Hi Buddy, Just check this topic... I was looking out for a diesel car last month and checked almost all the diesel hatchbacks in the budget around 5.5 lacs... viewtopic.php?f=62&t=1437&hilit=Ritz+VDI After through study and being the owner of Punto i decided for Ritz which later i dropped and waiting for new swift... My suggestion would be 1. Punto 1.3 is a very good value for money but if your friend can extend his budget for few thousands suggest him to go for Emotion... 2. Ritz VDI is a nice car to drive, very practical in nature but i somehow felt that it is not a Highway car and you really cannot drive it beyond 120 kmph... Just ask your friend to check for Ritz VDI as maruti is giving 30000 INR discounts and if you guys push the dealer he will give another 10K... so Ritz VDI on road cost will come close to Ritz LDI. 3. A Strict NO NO for swift as it is nearing an upgrade and new swift will be launched sometime later this year.. 4. You can also look out for Ford Figo, it is a good car to drive and a practical car for indian roads... 5. I20 is not value for money and you end up paying too much for a basic era version of it and trust me hyundai I20 diesel is not as good to drive as I20 Petrol... I20 name is only good when it is Petrol. The points above are my personal comments and what i felt..