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  3. Monday, August 20 2012
hi,<br />
I am planning a new Diesel car in the range of 8 to 10 lakhs (EX.Showroom)<br />
My priorities includes, Premium features & appeal, Luxury, comfortable for 3 Rear passengers (most important), Zero maintenance & value for Money <br />
My car Brands includes Maruti, Hyundai, Skoda and VW & Honda (don't mind petrol for this brand only)<br />
Rajeev
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Hello Rajeev,

Lets sort the brands first to compare on the parameters first -
Sx4 Zdi w/ Leather Upholstery, Honda City VMT w/ Sunroof, VW Vento H/L Diesel, Skoda Rapid Elegance and Hyundai Fluidic Verna Sx Option Diesel
Verna Sx Option Diesel - however slightly exceeds price tag of 10 Lacs - by a minor proportion of 50K (in ex-showroom)

On Maintenance Front :- Been the service network and spare parts cost and availability - Maruti is none to any other car, followed with Hyundai, Honda and then comes the German maker - Volkswagen and Skoda. The maintenance costs depends much on one's drive and other factors. To be honest - there is nothing called zero maintenance across life of car, but yes if go with Sx4, City or Verna - you can experience a relatively lower maintenance.

Looks and Comfort :-
- Sx4 seems big car, but we found it cramped from inside with a smaller cabin space. Yes the ground clearance is good, car is tall, ample boot space. Good shoulder room.
But the legroom space is the lowest among all gives a feel of crampedness inside the cabin as what we felt.

- Vento and Rapid - The cars have comfortable and best in class cabin space with descent leg room. However, Vento still carries the old looks of what it was in 2009, appeals more like a Polo. Rapid has got looks in front of Fabia - Dont know why German maker does not gives a fresh feeling of a Sedan rather than giving looks feel of hatchs.

- Honda City - to be honest - the still leader in Petrol Segment has got stylish looks, features and a style statement. All other cars - Sx4, Vento, Rapid and Verna comes in both Petrol and Diesel mode. City is fighting with them for a top slot in Petrol fuel. The car has powerful engine, good leg room, ample boot and has a class of features with stylish interiors. City also has a bit recline seats as against any other car in competition - where they have a bit upright rear seats - giving a comfortable drive to rear passengers especially in a longer journey.

- Hyundai Fluidic Verna - Came with all new fluidic looks in 2011 and has become undisputed leader of Mid Sedan segment. Has got a whole array of all new advanced features than any other mid sedan and excellent leg room with the highest wheel base and all stylish appeal which takes it ahead of competition.

Engine & Drive
- Fluidic Verna Diesel :- 1.6 Lit Engine displacing peak power of 128 BHP with peak torque of 259 NM. The kerb weight of the car is 1220 Kg. Power to weight is 104 BHP/1000Kg.

- Maruti Sx4 Diesel :- 1.3 Lit Engine displacing peak power of 90 BHP with peak torque of 200 NM. The Kerb weight of Sx4 is 1245 Kg. Power to weight is 72 BHP/1000 Kg

- Vento Diesel & Skoda Rapid :- 1.6 Lit Engine displacing peak power of 105 BHP with peak torque of 250 NM . Kerb weight of 1220 Kg. Power to wieght is 86 BHP/1000 Kg

- Honda City :- 1.5 Lit I-Vtec Engine displacing peak power of 118 BHP with peak torque of 146 NM. Kerb weight of 1100 Kg. Power to weight is 107 BHP
(Mind this this is the most powerful engine in Petrol, next to Fluidic Verna in terms of peak power output. However, Verna displaces 122 BHP in 1.6 Lit engine, while City 118 BHP in 1.5 Lit Engine, making city as a pick in Petrol)

Luxury Features and Appeal
All cars have Power Steering, All 4 Door Power Window, Remote Lock, ABS with EBD, Dual Airbags, Music System with CD Player, Defogger, Fog Lights, Electrically adjustable ORVM etc. However - the key differentiators are:-

- Automatic Climate Control - Vento, Rapid & Verna has which Honda City and Sx4 does not have.
- Leather Upholstery - All Models mentioned
- Steering Mounted Audio controls - Vento, Verna and Honda City has, while Sx4 and Rapid does not have
- Rear Parking Sensor - In Vento and Verna only. Sx4 and City does not have
- Rear View Camera with Driver Information Display - Only in Fluidic Verna Sx
- Electrically Foldable ORVM - Only in Fluidic Verna Sx
- Leather Upholstery - All Models
- Sunroof - Only in Honda City
- Alloy Wheel - 16 Inch Alloy Wheels in Fluidic Verna Sx Option, rest all other cars have 15 Inch Alloys. Honda City has 10 spoke alloy wheels
- Cooled Glove Box - Only in Fluidic Verna Sx
- Airbags - Fluidic Verna Sx Option has 6 Airbags while all other have front dual airbags

Basis the priorities mentioned - Our Recommendation
Will shortlist 2 cars - Honda City VMT Leather or Fluidic Verna Sx Option Diesel. Heart goes on with Verna with a host of feathers, however the sunroof as added charm along with flawless technology takes mind to Honda city. The class interiors of both cars are best in line compared to any other mid sedan.

Still - if given a choice - will prefer Verna Sx due to many added features than City - Automatic Climate Control, Rear View Camera, Rear Parking Sensor, Cooled Glove Box and stylish Foldable ORVM and bigger alloys. Our final pick is Fluidic Verna Sx Option Diesel in Mid Sedan as the best car.

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Some Facts and Figures for your reference
Maruti Sx4 - Length mm - 4490, Width mm - 1735, Height mm - 1570, Ground Clearence mm - 180, Boot Capacity lit - 505, Wheel base - 2500mm
Honda City - Length mm - 4420, Width mm - 1695, Height mm - 1480, Ground Clearence mm - 165, Boot Capacity lit - 506, Wheelbase - 2550 mm
Volkswagen Vento : Length mm - 4384, Width mm - 1699, Height mm - 1466, Ground Clearence mm - 168, Boot Capacity lit - 480, Wheelbase mm - 2552
Skoda Rapid :- Length mm - 4386, Width mm - 1699, Height mm - 1466, Ground Clearence mm - 168, Boot Capacity lit - 460, Wheelbase mm - 2552,
Hyundai Fluidic Verna - Length mm - 4370, Width mm - 1700, Height mm - 1475, Ground Clearance - 165 Boot Space - 465 Lit, Wheel base mm- 2570


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thanks for ur reply,
Is ertiga diesel, worth a choice in my category

rajeev


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Hello Rajeev,

Ertiga Diesel scores well on each and every parameters - Comfort, Maintenance and Value for Money
Even the top end model is loaded with rich features and luxury appeal.

There is no wise comparison between Ertiga and Verna as Ertiga been an MPV and 7 seater and has more comparison to Xylo and Scorpio
Still - for reviewing Ertiga Zdi Diesel

Engine and Power :- Ertiga has similar Ddis Diesel Engine as in Sx4 - 1.3 Lit Engine displacing peak power of 90 BHP and peak torque of 200 NM
Ertiga Diesel has Kerb weight of 1230 Kg - delivering power to weight as close to 71 BHP / 1000 kg of body weight

Verdict - Fluidic Verna scores much ahead in Engine, Power and pick up performance against Maruti Ertiga
Body Dimensions :- Ertiga has 4265mm length, width 1695mm, height 1685mm, ground clearance - 185mm, wheel base - 2740mm

Ertiga top model diesel has - ABS with EBD, Front Dual Airbags, 15 Inch Alloy Wheels,, Rear AC Vents for Back Seated Passengers, Automatic Climate Control, Steering Mounted Audio Control. Also has - Power Window in both Front and Rear, Keyless Remote Central Lock, Electric ORVM, Front Seat Armrest, Music System with CD Player, Body Colored Door Handles, Fog Lights in both Front and Rear, Tachometer, Rear Defogger, Rear Wash Wiper, Rear Seat Armrest

The car does not though have advanced features like - Rear View camera, cooled glove box, foldable orvm, Rear parking sensor, sunroof and also dont have leather upholstery. Still at a price of Rs. 9 Lacs - its an excellent value pick

You can get pure leather, rear view camera with parking sensors within price of Rs. 50K - making Maruti Ertiga as value pick.
(However - Ertiga diesel has a huge running as of now, may pl review the buying time frame)

You can also refer below discussion for additional information on Ertiga Diesel and other MPV, SUV segment
Best MPV Cars in India


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