the only car renowned for best in class handling and suspension is punto, …. if diesel is your choice then pick punto 90 hp, …. if petrol is your choice, then look at honda and maruti … cheers !!!!
For petrol, the Punto has a 1.4L, 90 HP top of the line variant that is definitely better and realistic than the typical premium hatchbacks which desperately stay in the 1.2L bracket. And if handling and suspension is your top priority, no hatch can match the Punto in that department. Regards.
If you go for handling and suspension then Punto should not disappoint you. Best hatch in India .Go for it.
but in my family all perfering to buy i20 ……… is it good on bad road and rough tough car…………………….rep………
For bad roads and a car that is rough and tough, what will you choose? The Punto has a higher ground clearance than the i20, The Punto has stiffer suspension and hence the effect of load is lesser than the i20, The Punto has a strong sheet metal engine guard under the engine bay which is totally absent in the i20, The Punto is the only hatchback…[Read more]
hi my brother is plannig to by a sedan under 9l …….which would be better sail or drize in term of looks …suspension ………interior….. handing…… rep……
considering same cc, petrol engine is more powerful than diesel, thus turbos are mainly for diesel, ….. however, the compression ratio matters, thus if you fit turbo, to a petrol engine, you could experience turbo lag instead of boost, at certain loads while zooming, as CR is less (means more air intake through turbine but small air outlet, thus…[Read more]
Its not common here in India due to the highly cost sensitive nature of the market and the fact that car makers can anyway get people to queue up for substandard, outdated or “Made for India” products. Turbo petrols are quite common globally and will soon be catching up in India as well. VW’s TSi range of petrol engines is a turbo petrol family.…[Read more]
Well Fiat has its Linea T-jet . It is a petrol turbo. A fun to drive car.It will be relaunched in a few days. The fiat officials have confirmed it..Honda city is no match for this car in handling & power.Micheal schumaker was once the ambassador for this car.
Yes, pretty easily Devendra. Enjoy your trip and read our article on “How to Prepare your car for Leh” before you start. It will help.
People have been to Leh in Lauras. The Raid de Himalaya has been won in an 800cc Alto. No reason who your Polo will disappoint you. The Ladakh drive is no longer as wild as what it is projected to be.
only the ground clearance makes me think, otherwise a nice car
Ground clearance too isn’t an issue on most parts of the road between Manali and Leh. The only areas you need to be careful are near the passes where the roads are bad and rocky. And near some water crossings, although the Manai – Leh stretch doesn’t have too many major ones.
Truth be told, the high passes apart, you’ll encounter some of the best paved and smoothest roads. The general level of infrastructure has improved by leaps and bounds, at least if you stick to the tourist circuit.
Yeah it can make it easily. Two Lineas have already make it before without any hassles. Details are there on Team Fiat India website.
Yes, it seems to be a good deal to me. The Punto is amongst the best hatch backs to drive and offers very good fuel economy in its diesel avatar as well. The maintenance costs are also very reasonable.
Any other used car which is a good deal to buy?/
It is tough to get such a good deal Binoy, I d say, go for it after its condition is ascertained.
Sure Devdath,i would be checking it this weekend.
Hoping for a positive outcome.
You will love that Italian beauty.I doubt if you can make your mind to see it so soon..You will get the answer yourself.
Congratulations!!!..BTW In which dealer you booked in Bangalore?
Congratulations on the booking and have a great time with a great car…!!!
No real need of fog lamps, the stock headlamps are adequate. To keep the car shining like new, either polish it yourself every month or opt for the teflon pack at the dealer’s.
Thanks a lot everyone! @Dheeru – I booked at Whitefield Honda. Even Magnum Honda was ready to give the same offer but my house is closer to Whitefield Honda.
Good . city is a good choice ,but if you had a T jet in your mind,you should have waited for a week or so. It will be shortly launched . confirmed.Safety is a must these days.
@Shivraj. Thanks. Fiat guys are saying next week since last one month. I don’t believe them anymore till I see the car myself. I also figured T-jet may go over my budget of 10 lakhs on road price since the current models(FIRE) itself cost that much. I’ll may be buy a Fiat for my next car
Thanks varung for information…BTW how about maintenance cost for this car??
Has Fiat Linea T Jet Plus launched?
The Linea T Jet without a doubt on all parameters except durability and mileage.
there is a reason for the mileage, but why you are saying T Jet is not durable compared to City. Linea is solidly built, so City and T Jet should be at par on durability. am i wrong?
City is the better bet considering reliability..
Honda cars are known for its reliability…
U can see 10 year old City or other Honda cars still running in good condition on roads…
U may expect a few more mileage from the City…
Rest on all terms Linea is a winner
While the Linea is solidly built, please keep in mind that it has a few rough edges when it comes to plastics and rubber components. They City’s build on the other hand is better. Also, the Linea is a heavier car putting more stress on the components compared to the feather light City. Shenoy has given you a very relevant example of Honda quality.
1. There is not an immense difference in fuel efficiency, the Linea delivers very close figures if driven similarly. Figures for the Linea would be 9 to 10 kmpl in the city and around 14 on the highway, primarily since its very hard to drive sedately. But if driven at similar speeds, the difference would be around 1 to 2 kmpl at the best. 2.…[Read more]
Agree. For features, it’s the T-Jet over the City. And also, it just feels a lot more involving to drive – the acceleration is nice. The new T-Jet is coming in a few days, so let’s see what the pricing is like (it will come in Emotion / leather trim).
When it comes to Durability , it has to be FIAT.. The plastics rubbers etc are way better nowadays in Lineas. And the quality was never compromised in T-jets. I own a 2012 Linea MJD.
While the E20 is a pretty promising concept, I d suggest you tell her to wait for our review before signing the dotted line. After all, it is an Indian vehicle and it is better to tread cautiously.
While the Reva should work well for your sister on paper, it is better to wait for some reviews to trickle in after the launch.
Theoretically, an E20 suits this kind of commute perfectly. But, whether or not the charging infrastructure supports it (is there a charging point at her office?) and the long term maintenance costs (battery replacements after 3 years are expensive) are some concerns with the E20. Of course, it has a certain cool factor – being green and all.
E2O will cost around 5-6 lacs.Nano is 2lacs.so for that prcce you can buy 3 nanos
Very true Reva and Nano cannot be compared!
Reva stands to be compared with a two wheeler!
The Tata Nano and Reva start out to be cars and the EV is dead if it cannot make a better running cost than a equivalent car let alone a superior car(like the Nano). The Tata Nano price is also worth with its features.
My choice is Fiat Linea as it has a good ride quality compared to others in the top3.
Good analysis. Thanks for preparing and sharing! I would prefer Scala and City when it comes to space. I think one more car which can be added into the list is Manza.
A question… why do Indian Hatches and Sedans have that transmission tunnel, killing the space inside??, when they do not run on rear wheels.!! Is it just to increase the car body strength.??
My scale is the best
Fiat Linea is an all-rounder because it is well designed car with best looks in C+ segment, one of the best in ride/handling and features provided!
@Arjoon: most Indian cars have the exhaust pipe under the so-called transmission tunnel. Knowing Indian roads the extra few mm of ground clearance is necessary. If the exhaust pipe is too close to the body, it will heat up the body floor by conduction.
@ Siddhartha Mishra: So Correct Siddhartha Sir.. i Just Forgot the close relationship between The Indian Roads and The Exhaust Pipe… Thank you.
Aren’t we missing the Tata Manza?
the tata manza is a car meant for ONLY space.. it has given up all the other attributes like looks and driving dynamics for space… and ITS MISSING
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Hi Dr hameed.I am Dr Shivraj..i own a Linea dynamic .according to your requirement i would like to say linea fits into your budget and also ABS airbags etc come in the Dynamic model itself .a VFM for sure.Also the maintance is too less as the service interval is 15000 unlike others where its every 10,000 for both verna & rapid.Linea a great…[Read more]
In your budget only Fiat Linea 1.3L Dynamic will offer you abs and dual airbags, whereas Skoda Rapid ambition will offer you abs n single driver side airbags. Verna with airbags and abs will be way over your budget.
hi doc, i m Dr. Johnson, & i m fully agree with Shivraj & Sanjeev. Fiat Linea is da best deal for u….go with linea.
First of all, I doubt if any of the diesel cars mentioned above will keep giving you 20+ KMPL fuel-economy on constant basis on Indian roads unless road conditions are excellent and you drive the car around 50 – 60 KMPH mostly in higher gears with adequate RPM range being maintained across all gears. Anyways, all cars you have mentioned are fairly…[Read more]
fiat linea is the best choice for you and it is a great car
Hi Dr Hameed. As Dave Jose says, a consistent 20 kmpl is very difficult for all the three cars mentioned here. This is possible if you drive on low traffic highways in the top gear, but if it involves a bit of city driving or bumper to bumper traffic, it will always dip below 20 kmpl. There is one problem with the Linea – it is a great car, but it…[Read more]
The Sunny diesel is a good choice for space and fuel efficiency, but service costs are still unknown in the long term. As others here have said, the Linea is a value-for-money product, except that service standards are an issue. If you are buying a Linea, first check out the service center in your vicinity and find out from other customers there…[Read more]
Thanks everyone for such valuable answers, I would like to ask here, what would be the service and maitainence cost for verna diesel and rapid diesel,
As compared with linea
Both will be comparatively expensive. The 1.3MJD of the Linea and the 1.5K9K of the Sunny/Scala are the most economic engines to maintain.
I have decided to go for skoda rapid second variant with driver air bag, abs, after offer am getting for 9.4 on road please let me know if anybody owns it and its experience and is it costly in maintenance
My brother owns the top model. Service costs are in generally in 5 figures. Can be anywhere between 8-15k depending on how much work is done.
Dr, I’d prefer Linea to the Rapid. Anyday.. have a Linea myself. You can’t ignore the tank like Linea build and the stability it offers at +150kmph with a seating of 5
Anyone with knowledge can tell you that its the Punto, the Swift just has fan boys. How about Swift uses Punto’s lower spec engine? How about Swift uses an ECU from Fiat’s subsidiary? How about the Punto’s platform races in a higher category than the Swift’s on an international level? How about globally the publicly best available version of the…[Read more]
That’s quite a contrast ! FIAT can’t be compared to paper body Swift. The 90HP is a thunder while swift is breeze
Purely from the standpoint as a car the Punto is a better car. But if you consider service network and dealer reach, there’s a reason why the Swift sells in large numbers.
Krishna, Punto is awesome car no doubts. If u r looking for good milage, ASS then go for Swfit. If u like drive pleasure then its punto punto and only punto.
@ Roshun – Do you think after sales of Maruti is slightly over hyped? Take these examples over the last week from Pune. A Maruti taken to the service center at 10 am (note the time) with PRIOR appointment for washing only, takes five hours for washing because there are too many vehicles and too much load. A Punto with a blown turbo pipe taken to…[Read more]
@Amit you are right.Maruti ASS is very much over hyped .i had a Wagonr which had suspension problem which couldnt be rectified by them for 3 years.Always they sais caliper greasing has to be done.And it was in warranty.So my dad sold it and brought a LINEA this year.:-)Cheers Fiat.
I know so many Maruti owners who grumble about inconsiderate Maruti staff. They have no consideration if there is no booking, and the booking simply means they will do something that day, not necessarily take care of the problem. Nothing against Maruti, just that their sales are a bit too much for their service to handle, maybe. Its good for…[Read more]
Punto 90hp is 15hp more powerful than swift. Swift is built with the 70hp version
The Swift actually uses the 75 HP tune. Other tunes Fiat has are 70 HP and 105 HP, both not introduced in India. Also since India has BS4 pollution norms which are similar to Euro4, we get the second generation MJD. Otherwise Fiat moved to MJD II in countries where pollution norms are stricter.