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My daily running is about 50-60km in city.I occasionaly do inter-city driving of 500kms about 3 times a year...In total may be 18000kms a year..I've two queries; 1)Which is a better car Punto/Ritz/i 20 ? 2) Ideally which engine should I opt for Petrol or Deisel and why? I'm looking for a complete package in terms of style, comfort & performance..

By Samrat on Jun 22, 2009

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  • Expert Hi,
    For your all requirments the new Fiat Punto will be a great selection. It has the good combination of pricing according to requirments and good style,updated features . The petrol version will be a worthy selection for the probable usage as mentioned.
    Answer by Shiva Shankar on Jun 23, 2009

  • samrat,
    Here is how I approached the situation when I had to make a decision 8 months ago.

    I travel close to 16000kms per year(Roughly 1300km/month.
    So decided that a good diesel car will be good for my driving.The logic is simple.If you drive more than 15000kms/year,its sensible to go for a diesel car.
    The one which has a good engine and is widely acclaimed(read this as tried and tested)

    Then came the second question..which diesel car to buy.I had multiple options.Swift diesel,Palio Diesel(MJD),Tata Indica.My dad already has a Swift D which I brought for him 2 years ago,so i ruled that out.
    I test drove the Fiat Palio D and loved it.My only fear factor..the service and parts for Fiat.I wasnt too keen on buying a TATA car.
    Then i decided to see a few more.At the same time,i saw an ad which spoke about the New Ford Ikon diesel>I went to a Ford showroom,test drove and just loved tht car.
    The engine is the same engine thats doing its duty in the Ford fiesta..Well,all of us have heard good things abt the fiesta engine..Then I did some research on the parts and service aspect.I was a little surprised of what I found..Ford has recently made a lot of improvements and a lot of localization(Its manufacted in Chennai) and hence the parts and service much cheaper than a Maruti Dzire..

    So,finally,i brought the Ford Ikon 1.4 Diesel for 6.15L onroad price(I got a music system for no extra cost)

    Its been 8 months and belive me,its been a dream car..Absolutely zero maintianence and the mileage in peak city traffic is close to 18km.litre of diesel..
    The service is amazing..I got done with both my free services and it was superb.
    The car is a fully loaded one(All 4 power windows,great view of the front,huge boot space,nice driving comfort and very easy to handle in city traffic.Its a dream on the highways..I got 25kmpl a month ago when i drove it to Mangalore.

    Cheers
    kiran
    9845867478
    Answer by Kiran on Jun 23, 2009

  • HI,
    FOR DAILY 50-60 KMS RUNNING, YOU MUST GO FOR A DIESEL CAR.
    PUNTU IS FAMOUS IN EUROPE, BUT IN INDIA AND DEPEND UPON FROM WHICH CITY YOU ARE AND HOW THEIR AFTER SALES SERVICE IN YOUR CITY IS.

    ALL THE BEST
    RAJESH
    Answer by RAJESH on Jun 23, 2009

  • Yours seems like a straightforward case - (1) will answer in subsequent parts (2) Diesel - you will recover additional cost spent in about 2 years - so makes it worthwhile - i am assuming you will keep your car for about 4 years at the least (3) Style - Punto, Comfort - Punto, Performance - Ritz (although the fiat multijet engine on the Punto is also tuned for good performance). therefore answer to part 1 is Fiat Grande Punto. Take care.
    Answer by Sanjeev Chopra on Jun 23, 2009

  • Your Answer is FIAT GRANDE PUNTO DIESEL BLUE COLOR.Please dont worry too much about service since if FIAT is able to produce world class cars they know how to get them serviced also.Also FIAT is the only company which is growing in a steady pace all across the world.They even bought Chrysler couple of months back.So you are looking at a World class company which manufactures Ferrari and is growing at a fast pace when even GM collapsed.Go for it my friend.
    Answer by Jiju A Nair on Jun 23, 2009

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