I am buying my first car and I have shortlisted two of them. Baleno petrol version and ford figo diesel. Now I am damn confused and unable to make a choice. Baleno is from a trust worthy brand maruti with excellent service but lacks in build quality but figo has good build quality. Can experts here help me choose the best here.
It's great that you are planning to buy a new car.
Firstly, we would like to appreciate your choice as the cars that you have shortlisted are doing good when it comes to performance.
Initially, comparing these two in terms of engine specification will be unfair for the petrol variant car as the diesel car is more superior than petrol in terms of performance. Ford Figo diesel variant is equipped with 1.5-litre TDCI Diesel Engine which is more powerful and torquier than 1.2-litre VVT Petrol Engine of Maruti Baleno. Ford Figo diesel engine deliver 99bhp@3750rpm and 215Nm@1750-3000rpm which is 16bhp and 100Nm more than that of Maruti's engine.
When these are compared to each other in different aspects, they are way too different. What separates Baleno from other cars is its great look and its safety features. Even in the base model, Baleno have safety features like ABS(Antilock Braking System), EBD(Electronic Braking System) , Dual Airbags for Driver and Co-Driver.
Maruti has much preferred administration system over Ford, their workshops are additionally much better prepared.
Spare parts - Maruti has shabby extra parts and they are promptly accessible.
Resale esteem - Maruti wins again.
Design - Although design is subjective still Baleno feels more light-footed and has a superior position than Figo. The bootspace in Baleno is imperceptibly greater than the Figo. Baleno is more engagingly contrasted than Figo.
Talking about Figo - Ford cars have always had excellent driving dynamics and the Figo is no different. It offers very good handling characteristics. The Figo has brilliant handling and the steering weighs up nicely at speed. The steering on the Baleno feels a bit less responsive though but again it weighs up decently at high speeds and also offers very good feedback. Body control is good on the Baleno while it is much better in the Figo.
Verdict - It is all a matter of personal preference. The Ford Figo makes for a nice city commuter. In different guises, it offers convenience, economic and is fun to drive. If ‘Fun To Drive’ is a must-have on your checklist for your first car, this is the one for you.
The Baleno offers the perfect balance of performance, features & quality. The Baleno offers good fit and finish compared to any other car in the Maruti portfolio. The car looks beautiful from the outside and isn’t too bad on the inside either. In terms of performance, it falls in the middle of the segment and the car is easy to drive in city conditions. One of the biggest advantages of having the Baleno over the completion is the access to Maruti's unmatched after sales and service network.
Rest, please click here to see the detailed comparison. Do take a test drive before you make a final call.
I have been using a Renault Duster RxL 4WD 2014 model since I bought it new in January 2015. I have clocked 60ooo Kms since and yesterday was shocked when I had a service charges bill for Rs 20,000. I had paid about Rs 18,000 when the car was serviced at 50,000 kms and in all I have paid more than Rs. 70,000 on service since purchasing this car. I am totally lost as to why Renault is charging such high prices for everything, when similar cars get serviced at less than a fourth of what I paid
We are amazed to hear about your experience with Renault and we totally understand your concern about the maintenance of the car.
In order to assist you in right direction, we recommend you to check the bill that was provided to you as it will be having all the charges that are made at the time of servicing of your car as it will clear all your doubts.
On the other hand, for better clarification we suggest you to talk with service centre as they will be the right person to assist you with same.
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These are estimated maintenance cost detail and cost may vary based on location and condition of car. Service Charge is not including any extra labour charges.
Hey, its great that you are planning for a new car and Hyundai Xcent is indeed an amazing car. We must appreciate your choice. Hyundai has recently launched the facelift version of the Xcent which has gone through some cosmetic changes on the exteriors and interiors.
Talking about the performance specifically, this car is being offered with 1.2 diesel and petrol engine. The petrol trim is capable of delivering a power of 84 bhp with a torque of 114 Nm whereas the diesel engine can deliver a power of 74 bhp with a torque of 190 nm.
Talking about the mileage figures, the diesel motor delivers a maximum mileage of 25.4 kmpl (Highway) whereas the petrol motor delivers a maximum mileage of 20.14 kmpl (Highway).
Now, there is no direct comparison between the performance between the performance of Hyundai Xcent and Elite i20 because of the engine difference. The petrol trim is same 1.2 liter engine but in diesel, the i20 comes with a 1.4 liter engine.
Thank you for showing the confidence and writing to us.
There are ample of options available with the requirements you have listed. As you will be driving 50-60kms.(Approx) daily, we recommend you to opt for a diesel car.
In Hatchback, options are Maruti Baleno, Hyundai Grand i10, Ford Figo etc.
To begin with Compact Sedan options are Tata Tigor, Hyundai Xcent, Tata zest etc.
Hatchback cars are easy to manoeuvre in bumper to bumper traffic conditions whereas sedans cars offers better luggage space and legroom.
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Please find out input below:
1. Maruti Baleno offers perfect balance of performance and features.
2. On the other hand, Hyundai Grand i10 has spacious passenger and luggage space and is best suited for city.
3. Ford Figo, a well-rounded product with 100PS diesel engine is fun to drive.
4. Tata Tigor it has Multi Drive Mode: Eco & City which is just right for heavy city area.
5. Tata Zest scored a respectable four-stars in the Global NCAP crash test.
6. Hyundai Xcent offers better driveability with peppy diesel engine.
In you are looking for impressive feature list we suggest you to go for Tata Tigor or Hyundai Xcent. Otherwise, if you will be driving more on highways, we suggest you to go for Volkswagen Ameo or Tata Zest with better performance figures.
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We appreciate your interest towards car and your keenness to know the performance of VW Ameo.
Firstly talking about petrol variant, the petrol 1.2-litre is a tried and tested engine, 73bhp is what it produces and there's 110Nm of torque on offer and you might say the power is pretty sufficient for the segment.
About diesel, 1.5-litre, 4 cylinder diesel engine, which has been used in the Polo and the Vento, and it now makes its way into the Ameo. But what VW has managed to extract is more power out of this unit, which means that the Ameo is more powerful than the Polo. What Volkswagen has also managed to give the Ameo is a 5-speed manual and a 7-speed DSG. The 5-speed manual is a familiar unit and the gearshifts are smooth, which makes it a good companion, in both city traffic conditions and out on the highway.
Moreover, click here to read the "Volkswagen Ameo First Drive Review".
Click here to read the "Volkswagen Ameo Diesel: First Drive Review"
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