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      Diesel car suited for mostly city driving

      My friend is looking for a new diesel hatchback. His primary requirement is excellent urban driveability with less gear shifts. His budget is less than 7lacs and his monthly usage would be ~ 1500kms. I have suggested him to go for the new Beat Diesel or Ford Figo TDCi. Please let me know your suggestions.
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      VW Polo, Skoda Fabia or Fiat Punto
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      Quote Originally Posted by P3T3R View Post
      Skoda Fabia
      going by the routine skoda dealership and customer feedback i would stay away from this brand. the figo and polo are nice choice's though.

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      Yesterday, I had TDed the Fabia again to compare with my Figo TDCi.
      The NVH levels are greater than Figo, 3 pot engine feels unrefined and cluttery.
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      Quote Originally Posted by bamaboy View Post
      The NVH levels are greater than Figo
      I have TD'ed the new BEAT. Though it is too early to comment, I found the NVH very low. City driviability is excellent. Breeze. I was in 3rd gear when the car was moving around 10kmph and it was pulling effortlessly with 3 folks inside the car. I never liked Swift D for its low end performance and noisy Fabia TDI including my friend. We would go and check out Figo, Polo and Punto.
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      For city driving Figo is good no turbo lag but the NVH leel is bit more but not too high.In Fabia the NVH is high when compard to figo and the Fabia parts are costly. When I test drove fabia out of curiosity I asked the SA what is the cost of clucth replacement and fog lamp he told it is 30k for clutch replacement and 20 k for fog lamp.

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      By the thread name, I thought we must have been comparing few diesel automatics. I guess there are none in that price range?

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      Quote Originally Posted by revfriendly View Post
      new Beat Diesel or Ford Figo TDCi
      I will recommend Beat for the level of equipment it offers.. top ends comes fully loaded and with Chevy's 3 year its peace of mind. Its small size is boom for city parking specially Bangalore where you don't get big parkings on street. Just wait for some time to get some ownership reviews so that he will get a clear picture.

      I always considered beat as 2 seater only, as its rear bench seats are uncomfortable and cramped. For a family of four, Figo will be more comfortable during long drives.
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      My vote goes for the Figo!! No turbolag, Light clutch, Small enough for the city, yet roomy inside.
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      1500kms/month within city is about 50-60kms per day. And if your friend is going to drive in the real city streets (read small, winding, squeeze, etc), then he needs very light clutch, good steering (not too much turns of the steering wheel required, and also rightly weighted) and off course smaller turning radius.

      The Punto looses out on the turning radius (5.4m) and clutch part (long press required).
      Not sure about exact figures about other cars, but these according to me are important if the car is going to be used within the city.

      Also, one other very important factor is low end torque. Will need more of it within city.

      PS: Also remember that diesel clutches are going to be a little heavier than petrol ones. So your friend needs to get comfortable with them. Since he's going to drive a lot within city, it's an important factor.

      Another suggestion would be to opt for CNG/LPG variants. Since it would be mostly city drives, these vehicles would be most ideal.
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