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The main competitors are the Tata Altroz ​​DCA and the Honda Amaze CVT.

BHPian dvasudreddy recently shared this with other enthusiasts.

Hello everyone, this is my first on this wonderful forum. From the forum threads and comments, I understood how good this group is.

I am a 32 year old employee with a wife and a 2 year old child. I plan to buy a car, my first car. Is all the things to consider around and so many options available in the market, I’m just confused and unable to decide anything. Let me state my requirements first.

  1. The budget is 10 lakes with a 10% variation on both sides
  2. Doesn’t matter if it’s a sedan, sedan or compact SUV
  3. The car should be a safe car and would be used as a family car. Since I have no other way of understanding a car’s safety, I just rely on NCAP ratings. Please let me know if this is the wrong approach. And, definitely no to a car with 2 stars or less.
  4. My commute is mostly in town, so an automatic. However, once or twice a term I may need to travel on the highway (450 km one way).
  5. Mileage is not a major concern for my use, however, good mileage is definitely an add on.
  6. Since I will be spending a lot of time in the car, good interiors and ride comfort will definitely influence my decision (including a good infotainment system)
  7. I live in Hyderabad which has many hills and therefore many roads with considerable gradients. So, is it necessary to have a hill hold control for an automatic transmission. If so, that would also be part of my requirements.

Another thing, I’m a novice driver, well, pretty basic.

Cars I thought of:

1) Honda Amaze CVT

Why? Honda brand, after-sales services, CVT under 10 lakes, smoother and more reliable family car (according to reviews), safety (ncap 4-star rating)

Why not? No hill-hold control, poor (relatively) infotainment system, poor engine response (according to reviews due to CVT), no cruise control.

2) Altroz ​​DCA

Why? Good looks, good input and output (I have elderly parents), security (obviously), good speakers (according to reviews),

Why not? Unreliable after sales services from tata, DCA transmission not proven for Tata, no hill hold control

I only listed these two options because I didn’t consider cars with AMT drivetrains (because they apparently wouldn’t have such a smooth drivetrain). If any AMT cars are good, I’m open for them too. I also thought of the new Baleno, but not so sure about the build quality of marutis.

Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

Here is what BHPian SoumenD should say about it:

Amaze CVT should be fine if you’re okay with the looks. This 1.2L iVtec CVT suit is super smooth and reliable (speaking from personal experience). To be a Honda is to fill it, close it, forget it a bit like a car. And unlike Maruti/Hyundai, at least Honda didn’t go too stingy in providing compromised bodywork. This one does well with a 4* GNCAP.

Although I’m a big fan of TATA for their impeccable 5* security build, I would be a little wary of the DCA which is relatively new. Maybe if we have owners of the model on the forum, they can enlighten us?

By the way, if I were you, in this budget, I would also consider Nissan Magnite. It is another rare 4* rated car (with a stable body) and has a more powerful 1.0L turbo CVT which is said to be more capable. Yes, the interior quality is a little disappointing, but check it out (and test it).

Here is what BHPian rishi.roger should say about it:

AMTs aren’t horrible, at least not the recent ones. However, they aren’t that smooth either. You will feel a slight jolt/lag as the speed changes. It’s surprising at first if you’ve experienced something like CVTs before, but you get used to AMTs over time and learn to press the gas pedal to reduce those jerks.
AMTs are cheaper to maintain, they also allow some level of manual control (most AMT cars have a manual mode.. which isn’t exactly 100% manual as you can control the upshift , but downgrading may still occur automatically).

Unfortunately, most cars under 10 liters come with AMT as it reduces the build cost for the manufacturer.

Honda Amaze and Nissan Magnite are both good everyday choices if you want the joy of automatics. Nissan’s automatic is really good. If you want to spend a bit more, you can look for the Venue Turbo Automatic which I think is a good car.

I like what Tata offers for the money, especially the safety and build stiffness. However, check if their sophistication, fit and finish suits you. You may notice gaps in paint, panel fitment, gaskets/rubber seals and comparatively higher NVH levels.

Here is what BHPian shancz should say about it:

Since you are a new driver I would suggest taking a TD and then asking yourself if a car has enough power or not as this is quite subjective.

I’m fine with going for a proper auto, but your budget severely limits your options, as does the GNCAP rating. To provide you with some options, I’m skipping the GNCAP part that you can apply once you’ve taken a few TDs and been shortlisted.

Some suggestions for TD, not in order:

  • Altroz ​​DCA : already mentioned in OP
  • i20 Sportz 1.2 IVT : 1.2 NA with CVT, no GNCAP rating
  • amaze : only concern would be reports of quality issues like rusty doors reported by members.
  • Baleno AMT : Just to discover the AMT

Apart from these and if you prefer check if you can get your hands on the previous generation Brezza AT or the Toyota Urban Cruiser which is still based on the previous generation Brezza so at a better price and probably the mid-range variant can adapt. GNCAP 4 stars but the interiors would look dated and the audio quality is not up to par with the Altroz.

Here is what BHPian ajayc123 should say about it:

Slightly against one of your constraints, but just a suggestion. For your first car, I might suggest you consider MT, as it will take away your hesitation in fiddling with the manual for the rest of your life. That said, the entry level Brezza MT might be within your budget, if you want to take that into account.

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