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Which car is best in terms of design, performance, maintenance and comfort between Maruti Baleno, Ford Figo, Honda Brio and Hyundai Grand i10? Please note that I am looking for an automatic car within the approximate price range of Rs. 8 lakhs.

By: Vivek Raju on 21 july 2016

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When we talk about design, it is a very subjective matter so I won’t touch up on that but will rather concentrate on performance, maintenance and comfort features.
The variant of Maruti Suzuki Baleno that you can go for is Zeta CVT with 1.2L VVT Petrol engine. It delivers an amazing mileage of 21 kmpl and is fitted with enough safety and comfort features. Its ex-showroom price for New Delhi is Rs. 7.47 lakhs while Hyundai Grand i10 1.2 Asta AT Petrol Optional suits your budget and is priced at Rs. 7.86 lakhs, ex-showroom New Delhi and its mileage output is nearly 17kmpl. Honda Brio VX BLAT AVN is available for you at a price of Rs. 6.97 lakhs. It is powered with a SOHC I-VTEC engine that delivers a mileage of 16.5 kmpl. Finally, the last option on your list is the Ford Figo 1.5 Titanium AT with 1.5l Ti-VCT Petrol engine which has the maximum displacement of 1499cc and this can deliver a mileage of 18kmpl. Now, looking at these figures one can say that these cars are pretty competitive while Baleno tops the list with a mileage of 21kmpl followed by Figo which offers 18kmpl.
Coming to the features of the cars; each of them is better than the other. Maruti Baleno comes fitted with all the latest features whether it is ABS or airbags along with infotainment system, UV cut glass, reverse camera, Apple CarPlay etc. Honda Brio on the other hand has an excellent automatic gearbox along with high quality interiors. Hyundai Grand i10 automatic drives very well and has one of the best interiors in this segment. It is definitely worth the money that one spends on it. Ford Figo automatic has a compliant ride and offers features like ESP and traction control etc. In terms of features, I personally feel that once again Baleno and Figo are close contenders for the top position.
Along with mileage and features, another aspect where Maruti Baleno is a good investment is in terms of maintenance costs. Maruti offers the most hassle free and low cost maintenance for all its vehicles. Closest competitor for the Baleno in this aspect will be Hyundai Grand i10 while Ford and Honda, both have slightly higher costs involved in this aspect. Therefore, you should test drive Baleno, Figo and Grand i10 to figure out which suits you best. In my opinion you should pick either the Figo or Baleno. 

Ashu    2016-07-21

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