Why I chose the Grand i10 NIOS AMT over Celerio, Tiago for my father

Finally, concluded that for an Automatic car for an elderly user / a novice driver (myself), a new car with is better than second-hand.

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I made my first purchase of Automatic Hatchback, thanks to the inputs I gathered on Team-BHP. So this post is to share my decision-making process, hoping it helps others.

Background / User:

My father, who is 80+ years old, has been using a 2011 model of Hyundai i10. It was a second-hand purchase. I was looking to get him an automatic instead. Since it is only for local city drives in Chennai/Blore, we were initially considering a secondhand. The idea was that he would use the automatic and I would take his manual i10 for my use. Once he stops driving, I would sell the manual and take over the automatic.

When I asked people for input, I understood that apart from the budget, another decision-making factor would be featured. When I applied those filters, I eventually realized a new car may make more sense.

Decision-making factors for second hand vs new car:

  • Only Automatic Hatchbacks (we prefer small cars for city drive)
  • Budget: started with ~ 5L for second hand, later increased to <10L for new car
  • Non-negotiable features for my father’s use and myself: Reverse camera with guidelines, hill hold assist
  • Others: Automatic – driving experience, resale value, service centers, NCAP safety rating, etc
  • I learned on Team-BHP that for an automatic car that is used for more than 20-30k KM, the clutch plate may need replacement / automatic driving experience may not be as good.

Finally, concluded that for an Automatic car for an elderly user / a novice driver (myself), a new car is better than a second-hand.

Which car?

  • When I started looking around, I had the following under consideration:
  • Renault Kwid
  • Maruti Celerio
  • Tata Tiago
  • Hyundai Grand i10 Nios

Renault Kwid:
Pros –
1. Really liked the reverse camera with guidelines
2. Look & feel; more spacious for a small car
Cons –
1. My test-drive experience was not good, the brakes felt very jerky even though the car had clocked only 3000 KM
2. I learned on this forum (Should I avoid the Renault Kwid Climber AMT?)that Renault Kwid’s AMT experience is not good either.
3. Not so good in terms of safety

Maruti Celerio:
1. Value for money, uff! The top minus one variant, with some additions like a reverse camera, made it a great deal.
2. Sales experience: Maruti offered a great discount and I was tempted by it. Overall sales experience was really good and I actually booked the car by paying a token advance (later, got a refund).
3. Automatic driving experience: Since Maruti Celerio has AGS, rather than AMT, the drive was smooth
4. After-sales service & resale value
5. Subscription option available (I was considering this for short-term usage and later decided against it)

1. Poor NCAP Safety Rating
2. Look & feel – quite basic

Tata Tiago:
1. Best NCAP safety rating in this segment

1. Service
2. Resale
3. Automatic driving experience not smooth (as per inputs from this thread (Tata Tiago Vs Maruti Ignis Vs Hyundai Grand i10 Nios | City car for my wife))

Hyundai Grand i10 Nios
1. Premium look & feel
2. Service
3. Better NCAP safety rating than Maruti Celerio (my next best alternative in the consideration list)
4. Smooth Automatic driving experience (as good as / comparable with Maruti Celerio)
5. Cruise Control is available in the top minus one variant itself

1. Significantly more expensive than Renault / Maruti

Verdict / Decision:
I got my Hyundai Grand i10 Nios Sportz automatic delivered 2 days back. It feels so easy, and casual to drive in this. I’m excited about this purchase and looking forward. I am grateful to this forum for having helped with all the information that influenced my purchase decision. Thank you.

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