I have decided to go for the Santro. I'm not at all worried about resale or comfort. Its smooth drive and relatively good performance on CNG prompted my decision to opt for this vehicle. But an acquaintance of mine warned me from buying this vehicle. This is what he had to say.
" If you bring cost and mobility factor to consideration then obviously Hyundai Santro is a much better option. But the drawback is the "Electronic" system of Hyundai Santro that I came to know about. A motor-mechanic once told me that the "EFI" system in most of the modern cars that are being brought to the market is purely crap, Santro being one of them. He solidified his stance with the following arguments:
You have to be mighty careful once you take your car to the service station for wash. You can't get your car's compartments under the bonnet wet-washed. You must get them steam-washed & if you still wash them out with water your whole EFI system will die down, & you've to purchase a new EFI kit.
Santro contains a major component controlling the EFI system under the seat adjacent to the driver's seat, if some water is spilled there, the same result of EFI demise will be encountered.
EFI cars are difficult to repair & not every workshop is equipped with tools that can repair any EFI related bug.
Also repairing of EFI system is costly and in most cases its only the authorized dealer who can fix the EFI system
Also if you are travelling on long-route and you car breaks down due to EFI failure in (or) near a town or a village then forget about your car as you won't find any EFI mechanic there.
I think the problem with the EFI system on Santro alone is enough for me to caution you from buying it. I don't say that Santro is totally a crap, yet the Advanced Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) system on Santro is turning out to be a major headache. Just imagine that if you accidentally get some water spilled over electronic compartments while re-filling the radiator you'll have to consult with the authorized dealer to get it fixed & obviously it'll turnout to be relatively costly as compared to the one that doesn't come with EFI function. The choice is yours, I would prefer you to consult with some professional person in this matter."
My apologies in advance if this subject has been discussed before.