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  1. sheik fahim
  2. New Cars, Reviews
  3. Sunday, March 28 2021
Hello gagan ji,
My names fahim. And I'm. A doctor by profession in bangalore been a fan of ure on YouTube.
I'm planning to buy a car for a city usage of 60 km daily and once in 2 -3months to home town highway use of around 800 kms .. We are a family of 4
My budget is around 10 but can strech to 12 lakh .
I've driven the kia sonet htk imt version quite liked it but I havnt seen u recommend the car to anyone any particular reason..how will the aftersale service cost be in terms of spare parts the se told it's as cheap as hyundai . . I even liked baleno cvt version but felt it isn't so safe. .
Any cars which u would recommend in that budget for blore I'll be keep in the car for 5 to 7 year min. .
Also took the test drive of kiger but felt it was a underpowered car. . Nexon ka I feel service will be a problem. .
Thanks
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Greetings Fahim ji !!

As i understand that you seek a car for
> Majorly City Usage and that too a car which is fuel efficient been your average monthly running is on higher side
> Also a car with good handling and safety been will take on extended long trips for 4 to 6 times a year - which is also quiet higher
> Car which is convenient to drive in been day to day city use is important criteria
> Been Speed breakers are relative on higher side in Bangalore, so possibly a car with good ground clearance

Sonet HTK IMT is a great choice been
> Fun to drive
> Convenient
> All Essential Feature Loaded
> Good Steering feedback, handling
> Stylish Car in both exteriors, interiors

No concern on Kia after sales service. check out Kia Sonet Service Cost

and if you extend budget by Rs 60K can get lifestyle features as
> LED Headlights
> Electric Sunroof
> Better Family Oriented dual tone beige & black interiors
along with Push Ignition, rear armrest , cruise & adjustable rear head restraint

But the only issue is
> Lack of Safety rating - presuming to be 3 star post Seltos crash test availability
> Limited Space on Rear Seat

Alternative Choice
Toyota Urban Cruiser Mid Automatic. Despite of 4 speed Automatic is a great all round choice for
> Daily within city use, you will find car fair ease on day to day city use
> 1.5 Litre 4 cylinder Engine has enough grunt at low end
> Fuel Efficienct too
> Spacious, Reliable, Low Maintenance

Suggest to have test drive, Only 2 big Downside
1. Interior aesthetics and plastic quality feels very average
2. Rear seat are placed in relative upright way by OEM

But this car is proven with 4 star safety rating and suspension not as stiff as in Sonet, will deliver better tuned suspension
Toyota Unmatched after sales service is a great plus point too.

Overall, Sonet is a great buy but apprehensions on 4 star safety (presuming to be as 3 star safety) and limited space on rear seat are what negatives. On other hand you can have more convenience with Urban Cruiser Mid Automatic in conventional Automatic and yes proven safety along with a car which has better tuned suspension for comfort oriented drive.

Suggest to have test drive.
Hope should help !!


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Hello sirji
Tookna test drive of the urban cruiser but man nahi laga... So went ahead and took a test drive of the i20. Wondering between the soner and the i20 which would be a better choice for me..
Thank u
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Hi gagan ji
Went ahead and the took a test drive of the urban cruiser but did not like it so much.. Another car which I liked was the I 20 so wondering how that car would be according to my usage.. I think it has more spce in the rear unlike sonet.. How is the safety ratings of the new I 20 .. Would a imt version be worth buying. In this car thank you
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Hi Fahim Sahab,

Greetings !!

Hyundai I20 is a great choice especially yes in Turbo IMT been
> Good eagerness in pickup and power delivery
> IMT is Convenient to drive in
> Very Spacious - infact more spacious than other sub 4 meter car (yes more spacious than Jazz)
> Upmarket and Feature Loaded with better fit and finish and styling
> Adding on Hyundai Reliability, After sales makes it a great pick

But, issue is
> Somehow steering dynamics do not feel impressive on high speed, thus handling dynamics of this car is not great. However, if you going to drive in speed under 80 Kmph then its not a deal breaker
> Safety Rating been IMT lacks in advanced active & passive safety of side & curtain airbags and ESP. Doors feels rather light and fact that Hyundai-Kia group family cars Seltos scored 3 star, Nios scored 2 star and marked unstable. Without side & curtain airbags & ESP and wthout crash test rating - there is no reason to believe that I20 will score more than 3 star (unless same is been crash tested)

Having said same
> Been most of requirement is within city use
> Ready to drive in controlled speed
> Tune in driving style basis steering feedback on higher speed

then I20 Asta Turbo IMT is a great pick in space, reliability, features, styling and yes performance too.
Hope should help !!
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