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Hi, I want to buy a family car in the price range of 5.5 to 6.5 lakhs. My average daily usage is 20 kms. Kindly suggest the best alternative out of Polo, Fabia, Dzire and Punto. Also, suggest whether to go for diesel or petrol version
By Madhur Jain 04 April 2010
Expert`s comment:

Considering the usahe and budget range. Fiat Punto would be the right selection for its overall features including build quality,reliability, style.Petrol version would suit your requirment best.

Answer by Shiva Shankar 04 April 2010

For your estimated running, the extra cost of diesel would not be justified. Petrol would be best. The Polo is the best car ostensibly, having won "World Car of the Year" twice. The Fabia is also an excellent car, but may be a bit expensive. That leaves you with the bad looking Dzire and the Punto. The Punto isn't that far separated from the other two. Test drive all of them and one of them will feel "just right" for you. Happy driving!

Answer by B S Kumar 04 April 2010

Also think about Manza.

Answer by Abhijit 04 April 2010

Dear Mr. Madhur Jain,
As your daily commuting is only 20 km a petrol driven car is the best choice for you. From my past one years experience, I would suggest swift dzire as my choice among the brands you have mentioned considering, driving comforts,pickup,interior space , voluminous boot space and lastly for its excellent looks. I don't know what made Mr. B.S.Kumar to say that Dzire is ugly. I sincerely feel that it is his mind that is ugly and when one looks at things with an ugly mind no wonder he sees only ugliness around him.
Now with the new k series engine, I would suggest Dzire would be your best choice. Only thing is that you will have to wait at least 2 to 3 months to get dzire whereas you can buy the other brands off the shelf.

From the reviews, Manza don't seem to be that good as Tatas are famous for their inconsistency while making cars.

I have been driving a Dzire vxi for the past one and a half year and am a fully satisfied car owner.

Answer by Vijayakumarpn 04 April 2010

Try d i20... its an awesome feature laden car... with a price tag competing with punto,etc... its interiors r damn good.. one thing is tat d 1.2L engine is a bit lagging in power ... But its features outweigh its negatives. tat too with new ERA n APORTZ models launched its worth a visit...

Answer by Navin I 04 April 2010

As per your budget range of quality cars are their in the market, U can also go for Deisel car, so that U can run the car with AC, cause Diesel car goes around 23 KM per litre with AC, which will not be too hard to your wallet. These days Deisel cars introduced which are very silent, no vibration, relaible ,very low maintainance cost try, I20 CRDI.

Answer by Jagjit Singh 04 April 2010

Hey why dont u try the new drivetech4?? Its gr8 man! It is well under ur budget plus looks really classy. Or u can go for the Manza if u wana own a sedan. Try the drivetech4 contest, its really popular nowadays. Kya pata free mein hi mil jaaye? ha ha
All the best with you selection! :-)

Answer by Saurabh 04 April 2010

among the cars you have chosen dezire petrol seems to be the best choice and value for money .you can also test drive the manza as it has the latest features or the vista petrol both the cars are fresh and tata has improved to quite an extent on its previous the cars after test driving them and then decide .i personally do not like hatch backs but that is completly my personal view .

Answer by Rajiv 04 April 2010

I would suggest i20 sportz as the value for money car,it contains latest feautures which other cars in that range do not offer, only thing about is though not powerful..but highly good enough for city cruising not for car racing.So just check out once with a test drive..before you finalise any other car.Go strictly for petrol for your usage.

Answer by Ramprasad 04 April 2010
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