Continued: Ten overpriced cars & great alternates

Honda Jazz CVT – Overpriced. Maruti Baleno CVT – Well priced.

Honda Jazz 1

The Jazz CVT is smooth, and spacious. Since it’s a Honda, it gets good reliability ratings. It’s quite new, which means that lot’s of people want it for the sheer novelty. It isn’t well priced though. The Jazz S AT variant is priced at 7.26 lakhs, and you don’t get ABS and Airbags for this kind of money.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno 7

On the other hand, the Maruti Baleno offers ABS and Airbags as standard, along with the CVT Automatic gearbox. Yet, it manages to be about 40,000 rupees cheaper, at 6.87 lakh rupees. This makes it very well priced, and it’s very spacious and reliable too.

Volkswagen Polo GT TDI – Overpriced. Ford Figo Diesel – Well priced.

polo gt tsi

If you want a fast, affordable turbo diesel hatchback, your options are limited. There’s the Volkswagen Polo GT TDI, which offers 103 Bhp-250 Nm. Then there’s the Ford Figo 1.5 Diesel, which makes 98.6 Bhp-215 Nm. But don’t let the output numbers fool you.

Figo auto

The Figo Diesel is actually the faster among the two, managing the 0-100 Kph run in under 10 seconds. The Polo GT TDI does the same run in a little over 10 seconds. But it isn’t about performance alone. The Figo Diesel’s Titanium Plus variant costs 7.61 lakhs while the Polo GT TDI costs 9.09 lakh rupees.

Volkswagen Polo GT TSI – Overpriced. Ford Figo 1.5 AT – Well priced.

Volkswagen Polo in Red 2

A similar story pans out with the Volkswagen Polo GT TSI and the Ford Figo 1.5 AT. Both cars are evenly matched when it comes to performance, and with launch control deployed, the Figo AT is marginally faster than the Polo GT TSI as far as the 0-100 Kph timings go.

Ford Figo Diesel

In terms of pricing though, the Figo AT is much more cheaper, selling at 7.2 lakh rupees, while the GT TSI goes for 8.98 lakh rupees. 1.78 lakh rupees is a huge difference whichever way you see it. And the Ford is much cheaper to maintain too.

Ford Ecosport – Overpriced. Maruti Vitara Brezza – Well priced.

Ford Ecosport Storm

The recent launch of the Maruti Vitara Brezza led to a massive price drop on the Ford Ecosport, a direct rival. The Ecosport is still overpriced for what it offers, when compared to the Vitara Brezza. And pricing is not the only difference between the two compact SUVs.

Maruti Vitara Brezza

Maruti’s after sales is stronger, and the Vitara Brezza is likely to have better resale value. Also, the base variant of the Brezza offers a driver airbag as standard, unlike the Ford Ecosport. Talking pricing, the Brezza Diesel starts at 6.99 lakhs while the Ecosport Diesel starts at 7.29 lakhs.

Toyota Corolla – Overpriced. Chevrolet Cruze – Well priced.

Toyota Corolla Altis

The Toyota Corolla Altis is the best selling D-Segment sedan in the country, but well priced it isn’t. The diesel version of this car is a slow poke, and can feel very uninspiring to drive with just 89 Bhp-205 Nm on tap from its 1.4 liter motor. And it costs 14.22 lakh rupees for the base variant.

Chevrolet Cruze Custom 4

On the other hand, we have the Chevrolet Cruze, a sedan that goes like bonkers in the straight line, largely due to the 2.0 liter Z-Series turbo diesel engine with 164 Bhp-360 Nm on tap. The Cruze starts from 13.95 lakh rupees. Want a fast D-Segment sedan, it’s a no-brainer, really.