I'm from Bangalore and planning to buy my first car. My usage will be like maximum 500 kms per month and may go for an
out station drive once in every three months and city usage will be very limited. Based on this I have decided to go with a petrol version. Now I'm stuck on 2 models, Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire 2012 ZXI or Hyundai i20 2012 Sportz 1.2. On the size part, Length is same for both 3995mm and Width 1710mm (DZire) and 1695mm (i20) so parking space concerns are same for both. Both car should be able to accommodate 5 people easily but I think i20 has a slight edge on back seat comfort with regards to rear legroom. (Not sure if I'm correct).
When it comes to the features, i20 is luxurious loaded filled with features which DZire misses (Rain sensing wipers, reverse camera,
air-filtering ionizer, electric folding ORVMs, Gear Shift indicator, bluetooth connectivity, smart pedal system etc.). Other than Reverse camera I'm not sure how much useful other features are, but definitely these are provided with a less price tag than DZire. Can some one who has used these features comment on how handy or useful they are?
I read about some issues with i20, the Steering rattle, poor AC and the underpowered 1.2L petrol engine. Are these issues rectified?. How is the DZire behavior on the last statement? Especially while overtaking how is the engine response for DZire and i20? My conclusion is DZire wins in this area? Correct me If I'm wrong.
I would like to know the handling of both cars at high speeds? How is the breaking? For Long drives which one is the best choice?.
After all the after sales service and maintenance cost, because as of now the one I'm gonna buy will be my companion for the next 10 yrs. Heard Hyundai's service and maintenance costs are usually higher than that of the competition. Is this understanding correct?
So can you guys please help me out on the above questions?