lakhs!
• Peppy performance from the Magnite’s 1.0L turbo-petrol engine
• Smooth well-tuned CVT in a sea of jerky AMTs. Has Sport and L modes too
• Healthy legroom for rear passengers. Space packaging is brilliant
• Impressive kit (cruise control, LED headlamps, rear air-con vents, 360-degree camera, wireless charger, wireless Android Auto & Apple CarPlay)
• 205 mm of ground clearance is more than enough for any kind of bad roads
• Safety kit includes ESP, TPMS, ABS, EBD & hill start assist
• Base variant also gets reasonable kit, including a rear wiper. It’s not poverty-spec

What you won't:

• Stiff & basic ride quality. You feel each and everything on the road
• The Magnite is built to a cost and it does show, especially in the budget-grade cabin
• Lower variants’ 1.0L naturally-aspirated petrol is a boring, unimpressive engine
• Clunky, firm MT gearshift & a clutch pedal that has more weight than it should
• No diesel option available on the Nissan Magnite
• Cabin is narrower than some competitors. Narrow width makes it best for 4 adults
• Missing features such as an auto-dimming IRVM, full-size spare tyre…
• Doesn't have the finesse or quality of premium crossovers like the XUV300, Sonet etc.
• Nissan's tiny dealership network & lousy after-sales quality

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Hyundai Exter

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What you'll like:

• Well-positioned overall package. Priced competitively against rivals
• Unique looks with the H-shaped LED DRLs & tail-lamps and crossover styling
• Super-refined 4-cylinder engine offers good driveability and satisfactory fuel efficiency. AMT and CNG versions are available too
• Hyundai AMTs have superior tuning as compared to the AMTs of Maruti, Tata etc.
• Well-tuned suspension absorbs bumps well and delivers acceptable high-speed stability
• Precise build & quality (including interiors) are among the segment best
• Excellent ergonomics with light and well-placed controls
• Spacious interiors with very good legroom and headroom for a car in this segment
• Accommodating 391-litre boot is among the largest in the segment
• Loaded with features such as a sunroof, keyless entry & go, dashcam with dual camera, auto headlamps, cruise control, paddle shifters, connected car features (BlueLink), wireless charger, rear A/C vents, multi-lingual voice commands, etc
• Safety kit includes 6 airbags, 3-point seatbelts for all 5 occupants, ISOFIX child seat mounts, ABS, EBD, ESC, VSM, hill-hold assist, rear parking sensors and camera, TPMS, emergency stop signal, SOS call and more
• Hyundai's wide service network & up to 7-years extended warranty

What you won't:

• Edgy looks & funky styling may not be to everyone's liking. Cuts and creases are overdone
• Despite the unique styling, it’s not really a head-turner. Small size robs the Exter of road presence
• 1.2L NA petrol’s highway performance is adequate, but not exciting
• No turbo-petrol or diesel engine on offer
• Not as engaging to drive as the Citroen C3 Turbo. Handling, steering and thin tyres won’t appeal to enthusiasts
• Light-coloured interior theme isn’t available. Black interiors may not be to everyone's liking. Hyundai should’ve offered a beige option
• Back seat is more suitable for 2 healthy adults and a child. Not 3 healthy adults
• Rear seat is placed on the lower side, and its under-thigh support is average (taller folk will find it to be less)
• Average sound system is no match for some of the rivals (e.g. Punch & Fronx have better ICE)
• Some missing features like foglamps, rear centre armrest, auto-dimming IRVM, 60:40 split rear seat, 6-speaker sound system (Exter has just 4), full-sized spare tyre, etc.

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Re: Toyota Urban Cruiser Taisor vs Maruti Suzuki Fronx vs Citroen C3 vs Others

This is a tough one! Having considered all options, my first choice would be the Fronx turbo MT, or the Citroen C3 turbo (but strictly as a secondary vehicle).

- I prefer the Fronx's design over its Toyota counterpart and I think it is one the best looking hatches (I refrain from calling any car in the list an "SUV"). The engine seems to be fun too. Downside = it's quite expensive for what is essentially a Baleno on steroids.

- The C3 is my second pick only because of its engine and chassis - 110 PS and 190 Nm of torque are big numbers for this class! However, I'd choose this strictly as my secondary car for the city. Reasons = lack of basic features + 0 star NCAP rating.

- Although the Punch looks very good, the weak powertrain is a deal breaker. Not to mention Tata's poor ASS and the free niggles that come with the car.

- The Kiger and Magnate are quite competent and VFM, but they are aging badly and aren't as polished as the others. Plus, the competition has m-o-v-e-d on.

- The Exter looks weird to me even today. As competent a car it is, I cannot live with a car whose design doesn't appeal to me.

All said and done, in real life, I'd be better off with a proper hatch like the i20 N Line / Altroz turbo or sedans like the City / Virtus GT

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Re: Toyota Urban Cruiser Taisor vs Maruti Suzuki Fronx vs Citroen C3 vs Others

Voted for the Taisor.

Rationale - I am only into automatics now. Of the list,
- Punch and Exeter go out because of AMT gearboxes
- Kiger and Magnite go out because of inconsistent product quality and questions about their future in India
- C3 seems to have a good power train ( engine and gearbox) but let down by limited feature set and service network and questions around their viability
and future in India.

That leaves the Fronx and Taisor. Personally I like the Fronx's looks but will go with the Taisor because of the Toyota brand and service quality. That is if I am shopping in this segment.

However, I feel that if one is shopping with around ~15 lacs today for the top end Fronx/Taisor, one will be better off with an entry level, reasonably loaded City V CVT or a Kushaq Onyx edition AT and so on.

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Re: Toyota Urban Cruiser Taisor vs Maruti Suzuki Fronx vs Citroen C3 vs Others

Taisor, and by extension Fronx, offers too little for too much price. The 1.2L engine is good, but I'd rather just buy the Baleno if I wanted that engine and its refinement and frugality. And the 1.0l turbo petrol AT is pretty good, but it's so expensive for what it offers, I could just stretch a bit and go with the Brezza, which has better handling, more space, and is also built on a safer platform. Fronx is legitimately a car that puzzled me when I test drove it, because I couldn't understand what role it served in the market that wasn't already occupied by another car which did the job better.
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Re: Toyota Urban Cruiser Taisor vs Maruti Suzuki Fronx vs Citroen C3 vs Others

We Teambhp folks love our cars to go fast. We "live to drive", don't we? Therefore, the car should be "fun to drive" too. We do not think like 99% of the market out there.

Taking this thought forward, I have voted keeping in mind the car that -
1. Has the best power to weight ratio
2. Has the best 3 pot turbo engine among all the other 3 pot turbo engines in this list
3. Has the best suspension setup because it is so very important to get that right if we want the car to be fun to drive
4. Has the best manual transmission because not all cars in the list have auto but all of them have manual transmission. Hence, that is a better apple to apple comparison. Whether the reader prefers manual over auto is not relevant. What is relevant here is the actual product's capabilities.

With these factors in mind, the Citroen C3 Turbo is such a no brainer here. I was the first vote for the C3 turbo and now its numbers are picking up. It is my candidate for the Prime Car here.

Why are we so hung up on features? Because they make us more comfortable within the car and some of them are very very useful in India conditions. So, if Citroen gives the C3 turbo the following features then, to me, it will be the near perfect car -
1. Ventilated seats: Indian summers need this feature
2. auto dimming IRVM: Everyone drives on full beam!!
3. 360 degree camera with blind spot monitoring: There's so much going on around us in India
4. All the safety features like hill hold, ESP, traction control and what not: Better safe than sorry
5. Air purifier: Indian cities are polluted!!
6. A really well tuned and reliable automatic transmission: I do not want to change gears!
7. Improved NVH levels just like C5 Aircross: Silence is golden!
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Re: Toyota Urban Cruiser Taisor vs Maruti Suzuki Fronx vs Citroen C3 vs Others

I will choose the Toyota Taisor or Maruti Fronx.

Among all car engines, the 1.0 booster jet is the best in terms of driving enjoyment.

I value the combination of reliable and high resale value backed by good service from Maruti/Toyota. These are all important factors for a buyer.

The Citroen C3 has a good engine but lacks after-sales support.

I'm not interested in the Tata Punch due to its unexciting 1.2 engines, and the same goes for the Exter.

The Magnite and Kiger are decent with their 1.0 turbo CVT, but they also lack after-sales support.
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Re: Toyota Urban Cruiser Taisor vs Maruti Suzuki Fronx vs Citroen C3 vs Others

Voted Fronx. It is a genuinely capable car and probably one of the better models I have driven in a while. The engine-gearbox combos are well thought out, suspension is great, it is comfortable to live with and stress-free to maintain. Toyota Taisor is the same, but I prefer a lower on-road price over longer warranty periods.

Everything else seems to be compromised some way or the other. Citroen C3 is a very nice driver's car, but seems a touch expensive for what it is. Hyundai Exter made me nauseous sitting in the rear (I suffer from severe motion sickness). Tata Punch was ruled out because of the engine. It always felt out of breath somehow. The Nissan-Renault pairs are good in some variants, but the manufacturers' vague timelines make it a very stressful brand to deal with. Nissan has barely and dealers and Renault also seems to have fallen off the grid of late.

The models suggested under Others are more expensive and so, ruled out completely.
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Re: Toyota Urban Cruiser Taisor vs Maruti Suzuki Fronx vs Citroen C3 vs Others

I see Fronx/Taisor as a car which competes in three different segments. Let me compare each of them one by one.
1st- Micro SUVs Under 10 Lacs.
Firstly let me make it clear that I’m not a big fan of this segment and will anyday pick a Altroz over Punch, i20 over Exter and Baleno over Fronx.
Coming back to micro SUVs, C3 would had been my top pick had it offered 6 airbags or a 5 star safety rating, after all it’s the only one which offers a turbo engine at an affordable price. Same goes about Fronx/Taisor, they offer a lovely 1.2 motor but I’m not sure about safety. Magnite/Kiger are just opposite, they offer safety but the NA petrol is simply the weakest here. So that brings me to Punch & Exter, I feel these two offer best balance between safety, features & performance under 10. My final choice will be like this.
2nd- CSUVs Between 10-16.
Again I find it tough to pick Fronx over the likes of 3XO & Sonet. Not only all of them look bigger than Fronx, most of them offer a diesel engine as well. My choice here will be like this.
Sonet/Venue>3XO>Nexon>Brezza>Fronx/Taisor Turbo>Magnite/Kiger Turbo
3rd- Performance Hatches.
This is where I believe Fronx shines. In terms of driving pleasure it’s right up there with the likes of i20 N Line & Altroz Racer. I just wish it also had a sporty looking variant on offer. Coming back to the topic, It’s actually very tough to pick one between these three, still my choice would be this.
i20 N Line=Fronx>Altroz Racer.

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Voted for Punch because of the EV. The comparison doesn't list the Punch.EV. It addresses all the short comings of its ICE counterpart. It is miles ahead of the competition in term of features, drive-ability and safety at a very competitive price.

The recent 5* rating specifically for Punch.EV also adds feather in the cap

Read GTO's review of Punch.EV -
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Re: Toyota Urban Cruiser Taisor vs Maruti Suzuki Fronx vs Citroen C3 vs Others

Fronx for me.

Just one reason: Wheelbase. Longer wheelbase translates to better space which means better rear seating which is the most important factor for me. I have sampled the Baleno and the rear has better thigh support due to the longer seat base.

Barring engine performance, all other things like better music system, rear cameras etc can be fitted later.

Toyota Taisor for me looks boring from the front. The front grille design looks a good 15 years old.

The one car I would buy simply for the looks is the Kiger, unfortunately, it has reliability issues.
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Re: Toyota Urban Cruiser Taisor vs Maruti Suzuki Fronx vs Citroen C3 vs Others

A car is nothing without a good engine and you are not going to enjoy a great engine if your ride is not comfortable - obviously need great suspension, so eyes closed any day pick will be C3, only gripe being the missed AT !

Also only in here C3 comes 3rd position (just for now I think )

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Since I've already bought a Magnite turbo CVT, I've voted for it. But if I were given a choice again, I'd have probably chosen 3xo because of the excellent engine and AISIN automatic. I didn't have 3xo automatic option a year ago.

Citroen c3 could have been an awesome option only if they had an automatic on offer.
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Re: Toyota Urban Cruiser Taisor vs Maruti Suzuki Fronx vs Citroen C3 vs Others

If it is going be my only car/ primary car - Maruti Fronx 1.0 turbo MT

If it's a secondary car - Tata Punch

Voted for Fronx. Even the VFM 1.2L N/A Fronx is a great package. Good space, proven engines, good looks, decent handling and amazing service support. I only wish it scores decently in crash tests.

I did buy punch as i was replacing my tertiary car. Punch is also value for money and well sorted. But as an only car, that 1.2 N/A will bore you on highways and will be much thirstier than the Fronx 1.2. It is also not as spacious as the Fronx.

As a driving enthusiast, I would choose Citroën C3 turbo but unfortunately it scored 0 stars and has the thinnest dealership network in the country.

Kiger and Maginte 1.0L turbo are great cars too. I loved driving the Kiger turbo. But both of them need a facelift very badly.

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Re: Toyota Urban Cruiser Taisor vs Maruti Suzuki Fronx vs Citroen C3 vs Others

Maruti Fronx 1.0L boosterjet Delta Plus is the most value for money and well rounded car. It has a superb 1.0L turbo motor under it's bonnet, comfortable, space for 5, good fuel mileage, good ground clearance for our roads and a gargantuan service network that is second to none. Nothing gets better than this for that kind of money IMO.
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