Thanks for the A2A, for the variants that you have suggested above, I would suggest the Alpha. Thing is that you need to understand your priorities, but many a times what you see as your priorities fall a bit short into what you should have targeted. I am one of the primary examples for this case, I own a Baleno Delta. When I was looking for a car, my priorities were very clear.
- 2 Airbags and ABS.
- Powerful Ac.
- Good legroom for all and a good boot.
- Fuel efficiency because it will be my daily drive.
- Lower maintenance cost.
I wanted all of these and selected the Delta version because it fitted the bill perfectly. But once I started driving the vehicle, I felt somethings which if I had gone for, it would have been much better. I will list those down for you.
- Rear parking camera and sensors – Now Delta has parking sensors but the rear glass is very inadequate and the C-pillars are very thick. Although parking sensors are great and very much needed, parking camera would have been very useful.
- Projector headlamps – The standard headlights that cars have is a bit inadequate for highway drives, and during rains the situation is even worse. I can get a bulb upgrade but if I had a factory fitted projector, I would not have to do anything at all.
- Seat heigh adjustment – Now I have a height of 5′10″ and so the view is pretty ok for me even without any height adjustment. But if my fiance will try her hands she might find it a bit low (she is 5′2″). The work around that I would use is using a cushion on the driver’s seat :D. But this is a good feature to have.
Apart from these there are a lot of other things that Alpha gives that is very helpful but not for me. They are listed below.
- Alloy Wheels – The alloy rims provided on Alpha are so ordinary looking, that you can never figure out the difference between a wheelcap or those alloy rims.
- 16″ Wheels – Now Maruti has increased the rim size on Alpha to 16″ but reduced the aspect ratio of tyres, which essentially means that the sidewalls are not as lengthy as in Delta. Lower sidewalls definitely leads to improved handling but on the cost of a bumpy ride. And the Baleno already has a stiffer suspension setup which means that those potholes will be much more pronounced on an Alpha than on the Delta.
- Touch screen Infotainment – Now honestly I absolutely avoid touchscreens on the car and always prefer the tactile feedback of the buttons. Also I have seen the touchscreen system much more difficult to maintain. My friend’s Manza has a factory fitted touchscreen and its touch points have shifted like we face in ATMs. Its like you need to press slightly higher to touch the specific button.
- Fog lamps – The factory fitted ones are absolutely useless and serve no purpose at all. You would anyways have to change them if you live in an area with heavy rainfall.
Hence I would say that when comparing Delta to Alpha, Delta made sense to me. But when comparing Zeta to Alpha, I would suggest going for the Alpha because when you are going for the full package, Zeta just leaves you begging for that little bit missing. Happy driving!