I got the Jazz 10 days back. All I can say it is worth every rupee that you spend. People really need to come out of the mindset of Sedans or Superior to hatchbacks just because they have one extra box - this is a very practical, peppy car. Then again every individual needs to decide on what they want the most. I have a Wagon R in the family which I used for 3 years. I know there are a lot of people who do not like Wagon R - But it served my purpose like a war horse which includes daily commute of 10 KMs for 3 years over a really bad stretch of road (with pot holes that can engulf a complete wheel and more), a 1890 Kilo Meters drive from Bhubaneswar (Orissa) to Tirunelveli (TN) in 2 days without any problem what so ever and so on.
How many of our people will believe that a Wagon R can do that? There are lot of ppl who told me that there are better cars, VFM cars than the Wagon R - but the point is it provided me everything that I wanted from a car. Now my family uses that Wagon R since last month and I wanted a new car. Just FYI, (to prove that I do have some knowledge, understanding in Cars) I read all the 5 top auto magazines in India every month and cars are in my blood. I love them the most apart from my family and my job.
Here is the list of cars that I test drove, analyzed A to Z and researched every nook and corner. 1) Ford Fiesta 1.6 S 2) Suzuki SX4 3) Huyndai Verna 1.6 SX 4) Fiat Linea 1.6 Petrol Emotion PK 5) Fiat Grande Punto 1.4 Emotion PK 6) Hyundai i20 Asta 7) Chevrolet Aveo 1.4 2009 Ed 8) Honda City 1.6 S MT and at the very last Honda Jazz. SX4, Verna, i20, Aveo did not even get into my shortlist due to various factors like performance, looks, interiors, dated cars and so on. So that left me with City, Jazz, GP and Fiesta 1.6 S -
The best driver's car here (which I really wanted) was undoubtedly Fiesta 1.6S but except that everything was not right with the Ford - the interiors and exterior looks are cool but its obviously getting aged (despite being the sport version), the service & spare costs and the dismal fuel economy for the main purpose car will be used - city driving.
Then came the Fiat cars- the attitude and the behavior of the TATA dealership which sells Fiat cars here was the worst I have ever seen. They treat you like as if you had come to get onions and potatoes at a discount - what more can you expect from them when the GP is all set to take some share out of their own Vistas and Indigo CS ? But I was cool headed and did not allow that experience to carry on to my assessment of the cars. Both of the cars feel underpowered and the petrol engines are just plain sloths and there is no performance anywhere to be tapped. With a load of 4 people its an effort to keep the car(s) moving in city traffic.
Of course the ride and handling was terrific but that