By: Muralidhara S on 13 july 2016
Maruti Ciaz VXI plus with manual transmission costs you approximately Rs. 8.40 lakhs while the higher ZXI is also available at Rs. 8.7lakhs which is well within your budget also. These are ex-showroom prices and you’ll be paying the road tax and registration as well as insurance extra thus, it’ll work out to be around Rs. 1lakhs to Rs. 1.5 lakhs more depending on your city and the rules.
With Hyundai Verna you have an option between 1.4 VTVT and 1.6 VTVT S. The former costs you about Rs. 7.62 lakhs whereas the latter costs you around Rs. 8.77 lakhs, ex-showroom New Delhi.
Honda city offers you have 2 options to choose between the variants E and S MT. The former costs Rs. 8.10 lakhs while the S MT costs you around Rs. 8.79 lakhs, ex-showroom New Delhi.
Finally, coming to the Volkswagen Ameo, you have an option of choosing even the top end variant which is the Volkswagen Ameo Highline that is available for Rs. 7.13 lakhs, ex-showroom New Delhi.
Looking at what each car offers to you; Honda City offers a 1.5litre engine that can deliver 17kmpl whereas Verna uses a 1.6litre engine that can deliver a similar 17kmpl. Maruti Ciaz on the other hand uses a 1.4litre engine delivering a mileage of 20kmpl while Ameo offers 17kmpl with its 1.2litre engine. In terms of features, only Ameo offers a leather steering, rear fog lights, rain sensing wipers and a touchscreen, making it one of the most well equipped vehicles in this segment. The other three are very close to each other.
Finally, if we evaluate in terms of cost of servicing and maintenance then Maruti Ciaz leads the way followed closely by Honda and Hyundai at the second position and Volkswagen Ameo would work out to be most expensive in this aspect as the service costs as well as spare costs of Volkswagen are the highest.
Thus, looking at an overall picture, I feel that you should consider one between Maruti Ciaz and Volkswagen Ameo because the former will save you money in terms of running costs while the latter offers you a huge list of features. Honda City and Hyundai Verna are pretty decent too but they are offering nothing exciting.
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