I am a very satisfied user of Hyundai cars. I’m thinking of buying a premium hatchback, and I’m confused between the Volkswagen Polo, Skoda Fabia and Hyundai i20 (all 1.2 petrol variants). I love long drives, and I am a driving enthusiast. I would be driving my new car more in the city, around 40 km a day, with the occasional weekend trips out of town. My expectations are fuel efficiency of about 13-14 kpl in city conditions, good ride quality and comfortable seating position and good handling and stability when I drive at about 100-120 kph. I am leaning towards the Fabia, because it has a spacious and comfortable cabin with top class build quality. I am not sure how expensive it would be to maintain, though. The Polo is a very good option, but space, especially at the rear, is not good. The i20 is feature-rich, but I am not sure whether it will match the ride and handling of the Fabia and Polo. Please help me make a decision!
Shriniwas, via email
If you are looking at a car that handles and rides well and has good road manners as well as space, we’d suggest you go in for the Skoda Fabia. The new 1.2-litre engine from the VW Polo is frugal and has decent performance on tap. The Fabia rides better and has better high-speed stability than either the i20 or the Polo. It even handles quite neatly and overall boasts of good build quality. The Fabia’s poor sales in the past has been put down to high pricing and anaemic motors, a matter that has been resolved with the new engine lineup. Skoda has also corrected the price quite a bit to make it competitive, and brought down spare parts prices as well. It’s definitely our choice from among the three.
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