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  1. rohit sharma
  2. New Cars, Reviews
  3. Tuesday, April 06 2021

I am a defence personnel and about to buy a new car for which my requirements are as follow :

1. Budget is 10-11 lacs onroad.

2. I have elder family members at home. So keeping in mind the easy ingress outgress, I am thinking for sub 4 metre suv.

3. Mostly daily usage will be in city followed by 2-3 long highway trips of approx 100-150 km in a month.
But as I am in defence, so I will be able to use the vehicle for 3 yrs straight at a time. Then for the next 3 yrs the car will be parked at home, seldom driven by any family member for few kms. And this cycle of 3 yrs will follow thereafter. Like when i will be posted in cantonment, then i will be able to drive the car. When i will be posted at border, the car will be parked at home for a long time. I will be able to drive it only when i come on leave. So need a RELIABLE car offering peace of mind and its maintenance is not heavy on pocket.

4. Ground clearance to be good as i will be travelling all across india. And i think all compact SUVs offer decent ground clearance.

5. Rear space for family and boot space to be large enough to accomodate luggage for long trips.

6. Suspension to be not so stiff not so hard. Like it should absorb bad roads also and provide stability and no bouncy ride on highway too.

7. Basic features required are sunroof (family demand), TPMS, Auto foldable ORVMs, cruise control, height adjustable driver seat, steering Mounted controls.

8. Finally engine. I am upgrading from 2009 alto petrol, sx4 petrol, ritz petrol. And i am a decent speed loving driver. Max i will go on highways will be 120, average speed on highway 80-90, city average speed 40-60. So keeping all this in mind, the engine should not feel underpowered like i m pressing the accelerator, and the car is not able to pick itself up or not able to gain speed in smaller time frame like what happens in alto. Also the engine should not feel underpowered when my family and luggage comes in the car. I dont want that type of supercar engine. Acceptable driving power is the need.

So what according to you fulfill my need?
Thanks and waiting for your response.

rohit sharma
Gagan Modi Accepted Answer
Greetings Rohit ji,

Jai Hind !!

Let me assist you with need based basis elimination to shortlist right car for need

As you specified preference
5. Rear space for family and boot space to be large enough to accomodate luggage for long trips.

> Sonet and Venue feels to be relative compact on rear seat space. Infact they have one among most compact legroom in sub 4 meter segment
> Mahindra XUV300 although is quiet spacious among lot in rear seat been having longest wheelbase, but boot space is just at 265 Litres

6. Suspension to be not so stiff not so hard. Like it should absorb bad roads also and provide stability and no bouncy ride on highway too

Although Renault Kiger feels marginally better over Nissan Magnite but if you ask me for
> High Speed Handling
> Steering Feedback
then these 2 cars leaves a lot to be desired.

On other hand Ford Ecosport although an excellent choice basis highway dynamics, features, ford reliability and feels macho in terms of highway but yes
> Suspension feels rather stiff
> Rear seat shoulder room and legroom best suited for 2 adults

But considering price difference - may even check out Ford Ecosport Titanium Diesel. This 1.5 TDCI Diesel engine just bring a smile on the face of buyer - very awesome experience

Left out Choices
So essentially you are left out with
> Tata Nexon
> Honda WRV
> Maruti Brezza / Toyota Urban Cruiser

Been Sunroof is one among key preference factors - somehow Brezza and Urban Cruiser too not offer Sunroof in segment.

Essentially - you have 2 choices to make up for need essentially as
> Tata Nexon
> Honda WRV

Now, Honda WRV although a decent pick basis
> Suspension as well tuned
> Comfort Oriented ride
> Space lot of space
> Sunroof, Cruise control
> Honda Reliability
> WRV has 1 year / 10,000 Kms service interval

and except TPMS (which can be fitted as accessory) this car ticks all boxes but somehow 1.2 Litre Engine do not do full justice on highway if fully loaded.

Best Buy for Need
So, if you seek rather a car with superior engine performance then the best buy for need as specified is Tata Nexon XZ Plus Sunroof Petrol
This car ticks all boxes
> BS6 Engine feel lot improved in Power delivery over BS4, Should consider driving in City Mode or if seek on highway as sports mode
> Comes with Lifestyle features as Electric Sunroof, Cruise control on highway, yes has TPMS Sensor
> Boot Space although not biggest but still generous at 350 Litre
> Rear seat legroom space is good, can have 2 adults and 1 average size adult / kid on rear
> 5 Star Safety Rated with ESP, Traction Control

Only thing is On road price which may exceed basis location but trust Nexon XZ Plus Petrol ticks almost all boxes and a great pick

Some downside of Nexon should not ignore too
> Engine noise levels feels higher on high speed
> Eco Mode feels lot dull - best to avoid (unless cruising on highway / expressway with cruise set)
> Visibility not the best (but couple of drives, you will be at home with Nexon)
> Ingress and Egress not great for taller passenger on driver seat. Driver seat need to be placed slight low
> Tata After sales service still a question (but thankfully with network expansion and improved focus is improving too)

Having said same, basis need, preference and requirement if you consider increasing budget a bit then Nexon XZ Plus Petrol Sunroof is a great pick.

Else if stringent on budget then test drive and experience in
> Honda WRV - although not as powerful, but if you go with relaxed foot is a good choice too.
> Ford Ecosport - a great all rounder product basis sturdiness, drive, handling. Titanium Petrol will come in your budget with Sunroof. Experience Ecosport Diesel for a change, Titanium Diesel is super value.

Suggest to have test drive of these cars basis need and experience
Should be able to make a call.

Hope should help !!

Rohit sharma Accepted Answer
Thanks a lot team mycarhelpline.
Such a detailed and in depth response for my query.
Kudos !!!!!
Actually i have driven nexon xz+ petrol (BS6), Somehow i feel that at my sitting position, the front glass of the car is slightly more slanted towards the roof . I mean that from my driver's view, i am feeling a bit less visibility. Is it the design structure of the car and will i get used to it after sometime ?
Admin Accepted Answer

Suggest to drive with
> Driver seat positioned slight down
> Adjusted towards back yet in comfortable reach of steering and clutch

Its absolute fine to drive in Nexon for anyone with 5'11" height or less (speaking as driven self multiple times and did not faced any such issue)

Hope should help !!
Rohit sharma Accepted Answer
Thanks for ur response
One more query
Should i wait for the new brezza ?
Is it going to be launched this year ?
Or in that case should i wait for any other car to be launched if i delay my buy by the end of this year ?

Admin Accepted Answer

Should i wait for the new brezza ?

Ideally yes, but time frames ?
No official communication, only rumors spreading

Is it going to be launched this year ?

Considering pandemic and basis our sources seems unlikely, but yes may be introduced in early 2022
However, Sunroof in Brezza still no clue.

Or in that case should i wait for any other car to be launched if i delay my buy by the end of this year ?

Skoda Kushaq base model, VW Taigun base model
With 1 Litre TSI, Build, Handling it would be an interesting proposition
But you will miss on lifestyle features as expected in your next new car in base model
Rohit Accepted Answer
Thank you for the clarification.
Apart from this, I had spoken to a tata dealer in my hometown. He had said a waiting of approx 60-90 days.
Is there any guarantee kind of thing tata motors offer that the delivery of the car will surely be within the said waiting period ?
Because I have to plan my leave accordingly to take the vehicle from the dealer.
And if the delivery is not done on time, it will just be the wastage of my leave.
Anything which I can do with respect to this issue ?
Admin Accepted Answer
Hi, Nop, unfortunately there is no guarantee
Been, yes is waiting period of 60 to 90 days and 3 months is a fair waiting period, but in rare case basis
> Dispatches
> Color
> Model Variant
> Indent

delay may happen further too. But - 3 months is a fair waiting period and is standard in most of the locations and deliveries happening in same time frame. The best way is to get in touch with dealer GM or showroom manager so that he can place indent with OEM on time.

Hope should help !!
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