Friday, November 12, 2010

Buying a Car in Rs 10 Lakhs Budget - Compare Honda City vs Fiesta vs Verna vs Octavia vs SX4 Cars

While suggesting a car, it should be based on practical and logical facts. If you say that Fiesta or Verna are really good, it is understandable, but when you say that simply buy it without a comparison with any other contender, just because you bought it doesn’t make sense If you feel Ford Fiesta or Hyundai Verna are the best options, then put a few points in favor of then. Like does Verna has better space than other contenders? Has it better performance or looks or resale value or road presence or dynamics or stability or spare parts or whatever just because a car has little higher number of service centers doesn’t make it a better car. Honda doesn’t need thousands of service centers. Till date Honda has not experienced a stranded car due to mechanical failure, it says a lot about Honda quality. If you say that its 1 lakh cheaper than Honda, then you should also keep in mind that for that 1 lakh extra which you pay for Honda City, you get extra space (City is more roomy than Fiesta), more powerful engine (118 bhp vs 102), equally excellent handling, a better resale value (no one can deny that the City rules in resale value), a better brand image (Honda has the strongest image in India as per JD power survey) better fuel efficiency (it has better FE than the equivalent Petrol Fiesta) and same levels of safety (it has all and bells and whistles) and spare part wise too, if you claim that its 25% cheaper than Honda, can you put prices of some parts here compared to Honda which are 25% cheaper? Does any one know that the paid service cost of Honda City is among the cheapest in the business?

In same way if you says buy Verna because it rocks, then please throw some light on it why it rocks? Someone says that as the driving is not much, diesel is not required, so CRDi is out of picture. Now compare petrol Verna with others. Verna has the least impressive handling in its class. It rolls a lot and dynamics are not there up to the mark comparable to Fiesta or City or even SX4. It has 103 bhp on paper but its takes the max time to reach 0-100 kmph. Fuel efficiency is nothing to write home about. City rules here too. Its not the most spacious or comfortable. That crown again goes to Honda City. It does not enjoy the best resale value (diesel not included). It competes in spares as spare parts are at par with city and some are cheaper too. No doubt, but it does not enjoy a strong brand image as Honda or Skoda have. Safety wise, Honda City has a better built cabin and also has Airbags standard across the range which Hyundai Verna doesn’t have even as an option. I don’t give a biased favor to City here as I also said that an Octavia is a worthy option and even better in some cases. Fiesta and Verna are also great cars but as an overall package, they don’t match up to the level of Honda.

If you disagree, then please put the figures and facts here. I would love to compare cars.

Buying a Car in Rs 10 Lakhs Budget - Compare Honda City Fiesta Indigo Logan Optra Octavia SX4 Cars

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Good comparision. One more point I would like to make is though Honda suffers to an extent cos of it's Ground Clearance it packs a punch with so much more it offers with styling and performance. I am buying one this December 2010 and have done my research to conclude Honda city is way above the rest. I did initially have my doubts and was thinking about buying a Linea T-Jet plus but trust me its a total waste of money. The demo was bad experience and with all tht power the handling was very bad.