Tuesday, March 20, 2012

First Impression of Fiat Punto Emotion by Rajat Issar

I am really sorry to post this entry very late as Rajat emailed me his review of Fiat Punto Emotion around 2 years ago. I am busy with several things and this is the reason why it happened. By the way, you can go through Rajat’s review of his Punto. Though this review was done 2 years ago, still it is as fresh as now. After reading, you can express your views via the comment section below. Now here you go:

Last evening, I just though to visit Fiat showroom to have a quick look at the newly launched Fiat Punto. Mind you for last 3 months I am struggling to choose my second car which will give me better mileage, comfort, and feel of luxury but at same time have value for money. I was hopping between a premium hatchback and entry level sedan. As my budget is 5 to 6 lakhs, I have driven Ford Icon Diesel, Hyundai i20, Hyundai Accent Executive , Swift Dzire, Switch VDI, Getz CRDI, Maruti A-star, Maruti Ritz, even Maruti Sx4 Vxi, though out of my budget.

Compare New Swift 2011 VDI versus Punto Emotion Pack 

Man trust me when you are limited with budget and have love for car, then making choice is really difficult. Last time when I bought my first car I had struggle in the same way but Maruti Sx4 Zxi at time of launch made my job easier. I had same feeling when I coincidentally landed up to see Punto . Trust me guys this is one car where you are ready to put your bet on. After having a feel of it I honestly gave up my desire for another sedan. All the above mentioned cars lack one or the other thing but this car has damn everything to make you have one.

Best build quality in its class. Although it is little pricey than Swift but trust me you will know why you are paying more. The quality of plastic interiors is simply amazing. In fact after having close look, I like Punto build quality better than Fiat Linea. And I have reason for it.

Space wise, the car never gives you a cramp desire for a sedan. Even pushing the front seat to max at bottom you still have enough leg space at back seat. Boot is also 280 liters which is good when you are looking for a hatchback. Plus folding seats give you enough room to keep your stuff for outings (that’s why I am planning this car.) Blow punk music system sounds impressive. Plus there are well-placed cub holders and two glove boxes (in Emotion ) to keep your stuff.

Last but not least! Fiat offers you service after 30000 km. Man I never heard any car coming for service after 30k km but Punto do. Man that is what we call confidence in the build and performance.

Upgrades For Maruti Suzuki Swift Vdi 2012

If you have bought your long-awaited Maruti Suzuki Swift latest edition and are looking for serious upgrades, then this article is for you. Actually, my brother-in-law bought brand new Swift Vdi 2012 model in exchange of his old Maruti Wagon R. After buying, he bought the vehicle at my home and had the following upgrades in his mind: Unbiased Review of Maruti Swift VXI VDI K Series

1.    ZXi spec tyres, probably Michelin or Yokohama.
2.    15 Inch alloys for Swift.
3.    V-Kool or some other good sunfilm.
4.    Good quality floor mats. He wanted those translucent plastic/rubber normally found in cars like Honda City.
5.    A basic ICE setup consisting of a good HU and four good speakers. He is not keen on amps or woofers.

He needed suggestions for all of these in particular,
1. Will there be an odo error in case of upgrade to ZXi spec tires ?
2. Which ones would be better ? Michelin XM1+ or Yokohama A-Drives?
4. Is V-Kool the best sunfilm out there ? Or are there any better ?
5. Will I get the floor mats that I talked about made for Swift ?

After going through his questions, I started answering them one by one:

As for tires, Both XM1+ and Yokohama A drive are excellent tires with superior grip though Michelin has a little edge in longevity. In 185/70/R14 size, there will be no speedo error. In fact even if you install 195/60/R15, there will be only 0.65% error which is negligible. Interestingly 15" alloys will improve the handling and cornering ability of your car though the steering with wider rubber will get little heavier. Even if you do not want to upgrade to 15" rims, then in 185/70/R14 size of ZXi too, you can go for Michelin XM1+ tires which will be the ideal upgrade for you in same size. If you want to improve handling at the cost of losing little comfort in same size then upgrade to Michelin Pilot Preceda 195/60/R14. In 15" size, the ideal size would be 195/60/R15 for better grip without losing on comfort.

Regarding sunfilm, V-cool is undoubtedly one of the best brands in market, although 3M also has good range for premium requirements. The CR series is their take on the V-Kool series. It will cost you around 10 k for side and rear glass. Installed the same and happy with the results. For front, you can install CR70 which will cost you another 9k.

V-Kool Sunfilm price for front and sides:

Economy - 60% HR - Rs. 5550
Elegant - 76% HR - Rs. 8850
Select - 92% HR - Rs. 16775
Premium - 94% HR - Rs. 20875
Diamond - 99% HR - Rs. 22950

While for Front (Clear Film)

71% HR - Rs. 7084
77% HR - Rs. 9926
94% HR - Rs. 11690

(where HR is Heat Rejection)

Too expensive.

On the other hand of the spectrum are Garware sunfilms.

Garware sun control film price for side and rear:

Basic Range - Unknown HR - Rs. 450
Mid Range 1 - 30% HR - Rs. 1100
Mid Range 2 - 35% HR - Rs. 1800
Ice Cool - Unknown HR - Rs. 5500

For Front

Basic Range - 25% HR - Rs. 1200
Cool Vision - 37% HR - Rs. 1700
Ice Cool - 50% HR - Rs. 2800

Now at the end, regarding floor mats for Swift, the translucent floor mats will not suit the Swift's interiors which are all black unless your seats are beige. This is my opinion.