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  1. Lakshay Chugh
  2. New Cars, Reviews
  3. Thursday, May 13 2021
Dear Gagan sir,

Hope you are doing well!

I am on a lookout for a new petrol car and my budget is 12 lacs on road. I live in Gurgaon and my monthly running is around 600km with long highway trips (~ 500km up and down) every couple of months as my hometown is Chandigarh.

Here are my requirements and my expectations from the car:
1. Family of 2 (Me and my wife). Occasional ride with 4 passengers (parents)
2. Maximum safety preferred
3. Comfortable and good stability for highway trips
4. Having all modern day features as planning to keep the car for long term (don't care about sunrool)
5. Hasslefree ownership (no frequent part faults, etc.)

Based on my above requirements and the research I did, I had settled on the Nexon XZ+Sunroof Petrol variant (the only reason for moving above from XZ+ was cruise control and TPMS which I think are worth the extra cost). I have booked the car in March 2020 but sadly there has been no news on the delivery and the dealer is suggesting to wait a month more considering the lockdown in many states.

Due to this delay, I started searching for alternatives and came across the Honda City 5th Generation VMT Petrol variant which is within my budget and comes with all safety and modern day features. I already have a 4th Gen Honda City which my father uses and we are pretty satisfied with it. Chandigarh roads being good, I have never faced any issues in the ground clearance of the City but I am not so sure about Gurgaon as there are bad patches and they become worse in rains.

I wanted to seek your valuable suggestions in helping me select the right car. I have heard some complaints about both cars such as gear issues in Nexon and rattling sounds in the 5th Gen City. Whether I should stay with the Nexon or get the Honda City as it is readily available with the dealer?

I would also be exchanging my 2014 Grand i10 diesel and the Honda dealer is giving me a better deal than Tata.

Also, if there is any other car that I should be considering apart from these 2 I will be most happy to receive your opinion.

Awaiting your valuable response!

Lakshay Chugh Accepted Answer
I apologise for the slight oversight. I had booked the Nexon in March 2021 and I mistakenly wrote March 2020.

  1. more than a month ago
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Gagan Modi Accepted Answer
Dear Lakshay,

Greetings !!

As i understand you seek Reliability, Safety and yes feature loaded modern age car with good highway dynamics and top of all for requirement of majority usage for 2 people most of the times

Existing cars in contention as
> Tata Nexon
> Honda City

are good but basis requirement specified are not the best.

Mahindra XUV300
> Mahindra after sales service experience is a notch above Tata
> 5 Star Rated car as what Nexon is but with even higher up safety score
> Turbo Petrol Engine in XUV300 with 200 NM Torque feels more agile as against Nexon
> Visibility dynamics and Comfort oriented ride feels even better in XUV300. XUV comparatively has soft side suspension which aids in comfort
> Combination of Multi Mode Steering, Soft SUspension, Turbo Petrol Engine Performance and after resolving initial suspension issue as was observed in 2019 - XUV300 is now a much better product in all round approach

> Sadly no ESP in XUV300 which was offered earlier.
> Prices steeply increased in 2020 end. Somehow on road cost in last 6 month increased by Rs 40.000 but still lesser than what it was a year back (at that point XUV300 W8 with esp was priced Rs 10.6 Lakh, now is priced Rs 10.3 Lakh)

Suggest to test drive and experience same. This car has lot more appeal as against Nexon if in contention

Ford Ecosport Sports Petrol
What a brillaint machine this car. Despite been 7 to 8 year old product still
> Build
> Handling
> Fully Loaded Safety
> Best in class syn3 Touchscreen

makes it an excellent choice. Very reliable and sports edition comes with signature HID Lights having superior visibility in night drive

> Mileage as it may go for a toss in Petrol ENgine. 9 to 10 Kmpl can be a reasonable expectation
> Feels slight outdated as like yesteryear product - but having said flip side is very reliable and time tested one

Also, as you referred you are family of 2 who's going to experience car most of the times
Why not VW Polo Highline Plus AT ir GT TSI been rear seat space will be occassionally used.

VW Polo Automatic
> Automatic Transmission for convenience and at a price point which is way lower than other cars
> VW Group invested heavility on localizing spare and somehow cost of ownership has significantly come down
> Brilliantly mated 1 Litre TSI in 6 Speed Torque converter. Almost lag free which otherwise felt in Manual
> Steering, Suspension, Build Quality is Awesome
> Available with 4 year warranty extendable to 6 yrs and yes Maintenance packages too available wherein 5 year prepaid service pack will cost in Rs 39000 including GST. Been budget on your side - may go for same

So, overall recommendation to best of view
> If you seek SUV Factor then from all round perspective Mahindra XUV300 W8 Petrol is a great choice
> If Mileage is not a concern area for your then Ford Ecosport Sports Petrol
> For family of 2 with utmost convenience - Rather than Sedan check out Polo TSI Automatic. You will love in flawless appeal of this car

To view these products are better as against need of Nexon and City for that matter basis preference factor as specified.
  1. more than a month ago
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  3. # 2
Lakshay Accepted Answer
Dear Gagan sir,

Thank you so much for your valuable suggestions.

I had actually test driven the XUV300 diesel and though it handled really well but somehow did not like the interiors/center console much. I understand that it is better pick against the Nexon petrol and I will surely give the XUV300 petrol a chance and ask for a test drive. May be the interiors grow on me with time.

Regarding EcoSport, yes it is a great product but the mileage is too less for me. I am looking for a car that can at least give me 12-15kmpl in city.
As far as Polo is concerned, I have been driving a hatchback for quite a few years and wanted to upgrade to either a CSUV or a sedan.

Is there any other reason for not going with City except for the fact that only 2 people will be using it?

Thank you again,
  1. more than a month ago
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Gagan Modi Accepted Answer

As you already have City 4th Gen in Family - City 5th Gen is lot different and unlike the previous City
Yes there is no doubt that
> Ride feels more Plush in day to day usage
> Somehow with improved Safety
> Slight better build
> Better Infotainment

But the point is as what i felt is somewhat
> Launched in slight hurry as yes there were rattles reported by multiple owners in initial batch
> suspension feels rather excessive soft and this takes away the highway dynamics appeal. Although rear seat space is not to be used much in your case, but felt boat like feel in during our experience in city

I have referred same in from 1.48 minutes in this video

Pls check out

Am not impressed with 5th Gen city, if this is on your radar - i suggest to wait for few more months as OEM do silently update in model basis customer feedback and niggles reported. Hopefully basis revised reviews from April 2021 batch of city and onwards may take a call accordingly in near future.

Hope should help !!
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