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Monday, February 28, 2011

Need inputs on a car purchase

After test-driving a couple of cars over the weekend and post my success with crowd-sourcing the name of my website in my previous blog-post, I thought its best to seek the opinion of my knowledgeable readers for inputs on the CAR purchase.

In Short: I am looking for a Sedan with a budget of 6-8L, ample leg-room (for obvious reasons), preferably diesel car (plan to go on lots of long-drives) with good mileage (14-15+ in City), Decent looks and power (CC, Power-To-Weight) and most importantly reliable after-sales&service / parts availability at low cost.

The options that I am currently looking at:
1) Hyundai i20 or i10 Sport (Leaning towards one of these for now)
2) Toyota Etios Petrol (Liked it overall, only downside is that it has a 3 month wait time)
3) Fiat Linea (Budget / Power / Resale concerns)
4) Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire (Downside is my bro already owns one :-))
5) Ford Figo / Fiesta (Downside - High Maintenance as seen from Dad's Ford Ikon Experience)
6) Maruti Suzuki SX4 Diesel (Might be slightly over this budget for fully-loaded model)
7) Mahindra Xylo (Only SUV in this range)

Please do input your new suggestions (if not in the above list) or your thoughts/experiences on any of the above. In return, I promise to blog my learnings once I do make the purchase. :-)

Post Updated with some of the suggestions that I did more research on & liked post the suggestion.

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  1. Did you check out ford fiesta? That's been there for quite sometime and whomever I've talked to have good things to say about it. Diesel variant will hit your upper budget.

    Well - i10/20 lacks the power. Good for city drive - but for long drives - not that powerful as some of the other hatchbacks that are coming up.

    And of course there's SX4 - will overshoot your upper budget by a lakh -but that too is good.

  2. Give a thought for a SX4.. should meet all your criteria except the cost... :-)

  3. Bargava - Ford is a negative in my mind for two reasons - one my dad already owns a Ford Ikon and more importantly I've seen him struggle with service and parts cost for over 5-6 years now with no signs of significant improvement.

    @Sal: SX4 seems like a theme across most comments.

    @Shubadip: Vento - Hmm ... let me look at it.

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