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  1. The Jazz seems to fit the bill, especially given the price range you are looking at.

     Edit: Oh didnt read the SUV type requirements...If that really is a concern, fusion makes more sense. From personal experience, the SX4 handles bad roads very well. The problem is that its not built very well.

    My suggestion is to stretch the budget for a Xylo/Scorpio.
    thisisviraj2009-06-23 15:58:59

  2. I have test driven the i20 and closely checked out the GP(TD is on mon or tue).

    My observations:

    Maintenance: i20 should be easier on the pocket..i repeat 'should'. no one knows about the cost of GP spares. I guess time should tell.

    I found the build quality of the i20 to be very good. it feels solid.

    The GP is a mixed bag. The seat adjusters, fuel and boot levers felt quite flimsy. Very surprisingly, the doors do not shut with that palio-like thump.


    Fun to drive: The i20 is pretty decent in the city.

    The GP has been reported to have a more drivable engine. So, the GP should be better in this dept.


    Mileage: ACI has reported a lower mileage in the GP, as compared to the i20. The i20 seems to be the pick here. However, your individual style will dictate the final result.


    Space: Very frankly, having lived with the Getz for nearly 5 years, i felt that the i20 was no better.

    The GP is even worse!! I got comfy in the driver's seat and then checked the rear.Yikes! No space at the rear absolutely. I guess i could attribute that to my 6'4'' frame but then its much better in some other cars (except Swift). Headroom is bad too. I had to either poke my knees into the driver's seat or bang my head on the roof.


    the boot sizes are 295L and 280L for i20 and GP respectively. But the shape is better in the i20. The suspension intrudes into the space in the GP.


    I was really excited about the GP. But my visit to the showroom deflated me a bit. I was expecting more space and better quality. The rest is brilliant.

    My heart says GP, mind says i20

  3. Hey congrats on your purchase!

    Firstly, which city do you live in? Personally, 12-13 with AC in city limits is not bad at all. But that depends on the traffic conditions. Here in Mumbai, I would be ecstatic by that figure..And don't believe everything the dealers tell you. You would be surprised at their level of awareness/knowledge. No offence meant, but its the truth.

  4. I still feel the petrol excels with its linear power delivery' date=' smoothness, and lower long term maintenance costs.



    This answer by Sgiitk Sir pretty much sums it up. The overall driving experience of a petrol is still better than a diesel. its smoother, quieter, refined, low NVH levels. Maintenance too is a little cheaper(although the difference is coming down)..

    as for your future car, I still think you are better off saving money by going for a petrol. but its like this: if you are choosing between a 6 lakh petrol car and a 6.5 lakh diesel car, go for the petrol. if its a 6.5 lakh diesel Vs 7 lakh petrol..tough choice..I would still buy the petrol for the reasons mentioned above. But thats just me. 

  5. 250 kms/week = 1000 a month.

    So, its not a strong case for a diesel..and as you said, its not a compulsion.

    You are not happy with the expected 7 lakh price-tag of the Jazz? But you have mentioned your budget as 6-8 lakh. Please clarify.

    For your kind of running, breaking even with a diesel car will take a long time.

    thisisviraj2009-05-13 07:01:20

  6. I guess i saw this thread a little late.

    I would have suggested you to change the stock goodyears to Michelin XM1+s. I just did that after running my Getz GLS stock goodyears for 40000 Kms. Trust me, the road noise reduced significantly. The car has a better feel to it as well. Steering feels lighter (without feeling lifeless) and the car rides better.

    You can still do it. Think about it.
    thisisviraj2009-05-11 14:03:58

  7. I am particularly intrigued by this sentence: "There are no cheap plastic bits...". It seems Maruti is finally working on improving quality. Hope the fit and finish is improved as well.

    Maruti seems to be offering the blue interior trim across all body colours. Abroad, I think the interior trim (door-panel and dashboard inserts) matches the body colour. Correct me if I am wrong.

    now this is just my opinion but sharing too many parts with the Swift, SX4, AStar etc seems to be robbing it of its originality.

    Space seems good and its upright stance should help. Boot is a mild disappointment.

    I wonder what the tyres are like on the lower variants..

  8. the theory applies to both downhill and uphill slopes...if thats what you wanted to ask..if its downhill, the front tyres press against the kerb.if its uphill, the car will reverse itself into the kerb with the rear tyres pressing against the kerb..

    basically, keeping tyres turned away from the kerb works only on an uphill slope..imagine what'll happen on a downhill slope...

  9. Kerb means footpath/pavement....the answer to the question is a.towards the kerb(IMO)...coz if the handbrake fails and/or car is not in gear, then even if the car rolls, it will roll towards the pavement and remain there, pressed against the kerb..i hope i am right though..havent checked with any literature.

    btw, you own a lot of vehicles..way to go!

  10. I mean the popular public perception about the i20 being underpowered..

    according to the mag, the i20 is better than both the swift and fabia...thats ok, not entirely unexpected.

    but the test figures and data are totally unexpected..check this out..


    i20==5.2 ; fabia = 6.1  ; swift = 5.8


    i20 = 12.9 ; fabia = 16.2 ; swift = 13.8.


    i20 = 11.3 ; fabia = 11.1 ; swift = 12.6


    i20 = 19.5 ; fabia = 20.3 ; swift = 23.3


    i20 = 22.3 ; fabia = 20.9 ; swift = 31.5

    sounds crazy, doesnt it?

    also hyundai is marginally ahead than both in terms of mileage as well.

    now, either these are true or theres a whole bunch of typos..i spotted a few seems to have a sunroof(asta) and a 300 litre boot..

    not sure what to make of it..