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  1. anirudh gaurang
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  3. Wednesday, May 05 2021
Hello Gagan Ji

Sir I recently came across your videos and became a huge fan.
That is why I wanted to take your opinion. I am attaching the screenshot with the payment details via Google pay.

I am living in Hyderabad and am planning to buy a car. My primary lookout is comfort of drive and space in the car along with smooth drive and safety as I travel with my wife and my dog and sometime with my parents.
Also I am looking for only automatic cars.

Which would be the best option for me according you you?
From my research and test drive I had shortlisted the Jazz ZX CVT and the Skoda Rapid Rider AT
Please suggest if I may have missed on any other Good car.

Warm Regards
Dr Anirudh
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Dear Anrirudh ji,

Greetings !!

Honda Jazz
Yes if you seek very best of
> Comfort oriented drive in a sturdy build car
> Prefer relaxed drive the will love in Very smooth CVT transmission
> Paddle shifter make it slight more fun in drive
> Lot of space in rear seat even better than a segment above car
> Have family members whose height is 5'3" or lesser on rear seat
> Very reliable, offered with extended warranty of 3+2 yrs and even any time warranty for later years

then Jazz CVT is a great choice, but somehow yes
> This car comes with bi-annual service schedule even in 2021 and makes scheduled service cost relative to be highest in sub 4 meter segment
> Rear seat headrest are almost like non useable and fixed, so only if rear seat to be occuped by someone with height of 5'7" at max then is okay else for taller passenger its not comfortable in a laid back posture
> Surprisingly Honda still do not offer rear seat armrest and no rear ac vents (been wheelbase is longer) a placebo effect makes a slight difference in scorching summer to beat in

But, care for a car with 4 Members : Skoda Rapid Rider Plus Automatic is an excellent choice
> Turbo Petrol Engine has lot of grunt to deliver in performance as and when wanted
> Although yes Turbo lag is there but is what masked beautifully in 6 Speed Automatic. For anyone who seek fun to drive experience will love in superior mid range
> Handling dynamics in form of high speed stability and Steering feedback is like benchmark in segment and suspension well sorted
> Rear Seat legroom although not as spacious as what in Jazz but still has no reason to complain too. 2 People of 6 Feet height can sit back to back easily and yes has
> For seating comfort you get Center seat armrest in both front & rear. Yes also has adjustable head restraints and rear AC Vents too
> Somehow Rapid feels even more sturdy build and as a product in terms of performance, ride and handling dynamics and all essential convenience, styling feels like super value proposition
> C Segment Sedan as against sub 4 Meter Hatchback - social status quo

Recommendation
To view: As product per se Skoda Rapid Rider Plus Automatic is a great pick and although this is like a decade old platform as used (been next gen model expected in 2022) but trust is like a timeless proposition
Aiding on fact Skoda India localizing spares and making a strong check on keeping service cost under control by offering
> 4 year warranty as standard
> 4 year RSA as standarde
> Offering 4 year AMC for around Rs 35,000

As a product Skoda Rapid Rider Plus Automatic is best call and leads ahead for anyone who prefer enthusiastic drive and gives utmost importance to drive and handling.

But if you
> like relaxed drive
> seek majority of usage in city
> desire for maximum features with sunroof
> yes a car with better fuel efficiency

then may consider Honda Jazz Zx CVT as a choice which will never regret too.

Hope should help !!


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Dear Gagan Ji

Thank you for your valuable suggestions.
Can the rapid also seat 5 people sometimes? I currently own a celerio, so compared to that will the rear seating space be ample for 5 people?

My heart has been on the rapid for sometime but my greatest fear is the cost of spare parts if the need arises.
Secondly which type insurance will you suggest- Comprehensive with zero depth or third party being offered by the dealer

Warm Regards
Anirudh






Dear Anrirudh ji,

Greetings !!

Honda Jazz
Yes if you seek very best of
> Comfort oriented drive in a sturdy build car
> Prefer relaxed drive the will love in Very smooth CVT transmission
> Paddle shifter make it slight more fun in drive
> Lot of space in rear seat even better than a segment above car
> Have family members whose height is 5'3" or lesser on rear seat
> Very reliable, offered with extended warranty of 3+2 yrs and even any time warranty for later years

then Jazz CVT is a great choice, but somehow yes
> This car comes with bi-annual service schedule even in 2021 and makes scheduled service cost relative to be highest in sub 4 meter segment
> Rear seat headrest are almost like non useable and fixed, so only if rear seat to be occuped by someone with height of 5'7" at max then is okay else for taller passenger its not comfortable in a laid back posture
> Surprisingly Honda still do not offer rear seat armrest and no rear ac vents (been wheelbase is longer) a placebo effect makes a slight difference in scorching summer to beat in

But, care for a car with 4 Members : Skoda Rapid Rider Plus Automatic is an excellent choice
> Turbo Petrol Engine has lot of grunt to deliver in performance as and when wanted
> Although yes Turbo lag is there but is what masked beautifully in 6 Speed Automatic. For anyone who seek fun to drive experience will love in superior mid range
> Handling dynamics in form of high speed stability and Steering feedback is like benchmark in segment and suspension well sorted
> Rear Seat legroom although not as spacious as what in Jazz but still has no reason to complain too. 2 People of 6 Feet height can sit back to back easily and yes has
> For seating comfort you get Center seat armrest in both front & rear. Yes also has adjustable head restraints and rear AC Vents too
> Somehow Rapid feels even more sturdy build and as a product in terms of performance, ride and handling dynamics and all essential convenience, styling feels like super value proposition
> C Segment Sedan as against sub 4 Meter Hatchback - social status quo

Recommendation
To view: As product per se Skoda Rapid Rider Plus Automatic is a great pick and although this is like a decade old platform as used (been next gen model expected in 2022) but trust is like a timeless proposition
Aiding on fact Skoda India localizing spares and making a strong check on keeping service cost under control by offering
> 4 year warranty as standard
> 4 year RSA as standarde
> Offering 4 year AMC for around Rs 35,000

As a product Skoda Rapid Rider Plus Automatic is best call and leads ahead for anyone who prefer enthusiastic drive and gives utmost importance to drive and handling.

But if you
> like relaxed drive
> seek majority of usage in city
> desire for maximum features with sunroof
> yes a car with better fuel efficiency

then may consider Honda Jazz Zx CVT as a choice which will never regret too.

Hope should help !!
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Dear Dr Sahab,

Regret delay as got vaccine shot yesterday and was down with slight uncomfort.

Coming to query, Problem with Rapid for 5th person is
> Rear Center Seat back is hard and seat slight raised
> Relative raised Floor Hump

This center middle seat on rear seat to view although can be seated in for within city use, but trust would likely come as complaint and definire not a comfortable position for anyone on long distance ride.

For Spare Parts
I was maintaining a cost sheet for spare parts of Skoda & VW from 2015 onwards
Unfortunately seems missed from my drive. But - can definite say that spare part prices are in controlled format by OEM and infact some of the spare which were imported earlier are now localised bringing cost substantially.

For Insurance
Recommended Comprehensive insurance with Zero depreciation for Rapid
Reason will offer peace of mind protection by giving
> Depreciation cover
> Comprehensive car insurance
> 3rd Party cover

Also, can opt for add on Engine protection cover been cover in engine damage due to water ingress in engine in heavy rain or damage to engine due to oil leak

Hope should help !!
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Dear Gagan Ji

Glad you got the vaccine! :D
Hope you get well soon.

Firstly thank you so much fo your response on the rapid. It really does seem to be a good car. I generally have a fifth passenger when my dadi ji is travelling with us but that is rare. In the same breath I also wanted your opinion on one more car which just test drove, the Polo Highline AT. It had all features of the rapid but with a slightly better. Of the two, looking at driver comfort, which one would you suggest.

Thank you again and hopefully you will recover to your 100% in a day or two

Warm Regards
Anirudh


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Hi,

Although Polo Automatic - i personally prefer over rapid in terms of
> compact
> higher up features

but Polo biggest downside is rear seat space. As that feels just very compact in legroom
If you coming from Celerio - Polo rear seat feels tight by celerio too.
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Dear Gagan Ji

Thank you for your help.
For the sheer pleasure of drive, I could not think beyond the Polo or the Rapid. Have asked my family to accompany me for the test drives and let them take a final call on the car

Warm Regards
Anirudh
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