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my fave picks of 2017

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Best Small/Entry-Level Car

This essentially comes down between two products from Maruti-Suzuki, the third-generation Dzire and the new Ignis. Now, make no mistake, I really like the new Dzire and it will be a huge best-seller, no other compact sedan has been so successful among both private and commercial buyers, yet I think the Ignis is a breath of fresh air in the small car segment. The Ignis looks so different, it has none of the standard flowing lines but tips its hat to the past with great looking angular features, and while it is a bit ‘boxy’ it is very good-looking... The Ignis is smaller inside although the top specification models on both cars come with similar levels of kit, heck the top models both have projection headlights. Both cars have the same engines and both are fabulously economical, while I’m not a great fan of Maruti’s Auto Gear Shift integration on the diesel engine, the AGS in the petrol isn’t bad at all. But the Ignis by virtue of being a smaller car is much more of a hoot to drive and throw around corners. Which is why I’d have to give it to the Ignis.

Winner: Maruti-Suzuki Ignis

Best mid-size sedan/compact SUV

The mid-size sedan segment in India has been a very quiet one because of........

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