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  1. Ravi Ranjan
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  3. Monday, March 15 2021
Dear Gagan Ji

Planning to purchase new car for myself. Daily run of approx: 30-40km. City Drive: 60%, Highway: 40%. Budget: Onroad: 11 Lacs. Fuel: Petrol. City of drive: Mixed road of good condition as well as having some potholes.

In view of the same, I have shortlisted few cars and took test drive of all but now unable to decide on SUV/Sedan and further on the model/make also.

Shortlisted car:
SUV: Kia Sonet HTX iMT Petrol or Hyndai Venue SX iMT.
Sedan: Toyota Yaris G opt MT or Skoda Rapid Ambition

You may also suggest other cars based on my usage.

Kindly revert.

Thanks
Regards
Ravi Ranjan
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Dear Ravi ji

Greetings !!

Considering mix of bad roads, potholes - its not a good idea to consider in Sedan
Although Yaris has 175 mm Ground clearance but still SUV is recommended for poor build roads, pothole drive

But important to note that both
> Venue
> Sonet

comes with slight stiffer suspesnion. Although will call suspension of Sonet better tuned for mix of highway stability and yet takes on bad roads - but still, overall is on stiff note and will feel the bumps in cabin

To view - product like Mahindra XUV300 W8 Petrol can be an excellent consideration (provided slight smaller boot at 265 Litre is not a deal breaker. Even if its a deal breaker, suggest to inspect same on own as is a flat boot and can accommodate luggage with 2 medium size bags and some small bags easily along with laptop bag

Now why XUV300
> Suspension is tuned towards comfort oriented drive and will absorb bad roads easily - better than Venue, Sonet
> Very Punchy with minimal lag, very impressive pickup - will love pickup, feel and feedback of car (XUV300 Petrol comes with 200 NM Torque)
> Steering comes in Multi mode and gains feedback on sport mode on highway, else use comfort or normal mode for city use
> 5 Star Safety Rated Car with highest score in Safety test in NCAP
> Longest Wheelbase in segment and good width can have 3 average size adults on rear and yes all gets adjustable head restraints
> Comprehensive Features List with lot to impress in, check out XUV300 W8 Petrol

However, yes
> There is slight a downside in terms of higher wind noise
> Also, bad roads when driven on speed can be felt in cabin, best way is to drive slow so as to feel like car gliding on bad roads
> Gear not as sleek as what Hyundai is

But, overall as value proposition and requirement per se XUV300 Petrol is a great choice
Recommended to experience in test drive and check out space.


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Hi Gagan Ji

Thanks for your feedback. Let me rephrase my question. Bad road (Pot holes):15%, Avg city Road- 40%, Good road like highway: 45%.
Location: Kolkata

Considering the above pl suggest SUV or Sedan.

Further if we go with Sedan so which Sedan you suggest?? Personally I am quality conscious person and always prefer to go with good quality materials and doesn't give much preference to gimmick features like Engine start stop button, Sunroof, Cruise control, Auto headlamp etc etc.


Thanks
Regards
Ravi Ranjan
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Hi Gagan Ji

Thanks for the revert. Let rephrase my question: Driving Daily- Bad Road: 10%, City normal road: 50%, Highway Road Vgood condition: 45%.

Considering this should I go with SUV or Sedan. Further I am office going person and feels Sedan would fit better with my personality.

Please suggest on Sedan as well under my budget. I found Toyota Yaris under my budget. Suggest if any other better option.

Regards
Ravi
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Gagan Modi Accepted Answer
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Hi,

Basis updated info where 15% roads are very poor build with potholes and 40% on average mix roads.
I still recommend to have test drive of Mahindra XUV300 Petrol, as is right pick. No lag, car pulls cleanly from low rpm, good steering feedback and soft side suspension which do not make ride feel stiff on driving on such bad roads

Else in sedan segment - see Rapid is an excellent choice in mid range and well tuned suspension, bit when you drive on almost 50% of time on average mix roads and poor one - you wont really enjoy this beast been theres turbo lag under 2000 rpm, and on such roads - driving pattern should be in controlled speed to clear these roads

Yes - Toyota Yaris G Optional Manual is rather recommended pick over Rapid basis road conditions referred
> Better Ground clearance
> Suspension although is stiffer but if you drive slight on controlled speed will find it doing work to not to offer discomfort

Overall
> XUV300 Petrol - would be first pick
> If sedan then Toyota Yaris can be considered

Hope should help !!


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Dear Gagan Ji

Thanks for the suggestions. I took test drive of XUV300, I liked the overall driving dynamics but I did not like the interiors of it, it was more of traditional look and feel. Somehow it did not impressed me.

Further, as mentioned in your reply of Sonet and Venue, took the test drive of Kia Sonet HTX iMT & Venue SX iMT. I liked the overall feature pack of Kia Sonet but uncertain on the after sales service availability/cost. Did not find much difference in the driving of Venue & Sonet.

Considering the overall convenience, features, after sales service, build quality, re-sale value, I am planning to finalize Hyndai Venue SX iMT. Dealer is offering 20K discount also.

Please confirm if this is a good option or not.

Thanks
Regards
Ravi Ranjan
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Gagan Modi Accepted Answer
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Sure,

can you share in price breakup of Venue Sx IMT (i mean exshowroom, RTO, Insurance plan with covers etc) as quoted by dealer to analyze
Post same will let know on how good is the deal.
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Pl have a look at safety of Kia Sonet it has a Global NCAP rating oF 3* not good for a family who is concerned about safety
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