The best car your money can buy

In the last part of the series, we rate all the cars in the Rs 6-18 lakh category to help you choose the one that suits your needs.

Vikrant Singh        Print Edition: October 2010

Welcome to the second part of the most elaborate comparison on cars. This time around we look at the Rs 6-18 lakh category and the rating card remains the same. We have tested, measured and rated nearly every car sold in the market.

If you find some missing, it's because we have only considered BS IV compliant cars. The unique part about this test is that apart from a definitive verdict on the car you should buy, we also tell you about the variants that make the best buys in each price category.  We have drawn an elaborate scorecard for every model and variant available in each category.

The process is simple - we have divided the test into two parts.

The first part has already been published in the previous issue, wherein we considered cars that cost up to Rs 6 lakh (exshowroom) in Delhi.

In this issue, we rate the cars costing Rs 6-18 lakh and divide them into three sets - Rs 6-8 lakh, Rs 8-12 lakh and 12-18 lakh.

For those who like more power at their disposal, the rating looks specifically at utility vehicles (UVs) and sports utility vehicles (SUVs), with the Mighty Movers section listing the best SUV buys.

34 per cent
This was the increase in production in the passenger vehicle segment in April-August 2010 compared with the same period last year.

The production of passenger cars grew by 34.32 per cent, that of utility vehicles by 22.56 per cent and multi-purpose vehicles by 50.68 per cent in April-August this year over the same period last year.

Evaluation Parameters
The scoresheet considers five criteria to better understand the attributes of a car. Here's what they mean.

BODY: Cars are rated on the basis of the space they offer to the front and backseat passengers, as also on the shoulder, leg and knee room. We also rate them depending on how spacious they feel because of the design, colour (interior) and window area.

The boot of the car and its opening width and height are measured to reveal its utility. Special attention is paid to city and its ability to overtake on the highway. Fuel economy is rated using the same procedure. As for engine characteristics and gearbox, we rate a car's drivetrain on its refinement, noise level and quality of gearshift, along with the choice of ratios.

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