I was also in same dilemma few months. I had to buy car for my wife and was looking good hatch under 6Lacs.
I test driver few cars and went with Hyundai i20.
Cars, that I test drove
VW Polo Trendline 1.2L – Nice car bit underpowered but the biggest turnoff were the staff at VW Showroom . They don’t even give a shit about customers, so arrogant, unhelpful and rude. – No Deal ever with VW
Skoda Fabia – Same engine as Polo but spares cost and availability was a big question. – No Deal
Suzuki Swift Vxi – We both love swift and went to check the limited edition swift (black color) which was on the sale few month back. But waiting period for swift (2 months even for Petrol) and it’s so common no features at all. – Sorry Suzuki - No Deal, you have to give more features in Swift
Fiat Punto – I just loved the car but my wife didn’t like Punto . - No Deal
Ford Figo - Don't like shape of that Car.- No Deal
Hyundai i20 Sports (1.2L) – Even before taking test drive, I had stories of poor A/C and steering Colum rattling, but I convinced my wife to take test drive. To our surprise car was totally different from what we had heard so far. Nice peppy acceleration, Good A/C with climate control, no rattling of any type.
But Why i20 –
Hyundai i20 Sportz (BS IV) costs Rs 534,599 and SWIFT VXI (BS IV) cost 4,62,984 ex-Showroom Delhi. So difference is about 71,000. Though swift have 5 more BHPs under her hood but I have driven both cars, i20 is far more refined.
Plus – by spending extra 71K (against Swift Vxi), We get whole lot of goodies
- Tilt and telescopic steering
- Driver Side Airbag
- All 5 Alloy wheels
- Integrated Audio
- Steering mounted audio control.
- Climate Control
- Electrical adjustable and Auto fold rear view mirrors
- Gear Shift Indicators ( My wife love it )
- Rear window demister
- Wider Tyres ( 185 R14) against Swift (165 R14 )
- Glove box chiller.
- No my i20 is over 3 month old and clocked around 7000 KM. No Issues so far with AC or Steering Rattling
So, I would suggest, don’t go by brands please look for best overall package you are getting.