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  1. Niraj Lalwani
  2. New Cars, Reviews
  3. Tuesday, September 14 2021
Dear Sir,

We need your advice in selecting a car for our family.
We are a family of 4 .. Our budget is rs 7 lakh – we can extend it upto Rs 8 lakh
Our expected monthly running will be 500 kms . Our running will be 90% in the city.
We wish to buy a car which satisfies following conditions-

Which is safe for my family
maintenance and fuel consumption is lowest
has all 4 power windows.
whose performance in cng is good because when the warranty period ends -we will install cng kit .

Our choice is as follows-
1- Sonet h.t.e 1.2
2- i20 magna
3- Breeza -lxi
4- Venue E

Question no 1-Please suggest which of the above cars will best suit us. If you want to suggest some other car please suggest.
Question No 2-Please suggest how to save money on the following

a-car price which I pay to the dealer
b-insurance expences
c- rto charges
d-rto charges
Admin Accepted Answer
Dear Niraj,

Basis need requirements as specified for family of 4 including Mileage, Maintenance, Cost of Ownership, CNG Compatibility - best choice recommendation would be Honda Amaze S Petrol with strong reasons

1. Its a very spacious airy cabin with large 420 Litre Boot Space (where when CNG will be fitted provided approval come for retro fitment - will have space left in boot). You will be amazed with the kind of in cabin seating space which this car offers

2. 4 Star Safety Rated Car as proved by Global NCAP (of South African verson which is almost similar to Indian Version of Amaze)

3. Honda Cars India revamped service schedule with Amaze service interval once a year / 10,000 Kms and offering 3 yr warranty as standard. You can take prepaid AMC Maintenance package where Honda Cars INdia offering 3 yr / 30,000 Kms service pack at just Rs 13000 . Check Amaze Service Cost

4. All Essential Modern Age Features are there in car. You get AC, Power Steering, All 4 Power Window, Remote Lock, Electric ORVM, Music System, Height Adjustable driver seat, Rear center seat armrest for comfort along with ABS, Dual Airbags and speed sensing door lock

5. Ideal car for city use with very low turning radius and comfort oriented ride (as suspension is tuned towards soft side). Very Light Steering

6. With Light Kerb weight expect fuel efficiency to be around 13 KMpl in city drive (somehow this can be a reasonable expectation)

7. Very reliable brand with peace of mind ownership.

To view - Honda Amaze S Can be great all round choice as 90% of drive restricted in city.
Suggest to test drive and experience with family

If you finalise in Honda Amaze - pls share deal quote details as given by dealer - will let know streams to save money

Hope should help !!

niraj lalwani Accepted Answer
Sir My daughter is 19 years old and my son is 15 years old. They like the shape of Sonet and i20. I shall be oblized if you could explain the advantages of amaze over sonet and i20 so that i can convince them . Please help
niraj lalwani Accepted Answer
Sir to me an average of 13 kms per lt in city sounds very low . cant i get some other car with better fuel efficiancy
Gagan Modi Accepted Answer
Dear Niraj Sahab,

Greetings !!

Theres absolute no doubt that Kia Sonet is a great all round looking car, but is important to understand
> Preferences
> Usage
> Budget
perspective too

With your budget - you will get in Kia Sonet HTE Petrol and somehow
> Mileage / Fuel Efficiency in SUV Cars with raised ground clearance and wider tyre is relative lesser
> Rear Seat Legroom space is way compact as against Honda Amaze
> Sonet HTE Petrol is bare basic in features and long waiting period (a car with AC, Front Power Winow, Power Steering and Manual Central Lock, Electric ORVM)
> This 1.2 Litre Engine in a car with kerb weight of 1050 Kg just perform very average and as you plan to retro fit CNG - expect performance loss to deep down further, Honda Amaze Kerb weight is almost 150 Kg lesser against Sonet)
> Theres question on Safety rating aspect especially when Seltos scored poorly with 3 star rating

With respect to Hyundai I20 - a great pick in
> Maintenance
> Drive
> Reliability

But again when you compare against Amaze - biggest concern is safety aspect as
> HYundai Nios scored 2 star
> Kia Seltos scored 3 star

A feel of safety concern is there which is what missing

Honda Amaze Mileage
Only car which can offer better mileage against Honda Amaze are
> Maruti Dzire
> Hyundai Aura
> Maruti Baleno / Swift

am sure basis safety concern - you wont like to go ahead with same
Also 13 Kmpl mileage is what real life mileage in metro cities as reported by users. In similar conditions car like Dzire achieve in 15 Kmpl and Aura close to 14.5 KMpl.

With 500 Kms a month running and Petrol at Rs 100 a Litre - at max will save in
> Rs 500 a month with Dzire
> Rs 400 a month with Aura

Although this will make to Rs 5000 / 6000 a year saving in running cost. But if you plan to convert to CNG after say 2 yr to 3 yrs (provided approval comes for retro fitment) - can live with Amaze basis safety rating, space makes a difference

To view Honda Amaze SMT remains a top pick and i endorse views of Admin
Suggest to test drive and experience and revert with experience.

Hope should help !!
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