This is my first post at Gearheads and I am super excited about being a part of this community.
I have been dreaming about owning a car right from my childhood days. The desire to own a car has now moved to its next level as I am finally ready to own one (sincerely hoping so). Here are my requirements:
- Budget: Max 6.5 Lakhs
- Location: Bangalore
- Monthly Running: 500Kms (Max)
- Fuel: Petrol
- Purpose: Weekends and occasional highway drives.
- Expected feature/Priorities (in order of importance):
- Decent Power for City/Highway drive.
- Moderate Maintenance Cost.
The most important thing that I want in my car is Safety' - First, Strong Build/Structural quality, second ABS, and then Airbags. Everyone (my friends and colleagues) laugh at me when I talk about importance of safety in a car.
Anyways, based on my requirement, I am considering the following cars:
VW Polo 1.2P (CL): I am inclined very much towards Polo (love the killed looks and build quality) as it meets my requirement in terms of Safety aspects, but itís kind of expensive and little worried about Total cost of ownership (maintenance cost, reliability, etc. etc.).
Ford Figo Titanium: Figo seems like a good VFM car but I have read that the Petrol engine in Figo is very underpowered. Build quality seems to be okay.
Ritz ZXI: I like the looks, I know that the engine is one of the best, price seems okay for the ZXI variant, BUT the I found the build quality to be very bad if not pathetic (so is the case with every Maruti car? right?).
My heart says go for Polo, I can stretch my budget a little to own the Comfortline variant. Buying VW Polo is not going to be a very easy decision from financial point of view. Being from a middle-class family, it'll hurt my finances a little BUT I am ready to bear that ONLY if Iíll have complete peace of mind. Iíve read horror stories (breakdown, repairing cost ranging from 20K to 4Lacks) from Polo owners and something like that happens to me, Iíll be in great trouble.
So guys, please help me out in making the right decision.
Note: I havenít test driven any car yet. I just started my driving lessons about a week back.