The recently launched Chevrolet Sail has put many buyers of entry-sedans in a dilemma, making them hold back on their purchase decisions, till they’ve figured it out. Why? Because the price and features it offers makes it good value for money.
One car that many driving enthusiasts prefer among entry-sedans is the Ford Classic (formerly the Ford Fiesta Classic), because of its ride and handling and frugal diesel engine, as well as peppy petrol engine. How does the Chevrolet Sail compare with the Ford Classic? We break it down for you. Also read: Chevrolet Sail launched, prices start at Rs. 4.99 lakh
Where the Chevrolet Sail is better
The Chevrolet Sail is better priced and more value variant for variant compared to the Ford Classic. This puts it at an advantage for buyers who are on a tight budget, but just must own a sedan. The entry level Chevrolet Sail is priced at Rs. 4.99 lakh, compared to the base variant Ford Classic that is priced at Rs. 5.58 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi. The top-end fully-loaded variant of the Chevrolet Sail (LT ABS) is priced at Rs. 6.41 lakh for the petrol and Rs. 7.51 lakh for the top-end diesel. Compare that with the Ford Classic Titanium petrol priced at Rs. 6.89 lakh and Rs. 7.87 lakh for the diesel, and the Classic is about Rs. 36,000-Rs.48,000 more expensive ex-showroom compared to the Sail. But keep in mind, these are introductory prices for the Sail and prices could go up in the next few months. Also read: Chevrolet Sail vs Maruti Swift Dzire: Practicality vs Popularity
A good thing that GM has done with the Chevrolet Sail is offering a driver’s airbag on three of the four variants in both petrol and diesel, while the top two variants get ABS brakes, and the top-end gets a passenger airbag too. This emphasis on safety features puts the Sail slightly ahead of the Classic. The Ford Classic offers two airbags and ABS only on the top-end Titanium petrol and diesel variants. The Classic comes with rear fog lamps standard on all variants, while front fog lamps are only on the top-end. The Sail does not have rear fog lamps and also offers front foglights only on the LT variant.
Both cars offer only manual HVAC controls. However, the Sail has power mirrors on all variants, while the Classic offers it only on the Titanium variant. All variants of the Classic get four power windows, while the base Sail only gets two and others have four. The top two variants of the Sail (LS ABS and LT) get a Bluetooth enabled MP3, USB, Aux-in audio system, while only the Titanium variant in the Classic has Bluetooth connectivity.
The Chevrolet Sail offers slightly better rear seat legroom compared to the Ford Classic. All variants also have a rear seat armrest with cupholders, while only the top-two variants of the Classic offer this. The use of beige interiors also brightens up the Sail more than the Classic, although the Classic’s black and beige combination looks classier than the Sail.
Maintenance and warranty coverage
What really works for the Sail is the maintenance and warranty package being offered with the car. You get a five-year, 150,000 km engine and transmission warranty, three-year or 100,000 km car warranty and a three-year preventive maintenance package valid for 45,000 km. Ford also offers a maintenance package of three-years or 60,000 km on the Classic, but its extended warranty coverage is only up to 4 years and 100,000 km. Good, but not better than Sail’s offer. Also watch: Chevrolet Sail walkaround video
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Where the Ford Classic is better
The Ford Classic petrol is a driver’s delight, coming with a 1.6 litre petrol engine that puts out 100 bhp of power. This is a rev happy motor that will appeal to enthusiasts, but it’s not very fuel efficient. The Sail petrol has a 1.2 litre engine putting out 86 bhp of power, but it is a very sedate motor that prefers just ambling about town than thrilling performance. It is, however, more fuel efficient. But when it comes to the diesels, things get interesting. The Classic’s 1.4 litre diesel engine puts out 68 bhp of power and 160 Nm of torque, but it has very good drivability. The Sail has a 1.3 litre diesel engine putting out 77 bhp of power and 205 Nm of torque, better than the Classic on paper, but the power delivery is very linear and not as quick as the Classic feels. Both are equally fuel efficient. Also see: Real mileage of the Ford Classic
Handling and ride
The steering feel on the Classic is much better than the Sail and gives the driver a sense of control at all times, without being too light. The Sail has a bit of a heavy steering too, but does not feel as precise as the Classic. The suspension set up on the Classic also offers a good overall ride quality, slightly better than the Sail which feels stiff at slow speeds, but also tends to roll in corners more than the Classic does.
The Ford Classic has 430 litres of boot space, which can hold slightly more luggage than the 370 litre boot in the Chevrolet Sail. Both cars are over 4.2 metres long, but while the Sail offers more interior space, Ford offers more luggage space. Also see: Ford Classic video review
What we think
Overall, it’s a close call between the Sail and the Classic. At present prices, the Sail is excellent value for money. The Classic looks like a classy sedan and feels more upmarket compared to the Sail, but it’s also a little more expensive overall. Driving enthusiasts may prefer the Classic, but those looking for an overall practical sedan should take a look at the Sail.