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Maruti A-Star Review

Maruti’s A-Star is not only an important car for Maruti but even for Hyundai. After the launch of the Hyundai i10, Maruti hasn’t had swift sales. However the A-Star is set to change that. The Maruti A-Star has been priced very well and we won’t be suprised if it becomes the car of the year either. However its not all that good as it appears.

Surely the A-Star looks cute and uses the latest K series engine but Maruti seems to be missing the point. Well almost. They already have 4 cars in the same segment and they plan to launch the Splash as well. How many small cars will Maruti launch? They should phase out the Wagon R and Zen Estilo.

The A-Star surely is a good car and has the capabilities to take the fight to Hyundai’s i10. It looks cute and built quality is better than the Swift. The mid range  VXi comes with integrated audio system with remote. However tachometer is only present on the top model. A bit disappointing and looks like an afterthought.

Rear legroom is nothing to talk about either. But then remember this is a small car and targetted towards unmarried bachelors :P aka the youth and people who want a 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th car in their garage.

Boot space is good for a small car and the interiors seem to be a control + c and control + v job from the Swift. The steering, AC vents, gear lever are a few things which are straight lift from its elder sibling. Not that its a bad thing but Grand Vitara owners will feel a bit upset about same.

The A-Star ZXi at Rs. 4.9 lacs OTR, Mumbai is not only expensive but makes me wonder why would i buy a small A-Star for that much money when i can get a Maruti Swift VXi. The VXi variant is going to be selling the most. Overall the A-Star is a car in the right direction for Maruti but it might just not be able to dethrone the i10. Test Drive review to follow, stay tuned.

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  • November 21, 2008, 10:39 am

    The build quality is clearly lacking. The steering wheel for instance is just unacceptable in a car that costs more than $10,000USD. I’m disappointed, this could have been a proper world car. It isnt.

  • sumit November 21, 2008, 11:05 am

    At first instance this seemed like a wonderful car and a true replacement for the origibal zen (which I have owned for about 7.5 years now). But I am still to see the car in real and now I am worried it might leave me dissapointed. The pricing looked correct to me coz I was expecting a better job from Maruti. Obviously for this job the pricing shud be a somewhat more competitive.

  • fas November 21, 2008, 11:34 am

    Sumit the old Zen was in a league of its own. Maruti has killed the Zen brand. There is room for improvement but Maruti really thinks it will sell the car anyway.

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  • Nipun Dang November 22, 2008, 3:26 pm

    A Star is very compact car. Rear leg space & even front leg space is not optimum as it was expected earlier. Maruti has used same base as of Alto with lot of extra features.
    Space for luggage is also too less. It has not been understood for why A star is lacking in overall space.

  • Deepak November 22, 2008, 6:49 pm

    Was eagerly awaiting for the car to be launched, and when i had a look at the car in the showroom, i felt that this was gonna be a car that I would buy, looked good from the exterior and i had high expectations, but the moment i opened the front door of the car, i realized that maruti have screwed up on the interior part again……….. I’m 5ft 11″ tall and I had to push the driver seat to the maximum extent to seat my self in the vehicle, the steering is a bit low and I felt that they could have done with tilt\adjustable steering, the passenger seated behind the driver will definitely have a hard time..looks like maruti might have to hire some personnel from hyundai to get the interiors right. There is a waiting period of 6 months. the car wasn’t even available for a test drive. the boot space in the car is very minimal. This car is a big no-no for people who are as tall or taller than me. To summarize my first experience with the A-Star, the car looks good, has a fresh feeling, however, the interior spacing (legroom)suck big time…Got fed up with the Maruti A-Star, went to a Hyundai Showroom in the evening, had a test drive in the i10 and I must say that I was very pleased with its handling and the minimal cabin noise and the interiors of the i10. Booked an i10 1.2 Kappa Magna, gonna get my new car in a couple of weeks…For all the people who had very high expectations about the A-Star, the car (Vxi at 4.41 lacs on road price bangalore) is still a pretty good deal, but, u might still wanna have a look at the i10 before deciding on the buy. The i10 is a tad expensive than the A-Star, but, I’d rather pay 25-30K more for an i10 rather than buying a Vxi A-Star…

  • Pravin November 22, 2008, 7:19 pm

    Hi All,

    Yesterday, I had been to the dealer to have a look at A star.. The Car is Beuty..however when i sat inside, I came to know at it lacks space..I am 5’11 and there is no way that i can sit at the rear side if a person of the same height is driving…It was So crampy that I was not able to keep my feet on the ground, forget about setting Comfortably….Also there is no Luggage space..I doubt if you can keep even one suitcase properly.. I think that is ment only for carry bags.

    Anyways that was for those who are above 5’10…for small heighted people it would be a beauty and amazing car and it looks amazing…….

  • fas November 23, 2008, 1:59 pm

    Deepak and Praveen you people are right, the A-Star lacks space. Its very cramped and Maruti should have designed the car better since this is a global model. Also the rear windows are too small and will make the person sitting at the rear claustrophobic.

  • vijay November 24, 2008, 5:24 pm

    I was very excited to see it. But when I visited maruti showroom,I found. It is BAKWAAS car. I am really very disappointed.I found comparatively santro xing and Maruti Wagon R are better cars.

  • Veekay November 24, 2008, 6:47 pm

    I would say it is not as good as expected but it is not bad either.
    This feature pack car comes at a price of i10 era, with much better mileage expected (Petrol prices doesn’t seems to be going south in near future).
    I would appreciate Maruti Engineers for design and innovative K10B Engine (An all aluminium low weight engine)
    I took it to test drive in Bangalore (Nice Road) and drove it at 155 km/h but his baby never denied and was still raring to go. Also, feature like all 4 power windows, integrated stereo, internal adjustable ORVMs, good quality exterior/interior are just few to mention.

    To Conclude, Everything is excellent except legroom for rear pessanger.
    I booked the car and will be getting delivery in a months time.
    Will add my city exp. later.


  • fas November 24, 2008, 7:01 pm

    Veekay the price of Xtra Premium has already decreased. We can expect fuel prices to go south. The i10 has a superior engine compared to the A-Star.

  • Veekay November 24, 2008, 7:29 pm

    That’s right, but also remember that Maruti is going to export 1.5 lacs unit to Europe, so this car is build as per Euro Norms…also Nissan is going to sell this car with the name PIXO.

  • November 28, 2008, 12:23 am

    The front grille looks like Audi cars, don’t you think so? :)

  • M.S.H.Prasad November 30, 2008, 9:32 am

    A-star car looks great. However I found dash panel height is more and obstructing the view. Iam 5’4” height. Iam sure average Indians will face this problem. Luggage space is small and is less than Zen. Rear window is small.Front grill is too large and allows ingress from the road. Lxi variant has no power windows in front unlike Zen. So one has to go for Vxi model which will cost Rs.4.30 lacs on road, which is about Rs.60 thousand more than Zen vxi
    External Looks wise ofcourse A-star is tempting.
    haraprasad, Hyderabad

  • Jugs December 2, 2008, 9:31 pm

    I have not yet done a test drive but based on what people have been writing i could make out that the car is good but lacks space. also when compared with competition that is i10, the later scores more than the A-star.

    Guess Maruti needs to be little more innovative and take competition in to perspective while designing.

    Looking forward for any further reviews

  • Simrat December 8, 2008, 3:32 am

    I was also waiting for A star since the time i visted auto expo where they displayed the concept a star ..i thought that was better…but this one is also good looking ..But i was disappointed when i sat in the car ..the front leg room is ok…and interirors are also ok …the plastic quality is not so appealling …but the worst thing was the leg room at rear …it was less then alto and is cramped the price its offered ..i don’t think its worth it …the boot is also not good better then M800 … I think i 10 still is better made and better looking then Astar.

  • Auto mania December 10, 2008, 11:55 am

    yesterday i drove A Star . A star cant even stands near my first car santro in terms of quality, performance & space. Its shame to compare A star with my macho i10. Still If u are waiting for the car and wanna buy it, then it seems u r goin insane

  • sumit December 10, 2008, 4:36 pm

    I have always loved some cars and hated others as downright ugly and bad in my opinion but never once did i think that I have any right to think so on behalf of others and so i never questioned a person’s decision when he/she bought a car which was outright stupid to me. Everyone has a taste, everyone has a choice and my choice is as bad to some as their’s is to me. So Mr Auto Mania …. better remain an Auto Maniac rather then being a real life maniac with your pointless comments :)

  • Auto mania December 11, 2008, 8:40 am

    Dear Sumit,
    I m really sorry. I don have any rights to comment on others decision. frustations made me to comment like that. I have been waiting so long for that so called A Star (a non sense car to me).. but ultimately disappointed with the in built quality, power, price, plastic quality, rear leg room, steering adjustment,cabin noise, every thing other than their claimed mileage of 19kmpl. thats y i had commented like that.

    For all the pals out there, before going to buy A star just take a drive of Hyundai i10, u definitely love it, i bet.

  • vikrant December 12, 2008, 8:07 am

    can any one suggest between A star and i 10, iam looking for low running and maintenance cost..

  • fas December 12, 2008, 11:10 am

    Vikrant i would suggest you the i10, its a better car than the A-Star anyday.

  • vikrant December 12, 2008, 11:27 pm

    thank a lot fas for your prompt reply, but ver u talking bout i10 kappa or older engine version…..????
    but i heard dat i 10z dashboard reflectz on d screen in d day….is dat true..??
    n can u plz heighlight some cons of A star……

  • fas December 13, 2008, 12:19 am

    The i10 Kappa is better than the older version but with any engine the i10 is better than the A-Star. Dashboard reflection does happen in cars with beige interiors. The problem with the A-Star is its cramped and lacks power compared to the i10. The A-Star is really a small car, the i10 is not.

  • vikrant December 13, 2008, 6:58 am

    ok,, but as far i knw KB series engine is better then the old engine of i 10, no doubt kappa is better….
    another thing bother me is the running cost of vehicle and easy of servicing??
    n i have heard dat Hyundai spares are costly then Maruti..??
    will there be alot of diff. btn d running cost of the vehicles.???

  • fas December 14, 2008, 1:37 am

    The Santro has a 4 cylinder engine, whereas the A-Star has a 3 cylinder engine. Hyundai spares are slightly costlier but not all that much, but overall the i10 is way ahead than the A-Star.

  • vikrant December 15, 2008, 9:53 pm

    ok…thnx mate…

  • NANDAN LUTHRA December 20, 2008, 5:04 pm


  • fas December 20, 2008, 7:02 pm

    Nandan the Swift VDi is way superior, get the Swift, its a no brainer.

  • Sampath December 20, 2008, 10:17 pm

    I had been to the showroom of maruti. surely i was impressed with the shape of A-star. But I am 5’9″ and i found the boot space is some what not sufficient to sit comfortably. The luggage room is also not sufficient for a millenium family. front view from the driver’s seat seems to be diving. Only Zxi model has some plus points like fog lights etc. The leg room for back seat is very less. Maruti could have thought of for a better leg room & luggage area when compared to WagonR and Estilo.

  • sabu December 22, 2008, 2:12 am

    i would like to get a comparison between A-star, Wagon R and Alto. planning to buy my first car this week.

  • fas December 22, 2008, 10:37 am

    Sabu you should get the A-Star, its better than the Wagon R and Alto. Take a test drive of the A-Star and see how it suits you.

  • Gautam December 22, 2008, 1:54 pm

    Yes, it is a good car to drive and the engine certainly feels nice and responds quite well for varying high speeds.
    Interiors are OK and rear seating is very uncomfortable without legspace. If you have a family then you would have more problems of luggage space which can’t accomodate beyond a small suitcase and a tiny carry bag. If you fix a pad/board for the rear speakers then you really kill the luggage space.
    Good for singles and may be as a second city car. Good looks and drive…..I wished Maruti gave a little more leg and luggage space. I would have bought it today. Decided to buy a Wagon R Vxi instead and fix a good MP3 player etc…came cheaper and well suited for family.
    Car is a beauty though.

  • ANUJ December 23, 2008, 4:37 pm

    One more problem in A star apart from space that the third gear gives jerk in hand when you accelerate or apply breaks and when I talked to dealer about the same they told me that this problem exists in all new maruti cars and can’t be rectified.%0aSo buyers when you take test drive of maruti cars take care that gears are working properly else you end up

  • Pankaj Jain December 23, 2008, 7:25 pm

    I agree to the fact/opinion being expressed by many in the group which largely are negative for A-Star.

    What this car offers:
    - Mileage
    - Great futuristic exteriors / almost looks like a sports car

    What it does not offer is:

    - Value for money against competition – I10 , Santro, Alto LXI, Spark

    - Boot Space (Absolutely no – no): You need to have a career on the top to carry even a mid sized suitcase for long distance

    - Rear seat leg room(pathetic): i wonder when the engineers were designing the car did they forgot that its not a two seater but a 5 seater car that they are making.

    - Boot space lacks space for fitting an LPG/CNG kit: Car is not equiped for future requirements. Therefore even a 20 kmpl mileage not be good enough when fuel will cost above 75 after 3-4 years.

    Not recommended if it is the ONLY car in your house.

    But good enough if it is your second/additional car.

  • Abhisek Verma December 30, 2008, 3:29 pm

    My Review –

    + POINTS—
    -> Very Good Mileage.
    -> Good Pricing(Around 4.3 to 5.2 Ex-showroom)
    -> Comes with Really alot of features for top model esp.
    -> Caompany fitted tape in Vxi and Zxi is gud and is well positioned.

    - Points—
    -> i10.A much much better car at some high price esp. 1200cc kappa is really enthusiastic. I loved it driving.
    -> Ugly and Uncharming looks.
    -> Rear Legroom and Swift type cramped rear windows.
    -> Small boot.
    -> Unattractive interiors.
    -> At least 1.1L engine should be there in these segment cars.
    -> Headlamps n also Rearlamps r ugly.

    Do u think this review of mine is good??

  • fas December 30, 2008, 4:24 pm

    Good review Abhishek. I think Maruti A-Star will be a success no matter how good or bad the car is, because its a Maruti.

  • bhargav January 2, 2009, 9:35 pm

    I am planning to buy a maruti car in jan last week.I am totally confused between A-star vxi and swift lxi/vxi and this will be my first car.

  • fas January 2, 2009, 10:29 pm

    Bhargav i would suggest you the Swift, its much better than the A-Star in almost everything.

  • nits January 4, 2009, 11:24 am

    I took test drive of A star and i10 and my review is

    Model Considered A star Lxi & i 10 Era (i 10 Kappa is not comparable)

    1st lets discuss on one time expenditure based feature
    Pricing- similar– In Noida A star cost 3.76 lac(3.64 lac on Road + 12K and u will get it with front power window + key less Central lock), While Era comes for 3.75(3.9- 15k discount) comes with factory fitted Front power window and central lock)

    Exterior- A star looks better

    Interior- i 10 is better

    Space- i 10 scores in terms of more width and boot space

    Handling- i10 is slightly better

    Engine refinment- A star is slightly better

    Ride quality- similar

    Gear shift- Similar

    Now Operational expenditure-

    Mileage- a star will easily give u 2.5 to 3 kmpl more

    Maintenace- Maruti always cost low in ownership

    Resale value- Again Advantage A star

    So while initially i10 seems to little edge over A star but once after owning it A star will clearly put i 10 on bay. My verdict if u have family of 4 and most of u want car for city driving then go for A star. It is better value for Money.

  • fas January 4, 2009, 3:49 pm

    Nits thanks for your review, it will help prospective buyers of the Maruti A-Star.

  • ASHU YADAV January 6, 2009, 1:19 pm

    I Thik maruti WaganR is better option than Astar.
    WaganR have more space & better performance, than Astar.

  • fas January 6, 2009, 3:23 pm

    Ashu Yadav the WagonR does not have the latest features which the A-Star ZXi comes with as standard.

  • Abhisek Verma January 6, 2009, 10:23 pm

    thnx fas.. ashu if u want big boot go for wagonR. its engine is also well refined(i drove a brand new wagonR some days before).ride is well. but is a little dated and boxy looking.a-star has the newness a good features too but has small boot.

  • Narayien January 7, 2009, 5:18 pm





  • pra January 30, 2009, 10:41 pm

    a-star is a very good car.don’t criticise on internet before taking a test far as space in the rear it is in line with cars in the segment that is not a problem as being criticised here,the boot space is less as compared to others,as far as power is concered it is more powerful than i-10 era as written in all auto magazines specially 0-100 time where a-star is faster than i-10 era.ride & handling is also better than any car in it’s segment.MILAGE is best in all petrol availlable in india as per ARAI goverment authorities has has lowest drag at 0.3,lowest poluting engine in INDIA.

  • becvs February 19, 2009, 3:53 pm

    Planning to buy A Star any suggetions.

  • fas February 19, 2009, 3:55 pm

    Becvs, checkout the i10 before you go ahead with the A-Star.

  • Ankur M Thakur March 3, 2009, 6:50 pm

    Dear Freinds,

    I wish to share with some engineering facts which still no body mentioned while comparing the cars.

    A Star : Pl note that having 3 cylinders OR 7 cylinders in engine doesnot gives power. It’s physics. Pl review the Bore X Stroke of AStar.
    It is 76.3 X 79 which is almost eqv to 4 Cylinder engine capacity. Secondly it comes with chain drive & not belt drive no maintiance life time. It comes with DOHC-Double Cam shaft means more torque & Power. i10 Era1.1 is SOHC & Belt drive with Cast Iron + Alluminium engine.

    Freinds AStar is a car compared to 1.2 Kappa of Hyundia which is low tagged with simmilar features. If u drive long drives 5~10 times a year no issue of can easily accomodate 26″ suitccase with handbags.

    Mileage is concern- no car in this segment with such pick up can give.

    I shall defenatilely buy this car only due value of money———–.
    Runnning cost is city comes not more than Rs2/kmpl.


  • K Sundar March 5, 2009, 1:35 am

    I read this review fully before taking a Test drive of ASTAR. As space is mostly critisied, i will start with my opinion on that. I am 5’8″ tall. It fits me in comfortably in all the 4 seats. I set the driver seat as per my comfort and tried the other seats. Its just cool. The concern is the boot though, i would say the boot space alone is still enough for my requirement of luggage for 2 ppl for long drives

    It has a 998CC engine, I would not ‘consider’ comparing power of 1.2 i10. But that 998CC Engine delivers the power very well and I was able to take it to 140 Km/hr too. it would go beyond but the road did not allow.

    THanks to Ankur – I believe you are talking about the timing belt. Sure its a good thing to have a chain there.

    This is my question (I may be wrong)and i am not bashing any body or car here. ‘Just’ an all alluminium engine technology is existing since the old zen days. did Hyundai just gave a name to it as Kappa? I also need to say Marketting for i10 is great. None of the maruthi cars (except swift) got that luxury.

    This KB Series engine is a good idea. all Alluminium engine + few innovations around the engine part to achive better efficiency. I appriciate Maruthi for this engineering and this according to me is power and mileage without compromising either.

    IMPORTANT point to note: The ZXi adds safety with ABS and Airbags at a cost slightly more than the i10 Megana.

    So over all, I can get Safty (primary), comfort (expected comfort) and as bonus i get to drive atleast few km more per litre of petrol. I see i10 has little more space and better interiors for sure. But they are less expected by me compared to the pros of ASTAR.

  • fas March 5, 2009, 1:44 am

    Nice review there K Sundar. Yes Aluminum engine technology is there since quite some time now, but the i10 Kappa has more technology in the engine like DOHC and is also Euro V ready.

  • K Sundar March 5, 2009, 9:02 pm

    Thanks fas and thanks about the Kappa. When i took the test drive of i10, the marketing person could only mum about it. what ever he told, my old zen does it and he was marketing on the mileage of i10. i get 14km/ltr in city and got up to 20 on highway in my Zen already. The ads are good but my observation is the customer relations of Hyundai should improve else will lose customers like me. this is were Maruthi wins over, if you are ok with the space, you more or less will have a good ownership satisfaction.

  • Shodhan March 8, 2009, 11:36 pm

    Dear All,
    Whoever tried their hands on A star, Please give me a sincere suggestion should i go for it or I 10, I am really confused. Please help me out. Also I am thinking of Alto LXI. Since this is my first car i expect all of you to help me out.


  • ashish March 9, 2009, 11:45 am

    Hi all

    I am planning to buy a new car and am really confused between santro, A-star and Spark. Can anyone please suggest me which one to go with.

  • Ankur M Thakur March 9, 2009, 1:31 pm

    Ashish & Shoudhan,

    If you are conservative on mileage go for Astar………..if less concern to it………want feeling of luxurious car go for i10.
    Over all Maruti desreves more points in terms of servicee,maintaince & ease of using at any point of country……….

  • fas March 9, 2009, 6:54 pm

    Ashish, get the A-Star, its the best out of the 3 cars you have narrowed down to.

  • paul March 11, 2009, 10:16 am


    see i am a 19 yr old but before that i am a prudent..i drove both i10 and A star..i10 is good…but A star has the edge…yes i was looking for power and A star has got power which pulls ur hair back..its smashing..67 bhp of a 1000cc A star as compared to 64 in a 1200(maybe more) i10..well it speaks for the technology maruti is using..soo all of those who just are criticizing A star without valid reason or due to thier own personal reasons which people dont really care abt, shud stop bullshitting people who really are looking for some descent views which cud help them chose which car to buy…i wont comment neither on mileage nor on boot space coz u people already no it…but seriously if u think boot space is the criteria over a euro 5 K series engine then ….trust me guys who wanna buy A star ….its a good buy..awesome car…

    PS: the suspensions used in A star are the ones used in big cars..and the aerodynamics are such that air has no pull at the back.these factors are really important to decide the stability factor.even i10 has taken good care of aerodynaics…soo no question abt stability in A star…

  • K Sundar March 13, 2009, 9:15 pm

    Hay Paul, i10′s 64 BHP stuff is an older engine. You would have read my previous posts. I would not compare that to ASTAR as well. The critics in this forum and lot other forums in the WWW are actually doing good for the buyers. They have critizied so much that it has influenced many in the country. This is going to force maruthi to announce discounts/offers on ASTAR much earlier than the time that they have planned to announce. This is going to help prospective buyers if you wait a couple of months. I am already getting atleast 1 call per week from the dealers after i took the test drive and their initial quote of 3 to 6 months delivery period during the launch has dropped to 3 days for sunlight copper. so expect some bonanza on ASTAR soon.

    PS: I took another test drive with a different dealer to check out ABS, handling,noise levels at high speeds, the top speed. The ABS was critisied on another forum. The guy was telling the car skids at 60km/hr with ABS. I am not sure if he wanted to mention something new while critizising or if he does not know how to use ABS. If used like normal brake, it would obviously not stop. My feed back on this test drive – the car passed.

  • fas March 13, 2009, 11:18 pm

    K Sundar, if the brakes are pumped in a ABS car, then the ABS wont function as effectively.

  • K Sundar March 14, 2009, 9:52 am


  • K Sundar March 14, 2009, 9:54 am

    We just share our test drive experience of the ASTAR. Is there any owner in this forum? I dont see that many ASTARs on road.

  • Ankur M Thakur March 17, 2009, 3:03 pm

    Dear Freinds,

    who are planning to buy new cars could wait till May-June as Maruti officials have indicate the launch of New Maruti Ritz. I hope these car will come in 3 Engines. 1.0 Litre KB Series, 1.2 Ltr KB Series & 1.3 Ltr Diesel DDIS Engine.
    It shall cover up the requirement of each customers.

    I am either planning for 1.0 Ltr Petrol OR 1.3 DDIS. 1.3DDIS is expected to come with lower tag price than swift diesel.

    Let look up till than. I have posponed my view for buying i10………..

  • Sujoy March 17, 2009, 8:26 pm

    A-Star is a horrible car..!!..Of course the opinion may differ from person to person..but I just wonder how come Maruti has set the price of this car at such a high range..I took a test drive and also a test ride..believe me..the feeling was more of riding an auto rickshaw when u sit at the rear seat..the space is tooooo less..and absolutely no ride comfort..and in the boot u can hardly place a suitcase and that’s all..:) my opinion it is priced at too high a figure than it shud have me,i10 is always a much much better option than A-star..any day..

  • Dipak March 19, 2009, 12:06 pm

    I am interested in buying a A-star car. But few days become some one told me that it has ground clearity problem. Hence chance of accident is there. But till now I could only see very few A-star car on the road. So I am little bit confused about A-star

  • fas March 19, 2009, 3:39 pm

    Dipak, A-Star does not have any such problem. Its selling pretty well. Get it.

  • Nandu March 23, 2009, 12:28 am

    any body suggest ,i would like to buy second hand car, which car is better? i like the santro xing, its ok? and how much cost the second hand santro xing, thx

  • fas March 23, 2009, 1:35 pm

    Nandu, Santro Xing is a good car, you can get a 2005 Santro Xing for around Rs. 2 lakhs.

  • Nandu March 23, 2009, 9:57 pm

    thanx fas, am staying in hyderabad ,andrapradesh, india, where i can get the best condition second hand Santro Xing car in hyderabad . if u know any address, plz send me, bye

  • fas March 23, 2009, 10:10 pm

    Nandu, checkout at Hyundai dealership, they sell used cars as well and will give you a car in good condition.

  • Nandu March 24, 2009, 2:09 am

    thanx fas , r u professional in cars ?

  • fas March 24, 2009, 6:54 pm

    Your welcome Nandu, yes I am a professional :)

  • mk March 26, 2009, 7:59 pm

    hi friends,
    i am totally confused after read all these comments. I was initially planning to buy swift diesel but after heard waiting for 3-4 months i dropped the idea then i thought about A-star and I-10 but i think both of these cars have some advantages and disadvantages.
    can anyone suggest any other car my budget is 5.5L

  • fas March 27, 2009, 12:20 am

    ML, for 5.5L I would suggest you get the Swift Diesel. Its a notch above the i10 and A-Star.

  • K Sundar March 27, 2009, 10:44 pm

    Hay MK, you have a good suggestion from fas for your budget, I agree with fas, if I would drive 50+Km / day, swift diesel would be my choice too. Different people have different requirements, choice and interests. So dont get confused with other’s opinions and views. Hear them and judge yourself. Its you who is going to use your car. Test drive and fully feel any car that you choose. Buy the one that best suits you.

  • paul April 4, 2009, 7:02 pm

    @ sujoy…I took a test drive and also a test ride..believe me..the feeling was more of riding an auto rickshaw when u sit at the rear seat….

    u took a test ride and a test drive..??someone tell me wat does that mean??or tell me how can u do that simultaneously???are u a superman??

    the feeling was more of riding an auto rickshaw when u sit at the rear seat…..?????????
    how can u ride a rickshaw sitting at the rear seat???
    oh my god……u are a superman.

  • paul April 4, 2009, 7:04 pm

    and those who have an A Star…dont worry guys…its doing well….

  • Sushil April 7, 2009, 3:40 pm

    @mk – press your dealer – am sure they could get you a swift with a lower waiting period. People on team-bhp recently are talking about VDI being available in 2 weeks or so (certain colors etc).

  • ashish April 7, 2009, 6:24 pm

    I bought an A star and the car has now completed 1000kms. the car is very good in every respect ..baring boot space … one amazing fact about the car is its mileage ..just want to share it..on 5th april there was a mileage rally in pune for A star and I went there with my car..there were 125 cars in all…the mileage was checked by tank full method… we had to drive 70 odd kms in city with AC off…and I simply could not believe the milegae i got…i got 28 km per litre ..and guess what i lost …there were a few people who a mileage of 30+….All in all i would say go and buy this car.

  • Ankur M Thakur April 8, 2009, 12:49 pm

    Dear Ashish,

    How did you calculated the mileage as tank full method. I hope drving 70 kms is OK but what litres of petrol did it consumes. How could you say about mileage of 28 kmpl. Do they have any such test mehtod.

    Pl do make clarifications…………people would highly oblige to know about it……….as many such comments are dispalyed on net in various auto portals……….

  • YK April 8, 2009, 1:25 pm

    I am from Hyderabad. I am planning to buy a car by Apr end. Like other guys, I am also confused whether to go for Alto/Santro/AStar. I dropped Alto due to pickup issues and also space is less. Checked with Hyundai guys, they are offering me Santro GL for 3.7L with all accessories. Whereas, Maruti is not giving any discount on AStart. It will cost about 3.97L (LXi) and little of accessories. As far as my budget is concerned, i can shell out 4L (tht is the max). Usage will be about 500-600 km per month.
    Any guess if Maruti is going to start discounts on AStar in 1-2 months time?
    Please suggest.

  • fas April 8, 2009, 4:22 pm

    YK, Maruti won’t start any discount on the A-Star since its selling quite well. Its a new model and is selling pretty well too. The Santro deal is quite good, check with Hyundai, they have some good deals on the i10 too.

  • YK April 8, 2009, 6:02 pm

    Today only we had test ride of AStar. Spacewise, its less than Santro. Back space is too less. You can’t even put two suitcases :(

    As Fas said, no discounts and no plans also. will keep you all posted on this.


  • Ankur M Thakur April 9, 2009, 12:14 pm

    Dear YK,

    A-Star have been offered with discounts of Rs.17.5K in a’bad by Maruti dealers. Pl check out in your city. I have just read in new before two days………..Exchange bonus Rs.15 K & Disc : Rs.2.5 K may something like it…………..Search out in your city with Maruti Dealers.

    OR Just may till May 09……Maruti Ritz is coming up……..very refined car competing i10….

  • vinay April 9, 2009, 6:03 pm

    Kindly suggest between A Star & i 10

  • fas April 10, 2009, 12:03 pm

    Vinay, the i10 is bigger and better. I would buy a i10 over the A-Star anyday.

  • K Sundar April 10, 2009, 12:57 pm

    After a lot of research in this segment, I short listed AStar and booked it today. Getting delivery on the 16th. Will post on the ownership experience and a long drive experience soon.

  • K Sundar April 11, 2009, 11:07 am

    Ankur – about the full tank method:

    Fill up the tank to the brim. Drive for example 100km. Fill up the tank again to the brim – lets say it consumed X litres.

    Now the formula for mileage is 100/X

    100 in the above formula is the KMs you drove and X litres used for it.
    This method is considered the most accurate form of mileage measurement.

  • K Sundar April 11, 2009, 1:13 pm

    Fas, I agree that i10 is bigger. I would not agree that its any better. The way i short listed ASTAR:

    My range was 4 to 5 lacs – I test drove – UVA, i10 – megna and ASTAR. I also test drove santro and Spark – in case i like them i can save atleast about 75,000.
    Current market senairo – spend less for the most you can get. I own a zen, so i like cars with better handling and performance.

    Santro was never impressive. Spark was – out of all the cars i tested, it had the most peppy feel and the power steering was better than others. Its a lot cheaper, 3 years maintenance free and little small. But I still needed to drop it for various other reasons.

    UVA was nothing special except the space. I just had i10 and ASTAR. i10 was looking good on the interiors, had little more space than ASTAR. But the premium looks was because of the beige interiors. It gave a refreshing feeling. But beige not something i would prefer as a driver. Handling, performance was ok, service and customer relations is not as good as Maruthi. i10 as a package does not justify the cost.

    ASTAR’s price is well justified for its features (VXI and ZXI) and performance. It looked small to me initially, but its not that small either, except the boot – still enough for a weekend long drive luggage. When it comes to maintenance, service and customer relations maruthi wins over. So seeing its features, performance, handling to its mileage and cost – I see ASTAR a clear winner in below 5 lac segment.

  • fas April 11, 2009, 1:48 pm

    K Sundar, that is quite a detailed observation. The i10 seems to be better than the A-Star for having more power, space and better handling. The A-Star does have some valuable features which only the top of the line i10 gets as standard.

    Checkout, however thats the 1.2 which costs way more than the A-Star

  • Shailendra April 21, 2009, 5:12 pm

    Dear All,
    I own a Santro and recently I’m going to buy a A-Star as per my company decesion. I have also taken test drive of A-Star and found that A-Star have everything except space. It seems a city car, if you are going for grossary shopping then please keep back 2 seats free for the material. And if you are going for a tour then you can take your clothing in small bags not in Strolly. An most important if you are 6 feet tall like me then please count only 4 seats available for adults and a kid can sit in the back seat of driver’s seat.

  • K Sundar April 21, 2009, 7:58 pm

    After driving A-Star around the Bangalore City for the past 3 days:

    Pick up of the car is just fantastic, taking off from traffic is terrific. I did not try the car without AC yet due to this being summer time. AC is good. I could not keep the AC full blast for over 5 mins. I have to bring down to 2 or 1. being new, I did not try beyound 120kmph. It just moves without any vibration. It wants to go more when you want to go more. So High way drive is going to be equally enjoyable. After driving the Zen for over 6 years now, I feel that the center rear view mirror is almost usless as the rear glass itself is smaller to view anything. I am getting used to the high level dashboard as well.

    As you feel around the car, its not as small as it looks when you see it first time. One of my friends booked the SWIFT after dropping AStar seeing the space. After sitting in my AStar today, he felt that it is not that small as he thought. He is even reconsidering buying an Astar as he can save some money and take delivery much earlier than the SWIFT.

  • Nandu May 7, 2009, 11:22 am

    hi fas, am planning to buy jun 2007(2years back) ford ikon flair car , condition is good ,39000km running, silver color, car cost is 2.98laks, can i buy this car ? how much milage it will give? give me sugission immediatly, party is waiting for me, thaks bye

  • fas May 7, 2009, 12:15 pm

    Nandu, the price seems to be little on the higher side. Try getting it down. Mileage will be around 10-11kmpl. Check the condition thoroughly. Fords can be expensive to maintain.

  • Nandu May 7, 2009, 1:07 pm

    hi fas, 2.98 laks is fixed. he dint compramise, condition is very nice , yesterday i given 10 k , so what can i do ?

  • fas May 7, 2009, 1:14 pm

    Nandu, tell the buyer that the car has done quite alot. Try to bargain. Tell him 2.70 lacs. Hire a Ford mechanic and have a check of the car.

  • Nandu May 7, 2009, 1:29 pm

    fas i already given 10k, i think he dint compramise on price, so can i canceld it . if i canceld he give the money r not?

  • Nandu May 7, 2009, 1:36 pm

    fas am wiating for u , give me sugission thx bye

  • fas May 7, 2009, 1:48 pm

    Nandu, you shouldn’t have given the token. Thats the reason he is not compromising. If you cancel it, he has to give you your money back. Anyways if you think its worth the price, you can go ahead with it.

  • Nandu May 7, 2009, 2:16 pm

    thx fas, give me ur final sugission, i will go with u, today is last day, tomarrow morning he is calling me,thx fas

  • fas May 7, 2009, 2:17 pm

    Nandu, go get the car. If the condition is it is worth paying slightly more.

  • Raghu K Menon May 8, 2009, 3:34 pm

    Hi guys, I am new to the blog… in fact have been led to this through Google. So nice to meet you all here….

    We have a ZEN VX, bought first hand on October 1998. MU had just launched the Vx model, with some add-on features to their Lx model, which had been launched in 1995 I believe.
    We are planning to dispose it off for a new car, again a Maruti make. Since we have a 2007 model Hyundai Santro Xing Erlx, we have decided against buying another from the Hyundai family (though i10 is too tempting).

    ZEN VX has had a good run for us, that is, if you ignore the low ground clearance specification and low seat level. SO we are looking for a car that saves the trouble older people would have to go through getting in and out of the car. Santro beats ZEN VX hand down on that count. I would like suggestion and advice from your side ragarding a choice.

    I had a test ride of A-Star the other day. THe car seems to be okay, they assure you better mileage than VX even in city, but I feel (and saw many comments on various blogs on this issue) that the rear portion is a bit too cramped for space, especially if you travel to full capacity on long trips.

    The choice is between – according to me – A-Star and Estilo. But it is a modified version of Wagon R, in which case at best it can carry only 4 persons.

    Swift seems to be the best choice, but Maruti Udyog themselves fix the waiting period at about 3 months.

    Is it wise deciding in favour of Cevrolet Spark?

    Your valuable advices and suggestions are welcome..
    Thanks in advance,
    Raghu Menon

  • Raghu K Menon May 8, 2009, 4:07 pm

    Hello friends,
    Under which segment does A-Star come ? The sales person I talked to at Indus Motors, the Calicut dealers of MU, told me that it comes between the middle and upper segments.
    In which case, it is not pitted against i10, it is slightly higher than i10.

  • fas May 8, 2009, 4:37 pm

    Raghu, the A-Star is pitted against the i10 and not the upper segment. The dealer is just misleading you.

  • fas May 8, 2009, 4:46 pm

    Raghu, I would like to welcome you here. Yes, the rear seats of the A-Star is way to cramped and if you plan to make people sit in the rear, then you should look at the i10. The i10 is a fantastic car and the waiting for the Swift maybe due to the launch of the K series engine in the Swift soon. The Swift is also a great bet. However looking at your requirements, you need to checkout the i10.

    The Estilo is old, you can checkout pictures of the Estilo here

    The i10 1.2 is fantastic read more about it here

  • K Sundar May 8, 2009, 5:05 pm

    Hi Raghu, I am owning a zen since 2003. I bought Astar against mostly bad reviews. I bought it knowing what I am buying after a lot of research and no regrets. The car rocks – far ahead than what most people think. Rear seat space fits me comfortably – I am 5’8″ tall. it can fit 3 people like me. boot is little small – you see for yourself. but this car cannot be dropped of your radar just for the boot space – it has more advantages to compensate for. But if you want more space you should go for a sedan – a swift dezire may be.

    I dont know why you dont want to go for Hyundai. I never had a good experience with them either – not as friendly as Maruthi. spending 5 lacs on something is not a small thing. Two others in my office bought cars from Hyundai in the last 3 months. One a santro and another i20. Compared to what services they got from the Hyundai dealer, I got a heaven service from Maruthi while buying AStar. They are still ok with Hyundai. Probably they never knew that Maruthi can serve better. With Maruthi you can dictate things, but with hyundai the dealers dictate things. Nothing againts i10 – its a good car – but you will own it for few years and have to be in touch with Hyundai service and customer relations. This is my observation with not just one instance. I may be an odd man out :).

  • Raghu K Menon May 8, 2009, 5:07 pm

    Dear fas,

    Thanks for the swift reply. SO my doubts are not misplaced. When I test drove A-Star, it felt good. But one of the drawbacks is the small sized rear window. After getting used to Zen, Santro, and before that our good old Ambassador, it is a big let down. Also, going by one of the blogers, while reversing the vehicle the small size of the rear window presents a bit of a problem.

    But how much I have to compromise on fuel efficiency if we decide in favour of i10 is the question. Hyundais are not great when it comes to fuel efficiency. My brother’s Santro Xing Erlx 2007 runs hardly 12 in city with one litre of unleaded petrol.
    SO the choice to be made is between A-Star ( from a tried, proven Maruti Udyog), i10 and Spark (or Estilo).

  • fas May 8, 2009, 5:13 pm

    Raghu, the Swift also has the same problem of a small rear window which doesn’t help in reversing. What K Sundar said is absolutely true. The A-Star is indeed an awesome car, but you need to checkout the rear bench. Hyundai cars give decent mileage. The i10 will give similar mileage as the Santro. Yes, the A-Star will give way better mileage than the i10. Why don’t you sit in the rear and see whether you can sit comfortably or not. Maruti service is no doubt the best, no one comes close to Maruti when it comes to servicing and where ever you go, you will find a service center.

  • K Sundar May 8, 2009, 6:04 pm

    Raghu, About the rear view through the back glass, i got used to it in about a week. Now my zen’s rear view just looks big after viewing Astar’s. May be all maruthi hatchbacks from swift and later will have such small rear glass design.
    About mileage questions, Fas answered about i10 and Santro. with AStar, I got a mileage of 14 approx in the first week. now it seems increasing, last time i noticed a mileage of 16 approx – with all city drives, planning to take it on a highway tomorrow. First service is 10 days away and i have few more Kms for the first 1000. I think its not fair to account the mileage before the 1st service.
    As Fas said, you test drive i10, AStar with new perspective with what discussed here and dont miss Spark – you will enjoy the ride.

  • K Sundar May 8, 2009, 6:09 pm

    Sorry, I should have said you would enjoy the DRIVE* with spark.

  • Raghu K Menon May 8, 2009, 6:17 pm

    Dear friends,

    I would like to know about Tata Indigo. I have heard mixed remarks about cars of the Tata family.

    WOuld you advise my opting for Indigo against A-Star and i10 ?
    Thank you

  • fas May 8, 2009, 6:24 pm

    Raghu. give the Indigo a miss. The new one is expected soon and Tata cars are no way near Maruti in terms of overall quality and refinement.

  • Raghu K Menon May 8, 2009, 7:24 pm

    Hi fas,
    Thank you. I thought as much, but just wanted to get your opinion. The main problem with all Tata cars is the body : Tata compromise a lot on body, many users complain of rattling after the first two years. And it keeps aggravating after the first repair. But Indica diesel version is highly fuel efficient it seems, with an assured mileage of 18 kmph in city.

    I wonder what makes Santro Xing Erlx less fuel efficeint. My brother’s 2007 model gives 12/litre in city. The dealers say that it has to do with the engine fitted on the earlier models; the present Santro Xing Erlx car gives better performance on the mileage count they claim. I dont know..

    And what do you say about Chevrolet Spark? As a reincarnation od Matiz, it should give value for your money on the mileage aspect. But I hardly see them as much as I do Maruthi and Hyundai cars on the roads here in Calicut.


    Dear Sunder,
    Yes, I do plan to have a test drive on Spark. They are not frequent as much as Zen, Santro, Indica etc.. I wonder whether the users have not taken to it well.

    Maybe, it can be attributed to faulty and timid marketing strategy followed by Chevrolet, or people just dont like the dealers.

    As of the A-star long drive, I wish you happy driving. Please share your experiences with your car after you return. Hope you would get more mileage during this trip.

    All the best,

  • fas May 9, 2009, 12:35 pm

    Raghu, the Indica might give 18kmpl, but its not a better car than the Swift Diesel which gives more mileage than the Indica. The Spark does not sell as much as Maruti and Hyundai because of GM. People are not confident about their service and resale value is no way near Maruti and Hyundai.

  • K Sundar May 9, 2009, 1:22 pm

    Hi Raghu, Couple of my friends have Spark. They say perforamace is good. I was impressed with the drive when i tried by hands. Although service is not spectacular atleast the dealers in Coimbatore are friendly – you get ask feedback calls after service (this is the opinion of my two friends who own spark). Its the best value for money either to buy or to own. People get away because of the GM brand. Eventhough they give an arractive 3yrs no maintenane cost which no other manufacturer gives – i am not sure if it is their confidence or just promotion but I did not get the confidence. Its small – otherwise it was a lot fun to drive. i forgot the numbers on bhp and torque and the other stats as it been over 4 months past my research on it but i remember they still use old engine tech – 2 valuve / cylinder… so mileage would be a concern. even UVa has old engine tech

    Thanks, i am yet to start my long drive – let you know the experience.

  • Raghu K Menon May 9, 2009, 1:34 pm

    Fas, Sunder,

    Thank you for a thought provoking disclosure on Spark and Indica. We have decided anyway to give the Tata family a miss, though with regard to appearance, I give Indigo full marks, but it ends there it seems. Indica’s drawback as per feedbacks I have received from users in Kerala is mainly associated with its body; almost all except some staunch suppoerters of the Tata family, say that the body rattles much for their annoyance into the third year.

    Spark too is out of the picture for us now. But I plan taking a test drive just to get its feel…

    That narrows the field again to the two leading manufacturers, Maruti (A-Star) and Hyundai (i10). The job has become easier it seems…..
    The choice is between convenience and economy. Anyway, we are planning for a buy in May itself.
    Bye for now friends,

  • Nandu May 10, 2009, 9:15 pm

    hi fas

    before we r discussed about ford ikon jun 2007, 2.98laks, 40000km running ,i canceld that, am also think its little higer price . i like the spacious ford ikon flair, like that any small car is there ,sugest me thx

  • fas May 10, 2009, 10:04 pm

    Nandu, the Getz will be a good option for you then, check it out.

  • Raghu K Menon May 10, 2009, 11:50 pm

    Hi Nandu, Fas,
    Getz is a good car, but it is not fuel efficient; if that is not a criterion for you Nandu, then you can go for it. It looks elegant, compact, and is spacious.
    I know one who owns it, he says it gives as low as 9 kmph to the litre.

    Ford Ikon also falls in the same category. But somehow, the car was not a hit I believe. THe diesel version of Ford Fiesta is deadly i heard, the right blend of comfort and economy.

  • Nandu May 12, 2009, 11:52 pm

    hi fas and raghu thx

    i saw getz, i10, santro ,all small cars, am not satisfied with spacious , i definatly think the big car ,which big car is scacious and the min milage 12 – 13 kmpl. i like to buy only seconds , and how much price it will be, sugest me , i saw today honda city 2002 model 56000 km runnig , how is honda car maintenence , which one is better, ford or honda plz sugest , i think to buy this week only thx

  • fas May 12, 2009, 11:54 pm

    Nandu, you can pay around Rs. 2.25 lacs for that car. Maintenance wise Honda is way better than Ford. Get the Honda.

  • Nandu May 13, 2009, 12:19 am

    thx fas

    ok in big car which one u like most– look wise, maintenence wise, milage wise, interior wise ,
    can i meet u once , if ur free , i clarify my doubts , if u dont mind give me ur mobile number ,

  • Raghu K Menon May 13, 2009, 1:11 am

    I endorse Fas’s views. Honda City is a good car, economy as well as comfort. It falls among the big category, and it is easy to maintain, as compared to Ford.
    I do not have any deep knowledge about used cars, havent tried one so far.
    A used Honda is dependable; especially after giving it a good look and taking a test drive
    All the best in your endeavour Nandu


  • Nandu May 13, 2009, 8:26 am

    thx raghu

    fas, am waiting for ur sugession about—-in big car which one u like most– look wise, maintenence wise, milage wise, interior wise ,thx

  • fas May 13, 2009, 6:03 pm

    Nandu, in big cars I really like the Fiat Linea. The Fiesta is also a superb car, and the limited edition is a steal at Rs. 5.55 lakhs.

  • Aniruddha May 13, 2009, 11:00 pm

    Hello friends,

    I have a 4.5 year old maruti alto (standard) version and I am planning to buy a new car in coming 3 months. I really like A star and I am daydreaming of driving an A star. I am planning to buy ZXi version which has all the facilities like ABS, Air bags, stereo etc. as my current car (alto standard) don’t have AC , power steering, power window (not even a stereo!!) So I have decided that I will buy a car with all the luxuries which I missed since so many years in my car and will drive like a king!

    So my dilemma is that should I go for A star ZXi or should I go for ritz, lets say VXi which will fit under my budget of 5 lakhs? I know ritz vxi will not have as much luxuries as A star zxi. I am from nasik and A star zxi will cost around 4.80 lakhs. Is that overpriced? My driving mileage is not greater than 500-600 km per month so will A star be a good choice for that?

    Please let me know your views


  • fas May 13, 2009, 11:35 pm

    Aniruddha, the Ritz will be a bigger car than the A-Star. It will have more space and will drive better. I would suggest you get the Ritz, its a better car than the A-Star.

  • K Sundar May 14, 2009, 5:10 pm


  • K Sundar May 14, 2009, 5:17 pm

    Hi Aniruddha,

    Ritz is going to be lauched tomorrow. It is going to have more space than AStar with bigger engine options (KB series family) and a diesel option. It is going to be a tall boy design like the wagon r. but the looks suggest that they have worked out on the DRAG factor that wagon r has when driving on a highway. Hope it would handle better than a wagon r at high speeds. Do a test drive and check it out.

    I own an ASTAR and i am proud of it. It has the space i require and the features for my budget. I travel between Bangalore and Chennai very often so preferred the low height Astar with a low drag and better handling at high speeds. I had no reason to wait for the Ritz.

  • K Sundar May 14, 2009, 5:19 pm

    I had problems submitting comments the first time and thought it never came through… so had to retype :) so i will delete my first comment.

  • fas May 15, 2009, 1:21 am

    Comment from Raghu : -

    Hello Sundar,
    Nice to have you back.
    Please tell me what is meant by drag…. How do cars with low height provide you less drag ??
    Thanks in advance.

  • K Sundar May 15, 2009, 9:42 pm

    Hay Fas, I was referring to the Air Drag. Not sure if it matters to every one. Taller the car it gets to pass through more volume of air… aerodynamics – See racing cars F1, GP2, rally cars, they are low and stick on to the road. I am not saying I would drive over 120 :) though.

    Air drag hits almost every car -zen, esteem which are low – but you feel it less when you drive. No offence against wagon r – definitely a far big spacious maruthi car than its siblings, I definitely felt more of this effect in the it.

    If we look at Rits on the side, its more smooth and steady inclaination from the bonnet to the top – like the innova for example. So i suspect Ritz even though its taller – would not have the drag experienced in a wagon r – Just a thought – I may be wrong – I imagined a wind tunnel :)

  • fas May 15, 2009, 10:09 pm

    K Sundar, well the more aerodynamic the car, the more slippery it will be and better for stability and performance. If you notice the last generation Honda City was designed in such a way, that it gave more performance then its figures suggested. What you are saying is totally right, but very few people look into this aspect, LOL.

  • K Sundar May 15, 2009, 10:49 pm

    Fas, agreed. Aerodynamics without wings and speeds below 200Kmph (for the wings to work) does not assist in better grip. its about better handling. I guess you meant this whan you mentioned the word ‘slippery’.

  • fas May 15, 2009, 10:59 pm

    K Sundar, you are right. Any types of wings don’t work till 160kmph, so its useless to add rear spoilers. However its not safe to drive at high speeds on Indian roads due to poor roads and bad traffic sense.

  • Raghu k menon May 15, 2009, 11:02 pm

    Sundar and fas,
    THanks for parting with the information on drag. I have heard about aerodynamic design being adopted in many Thiruvalluvar – and also Bangalore-Hosur tamilnadu transport buses in the 90s. The body would be slightly projected towards the front. I am not a technical person but what I could make out was that the vehicle’s front projection would push the air to both sides so that it can pass through the passage without much resistance from air. That way, the engine has to exert less which would ensure better performance and fuel economy.
    Please correct me if i am wrong.

    BTW, saw i20 at our Apco Hyundai showroom here in Calicut. A sleek car but better suited for the upwardly mobile… price-wise mainly…
    A lot of features though. Not for the middle-class for sure..
    Share your thoughts on that please
    See you later.

  • K Sundar May 16, 2009, 10:02 am

    Fas, right the rear spoilers are for the looks ONLY for our road conditions

    Raghu, you are correct, I remember those buses. Bus is too tall to pass the air upwards, so they designed it to dirvert to the sides. It improves efficiency a bit. But for a bus it does not matter though coz they cannot bring down the height of the chasis. Look at the Volvos for example – they look like a very tall box… So they concentrate on an efficient torque’y engine design.

    But for cars, they are small – smaller engine – and more importantly driven much faster by common ppl. so the aerodynamics cannot just be efficiency but also safety in the form of better handling. I think pretty much all maufacturer is keeping this as a key in their design boards. Its just the cars differ a little with in limits when it is handling due to aerodynamics and the physical – height & width.

  • K Sundar May 16, 2009, 10:13 am

    Yes, One of my friend got an i20. Looks are stunning and has tons of features at a mightly cost. 6.75L Bangalore on road for mid model. it will pretty much make you lazy coz even the OVRM is automatic. Complex systems and electorics more costly to maintain as well. I drove it within our office building. The steering was immeidately catchy – The finish and the lightness. I guess cost will drive many away – there are many options available if you have 7L in your pocket. Its is to compete with Fabia and Jazz lets see where it does after launch of Jazz coz fabia is not a run away hit in the upper hatch back segment.

    Some one who would admire these features and the car like my friend did – will buy this car with eyes closed.

  • VINAYAK May 17, 2009, 4:18 pm

    Is it possible to list out 3 advantages of buying A Star over Ritz?? is there any reason why anyone should buy Ritz over A star, if rear seat/boot space is not an issue?

  • K Sundar May 17, 2009, 7:24 pm

    VIJAYAK, I have not seen or did a test drive of Ritz yet. If boot space of Astar is enough for you – You get the Astar – you save on buying as well as running it. You will be amazed by its performance. According to me, boot is the only factor that is less in Astar.

    Astar over Ritz:
    1. You can save on buying and owning it than the Ritz – any varient.
    2. Shorter – less air drag (not sure if this is a concern for you)
    3. – I could not think of anything else –

    Ritz over Astar: from my intial assessment on Ritz from the brochure.
    1. More space for sure
    2. Zxi includes alloy wheels, audio controls in steering – which ASTAR does not have. But VXI ZXI price difference is over 40K unlike the Astar
    3. Seems to have better interiors.

  • Shalini May 26, 2009, 12:35 pm

    Raghu / Fas / Sunder

    I have checked the reviews and I am really confused with the positive and negative reviews. I am planning to buy A-Star VXI. Please let me know your honest reviews/feedback about A-Star.

  • fas May 26, 2009, 12:56 pm

    Shalini, the A-Star is a very good car. Every car has its negatives but the A-Stars positives far outweigh the negatives. Close your eyes and get the A-Star, you won’t be disappointed.

  • Shalini May 26, 2009, 1:10 pm

    Thank you FAS

    Please keep me posted on the reviews/comments you get about A-Star. Also let me know the cost – OTR for both VXI & ZXI Models. This should help me decide the model. I am based in Bangalore.

  • fas May 26, 2009, 1:31 pm

    Shalini, your most welcome. The cost of the A-Star VXi is Rs. 4,22,620/- and the A-Star ZXi is Rs. 4,63,040/- All prices OTR, Bangalore.

  • Anil May 27, 2009, 3:12 pm

    hi fas i like to buy honda city vtec 2002 model 45000 km running
    its cost 2.75lacs, can i buy this car , how is this car and how much milage it will give

  • fas May 27, 2009, 3:16 pm

    Anil, you can go ahead and get the car. Mileage is around 10kmpl but the performance is awesome. Make sure you check the suspension, exhaust and the condition of the engine. The VTEC engine is a absolute delight.

  • Anil May 27, 2009, 3:24 pm

    thx fas
    wt is the differenrt honda city and hondacity v tech , and milage only 10 km it will give?

  • fas May 27, 2009, 4:22 pm

    Anil, the VTEC has a VTEC engine with 1066bhp, alloys and 14″ tyres. The non-VTEC version has 13″ wheels, no alloys and 100bhp. In City it will give 10kmpl, highways it will give 12kmpl. That is quite good for a car like this, because very few petrol cars touch double digits. I am saying the minimum mileage. Depending on your driving you can get more.

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  • Anindya May 28, 2009, 8:45 pm

    Hi Fas,
    I have read your commnents on the maruti A star. Within a month or two I will be buying a car. My budget is 4.0 to 4.5 lakhs (On Road Price ofcourse, I am a resident of kolkata !!) and this would my first car. SoI am really in a fix, between Zen estilo, A star and Maruti WagonR. I have downloaded the brochures of the mentoned cars and have gone through them. So now I will request you to solve this problem for me and suggest me that which car I should buy.

    Secondly, few of my friends are telling me to by the car after the monsoon (in the month of November or December) as the water logging in the city can affect the new engine of my car. So what shopuld I do???

  • fas May 29, 2009, 12:05 am

    Anindya, out of the three cars you have zeroed in on I would suggest you the A-Star. The Maruti A-Star comes with the latest K-Series engine, which the other two cars you mentioned will soon be getting. Almost all cars in the Maruti line-up are set to get engine changes except the A-Star and the Ritz. Thus its a no brainer, get the A-Star VXi (comes well within your budget) and with the remaining change, you can install a good music system, seat covers and other accessories you would like. If you stretch your budget by 10k or so the ZXi is a worthy buy with ABS and airbags.

    Last year there was terrible flooding in Kolkata so it would be good to postpone the buying decision. However the flooding will happen every year so we can’t really run away from it. You will need to protect your car, because flood water can destroy the ECU and companies void the warranty saying they don’t cover natural calamities. In water logged areas (the water should not be too much that water gets in through the grille) you will have to revv the engine a bit to make sure water does not enter through the exhausts.

  • Anindya May 29, 2009, 11:30 am

    Thanks fas, for your help.

    C you.

  • Ankur M Thakur May 29, 2009, 2:32 pm

    Dear Fas,

    I am planning to buy car between Rs.3.75~Rs.4.5 lacs. Car Shortlisted by me are Getz Prime1.1, A-Star, i10 1.1 or 1.2, Ritz Lxi or any other as per you. I like Swift VDI & Ritz VDI but Price is a problem for me.
    Pl suggest Whether to go with Petrol & diesel car. My running in not more than 700~1000 kms. My company pay me for the exp of car. I ove Maruti Zen.

  • fas May 29, 2009, 4:19 pm

    Ankur, since your running is low and your company gives you fuel, mileage is not a concern. Thus I would suggest you buy the Hyundai i10 1.2 or Ritz LXi. Don’t buy Swift petrol because its going to get a new engine soon. If you can stretch a bit the Swift VDi is a fantastic car too. Its not only mileage where the Swift Diesel rocks, but the superb torque and the kick in the pants feel the engine gives you once the turbo kicks in.

  • Ankur M Thakur June 1, 2009, 11:54 am

    What do you say about Getz Prime 1.1 as it Rs.3.95 Lacs with Loyality bonus of Rs.20K & corproate bonus Rs.4 K would cost me around Rs.3.71 only OTR A’bad. Is worth buying it.

  • fas June 1, 2009, 12:36 pm

    Ankur, at that price the Getz is absolutely value. The space, ride and comfort of the car is in a league of its own. What you waiting for, at that price, go get it. Its totally worth the money :)

  • Ankur M Thakur June 1, 2009, 1:08 pm


    Thanks Can u give your cell no I would like to discuss with you.
    i10 1.2 Cost OTR – Rs.4.44 with some Rs.15 K discout & Ritz Lxi is also Rs.4.44 without any Discount.

    Still you would suggest to go with new technology for future better drive.

  • fas June 1, 2009, 1:20 pm

    Ankur, if you can stretch than the i10 is a better bet. It has a more powerful engine, better mileage and will have better resale. I would suggest you get the i10 is price is not a issue. The i10 has the latest Kappa engine and the car is relatively new. The Getz will be discontinued soon.

    A better way to talk would be through gtalk since I am not in a position to talk right now.

    I would suggest you go to the Hyundai showroom, sit in both the cars, see which is more comfortable. Test drive both cars and than decide.

  • Ankur M Thakur June 4, 2009, 2:22 pm

    Dear Fas,

    I have just TD of A-star, I found it drving pleasure & very strudy on road at even high speed better than i10. What would you suggest.
    In terms of mileage it is around 19+ are many custoomer in city & highway around 23 kmpl. I really got impressed with driving pleasure.

    I am in mood to go with A-star vxi version. It this VFM & best resale.

  • fas June 4, 2009, 3:10 pm

    Ankur, yes the A-Star is value for money. You liked the car, then you should go for it. But mileage figures seem a bit stretched. You wont get 19, but expect 16-17 in city and 19-20 on highway. Resale will be very good, since its a newly launched car (hence no discounts) and its a Maruti.

  • K Sundar June 5, 2009, 9:34 am


    Handling of this car is just perfect. Its just inch perfect when it comes to taking curves at speeds over 80Kmph. As Fas said, Mileage will be around 15 ~16 with in city. May be a km more if you reduce the usage of AC. I am getting a 16. I try to keep the windows down before 7 AM and after 10 PM drives.

    I find the hard suspension set up for better handling results in more jumping for slow speed (10~20 kmph) bumps in city especially in the road around my residence in Bangalore – i am planning to shift anyway :)

    My Astar came with JK’s – The ones i preyed not to come with. Its making hell of a sound at 70+ speeds. same happened with my old Zen as well. I dont know why maruthi has a tie up wit JKs

  • K Sundar June 5, 2009, 9:36 am

    New bridgestones in my old zen is so quiet even at 100+ speed. but I dont have plans to change these JKs soon.

  • fas June 5, 2009, 10:35 am

    K Sundar, Maruti has tied with JKs for cost benefits.

  • Ankur M Thakur June 5, 2009, 3:23 pm

    I am planning for i10 1.2 Magan in cost of Rs.4.24 OTR A”bad. Almost many people are advising me for i10 only I don;t now why but I think for family of 5 people i10 shall be enough. It also comes under premium segment rather than Astar.
    Secondly I had never own Hyundia product so was worried about heavy maintiance cost & not good service network. But Current scenario in city like A’bad is differeent, I see more no of i10 on roads than Astar.
    I personally think that care is awesome so nos are increasing.

    Anyway I hope with my family also I could finalize i10 as my father is much keen of Maruti products.

  • fas June 5, 2009, 7:41 pm

    Ankur, the i10 is a very good choice for a family car. The A-Star is not so comfortable for 3 people to sit at the rear. Get the i10, Hyundai service is one of the best, if not the best.

  • Chetan June 12, 2009, 12:29 am

    Hello fas,

    Thanks for your replies..

    Can you please suggest me a car with in 3-4 lakhs..

    I want a good car with good mileage..

    I’m still single…..

    Thanks in advance



  • Ankur M Thakur June 12, 2009, 4:25 pm


    Narrowed down upon with 2 choices now Hyundai 1.2 Magan or Ritz Lxi.
    Pl help me out………..My father does not like diesel cars as my running in low than 900~1200 kmpl a month.

  • fas June 12, 2009, 6:19 pm

    Chetan, you can get the A-Star Lxi, its a good car and gives good mileage.

    Ankur, both the cars are very good, you can’t go wrong with either. Take a test drive of both. I would choose the i1 Magna for more features.

  • Prayas June 28, 2009, 2:47 am

    Hi guyz, I am highly confused between A-star, I10 , Zen Estillo And Ritz. my Max budget is 4.5 Lcs. Please suggest me the best with reason, M really confused,

  • fas June 28, 2009, 10:00 pm

    Prayas, following is a comment from Raghu. He mistakenly replied to the comment in email and thus its not showing here.

    Hello Prayas,
    I am Raghu from Calicut, Kerala. We purchased i10 Magna (with power-steering, power windows for all doors including the boot, and manual central locking system). The price when we took it on the road was Rs. 4,32,000/ –. We purchased it in May (the 25th) and hence we were covered under the Hyundai special offer which waived the insurance amount of about 11,000 /-. So even if you make a purchase now, it would still come within your budget.
    As regards the vehicle, it is good, comfortable and has a nice pickup. We have covered almost 800 kms., the first service is between 1200 and 1500 kms. or 2 months whichever is the earlier, and as of now, though we have not checked the mileage by filling the tank full, I think we have got around 14 kms to the litre with A/C, which is good as compared to Santro.
    A-Star is good; it is from a proven and reputed company and it is reported to give about 17 kms to the litre.
    Ultimately, it is your choice which prevails isn’t it ?
    Keep in touch

  • K Sundar June 28, 2009, 11:35 pm

    Hay Raghu,

    Congrats on getting your new i10. Happy driving.

  • Amol June 29, 2009, 1:31 pm

    Hi ..
    This is Amol from pune.I am planning to purchase a new family car in next 3-4 months.So please give me a Suggestion to which car i have to buy
    Options are= Maruti Suzuki RITZ,A star,Swift,hyundai i10..
    Give me your suggestion as early as possible.

  • fas June 29, 2009, 4:19 pm

    Amol, I would suggest the Ritz, its the best car of the ones you mentioned. Can you please tell me your requirements so I can accordingly recommend looking into your preferences.

  • Aseem June 30, 2009, 3:07 am

    hi ankur,
    i am planning to buy an A-star whithin next week .all done…. test drive,finance but i am bit confused and doubtful about its perforrmance in long run.we are family of monthly drive is 900km.what u suggest and what about getz and what s getz price & milage.


  • fas June 30, 2009, 3:25 pm

    Ankur has replied the following : -


    I have finally shortlisted i10 1.2 Magna after long research on cars.

    Getz Prime 1.1 : Old Santro engine & Less Re-sale value. Mileage claimed by hyundai is 13Kmpl -City & 17Kpl-highway. Depends on driving condition over all.
    Astar : Good car with new enginer K10 1.0litre, but less in terms of space. Not suitable for me like family of 5 paxs.
    i10 1.2 Magna : 1.2 Kappa engine with new technology, more power same as Ritz. Over all best VFM.

    Any way you can decide upon your budget & requirement & taste.

  • Aseem June 30, 2009, 8:45 pm

    Hi Ankur,
    Thanks for your prompt reply.i took TD of Magna 1.2 found not much difference between A Star and Magna as far as driving comfort is concerned accept boot space and rear seat comfort. As i am not a technical person so i could not reveal the engine. What is magna 1.2 milage & price anyway…..please advise.


  • fas June 30, 2009, 11:25 pm

    Ankur has replied the following : -


    Look i10 1.2 is 1200 CC engine & Astar is 1000 CC. Off course when you drive new vechicle you cannot feel much difference intially.
    But all the way i10 1.2 Magna is best in all terms & is best value of money.

    Astar is also good for those who’s family is not more than 3 persons.

    I shall advice you to consult some best auto consultant if confused.

  • Raghuknath July 1, 2009, 6:01 pm

    Hi all,

    First of all my apologies to Fas and Sunder for not intimating them through this blog of our purchase of i10 Magna on the 25th of May. (We went for Oyster Grey). I think the advices and suggestions of both of you had in a big way filtered down my options to A-Star and i10, and again, considering the pros and cons of both coupled with the special priorities specific to the buyer, made us decide in favour of i10. Thank you once again Messrs. Fas-Sunder for your wise guidance. The Kappa factor was a great parameter which of all things tilted the scale towards i10 Hundai.

    Having driven almost 800 kms. in one month and 1 week, none of us at home rues the decision; it is a silken smooth vehicle. Though we havent checked the mileage by the usual method of filling the tank to full capacity twice and calculating the distance covered within those two points, we roughly estimate the mileage at about 14 kms to the litre; which should be good considering the fact that a good part of the distance covered has been in Calicut city with A/C on right through. It should only improve shouldnt it, with three services to go… Touch wood..

    From what i see around, at least in Calicut, I see i10 accounts for about 60% of the hatchback small segment usage. Strange since A-Star, launched in December or January, has not taken the road as much as compared to i10. I heard Ritz is a gem, with Kappa engine again mounted on it, but it is awkward to the core… worse than A-Star with regard to looks.

    Some of the dampners of i10 :

    - The beige coloured upholstry above the dashboard, which during daytime, reflects on the front windscreen, hinders the sight. Though it doesnt hamper the vision, but gives a blurred view of the road ahead.
    - The doors are not sleek; our old Zen Vx , 1998, even till last month before we disposed it off, didnt require much force while closing the door. (That was a grand vehicle i have to say, the low styled structure nowithstanding).

    - AC is good, cools up the interior fast, but in the evenings, the the windscreen and the windows fog up fast..I think no Indian car is perfect on that count as yet. (any suggestion regarding that is welcome).

    - Acceleration and decelaration take atleast 4 or 5 seconds to take effect. I feel the same problem with my brother’s 2007 Santro which again is a good car…

    That is all for now friends. Would keep in touch…

    Happy driving to all.


  • Raghuknath July 1, 2009, 6:16 pm

    Hi friends,

    What is torque ?

    How does the litre unit come in, while talking about engine capacity – for eg. i10 magna and Ritz are 1.2 l powered engines, while A-Star and i10 Era are 1.1 litre powered engine.
    Wagon-R is 1.1 right ?

    What do you mean by turbo intercooler ? I think, Tavera has that feature. I know it is something to d with the engine power above a particular RPM but still I dont have a clearer picture regarding the concept.
    Hope someone will make these things clear.
    Thanks in advance.

  • fas July 1, 2009, 7:15 pm

    Raghu, thats a very detailed review on the i10. Thanks alot for sharing.

    Torque is the tendency of a force to rotate an object about an axis, fulcrum, or pivot. Just as a force is a push or a pull, a torque can be thought of as a twist. i10 and WagonR and 1.1 but the A-Star is 1.0L.

    A turbocharger, or turbo, is a gas compressor used for forced-induction of an internal combustion engine. Like a supercharger, the purpose of a turbocharger is to increase the density of air entering the engine to create more power. However, a turbocharger differs in that the compressor is powered by a turbine driven by the engine’s own exhaust gases.

    An intercooler is an air-to-air or air-to-liquid heat exchange device used on turbocharged and supercharged (forced induction) internal combustion engines to improve their volumetric efficiency by increasing intake air charge density through nearly isobaric (constant pressure) cooling. A decrease in air intake temperature provides a denser intake charge to the engine and allows more air and fuel to be combusted per engine cycle, increasing the output of the engine.

    Most diesel cars have a turbo while 90% also have a intercooler.

  • Vicky July 1, 2009, 11:47 pm

    Hi fas,iam gonna buy a new car soon and iam a lil confused to choose between zen estillo and a-star! which one should i choose?? we are a small family of 4 and my dad is taking this car for me..iam a student!

    wat would be the best in all aspects… estillo or a-star

    pls reply and thx in advance :)


  • fas July 2, 2009, 12:02 am

    Vicky, get the A-Star. The Zen is a old model and is due for a revamp soon.

  • Vicky July 2, 2009, 12:05 am

    revamp means?

    sorry donno much about it!

    so i should go with a-star ha…most people are saying that it wont give fuel as promised and it’ll be around 14-16kms/lt and some of ma frns are saying that the a-star will be a flop soon! :(



  • fas July 2, 2009, 12:08 am

    Vicky, a new version of the Zen is expected soon with a new engine. The A-Star is a hit and it won’t be a flop because the car is very good and is sold internationally as well. The mileage is still pretty good for a petrol car and depending on your driving style it is possible to achieve the claimed figures. Get the A-Star, its a very good car.

  • Vicky July 2, 2009, 12:15 am

    Thx for your help :)

    i was so worried seeing the comments on a-star,well thx to u…i’ll be happy to buy that one now!

    seeing all the comments,i was about to go for estillo again which was not gud when compared with a-star in pickup etc etc!

    well thx anyway

    Gudnite :)

  • fas July 2, 2009, 12:29 am

    Vicky, your most welcome buddy. If you have any doubt, feel free to write anytime.

  • Raghuknath July 2, 2009, 12:59 am

    Hi Vicky,
    Raghu here. I endorse Fas’s opinion about A-Star. There is no need to ponder too much on your selection; just go for A-Star. It is any day a better option than the current Zen. It is not a car held on high esteem by all, and as Fas said, even MS are going to phase it out it seems..
    A-Star is just apt for you, a family of four… Its rear seat is suited for 2 actually. Mileage wise also, it compares favorably against Estilo.
    Just go for A-Star.
    No second thoughts.
    Good Luck..

  • Vicky July 2, 2009, 8:33 am

    @raghu Thx for ur help raghu :)

    @fas :)


  • Vicky July 2, 2009, 8:57 pm

    Sorry to trouble you again fas

    Now we are looking at a-star and i10 kappa…wat should we choose??? wats the best in all aspects…we dont care much about the space! so excluding the space..temme which is the best car among these two?


    Vicky :)

  • fas July 2, 2009, 9:54 pm

    Vicky, you are not troubling at all. Your comments and questions are always welcome.

    Among the two cars you have mentioned I would choose the i10 Kappa for the better engine and better driving dynamics.

  • Vicky July 2, 2009, 10:11 pm

    wats the max speed of i10 buddy???

  • fas July 2, 2009, 10:36 pm

    Vicky, the i10 Kappa will reach 160kmp. You can read more about the i10 Kappa here

  • Vicky July 2, 2009, 10:42 pm

    thx buddy :)

    hows the hyundai after sales service??

  • fas July 2, 2009, 11:04 pm

    Vicky, Hyundai service is very good, second only to Maruti.

  • K Sundar July 3, 2009, 12:27 am

    Raghu, no problem buddy. you dont have to thank. sharing of info with out much effort is very positive. Intereting to see several discussions on astar vs i10 vs Zen estilo etc… I saw Fas and you answering. keeping going! fantastic job. If any one has any other question on Astar, let me know i will try to answer :)

    I am happy to see some Astars on road now. In my office i believe i was the first one to buy, now i see few more parked around. I have many ppl asking me in the signals, and parking lots about the car and the mileage. I saw one of the little girls pull her daddy to show my AStar a while ago. Astar is getting popular i guess.

  • fas July 3, 2009, 1:27 am

    K Sundar, sure A-Star is getting popular. It looks quite cute among all these masculine hatches.

  • Aseem July 3, 2009, 1:50 am

    hi k sunder,
    thanks for not feeling me low on decision to buy an Astar.any information about A* please let me know. By the way which colours A* should i buy .

  • Shodhan July 3, 2009, 7:40 am

    Dear Friends,
    I have purchased Alto LXI in March 2009. I have some doubts about my car. When i switch on the ac the pick up considerably reduces. After few seconds a click sound comes and pick up goes little up and after few minutes again the click sound comes in the engine and pick up goes down. Is it a problem with the engine or its normal? Secondly when the ignition is off with hand breaks on if i press the break pedal 2-3 times it gets very tight. is it normal?? This is my first car and i am a little worried about these. And also please explain me what is MPFI engine? how does it works? Awaiting for your valueable inputs.

  • K Sundar July 3, 2009, 9:37 am


    Your Alto is just behaving normally. Any car with the AC on will have slower pick up. The clicking sound that you hear is the turning on or off of the AC comressor. Keep in mind the AC compressor does not run on electricity like our house AC does. It runs on the engine direclty by means of a belt. Hence when it turns on, part of engine’s power is drawn for its functioning. so a slower pick up. on the next click sound it turns off and all the power of the engine is avaible for the drive.

    About the brakes that is normal again. That is probably because of the assisted brake set up in all cars now and the hand bake is not a separate system like the old Fiats. I have the same feeling in my A* and Zen both having assisted brakes like your Alto. When you start the engine, the brake should feel up and functional as normal.

    Enjoy your new car and wish you all the best.

  • K Sundar July 3, 2009, 9:49 am


    Sure – A* is a car to be proud off owning. The engine (cc to its power), its drive, handling – all are greatly designed + the mileage atleast a couple of Kms more. As told in this forum, if you are a family 3 or 4 – AStar is a very good choice.

    Colors – I have sun light copper, I liked the white and Azure grey as well. Ppl in my family did not want a white and my zen is already a grey. so I decided on the copper. I did not like the blues and greens.

  • K Sundar July 3, 2009, 10:02 am


    Sorry I did not spell you name correct in my above post. After my ownership, I pretty much discussed everything in Astar – the handling, the suspension, tyres, AC and Mileage. You can read through the comments between me, Raghu and Fas about a month’s back.

    I believe I did not dicuss about the audio system that comes in. Its fantastic too, Has wonderful spearkers – i dont know what brand, sales rep did not know too. It lags USB port. The sound quality is fantastic. Best integrated audio system i would say. Far far far… better than what i expected from an integrated audio system.

  • Shodhan July 3, 2009, 10:30 am

    Dear Sundar,
    Thanks a lot for your valuable inputs

  • Mayank July 3, 2009, 1:12 pm

    I think this was the best portal so far i came across for my doubts regarding the purchase of a new car. But still a small query
    I am planning A* Vxi but the comments in favour of i10 have made me to reconsider. I stay in gurgaon and my drive is around 75 kms/day and i have planned to go for CNG installation post purchase. the decision shifts towards A* becasuse of the space as compared to i10 but i10 boasts its powerful engine. as read from other portals, A* suffers with a problem of running at high speed of just over 80km/hr(i would request Mr Sundar to comment). My main points of consideration are space, pick-up power, VFM and resale. so as i will go for CNG installation, what should my decision be considering all the parameters mentioned above??


  • fas July 3, 2009, 4:40 pm

    Mayank, putting after market CNG will void you warranty and won’t be as reliable. Better to get a factory fitted LPG/CNG car. You can get the Spark LPG.

  • Mayank July 3, 2009, 11:38 pm

    Dear Fas
    yes, i do understand that but unfortunately A* is not available with factory fitted CNG variant and again spark is a car which doesnt score well on space..and moreover i didnt like spark’s interior. so Im still ambivalent :(
    i would highly appreciate if you or anybody else could throw some light on A* performance and engine pickup at higher speeds.

  • Aseem July 3, 2009, 11:49 pm

    HI Sunder,

    Thanks a lot for your Valuable and encouraging comments.sunder i have few more questions on which i would like you to comment.
    1.What is the actual milage of I10 & A*.
    2.Is it true that A* disappoints over 80 speed(as i saw one comment on this forum only).
    3.Is it really worthy to buy an I10 rather than A*.
    4.Is A* as good on roads as it look on the paper.


  • fas July 3, 2009, 11:50 pm

    Mayank, Maruti A-Star has good performance for its segment. However if you fit CNG kit, the performance will go down drastically and so will the boot and warranty. Better to buy a Swift LDi for 50k more.

  • K Sundar July 4, 2009, 1:03 pm

    Aseem, (Mayank, second answer is for you as well)

    1.What is the actual milage of I10 & A*? – I get a 16kmpl. Some seem to get more and some seem to less. You can expect a 14 in the worst case. I remember Fas saying 12 KMPL for i10 in city. This is still lower than the worst you can get in an ASTAR.

    2.Is it true that A* disappoints over 80 speed(as i saw one comment on this forum only). – I did not get your questopn – are you taking about the handling or do you ask if it does not go beyound 80? The handling is superb and inch perfect. I would say THE BEST in class. You do a test drive, your confidence to drive fast, take curves will be sky high due to its handling. I did not get this feeling even in the i10. The engine does makes little noise if you go beyound 100 – but no vibration. I have taken my Astar till 140 speeds. 100s, 120s is not a problem and appears very normal to this small engine and the way it sounds its like it tells you – do you want to go more? , I am ready!. I drive around the 80s with medium traffic in the ring roads all the time.

    3.Is it really worthy to buy an I10 rather than A*? Its a decision thats yours. List down your requirements and map againt the cars that you test drove or researched on and choose the one that meets the best. For me Astar just meet and went beyound my expectations. I would even suggest look beyound i10s and Astars and make your choise.

    4.Is A* as good on roads as it look on the paper – It looks better on the road than whats on the paper and many people’s eyes.

  • K Sundar July 4, 2009, 1:15 pm

    Manyak,Fas is correct, for a 75km per day requirement you should go for a diesel car. Swift LDI would be better if you can stretch your budget.

  • K Sundar July 4, 2009, 1:37 pm

    Aseem, if you are ok with the space in Astar – just go for it.

  • Aseem July 4, 2009, 2:55 pm

    Hi sunder,
    Thanks for the remarkable comments….u talked about ring road r u from delhi.

  • Aseem July 4, 2009, 3:03 pm

    A* vXi has no body coloured side mirrors and its sterio system without remote?

  • fas July 4, 2009, 4:21 pm

    Vinayak Prasad says : -

    Has anyone looked at Ritz’s performance? it provides excellant mileage ( 15 km in delhi), has good space, gives outstanding performance (1.2 l engine) even at 100 KMPH. It is Value for money ( 4.6 lakh on road for VXi).

  • fas July 4, 2009, 5:26 pm

    Aseem, your totally right. VXi doesn’t have many features.

  • K Sundar July 4, 2009, 7:12 pm

    Aseem, VXI does not have body colored mirrors. But the remote for audio system is not a part of even the top varient ZXI. My friend has an i20 asta, it does not have a remote as well. actually i have not seen a model with remote for integrated system, But I have not driven very high end cars yet :P. Although Swift ZXI and even the Ritz ZXI has control buttons on the steering wheel. Hope this helps. I am in Bangalore.

  • Mayank July 4, 2009, 11:52 pm

    Thanks Fas and Sundar for your prompt comments.
    I have a swift VXI already, so getting another one of diesel variant is out of question. thats why i was looking for other options. Moreover im a bit skeptical about any diesel car’s performance as projected(would appreciate if any of you could add on to it) as my cousin was not satisfied with his indica.
    I happened to visit the maruti showroom and saw Ritz but i found it less sapcious compared to swift and its rear didnt impress me at all.
    and imho the performance is a bit exaggerated as metnioned above.

    Will be going for a test drive of A* and i10. will post soon :)

  • fas July 5, 2009, 12:40 am

    Mayank, performance of Indica and Swift diesel cannot be compared. Swift uses the latest tech engine from Fiat, the Multijet wheras Indica is old school. Why don’t you test drive the Swift and see for yourself. You will be suprised by the performance.

  • aseem July 6, 2009, 2:40 am

    Hi Fas & All,
    Can somebody send me A* sun copper colour pics its & fixing body coloured mirror on A* vxi gonna cost me for HOW MUCH.

  • aseem July 6, 2009, 2:42 am


    if u have done with test drive of i10 & A*.please submit ur comments.

  • Mayank July 6, 2009, 12:53 pm

    Dear Aseem,

    I visited hyundai and maruti showroom yesterday and found i10 to be very compact with very little space and moreover the CNG version is available only in i10-era. didnt test drive i10 as it didnt meet my specifications n requirements.
    But ya i did drive A* and found all claims of it not exceeeding 90Km/hr or engine making prominent sound, as baseless. the car is smooth, picks up well even on A/c with 3 people on board.
    But a single feature of ‘driver’s seat height adjustment’, if present would have made me give it full marks. I think i will give it a 9 on 10.

    Hope this helps!!

  • fas July 7, 2009, 12:01 am

    Aseem the pics you see above of the A-Star is the sunlight cooper.

  • aseem July 7, 2009, 3:56 am

    hI ALL,

  • fas July 8, 2009, 12:45 am

    Aseem, out of both the cars, the i10 felt way better to drive.

  • fas July 8, 2009, 4:14 pm

    Raghu says : -

    Sure Fas, Between A-Star and i10, I felt the latter – of one which I am a proud owner – better to drive….The gear position of i10 very innovative.. I dont know whether any other car has it – you dont have to bend your elbow while operating the gear, as it is positioned slightly higher than the usual position between the two front bucket seats.

  • srijata July 10, 2009, 3:08 pm

    hi…….my dad is going to take a car…he wants A.C AND POWER STARING FEATURES.As our old car ALTO didnt hv the same..our budget is 3.5-4L…please suggest me…m very fond of ASTAR lxi bt my dad want to go 4 santro xing….which one will be bttr can u plz tell me

  • fas July 10, 2009, 3:14 pm

    Srijata, the A-Star is a better car than the Santro. The A-Star is more fuel efficient and Maruti service is better than any other companies service. New Santro will be launched next year.

  • srijata July 10, 2009, 3:27 pm

    thnx ….i hope i ll get the resale value my dad is saying that he doesnt see the car on the doesnt hv the demand or wat?..if i ll sale ths A* after 4-5 years thn santro xing… the parts of A* is like other maruti cars… or its expensive… A* makes sounds above 90kms??????????is it very prominent?

  • Arka July 10, 2009, 3:36 pm

    dear all….. i have an estiool, it is 2yrs old now i want to go for another car, is it wise to go for a star? plz help

  • fas July 10, 2009, 3:43 pm

    Srijata, A-Star has very good resale value. Maruti cars have the best resale, much better than Hyundai. Spare parts are decently priced, not very expensive nor very cheap. Noise above 90kmph is not very prominent, but being a small hatch there is some noise in the cabin.

    Arka, you can go ahead with the A-Star. However why not look at something bigger after the Zen Estilo, like the Maruti Ritz or Maruti Swift.

  • srijata July 10, 2009, 3:57 pm

    FAS.thanx for ur comment….

  • srijata July 10, 2009, 4:07 pm

    ARKO: y dont u go for swift as FAS said….hv hrd its a very good car…..and ull get the space too.FAS wat abt milage of ritz???????? is it a good car?

  • Anand July 11, 2009, 6:53 pm

    hi fas im buy the car one month back ago, honda city vtec 2002 model , 43000km running , now its going nice , please give me sugissions how to maintain this car, thankyou

  • Aseem July 12, 2009, 8:53 am

    Hi Fas & All,
    i am getting my Astar vxi delivered in 7-8 days.what car security system will meet real car security is asking 3800 for autocop basic model and 5500 for Nippon otheriwse its cheap if we get form outside.
    my question is
    1.can it void my car warrenty if remote lock get fitted from outside but not from the maruti dealer.
    2.xenos is 2550 from xenos dealer in chennai(should i go for).
    3.or a gear lock pple say it make ur interiors ugly.
    fas wat u suggest about a star vxi car security if you can send me any details about it.

  • Ani July 12, 2009, 11:31 am


    Anyone having knowledge about when the new swift gonna launch(with KB series engine)? I know it will be next year but in what month?


  • fas July 12, 2009, 3:47 pm

    Anand, make sure you get the car serviced regularly. The Honda City VTEC has a superb engine but there are some problems with the car like the O2 sensor and the exhaust falling off. However these problems can be rectified. Make sure you put normal fuel and not high octane.

    Aseem, congratulations on booking the A-Star VXi. You can install the security system from outside without any worries and it won’t void your warranty. You really don’t need to put a gear lock. Infact the car already comes with iCATS, so you need not worry, just install the Xenos system.

    Ani, the new Swift with KB engine will be launched in the next couple of months.

  • Aseem July 13, 2009, 2:41 am

    Hi fas & all,
    how to find out VIN on to find out month & year of car make with VIN .
    any tips for PDI.

  • fas July 13, 2009, 3:06 pm

    Aseem, just open the hood all the details will be there. Manufacturing date will be written inside the engine bay.

  • Aseem July 21, 2009, 3:00 am

    Hi fas,
    please suggest me brands for car seat covers for my a star vxi and dealers in chennai

    • fas July 21, 2009, 2:57 pm

      Whats your budget? You can get any brand just make sure the quality is good. Just head over to the nearest accessory store. They stock all kinds of seat covers.

  • Ankur M Thakur July 21, 2009, 4:25 pm

    Hi Fas,

    I have finalized i10 1.2 Magna after lot of research. A-Star quiet small for my family & No boot. Swift LDI costing Rs.1.06 lac more.
    So no other care better than 1.2 Magan i found. I hope this is right decision.

    I am getting it on Janmastmi———Colour is still to be selected.
    Your suggestions are welcomed.

    • fas July 21, 2009, 4:54 pm

      Ankur, the i10 1.2 Magna is a good car. Swift is a diesel car and has better dynamics but the Hyundai has better built quality. Go ahead with the i10, its a very good car.

  • Vishal July 21, 2009, 4:41 pm

    Hi i am vishal i want to buy new car & i want to buy I10(CNG).I just want to know that wheather my decision to buy I10(CNG) is ok or not.Is there any other option for me.As i have to drive 150KM daily. Is CNG is ok for me?

    • fas July 21, 2009, 4:56 pm

      Vishal, CNG is not such a good alternative atleast infront of diesel. CNG will use most of the boot, make the car slow and refinement will go for a toss. Better still get the Swift Diesel or any other diesel car.

  • Aseem July 21, 2009, 9:00 pm

    Hi Fas & All,
    i could not find out my cars makemonth & year.i opened the hood there is a series of number printed downside of hood last digit is D9.agent says that is yer of car make.just help me out to find out this.


    • fas July 21, 2009, 9:52 pm

      Aseem, I am not sure about Maruti’s but in Honda there is a clear stamp of month and year inside the hood. I will just check with Maruti regarding the A-Star and get back to you.

  • Aseem July 24, 2009, 8:40 am

    hi fas,
    i am desperately waiting for your reply

  • fas July 24, 2009, 12:11 pm

    Aseem, I am sorry I haven’t got my hands on the A-Star recently to check. However I will personally go to Maruti and check.

    • fas July 24, 2009, 2:51 pm

      Aseem, I spoke to a Maruti dealer and he said you need to open the driver side door and there will be a plate which has the engine number and the manufacturing date. Kindly check the door.

  • Aseem July 24, 2009, 6:24 pm

    THANKS fas ,
    i will ve a look on that and get back to you

  • fas July 24, 2009, 9:11 pm

    Sure buddy. Your most welcome.

  • Aseem July 27, 2009, 2:36 am

    Hi Fas,
    i ve checked that on window side but could not get it.i confirmed it from maruti dealership only that the last 2 digit printed downside of hood in engine bay are the code of month & year a9 indicates jan2009 and b9 indicates feb2009 and so on.

    suggest any brands for sunfilm one is asking for 1800 for gARWARE imported sumnfilmin chennai.please advice.


    • fas July 27, 2009, 6:41 pm

      Aseem, I think thats the latest way Maruti has been printing the manufacturing dates. About film, the Garware costs about that much and is better than local films. You can go for Lumar too which is also very good. You can get them at any accessory shop.

  • Subash August 13, 2009, 1:37 am

    Hi guys,
    my dad is buying an astar and is yet to decide between the lxi and the vxi. although we are keen on getting the central locking and the power windows i am not really an big fan of the audio system they any of you know the model of the kenwood audio system that comes with the vxi. How much is that audio system worth and how much will i have to pay for an audio system with usb or mp3 player connectivity.
    any info will be helpful

    • fas August 13, 2009, 11:07 am

      Subhash, you can get a Pioneer Audio system with USB and MP3 connectivity for around Rs. 6000/- from the grey market. Pioneer music systems work very well and won’t give you any problems. The stock system is well, crappy.

  • ROCHAK MITTAL August 24, 2009, 8:12 pm


    • fas August 24, 2009, 9:14 pm

      Rochak, the A-Star VXi does not have remove control for audio system. The ZXi has I guess.

  • Ani August 25, 2009, 10:18 pm


    Maruti has launched zen estilo with KB series engine. The engine seems to be very much similar to A star and the price band is also good (in fact better than A star). The car also seems to be more specious than A star. And the are also calming the mileage of 18.5 kmpl. It will be nice to compare these two cars in this thread or may be we can have a new one for that. Can anyone throw some light on this?


  • fas August 25, 2009, 11:28 pm

    Ani, you are right but the A-Star is superior due to better dynamics and thus a better buy if you like driving. The Estilo has more space though.

  • Jainendra Singh September 3, 2009, 1:55 am

    no the Zen with the new KB series engine is nowhere near to a-star in terms of refinement, acceleration, interiors or looks. It is infact costlier that A-star (Estilo Lxi Vs A-Star Lxi). No, not a good choice

  • AKSHAY.MP September 5, 2009, 7:58 pm

    A star is a superb car.This car is very economic.VERY BEAUTIFUL TO SEE TOO.

  • AKSHAY.MP September 5, 2009, 8:48 pm

    my father bought a star vxi.can we add a wiper on the back glass and can we add the talkometre. iam eager to here from u soon

    • fas September 5, 2009, 9:18 pm

      Akshay, Yes you can add a wiper at the back but it will cost alot. You can have a talkometre too. Contact your dealership for more information.

  • YK September 9, 2009, 7:39 pm

    Hi Fas,
    Now I am really confused between A* and new Estilo. My usage will be around 600 km/month. We are a family of 4 adults.

    1. Estilo seems to be over priced (hyd OR price 4.12L LXi with all accessories). I am feeling its not a worth buy looking to its specs and also comfort.
    2. A* seems to be very compact for 4 adults Vs new Estilo.

    Both has pros and cons. Another thought, as not many A* are visible on road, is that A* is a flop model? What if Maruti stops A* just like Hyundai is going to do to Getz?

    I am planning to close this deal in another 1 month. Please suggest.

    • fas September 9, 2009, 9:40 pm

      YK, I would suggest you get the A-Star. The A-Star is a internationally sold car and won’t be faced out like the Getz. The Getz has been replaced by the i20 and hence it is being phased out. If you could increase your budget you can go for the i10 which is a better car in terms of space. Out of the A-Star and Estilo, my pick would be the A-Star anyday.

  • austin September 10, 2009, 2:57 am

    which is better lxi or vxi? is a-star vxi worth extra 30k? and is black colour available in a-star metallic??what are the charges to install the tachometer in lxi model?

    • fas September 10, 2009, 12:32 pm

      Austin, the VXi is a better bet. It comes with more features. If you can stretch your budget to get the ZXi, then please do so as it has essential safety features like ABS and dual SRS Airbags. Tachometer can be installed in Rs. 5000/- and there aren’t really any changes required. Black is available in A-Star and yes its metallic black.

  • vicky September 10, 2009, 3:27 pm

    i m planning to buy a car in the range of 4-4.5 lacs. should i go for astar zxi or wait for the k-sereis swift lxi?is there any conformation on the date on which the new swift is to be launched

    • fas September 10, 2009, 10:24 pm

      Vicky, if you can wait then wait for the Swift with K-Series engine. Yes its coming this Diwali.

  • ankit September 11, 2009, 8:53 pm

    hi fas is your reply true is new swift surely coming this diwali
    will there be any change to exterior or just the change in engine

  • fas September 11, 2009, 9:01 pm

    Yes Ankit, the new Swift is coming this Diwali. There might be some minute changes to the exterior.

  • ab September 12, 2009, 2:34 pm

    i heard that a-star got just 3-stars in euro ncap test for safety!! this is not so gr8 what u have to say on that? can u tell me what will be approximate resale value of astar lxi in say about 3years from now!!
    expecting a reply

    • fas September 12, 2009, 4:20 pm

      Ab, yes the A-Star got 3 stars in Euro NCAP which is certainly nothing to talk about when cars like the Fiat Grande Punto, Honda Jazz and Hyundai i20 have got 5 stars. Resale value of the A-Star will be good after 3 years because its has the latest engine and the car is a Maruti. Don’t worry about the resale value.

  • ab September 14, 2009, 3:05 am

    i am palnning to buy a hatch which one is better a-star or the hyundai i10 kappa

    • fas September 14, 2009, 11:43 pm

      Ab, overall the Hyundai i10 is a better bet.

  • YK September 15, 2009, 8:56 am

    Hi Fas,
    You suggested A* over New Estilo and I agree with you on that. Also, as you said, i10 is better compared to A*. Now, if I see my budget, i will get i10 Era in my budget. Is that i10Era is better buy compared to A* Vxi?
    I am not too sure of technical specs but it seems that all i10 models are more or less same with more features in higher versions. Please suggest.

    • fas September 15, 2009, 2:01 pm

      YK, the i10 is a bigger car than the A-Star. Its not cramped and has a bigger engine as well. If you want to seat people at the rear get the i10. If you drive alone than get the A-Star. The Era has decent equipment though the Magna would be a better bet for the i10. Yes the higher variants have more features but they vary technically with the Kappa engine instead of the IRDe powerplant.

  • Sanjay September 15, 2009, 6:33 pm

    @ab, @fasI believe its unfare to compare cars of different class. Also see the specification of the tested i10 here It sports side body airbags that’s why it scores higher rating. But the Indian i10 doesn’t have this feature. The european i10 is different from Indian i10 but Maruti Suzuki offers the same A-star here.

    • fas September 15, 2009, 7:22 pm

      Sanjay, its not only the i10 which differs in India, even the A-Star does. The European A-Star is known as the 2009 Suzuki Alto has 6 airbags, whereas the Indian version has only two. So its not just Hyundai who skimps on equipment in India, it happens with every manufacturer.

  • naresh September 15, 2009, 6:34 pm

    @ab @YK A-star is the Ideal car for city runabout. A-star’s performance is unmatchable even by large sedans. Who wants extra space in city cars. As everybody knows that’s why A-star is huge success in european markets. I’m owner of A-star for six months. You can’t go wrong with A-star..I10 is meant for ladies…Take my words friends go for A-star

  • Raghu September 15, 2009, 6:49 pm

    Hi YK,
    I am Raghu(nath) from Kerala. I subscribe to Fas’s comments about i10 Magna from Hyundai. I am a proud owner of an i10 Magna – purchased it on the 25th of May from Apco Automobiles in Calicut. Before that, we had been undecided on our choice between A-Star and i10. I test drove A-Star and found it good with a nice sleek and smooth engine, but sitting at the back is an ordeal; the rear is too cramped for space. Also, the rear door windows are a too small that we feel a bit caged..
    i10 Magna is far far ahead as compared to A-Star. The Kappa engine is powerful and has an aluminium mould which makes it light. We have covered 1900 kms. so far, had our first service last month and it is giving a sure 14 kms to the litre, and that too in city drives.
    Go ahead with your purchase of a Magna i10 without any second thoughts YK. You wont regret it..
    Fas, I hope u r doing well. I and my i10 are doing well…
    Regards to all
    PS : Any news about our old friend Sunder ? He is an ardent fan and a proud owner of A-Star.

  • ab September 16, 2009, 10:54 am

    hi!!!!can i know which colour looks sporty and the best on the a-star

    • fas September 16, 2009, 11:38 am

      Ab, I think black looks the best on the A-Star.

  • a kapoor September 16, 2009, 1:55 pm

    hi i want 2 buy a star,but i m confused between the colours.
    plz tell which colour looks the best in a star, black,white or silver?

    • fas September 16, 2009, 11:19 pm

      A Kapoor, go with black, it looks awesome on A-Star.

  • ab September 17, 2009, 12:10 pm

    do u think that the head light of a-star is inspired by the vw beetle

    • fas September 17, 2009, 3:01 pm

      Ab, the headlights of the A-Star seem to be inspired from the Kia Picanto, LOL.

  • a kapoor September 17, 2009, 1:34 pm

    right now i m using santro xing xl,should i go for a star?or santro is gud then a star..?
    if i buy a star black then wat about resale of black..i think black resale is not gud!!
    and how can i maintane black colour coz mostly i have seen black cars it become dull after few month.but luxary cars like bmw n merc colours dont get dull.this is because of maintance or the quality of colour..?

    • fas September 17, 2009, 3:01 pm

      A Kapoor, yes the A-Star is better than Santro but just. You can go for the A-Star but I would suggest you go for the i10 instead and the Santro has more space than the A-Star. Resale of black colour is decent, not bad, not too good either. For maintaining black colour make sure you shampoo her every week. Quality of colour of high end cars is superior and thus they don’t look dull plus most high end cars have drivers maintaining the car and cleaning it throughout the day.

  • a kapoor September 17, 2009, 8:41 pm

    thank u 4 ur replys.
    as space in not a problem for me but it should be fun,comfort and pickup should be gud to the wat would u say?(a star or i10)a star i like!!
    chevorlet is launching new spark? should i wait 4 that and wat will be the price range?

    • fas September 18, 2009, 12:49 am

      A Kapoor, the A-Star fulfills all the requirements you are looking for in a car but you should certainly wait for the Matiz to be launched. It will be a step up on the A-Star.

  • ajay September 18, 2009, 10:54 pm

    hi! fas i am planning to buy a hatchback. i am cofused between a-starzxi,ritzlxi,and the swiftlxi please advice me the best of the lot

    • fas September 18, 2009, 11:38 pm

      Ajay, get the Ritz, its the best petrol hatchback currently.

  • Subhasish September 20, 2009, 12:56 am

    Can we add tachometer in A-Star Vxi

    • fas September 20, 2009, 1:08 am

      Subhasish, yes you can add a tachometer to the A-Star.

  • gaurav September 20, 2009, 12:23 pm

    i am planning to buy a car and shortlisted 3 the ritz lxi the swift with k series and the grande punto 1.2liter which is the car to buy and is there any exact date of launch of the new swift? thanks!

  • arav September 20, 2009, 1:43 pm

    what is the top speed of a-star and the swift?

  • rahul September 20, 2009, 2:57 pm

    hi! fas i stay at mumbai but i dont see many a-star on the road is it not selling or what how is a-star performing in the sales department? its been a year now! is the a-star poplular as other maruti cars in the industry

    • fas September 20, 2009, 4:43 pm

      Rahul, the A-Star is doing pretty well. Yes not to many are seen on the roads due to the higher pricing but Maruti has another successful car from their stable.

  • gaurav September 21, 2009, 12:10 am

    i am planning to buy a car and shortlisted 3 the ritz lxi the swift with k series and the grande punto 1.2liter which is the car to buy and is there any exact date of launch of the new swift? thanks!

    • fas September 21, 2009, 12:21 am

      Gaurav, get the Ritz. If you can wait till Diwali than get the Swift. The Grande Punto 1.2 is very sluggish compared to the Ritz and Swift.

  • arav September 22, 2009, 12:11 am

    hello again what is the top speed of a-star and the swift?

    • fas September 22, 2009, 3:29 pm

      Arav, top speed of A-Star is 155kmph, whereas the top speed of the Swift is 175kmph.

  • Ranjan September 25, 2009, 10:01 am

    I am looking for car with very good milage, low cost(lower the better :) ) and good handlng(means less tiresome to drive). I am confused between Alto LXI, Spark 1.0PS and A-star. Please, help me out with detailed analysis. apart from these, do u have any other car in your mind? price should be less than 3.5 lakh.

    Tanks in advance. Plese, reply mee soon.


    • fas September 25, 2009, 5:43 pm

      Ranjan, you can get the A-Star or the new Estilo, both are very good car if you are looking for mileage.

  • vaibhav September 26, 2009, 3:29 am

    hello i own a swift zxi and i am looking to buy a second car should i go for the astar is the a-star as much fun to drive as the swift?

    • fas September 26, 2009, 12:05 pm

      Vaibhav, the A-Star is fun to drive but the Swift is more fun anyday. Get something more exciting.

  • vaibhav September 26, 2009, 2:58 pm

    hey fas what do you mean by that which car is more exciting? that i can check out in the same pricetag thanks

  • Ranjan September 28, 2009, 12:35 pm

    Some of my friends told me there are very little headspace & legspace in AStar.

    Is it so?
    what is the mileage of Astar?
    what is its performance while ac on?
    Is it 50k worthier than Alto LXI?

    Feel free to suggest. Thanks in advance.


    • fas September 28, 2009, 5:17 pm

      Ranjan, A-Star is not that good on headroom. Why don’t you personally sit and see for yourself. A-Star gives a mileage between 17-20kmpl. Performance of the car is good even with AC turned on. It is worth the extra money over the Alto as the car uses the latest K-Series engine.

  • austin October 1, 2009, 4:18 pm

    hello! fas i have 2 questions
    1-what is the price of a-star’s music system of kenwood
    2-price of wheel cover of a-star from maruti showroom

    • fas October 2, 2009, 12:17 am

      Austin, the price of A-Star music system is around Rs. 8000/- and a wheel cover costs around Rs. 750/- I am not quite sure about the prices though as they are subject to change. You can get that cheaper outside and it will be as reliable.

  • austin October 1, 2009, 5:22 pm

    Next generation Suzuki Alto concept!!!
    hi! fas i came across this web page which says that suzuki has revieled 2011 suzuki alto concept what does this mean is the curent alto(a-star)is not hitting sales in international market is it safe to buy the a-star as it can be replaced by this concept alto by next couple of years thanks!

    • fas October 2, 2009, 12:18 am

      Austin, the Indian A-Star will remain, checkout the update on the A-Star concept on the homepage.

  • Renny October 11, 2009, 8:13 pm

    I am planning to purchase Wagon R. Any idea whether maruti is going to change the engine to K Series for Wagon R in the near future


    • fas October 13, 2009, 12:06 am

      Renny, yes Maruti will plonk the K-Series engine of the A-Star into the WagonR but only next year.

  • ajay October 16, 2009, 2:46 am

    hi fas i am planning to buy astar but i am cautious as the sales figures are very poor it just managed to sell 1700 odd cars in month of september is it advisable to go for the astar or not why is it not selling? i liked the car whats the problem?

  • YK October 19, 2009, 10:23 am

    Hi Fas,
    Need one info, New Estilo has tubeless tyres? I checked in specs but they have not mentioned anything about it. Sales executive says it comes with tubeless tyres. please confirm. I am planning to get Zen Estilo shortly.


    • fas October 19, 2009, 1:36 pm

      YK, yes the Estilo has tubeless tires. You can go ahead with the car.

  • ab October 20, 2009, 12:32 am

    hey!! fas
    i am buying astar lxi i need to ask u the speaker size of front and rear as its lxi and i will get the ice aftermarket and can u tell me the price of the body colur orvm thanks !!!!!

    • fas October 20, 2009, 9:45 pm

      Ab, I think the speaker size is 6″, not sure though. Check with Maruti. Body coloured ORVMs cost around Rs. 3000/- You can get it done for cheap outside.

  • ab October 20, 2009, 2:22 am

    one more question can i install rear headreast

    • fas October 20, 2009, 9:46 pm

      Ab, rear headrest can be installed but its not a easy task.

  • shiv October 23, 2009, 11:54 am

    hey! fas is the rear seat legroom and headroom in a-star same as in the alto or less then that thanks

    • fas October 23, 2009, 12:00 pm

      Shiv, rear seat legroom and headroom is better than the Alto. Why don’t you sit in the car and take a test drive to see for yourself.

  • mani October 28, 2009, 5:45 pm

    i just want to confirm that the rear tray will be provided by the company in vxi Astar model ?

    • fas October 28, 2009, 7:11 pm

      Mani, rear parcel tray is available on the ZXi only.

  • Dev October 29, 2009, 9:34 pm

    I am planning to purchase A car and the choice is between A star and i10 . Which one is a better deal overall.Please suggest.

    • fas October 30, 2009, 12:38 am

      Dev, overall the i10 is a better bet.

  • madhu November 13, 2009, 2:50 pm

    i can invest between 5-5.5L ..
    im really confused with i10 vs Ritz.
    i10 gives less mileage ..13kmpl in city
    ritz gives .. 15+ kmpl in city..
    i10 sports comes with music player .. rear wiper ..fog lamps.. etc for just 4.8 laks on road..
    where as ritz is 4.95 onroad without music player.. teflon coating.. beading
    and accesories are costing more.. totalyy it is costing me around 5.3 laks.. how wise is it go with ritz now?
    please advise..

    • fas November 13, 2009, 6:50 pm

      Madhi, get the Ritz. Its a better car of the two with respect to FE, power, after sales service and resale.

  • gaurav November 18, 2009, 11:08 pm

    hi! fas
    i have booked a-star vxi and its delivery date is on 24th november 2009 if i take the delivery in jan 2010 will it be a 2010 model or the manufacturing date matters? which is of 2009. please advice

  • Saurabh December 5, 2009, 1:38 pm

    Bhai logo

    Fogat ki bakwas mat karo. review do.
    Aur review wohi de sakta h, jisne kam se kam 10-15 din yeh car rakhi ho aur usse pahle koi dusri car rakhi ho.

  • murthy December 15, 2009, 8:02 pm

    my budget is 4lakhs or below, suggest between a- stat, new estillo, santroxing. indica vista , spark and alto performance wise mileage and service wise

    • fas December 15, 2009, 11:40 pm

      Murthy, looking at your requirements you should get the A-Star.

  • Aseem December 16, 2009, 7:55 am

    hi fas,
    how are you doing man.can u please suggest me about the beat servive centre for maruti suzuki in banglore for my a star as i am not satisfied with RNS hosur road.

    • fas December 16, 2009, 1:10 pm

      Aseem, you could try Bimal. I heard they are good.

  • K Sundar December 16, 2009, 10:18 am

    Try Pratam Motors.

  • shailesh December 21, 2009, 11:52 am

    i am interested to buy a star with comparison with ritz and hyndai i 10 which can i purchase as a good deal and low maintainance cost

    • fas December 22, 2009, 12:12 am

      Shailesh, get the Ritz with your eyes close. Its the best of the rest. Plus maintenance is also low. A-Star is decent but the i10 is better and the Ritz is better then both.

  • Krishna Kumar December 21, 2009, 9:20 pm

    Hi Fas….

    ‘m planning over to get a new small segment car and is now confused with Swift, Estilo and A-Star… my requirements mainly include – travel for 4 members, better interior spaces [ i mean the leg spaces and sitting facility inside and overall ]. which of the above can provide better performance on the road, meeting to my requirements too.

    • fas December 22, 2009, 12:14 am

      Krishna, looking at your requirements I suggest you get the Swift with your eyes closed. If you are buying petrol then wait for some time as a new engine is coming soon.

  • raj December 22, 2009, 12:43 pm

    hi, im confused b/w zen estilo and a star…which is better…and is it suggested to buy old model in 2009 wid discounts or should i wait for new model of 2010

    • fas December 22, 2009, 11:20 pm

      Raj, wait for new model if you can will get you better resale. The A-Star is a better car overall but the Zen offers better space and comfort.

  • YK December 23, 2009, 7:43 am

    Hi Murthy,
    I have recently bought Estilo LXi and it is performing excellent. Mileage not yet checked but AC and pickup are really good. Would suggest you to go for Estilo due to its comfort and space over A*. Got it for 3.95L on road (without accessories).


  • raj December 23, 2009, 11:57 am

    Thanx fas, can u plz tell few plus points of A star..although i dint had test drive of any of the car bt still i felt A star has very less luggage space. Im owning 800 now. I felt A star back seats are kind of like dat only..
    seeing the site , a star is meant for i need it for 4 memers…Please suggest which car to buy

    • fas December 23, 2009, 3:44 pm

      Raj, yes the A-Star lacks space but drives well. It comes with lots of features like ABS, Airbags, audio system but if you want space and comfort for 4 people, look at the i10.

  • raj December 23, 2009, 12:28 pm

    Thanx fas, can u plz tell few plus points of A star..although i dint had test drive of any of the car bt still i felt A star has very less luggage space. Im owning 800 now. I felt A star back seats are kind of like dat only..
    seeing the site , a star is meant for i need car for 4 members…Please suggest which car to buy
    Can i also go for Ritz…as u mentioned ritz is better above all bt i have one confusion…will my daughter with 5’1 height be able to drive the car is quite big

    • fas December 23, 2009, 3:45 pm

      Raj, height doesn’t really matter while driving but judgment does. With practise she will be able to master the Ritz.

  • Raghu December 24, 2009, 11:07 am

    Hi Raj,
    I subscribe to what Fas has to say about i10. If space and sitting comfort are the main criteria, then i10 is a clear winner over A-Star. I am a proud owner of Hundai i10 Magna – purchased it in May 2009 (KL-11 AD 735, Oyster Gray) and it is an extremely nice car for that segment. I had earlier test driven A-Star and found it good with nice power steering and other features, but it loses out to i10 and other Maruthi Suzuki cars on space in the back. A-Star’s rear is too cramped for space. The height also is a dampening factor.
    i10 with the Kappa engine, nice interiors, gear position, smooth power steering and silent engine, and a fast responding air-conditioning system, has really caught my fancy, and I, and all others in my household, dont regret the decision.
    As per fuel efficiency, it is giving me without fail 15 kms. to the litre in city, and mind you, the second service was on the 2nd of this month.
    I am not saying that you should not look around for other cars, but i10 is definitely worth giving a try.
    I have also heard that the new Estillo is a good car, so is Ritz. And fas said in this blog, Maruthi is planning to launch Swift petrol version with the new K-series (Kappa ?) engine soon and if you don’t mind the wait, it is worth giving a try; Maruthi Suzuki is a proven model isn’t it ?
    Regards and happy selection

  • kk December 29, 2009, 10:20 pm

    this is a waste rivew A-Star is a cool car for youth. And best for a small family with one child. dont worry go and buy u will never regret

  • Ram January 4, 2010, 1:24 pm

    Dear Blogger,
    I thought of parchasing a new car. My budjet is around 4 lakhs. Can you suggest me some thing among A star, I10, Indica Vista quadrajet and Estilo.

    • fas January 4, 2010, 11:06 pm

      Ram, checkout the new Chevy Beat before deciding.

  • Raghunath January 4, 2010, 8:20 pm

    Hi Ram,
    Nice to meet you here. I am Raghu from Kerala.
    I have a Hyundai i10 Magna (purchased in May 2009). I have found it an extremely nice car. Powered by a Kappa 2.1 engine, it has given me value for money. The engine is smooth, pick-up is good, power steering is a dream to operate and the gear positioning is innovative, designed to enable the driver shift gears without he/she bending the elbow at all.
    As regards fuel efficiency, it is giving me around 15 (I finished the second service last month, have so far run nearly 4000 kms) with a/c and that too with most of the running being done in the city.

    You may try and test drive other leading vehicles also, but I suggest you bear in mind the above factors when you consider buying your new car.
    All the best, happy buying.


  • Pravesh Pardeshi January 15, 2010, 9:23 am

    Hey, wat r u saying…….. maruti astar is better than hyundai i10………. i10 is a poop, bad car…….. it wont dethrone astar………… overall astar is going to be the largest selling car in india which is small, cool, good looking car………… hyundai is a fuck company…………. they cant give a good service like maruti…….

    And how u say “maruti should phase out wagonr…………. it is the most selling car in India………. wagonr is the king of the indian car market………. now i think u have understood……………

  • sanjay January 23, 2010, 1:54 pm

    I was in search of small but powerful car .A Star is better than my expectations.We need not to shift gears frequently even in city drive as you can drive it from 20-60kmph in any of 1st to 4th gear. Highway and hill road drive is also very comfortable, thanks to the new engine with great pick-up.a star rocks..really astar beats i10

  • SIDDARAMAPPA.K February 2, 2010, 1:26 pm

    Maruti Suzuki AStar is a very good small hatch back car, I am driving from last one year, A very comfortable driving, A very comfortable front seat, A Very Effective -AC, A Very good milage of 23 Km/litre without AC

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  • vijaya sekar February 18, 2010, 1:19 pm

    I purched A-star as new one before 8 months.I have used the car three time for long traveling, at that time I was getting the benefit in fuels and experiance in smooth driving. the A-star is a car a lot of us really enjoy driving.

  • Ani February 23, 2010, 10:10 am

    Maruti Suzuki to replace fuel gaskets in 1 lakh A Stars

    Maruti is replacing fuel pump gaskets of one of its small car, the A Star, following reports of anomalies in the fuel tank.

  • Raj March 9, 2010, 9:00 pm

    Hi fas,

    I was planning to buy A-star in end of 2009, bt den as suggested by you..i waited for 2010 model .Now looking into the legroom and bootspace of a-star, nw im planning to buy ritz(LXi) version.. but still im a bit confused.
    I need your suggestions on this buddy.


    • fas March 9, 2010, 11:11 pm

      Raj, whats the confusion? The Ritz is a good car but I would seriously suggest you look at the Ford Figo. Maintenance of the Figo is cheaper too.

  • pravesh pardeshi March 10, 2010, 11:38 am

    Raj, Ritz is better than a-star………….Astar is a good car, but there is no more space in astar……… ritz is a big car……it has more space than astar and ford figo……… its very comfortable………….. i have it’s diesel model which is exellent with DDiS engine………. Ritz LXI has a kseries engine which is known for the best quality………….. u have two option—– 1- buy ritz diesel 2—- or petrol………. both of them are exellent………….. I have driven my ritz at 160kmh………..there was no vibration in the car……….great car………. u will enjoy its features………..

  • sarathi March 11, 2010, 2:07 pm

    A-star is Really awesome. wonderfull pickup,K-Series engine is really a powerful engine.Gear shifting is very very smooth and easy. i have gone upto 100 kmph and felt the car is steady. AC is too good.

  • uthran March 20, 2010, 1:44 pm

    Maruti has done a good job wtih respect to Interiors in this car. Even I am impressed with console and control.About mileage i am tracking it from day one.. i am getting 18.2 kmpl till date… as average…i like the style of the a-star very much..

  • thiyagesh March 23, 2010, 12:39 pm

    Ritz comes with a new refreshed design which is completely new to India. the car is a great blend of technology and design.I drove Ritz thrice before finalising it. Engine is super smooth. Pick up is good. Driving this car is a pleasure. I found this car very roomy and comfortable.

  • Anil Chandraker March 27, 2010, 12:56 pm

    I feel Astar the best in small segment car looking technologywise or lookwise. i had tried 4-5 long highway driving and found very comfortable. Really smooth driving, never i felt small in the crowd of bigger cars.

  • K Sundar March 28, 2010, 9:26 am

    Hi guys, i was carried away as I have a new born in my house. but was reading your posts through emails.

    My Astar is now 11 months old. The car is nothing short becuase it has a 3 cylinder engine. It drives as good as my old zen in city or even better in the highway. I have a feeling Zen is a lot more peppy in city conditions. After driving the Astar on highways, i am not confident to drive my zen over 80 in highways as it gives a feeling that I am over speeding. The better dynamics of Astar could be the reason.

    About the boot, I recently went on a long drive with my baby and parents (4 adults + a baby). We had 4 fairly large bags (approx size 2″X1″X1″). Was able to use the boot for them, ofcource one over the other which wud be the case in any hatchback. it was also blocking half rear glass – it does not matter as i am not using it as it is really small to view anything even otherwise. But everyluggage still sat fine in the boot alone. The bonus part is I got a mileage of 23KMPL at speeds of 80 ~ 90 with AC on all the time.

  • Aadhav March 30, 2010, 2:17 pm

    Fuel Economy of A-star is good – Getting 17 KMPL with AC while running car on 100-110 KMPH with Very good response of Engine developing good Power.At last a Good car with Good Performance with Good Fuel Economy with Good Interior

  • Vikram March 31, 2010, 12:55 am

    WANT TO know WHETHER AStar is the better option or new Estilo
    please help me by ur valueables comments

  • pravesh pardeshi March 31, 2010, 8:05 pm

    reply to vikram

    astar is better option………..and Maruti RITZ is the best option…….. ritz is the best hatchback car from maruti…

  • AKEESH April 4, 2010, 9:17 am

    Astar has a very good power steering in terms of responsiveness and feeling.Steering is well weighted and direct.Interior plastic quality is better than some other pricey hatchbacks.Brakes are awesome with terrific stopping power especially the abs equipped ones.

  • Deepak Sachdeva April 8, 2010, 1:09 pm

    I want to know about the cng for astar. Is it approved or not. & i want to finacnce cng for my astar. Please suggest

    • fas April 8, 2010, 5:14 pm

      Deepak, no CNG available. You will have to get it fitted from outside dealer and performance will not be the same again. Best to buy a diesel vehicle if running is high.

  • Deepak April 10, 2010, 10:47 am

    Please let me know whether the astar is approved for CNG or not. So i want to go for CNG to install in my car
    Also let me know if it can be financed or not.

  • pravesh April 10, 2010, 11:13 am

    dont think about that…… maruti ritz diesel….mileage of 23 km per litre………. amazing performance.

  • raghav April 12, 2010, 6:05 pm

    I Am the proud owner of a healing green maruti astar zxi.i dont know wat to tel abt its handling simply superb and manytimes i tackled corners above speed of 80 km/hr.its perfomance is awesome .its steering and brakes are well weighted and are with adequate feel also.

  • ravi 00872290936 May 11, 2010, 8:34 am

    its best carrrrrrrrrrrrr for thos who earn himself n by thear own car.itsssssssss toooo goooooodddddddddddd

  • sarvesh May 12, 2010, 2:34 pm

    Maruti Suzuki AStar is a very good small hatch back car, I am driving from last one year, A very comfortable driving, A very comfortable front seat, A Very Effective -AC, A Very good milage of 23 Km/litre without AC

  • veera May 21, 2010, 2:54 pm

    A-star is Really awesome. wonderfull pickup,K-Series engine is really a powerful engine.Gear shifting is very very smooth and easy. i have gone upto 100 kmph and felt the car is steady. AC is too good.

  • Kiran Kumar June 4, 2010, 6:59 pm

    I am planning 2 buy A-Star next week r so, I need u people suggstion.

  • Deepak June 6, 2010, 8:46 am

    I bought Astar in Feb 10, i made a CNG fitment in June 10 & its giving me very good average in CNG with/without AC. Its really very nice & small sporty look car.
    If anybody want to do CNG fittment, please go for it as its really good.

  • Kalyan Kumar June 10, 2010, 9:40 pm

    Maruti A Star is a superb city drivable car and a safe highway cruiser too because it has airbags and ABS. The interiors have lots of features and can even swallow 6 foot tall drivers. The exteriors are eye-catchy, especially the blue A Star. Also Maruti’s service back up is satisfying millions of customers. A star is giving 18 kmpl on an average to me. For all who are looking for small car, go for A Star!

  • venkatesh June 13, 2010, 3:13 pm

    a-star is simply the best one at road in its category, i have being driving it from the past 2 months, its very comfortable, smooth, spacious,mileage awesome, looks mind blowing… if any wants a small car i would suggest A-star:-) it certainly has many STARS all around it lolzzzz:-)

  • aseem June 13, 2010, 8:51 pm

    Hi fas,
    Since i brought my a star i am facing front windscreen visibility issue while rainy night drive .visibility comes down almost nill.AC defrosting technique does not work since problems is from outside of windscreen only . have tried lot of things washing with shampoo and cleaning wind screen with paper ,used Sonax glass clear but did not work at time its okey but rainy days it becomes worst and in nights goes worson.please help me out.

    Thanks in advance

  • Prashanth June 14, 2010, 8:12 pm

    Ritz comes with a new refreshed design which is completely new to India. Look at the boomerang tail lamp shape. Its awesome. the car is a great blend of technology and design.I am simply loving to drive Ritz. Engine is butter smooth. Pick up is good and easy for city driving. on the inside Ritz is very roomy and comfortable. :) Maruti Ritz simply superb!!

  • Kunwar Singh June 21, 2010, 6:05 pm

    Maruti A Star has got head turning looks, smooth finish. On the inside the refreshing cabin has got quality plastics and ergonomically positioned buttons and switches. A Star has the refined K series engine that gives more power and more mileage. A Star is internationally well accepted car and sold in foreign countries as Alto and Pixo. A Star has got all safety features including ABS, Air bags, EBD and front seat belt pretensioners all at an affordable price. A Star is returning me a mileage of 19 kmpl. Thanks to Maruti for giving us a quality car, A Star

  • Akash July 1, 2010, 6:35 pm

    A-Star Seems to be a good one. I am considering many cars and will take a call when I return to India in few months. However, Ritz seems to be better option but I am very sorry to see the design and look of Ritz. It is really really bad or I would even say Awefuly bad look Ritz has… I just can’ imagine how come Maruti Passed this kind of “Ugly” design.. Forget about passed, they even introduced the car in the Market..

    It looks that someone has cut the car from behind for Ritz..

    Do Maruti have any plan to change the desin of Ritz or if any upgrade version of A-Star is coming in 2-3 months or by the end of this year….

    - Akash

  • Pravesh July 1, 2010, 9:23 pm

    dear akash
    maruti ritz is the best diesel car.
    you have never taken a look inside ritz..
    its amazing..
    you can drive it at 200kmh speed..and you will feel no vibration..
    its just awesom
    just get a test ride of it…and then decide what should you do

  • varun July 5, 2010, 2:49 pm

    I’m planing to buy a new car. but I’m confuse in i10 Magna and A-star.
    Please help me..

    • Jav July 5, 2010, 5:41 pm

      The i10 is a better option as it is more spacious. Astar is a good option but it is very cramped at the rear. Take a test drive and decide what goes best for you.

  • varun July 5, 2010, 6:17 pm

    what about the pickup, mileage, price, looks, security and comfort in A-STAR ZXI and I10 MAGNA 1.2 KAPPA ??

  • Pravesh July 5, 2010, 6:21 pm

    i10 is better than a-star according to me..
    because i think it has more space that astar..
    and its quiet good car..
    but i10 cannot beat maruti ritz and swift

  • Prem July 7, 2010, 8:17 pm

    Maruti is ready to launch Automatic variant of A Star in July 2010. SO it will be very advanatgeous for women drivers now.. Thanks Maruti :)

  • Ramesh July 7, 2010, 10:52 pm

    Maruti A star will get Automatic variant soon. Reliable sources have said A Star automatic wiil launch during last week of July 2010

  • asha July 9, 2010, 5:07 pm

    hi all,am from kerala bought this car second hand thru Trovit and have no complains so far. i can run 150 and it won’t even make a sound. Regarding boot space, I needed car for me to drive around in trivandrum and i never fased problem in this regards. I have traveled long distance with 5 in car without any problem. Finally the car is Born to be a Star

  • Anand July 15, 2010, 5:51 pm

    hi fas i like to buy a new car around 4 lakhs with good milage, which one is better ,plz suggest as soon as posible

    • fas July 15, 2010, 6:18 pm

      Anand, the A-Star is a good option. You can check out the Micra too.

  • Anand July 15, 2010, 8:34 pm

    thanx fas, santro or spark which one is best, i think micra expensive,
    what about e-spark, alto 1000cc – with kseries engine

    • fas July 15, 2010, 8:40 pm

      The Spark is a better option. The e-Spark will only come next year. The K-Series Alto will come next month and is a good option too but the A-Star is a better option.

  • Akash July 23, 2010, 8:58 pm

    Thanks Pravesh. I will need to take test drive before deciding. Ritz looks fine but I really did not like the shape of that. From back side it is kind of “Ugly”. A-Star looks much better or even beautiful compare to Ritz or even i10.

    I will also have a look at Beat too but I don’t think beat can be compared with any Maruti car. Plus point with A-Star is that its Ground Clearance is also more than i10 or Beat.

    Just now I posted one query on some other forum. Below is that:

    “Hi. I am looking for a car. Brand does not matter but overall should be ahead of other cars. I had Santwo Xing GLS which I sold before coming to UK but now going back soon and will buy a Car by the end of this year or very early next year. My budget is within 4.5-5 Lakhs (on-Road Price). I have shortlistd Maruti A-Star, Ford Figo and Hyundai i10. I am also considering Polo and to some extent Rizt (if they are launching better looking model). My average Monthly usag will be around 300-400km and once in a month on long drive so overall it should not cross 1000-1200/ Quarter. I drove my Santro Xing around 5500-6000 in 18 months. Apart form performance, good mileage is also concern for me. I want a car that can give me above 14/Ltr average. That is one of the main reasons I selected Maruti A-Star. However, I also liked the car look and overall feature. Car should have Power Steering, Power Windows and AC. Back Wiper or something like that would be good also. Other features could be like Adjustable Mirros, De-Fogger etc… I hope you get my requirement and I look forward to get your expert advise on which car to buy. Thanks. Regards, Akash…”

    Now can anyone pls sugest me which is bettr option in terms of Mileage, performance (I won’t be driving at 150 kmph ever or even 120+). One thing I noticed about A-Star that is has 3 Cylinders. Does it mean that it makes so much noise and not smooth enough. I also heard that it has some starting and pick up problem in winter and also in some 2/3 gear as well.. Pl advise. Thanks.

  • Akash July 23, 2010, 9:03 pm

    Hi Pravesh,

    I wanated to know that just i10 has more space, does that make it better car than A-Star. I also heard Boot Space is not good in A-Star. But does it not have boot space at all that you cannot put anything back or if there are 2-3 people om back seat, they will face lots of problem in seating or will not be comfortable at all?

    I also had Santro Xing. It was fine and we loved that but when I saw the AC and Power Steering of Zen Estilo, it was much much better than Santro. I think Maruti Quality is better than Hyundai especially in AC, Power Steering, Body etc… Can someone pls put some “Prakash” on this… Thanks.

  • Ramesh July 24, 2010, 10:18 pm

    Beating out a field of 620 contenders, Alto (Maruti A-star) tops NRMA survey and declared cheapest car to own and run. NRMA survey (Australia) confirms Suzuki Alto (Maruti A-star) as one of the best value cars on the market.

  • Raji July 28, 2010, 12:04 pm

    Hi Friends,

    Thanks for all your comments and analasys. Can any one leave a comment/reply for Akash querry (July 23rd), because my requirement also the same and I am planning to buy a car (First in life) in the month of November.

    Thanks in advance.

  • Akash July 28, 2010, 6:27 pm

    Hi Raji,

    What I read in other forums and websites, both A-Star and i10 Kappa seems to be more or less similar good. Somewhere they are ahead, somewhere they are behind with each others.. The main issue I found with i10 is that the high end model price is too high. If you go with i10 Asta Kappa it will cost you more than 6 lakhs + you need to put some money on CD Player, Speaker etc as well.. So overall it will be 6.5 Lakhs. While A-Star ZXi will cost you little over 5 lakhs + you will get in-built CD Player, ABS, 4 Speakers and many other things as well.. If back side space and luggage space is really not that bad, I think it is good to buy A-Star over i10. As I have already experienced AC and power Steering in both Maruti Zen Estilo and Santro Xing GLS, I can say that Maruti AC and Power Steering is much much better than Santro or Hyundai ones…

    As I am not in India, I cannot take test drive and decide… I would appreciate if you can take test drive, check the vehicle in terms of leg space, back space and luggage room and let us know.. As far as mileage is concern, both A-Star and i10 Kappa should be give you around 15.5-16 in city and over 19 in Highway….

  • Akash July 28, 2010, 7:31 pm

    I was looking at Maruti and Hyundai website and came on below conclusion:

    There should not be any confusion between i10 and A-Star. Reason is very simple, both cars are not of the same category. While you can buy highest model of A-Star by paying around 5 Lakhs, you will be able to buy i10 Magna (Kappa 1.2L) only at this price which is basic model in Kappa Series.

    A-Star will come with CD Player, Speakers at Front and Rear, AntiLock Braking System, FM, 170mm Ground Clearance, Driver Airbag, Anti Theft Alarm, Front Fog Lights, Seat Belt and Door Ajar Warning, Tubeless Types, Adjustable Seats, Crash Sensor and many other such features which are even not present in High end of i10 Models.

    Few areas where it comes below i10 are:
    Very less leg room at rear and very less boot space (luggage space if I am not wrong, pls correct me), Manual Transmission Type, Less power in Engine (however people says that is more powerful but it has 1L Engine while i10 has 1.2L).

    I am also little confused with Engine type. A-Star has 3 Cylinder 12 Valves Engine while i10 has 4 Cylinders 16 Valves Engine. What I understood from this is that it is good in i10.

    But overall, you will get more value for your money in A-Star.

    Now if someone who has more technical and practical knowledge of cars and also experienced both the cars in and out, can he/she put some lights on the points I mentioned? Overall I see more value in A-Star bcoz of the price difference between i10 High End and A-Star High End Model but I am not going to buy a car for 1 or 2 years, it will be for long term so I want the best one for the price I am paying (around 5 Lakhs)… Thanks.


  • K Sundar July 28, 2010, 9:31 pm

    I agree with Akash in his analysis. AStar is definitely better value for money interms of the features offered at its price compared to the i10s. To add to what he has mentioned, the front seats of AStar is most comfortable compared to to others. It was even better than the i10 I felt more support and comfort with Astar’s front seats. So if you are ok with the rear space and the boot, you can go for it without any second thoughts.

  • Raji July 29, 2010, 12:30 pm

    THanks Guyz,

    Is there any chance of changing the shape of RITZ? by end of this year or first Q of 11.

  • Akash July 29, 2010, 8:06 pm

    Just to add few more points. i10 Sportz Model has many of the similar features which is available in A-Star High End model. So one can consider that as well. However, I did not do much comparison in i10 Sportz and A-Star ZXi.

    One can also have a look at Chevy Beat. It also seems to be perfect candidate in this category. Having many features which is there in A-Star as well. Only thing I did not like is that less Boot Space and 165mm Ground Clearance.

  • Akash July 30, 2010, 9:38 pm

    Hi Raji,

    Even I am concerned about Ritz’s shape. It is really ugly. I don’t think Maruti will change the shape and it will become next Wagon-R. Wagon-R was also very good and technically very strong vehicle but its design and shape was its -ve point and they never introduced the version with better looking shape.. That’s where Maruti cars always gets defeated against other cars… Otherwise, Ritz is far better car than A-Star.

  • Anand July 31, 2010, 3:01 pm

    Hi fas
    i plan to bye new car – spark or Beat which one is better and why, plz suggest, thank you fas

  • Anand July 31, 2010, 3:02 pm

    hi fas

    spark or beat which one is better and why, plz suggest thanx

  • Pravesh July 31, 2010, 9:31 pm

    beat is better than spark
    but never think to buy any one of them
    they are so small
    so buy astar or ritz..if you are planning for a hatchback car
    and new wagonr is also a better option

  • Pravesh July 31, 2010, 9:32 pm

    beat is better than spark
    but never think to buy any one of them
    they are so small
    and new wagonr is also a better option

  • Akash August 6, 2010, 8:57 pm

    I am reviewing the cars for last few days, it seems everything is fine with A-Star but it is getting defeated in two areas.
    1) Very Average Interior
    2) Boot Space (Just 129 Ltr against 255 Ltr in i10 or even 180 Ltr in Beat)

    However, other features in A-Star are not present in i10 or Beat. Especially in lower Model or medium range models on i10. If you want similar features in i10, you may need to spend min 2 lakhs Rs. extra. The cost of i10 is too high I think.. If Maruti do some redesign in A-Star, it will surely left i10 miles behind in terms of sells and popularity also.

    Few people even mentioned that the Boot space is so much less than you can just put your “Boots” only… They also did not manage the space inside and somehow it feels that the car does not have much space or it is not even good if 3 people are there on back seat…

    For the same reason, I will see if I will buy A-Star or go with i10. However, AC Quality and Power Steering is better in A-Star but at the end of the day, you need a car which you can use in day to day life and shud not matter if you go out with some luggages or simply drop/ pick-up someone from Airport/ Station with some luggage..

    I think Maruti did not do its homework or may be they did not have a proper look at i10 or similar car at all…

    Same with Ritz also, I don’t understand on what basis they design this ugly car. In today’s world, it is not machine that will matter. days are gone when people used to buy car/ bike bcoz it is very strong… now people buy cars after considering all aspects like space, mileage, features like AC, PS and PW etc.. and of course, looks DO matter.. that’s why Ritz is also a flop car like Wagon-R. New Wagon-R is even more “Dabba” car compare to old one..

  • Sam October 2, 2010, 1:36 pm

    Good Car, boot space and luggage space are less, manageable for bachelors and married couples. Good mileage, AC. best in for town and plains. Hills not upto the mark but ok.

  • Ramesh Magalanadu October 18, 2010, 9:45 pm


    A-Star has very sexy looks.

  • satish December 20, 2010, 1:35 pm

    I am planning to buy a Maruti A-star, please suggest

    • AMAR December 18, 2011, 10:51 pm


    • Chandru December 19, 2011, 7:10 am

      Astar in its segment is a best car, but very less boot space.

  • Sekhon January 13, 2011, 9:15 pm

    I have both the cars A-star and i-10……
    Both are good at their place…… i10 has comfortable rear seats and asatar has fron seats more comfortable than i10…….gear transmission in astar is better than i10……nothing to compare in power….both gives equal output……….
    astar has less running cost as compared to i10…….

  • Deepak February 2, 2011, 12:47 am

    A-star is best car in comparision of i10. It gives a mileage of 17-19kmpl. Also the transmission is good. The power is good. The seats are comfortable. Only rear space is less, but it is OK.

  • janakiraman.Tamil Nadu February 26, 2011, 10:22 am

    I bought A-Star VXI Automatic version on November 2010. and already completed 3000 km, had driven in city as well as in highways(coimbatore-Tirunelveli). Frankly speaking if you love driving and sporty person and ur budget is 5 lacs then you might not get better car then A-Star. It gives very good driving exp. But if you are the person wants to sit in rear seat then it is not for you. Dor me it is better than Alto K-10, Spark, I-10 IRDE etc is any condition and any time.

    - Space is OK,
    - built in music system is OK.
    - Mileage in city :- 16.5 – 17.5 (without ac).
    - Mileage in Highway :- 20 – 22 (without ac), 19 – 20 (with AC)
    - Driving and handling is superb.
    - good control even in high speeds 120 – 130 km/h
    - Top speed i touched 150 km/hr then my bro started shouting on me :)

    • ckr November 1, 2012, 3:46 pm

      you are absolutely right buddy
      i do have d same

  • Capboy March 2, 2011, 8:00 am


    I bought an A-star last year, and till date I have driven 12,000 kms. So far, i got 20+ kmpl (not in the city). The only problem I come across is the boot space. For a small family like mine, its the best in its category. I bought it since its our “Indian made car”.


  • A.Senthil Arumugam May 9, 2011, 2:04 am

    A-Star is very good in Mileage(19-22 kmpl).Performance is very very is a Unique one. Suspension is very good. I love this car very much.Thanks to A-Star.

  • swangchan September 9, 2011, 9:10 am

    suzuki company is best company in the world.
    maruti is on of the fraud company inthe world.
    maruti suzuki swift is a good car.but
    maruti swift is a local car
    maruti suzuki swift has suzuki engine.
    maruti swift has local engine.
    there are two types of swift car.
    first is maruti suzuki swift that is original car . this swift car has suzukiengine. there is inprint suzuki name on the engine. buy
    second is maruti swift, that is local car. this car has no suzuki engine. that is local or fake engine.there is no inprint suzuki name on the engine.
    if you have any dought please check your car engine.if your car engine suzuki ,that is original.
    you ask your dealer they also tell above said.
    maruti suzuki swift engine is import from japan.
    maruti swift engine is make from scrap material.
    maruti collect the scrap material from other car company like tata, fiat and they are making local engine.
    so dear friends don,t buy maruti swift. please buy maruti suzuki swift.
    please chech car engine is it suzuki engine or local or fake engine.

  • anonymous December 24, 2012, 5:30 pm

    hai,guys.i had booked a-star.i had a test drive,and iam really satisfied it is a good car for a small family like mine.

  • RAJIV RANJAN January 21, 2013, 4:36 pm

    I want to purchase A star for 4 person family please suggest me am I doing right or should I go for i10 or ford figo.

    • Javeid Khan January 22, 2013, 8:26 am

      Rajiv, the Figo will be a better car followed by the i10. If you can stretch your budget, i will suggest that you opt for the Figo.

  • srinivasan April 25, 2013, 11:47 am

    I am Srinivasan from Chennai. Wanted to buy A Star ZXI for my small family. Confused to choose between A Star & Liva.
    Need your suggestion.


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