Hi guys, I have been looking forward to buy a car since ages. If I could go a bit OT here to give you a background of my love for cars, the first time i asked my dad for a vehicle was when I was 12, wanted to buy a scooty to go for my Karate classes and since then always was hooked on to automobiles. 1997 saw the launch of Opel Astra, and since that time my mind was focussed solely on europeans. Then came the Palio's, the sienna's and Petra's. The one car which I always wanted to own was the 1.6GTX/S10/1.6S and to this day I regret that I didnt get to drive it even once, let alone owning it. Dad didnt want to spend money on car as he wouldnt be using it and I was not old enough. Its been 13 years since then, every car launched by FIAT,TATA,Opel was the one that I wanted to own. I used to and still do keep visually following the car passing by wishing I owned it. Left for further education to the UK and started getting neck sprains seeing the cars over there. I never really recovered when I saw that AM parked on the street, never have or never will ever see something as immaculate,serene like it. Still have a bit of sprain in my neck ::OO Anyways, came back home, started off with a job and then the urge to have a car hit me again. Bought a 96k km run,1995 Maruti ZenLX in 2008. To be honest the only creature comforts the car had was an AC and a music system and honestly I didnt require anything more. Its been 3 years and more than 10k kms since I bought that car and now her age is showing. The ride quality has gone for a toss and I can feel every smalles stone on the road, there are rattles in quite a few places, and she just feels so old.But boy oh boy, is she a hoot to drive in the city or what? Buying a car was and still is a big thing for me as I have not yet settled down financially and there are quite a few outstanding payments to my parents which have to be taken care of. Nonetheless with my current sweetheart, old, a new one had to be bought and so began the test drives of different cars.Although I’m doing general testdrives since past 10 years just for fun this was a new experience for me. The requirements were pretty simple. a) The car needs to be spacious, I should be able to sit comfortably in the rear seat with the front seat, pulled back completely, b) The rear should accommodate 3 in moderate to good comfort, since mine is a family of 5. although long trips with full occupancy are not so often, around 4-5 a year, c) Impeccable and impressive highway cruiser. I love driving and there is nothing I would rather do more than drive. The only reason I have been holding back expressway drives for 3 years is as I am a bit insecure driving at those speeds in my Zen. So with the new car I was planning to have a good number of long drives to Pune, Kolhapur, Nashik ,Goa etc etc, d) Mileage was not a major concern, my Zen gives me 7-8 in the city, I always drive with the AC on. If I want to travel from A-B in the cheapest possible way, If I want a cheapest maintenance costs, lot of service centers so on and so forth, I would rather take the public transport. Period. 10-11Km/ltr in the city would be more than enough. The test drives were taken for the following cars, 1) Punto 1.4, 2) Vista 1.2, 3) Micra, 4) Beat, 5) I 20. Since this post is getting too long I ll post in parts soon.