Monday, May 29, 2006

Ford Fusion - To buy or not to buy?

Well so we have been taking a vareity of cars for test drives.

The Ford Fiesta - like it
Hyundai Accent - but since its in phase out we'll have to check out the new one if at all we want to buy that one
Honda City - drove it but didnt like it for whatever reason
Ford Ikon - like it but also in phase out
And finally the Ford Fusion. Like this one quite a bit. And they are offering a massive discount for this month. About a lakh and a half on the Cost Price. Which made me wonder why they would do something like that.
The dealer claims the car gives 10 kmpl. The others say it can give about 6 at the max.

So now I want a verdict on this one.. whether or not to go in for this car.
Lemme know. Thanks in Advance.

20 comments:

Arwindh said...

Hi chinmayi...
If you are looking for a mid-size car, you can definitely check on Cheverolet Aveo. Thats a wonderful car.Have fun...

Again, your job in 'Super Singer' is fabulous...I really feel for the fact that i couldnt participate just for seeing and hearing you in person..

Nishanth_in said...

I think you should narrow down your choices to Ford Fusion and Fiesta.Both the cars are pretty good in their own repects.While the Fusion scores over Fiesta in terms of space,stong body and better ground clearance,the fiesta scores in terms of better mileage,interiors and its value for money pricing.

Huge discounts are usually given when a model is being phased out or when sales are low for a particular model.In Fusion's case I think its the later,the price is one of the main reason for the low sales.I heard that Ford is working on a new or an upgrade to the Fusion which would hit the showrooms by the end of this year.Not sure about this though,so check out if the dealer has any new about this.

As for the mileage,I think the dealer is right when he gave a figure of 10 kmpl.But 10kmpl is the average mileage,so when you break it down its around 8-9 Kmpl in the city and 13-15 Kmpl on the highway.The only bad thing that I heard about Ford Fusion is the low speed ride,it seems that some feel that the ride at low speeds is a bit rough on bumpy roads.

I would have recommend the Ford Fiesta but with a huge discount the Fusion looks equally tempting.I would say that they both stand even and if you have to pick one between the two then it boils down to your personal preferences and needs.

Whichever model you choose make sure that you choose the variant with ABS (Anti-lock braking systems),which gives better braking.It might cost a bit more than the other variants,but its worth paying extra for a safety feature.

Ajay said...

Hi Chinmayi
first time to ur blog...
oof topic...
jus out of curiosity r u the one who sang 'kannathil muthamittal' from the same movie...

royalcrazy said...

I would say any ford products are not upto the standards they were few years back. I would recommend somethign like a Toyota Corolla or Honda Civic. These two are very durable, affordable and seems to be the perfect choice.

Chinmayi said...

royalcrazy: those two cars are above my budget as of now... :)

Chinmayi said...

ajay: yup

Ajay said...

well thats cool..

saraskathiresan said...

haai my choice is AVEOOEFT

Inigo Fernando said...

Ford Fusion - good choice...but havent heard any big positives in it. Also it has the looks of an SUV, if that is what you are looking for, go for it. Yeah - mileage is pretty low. My close has it and he hasn't proudly spoken about his car so far. Any second thoughts on Skoda? Am taking delivery of one tomorrow.
Looks like we visited all models and almost everything is in the phaseout. Btw, did you test drive Baleno. the latest model is really good. but still my heart says Skoda.

Rajesh said...

Hi,

my first comment in your blog!!!..First a note of appreciation for your voice...it is fabulous..!!!!...

On to the matter...Ford Fiesta I have heard is really good...one of my friends has been contemplating on the same lines as you...and he has test driven, Aveo and other stuff...but he says Fiesta is too good....so you can give a second look at it...generally, when you give a second serious look at any thing, you will find few more things which you will not find in the first place...

All the best!!!..let us know which you finally decide...and why!!!

Bye,
Rajesh

Arvind N said...

Hi,

Loved your KM song...

Don't buy American cars like Ford, GM etc..though they look good and perform well they guzzle on petrol and cost a bomb for service...

If you are looking at a 5-6 L budget go for Getz or a high end Swift.

If u r looking at a 7-8 L honda city is the best best.

Ford fusion is a major flop model and hence those discounts..be careful u may be one of the very few ford fusion owners.

The Reporter said...

Go for Maruti Swift dear.

Chinmayi said...

Sorry reporter. I took it for a test drive and its shock absorbing capacities are no different than the maruti 800. If I am paying 4 big grands extra, I expect that in the least. All the ABS and Air Bag funda is ok though. But I still dont think its worth

vishy said...

How about Toyota?? Thought Toyota has made its enrty too in INDIA. Try Toyota Corolla/Camry. Good milage.

Does Honda sell Accords too in India?? U can go for these.

lord labakkudoss said...

Chinmanyi, I don't know why u didn't like Hondy City. It is one of the best mid-range cars.

as many says, go for Japanese cars!

Hariharan said...

You should try Honda City ZX ... I think its a really cool car

mohanraj said...

Ford Fusion - cool car but it was over priced when they launched it. The problem with the car is - it does not fall under SUV or a mid-size car. That's what we call a "Rendum kettan" :-D

My personal choice would be Honda City which has proven on Indian raods that it could perform well with a much much better mileage. But it's definitely costlier than Ford Fiesta. So if you are looking at buying a petrol car, this should be the one as you would be saving OIL and also money :-)

If you are looking for Diesel cars then Ford Fiesta will be good.

Sriram V Iyer said...

ahoy chinmayi!

quelle voiture avez-vous achetée?
which car did you buy finally?

Harshey said...

So what did you buy eventually? I'm also in the same dilemma - Fusion/Getz/Ikon/City etc....

Chinmayi Sripada said...

moved into the luxury midsegment