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Old 17th February 2020, 14:12   #31
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Test drive the City, Figo petrol, Figo diesel (noted that you don't want a diesel) and Polo GT (Also noted you don't want an auto box ).
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Old 17th February 2020, 14:21   #32
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1. Ford siblings (Figo / Aspire) with that 1.5L TDCi. Fun on the highway, fun on the ghats, fun in the city.
Why Freestyle in not mentioned in Ford siblings, any particular reason? You would have driven all these cars extensively during review. Asking because your opinion matters a lot. In the official review, you have mentioned this car has FORD DNA.
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Old 17th February 2020, 16:49   #33
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Duster with 1.3 ltr turbo charged petrol engine is coming soon. If you can wait and strech your budget, that will fulfill most of your requirements.

I believe, MT and CVT will be on offer. With specs of 150 ps+ power with good ride & handling package, this will be an exciting car.
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I am currently planning on replacing my daily driver Wagon-R Green (Petrol/CNG).

What I have come to realize over last 60k kilometers is, driving experience matters, in daily run. The gadgets are good while the car is new; over time, you don't care much about those features on daily run. You care about exiting the traffic jams quickly. With that as primary focus, what gives most bang for my buck?
Why not wait for the Kia Sonet? Am sure it would have good options of turbo petrol combined with safety packs.
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Old 18th February 2020, 06:58   #35
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I am currently planning on replacing my daily driver Wagon-R Green (Petrol/CNG).
I'll suggest you drive the Freestyle Diesel ASAP.
I completely agree with your point regarding MT only - I'm a lazy AT owner myself, and a bad MT is more fun than even a DSG (all else being equal).

The reason I suggest the Freestyle is not to push the car on you at all - it's just that, in case you like it, make a beeline to buy it BS4. If it loses Sync (Ford is deleting features from their line-up left, right and centre) and that's the car you ultimately go for, it'll be complete

The BSIV diesel is a great package, and manual was the only reason I didn't buy it for mom (we came damn close though - I almost bought it). 6 airbags. Sync. Decent size engine. Sufficient ground clearance. Mature suspension setup. The best of practicality, safety, modernity, VFM and manual fun under 10L IMO.

I just don't think one should buy a vehicle in this day and age of connected cars without basics like voice commands or Android Auto (no comments that fly audio can be hacked to support AA will be entertained).
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Looks like the City is a dream car for you and you're more interested in sedans than SUVs and hatches. You want a manual petrol enthusiast's car that is safe and reliable for around 10 lakhs.

The City is the car that meets your requirements to the T (except its safety is adequate, not exceptional), and not the XUV 300. Yes, it's quality and reliability has gone down but you're not switching from a 2nd/3rd gen City, you're upgrading from a Wagon R. So it will still be a major upgrade for you.

Still go and take a test drive of all the cars suggested in this thread with an open mind. The feel of a drive is very personal and subjective. Only test drives can help you find a car that feels good to you.

Other things like ASS, Maintenance and long term ownership is what this forum can help you with once you shortlist the cars that you like driving.
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From the current lot of BS6 cars - I'd give the Figo siblings a good hard look, especially in 1.5D guise.
Heck - I'd even look at the EcoSport given safety is a priority + is equally fun to drive in it's own manner if you often encounter average roads. The better stability & view on the highways could be a big big bonus though at the cost of performance (due to weight & aerodynamics). It may be a bit over budget - but with the Venue, Seltos, and new Creta around the corner - deals will start trickling in especially since you aren't in a rush (and same for the Figo & Aspire too!).

The JTP if it makes a come back would be a brilliant choice as well!

That aside - I'd genuinely look at getting a deal on a safe choice BS4 vehicle like the Rapid 1.6 MPi (safe due to a relatively simpler engine - no turbo, etc.).

Ditto. I am also sold on the understated classic looks this car has. Sometime back they were offering ambition and style for Ex-showroom 9.99 in Bangalore. Not sure of it now. If you come across any such good deal let me also know please.

Ford cars now have become dull now. Yes even the 1.5D. I drove a figo diesel self-rental car few months back to Mysore and boy it was fun. From steering column to shock absorbers , everything was in place. Later I test drove the facelifted variant and did not find the same stuff underneath.

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If you are not particular about BS6, you have a lot of choices. As you said you do not give much heed to the gizmos, which is good, you need a pure mechanically sound fast and agile car. You should seriously look at the petrol Duster and Capture, both are the same platform and very competent in terms of ride quality and driving dynamics, solid built. You will not regret these two. Renault has already announced that both these cars will stay post BS6, service from what I have heard is good and so is reliability. Otherwise the current Rapid 1.6 petrol also makes a good case. People are still trying to find those 1.6 Polo in the second hand market.

IMHO, I suggest do not stick to BS6, actually its a good opportunity for us enthusiasts to cash in on what is left of the enthusiasts cars. The future for enthusiasts looks bad and / or expensive.
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@akshye - Let me be the odd one to recommend the Nexon EV. Sure it is expensive at 15L OTR and an automatic - but it packs a punch (infinite ratios and sub 10 sec to a ton) and one heck of a looker! Maintenance would be easy given there are less moving parts. It scores high on safety too. Most companies provide premium parking with free charging, so your running+maintenance cost should be negligible and offsetting for the higher initial investment. Also no worries on BS4 or 6. Plus icing on the cake - you also save the environment!
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