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  1. Rohan
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  3. Friday, November 08 2019
Dear Gagan ji,

I want to buy an automatic petrol car (except Maruti and Tata) for which I have shortlisted Hyundai Grand i10 Nios Sportz AMT, Elite i20 Sportz plus CVT and Ford Figo automatic. Honda Jazz V CVT is not in budget and I don't want to buy Honda Amaze CVT.

I have a query about the Build quality of Grand i10 Nios after Global NCAP test of Santro because Hyundai claimed Santro is safer as it is made up of 65% AHSS and same type of claim is being done for Grand i10 Nios. But Santro still got 2 star rating. Will Grand i10 Nios(as it is not tested anywhere) be safer irrespective of Santro rating. Please answer it. If it is not good as claimed, please tell me about Elite i20 CVT(I heard its build quality is better) but I got to know that it has rubber band effect greater than any other CVT based cars. What about Ford Figo TC? I heard its suspension is better than others but it has low mileage (around 10). Please advise.

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Hyundai Elite I20 Build Quality certainly feels a lot superior over Grand i10
Creta is based on same platform as what Elite I20 is. However, do note that Elite I20 too got 3 star safety rating in South African NCAP Crash test (which is similar to Indian Model)

and yes you heard it correct the rubber band effect of CVT feels to be on higher side when compared against other premium hatchback cars like Baleno CVT or Jazz CVT

Ford Figo Automatic is good to go and 1.5 Litre Engine (as used in Ecosport when plonked in Figo) makes it almost a peppy drive response along with 6 speed automatic gear shift response is seamless. But due to bigger engine used - a mileage of 10 Kmpl should be considered a good expectation in day to day commute in city drive.

I would suggest to still check out Ford Figo Automatic
> The car pricing is what the key point. Its priced sensibly and 1.5 Litre Engine makes it what the second best Automatic hatchback for performance buyers other than Polo GT TSI
> Handling, Suspension is good enough for day to day commute
> Available with ESP, Hill Hold Assist, Traction Control as important safety enhancement
> The Car Service costs are also reasonable and even common spare parts like brake pads, clutch plate, wiper blade are not priced way higher

In terms of fuel efficiency - If you say drive in 1000 Kms a month then take it this way you will only have to spend in Rs 1 per Km as running cost (if other car delivers 20% better mileage) as Rs 1000 per month. But rest all positives about handling, engine, add on safety makes up for it

Hope should help !!

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