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  1. Arunabh Sen
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  3. Monday, July 05 2021
Respected Sir,


I want to purchase my first car , I have to travel from city to rural areas via highway twice a month with my mother and for that purpose I need a car

I am confused between three cars

1. Ford freestyle titanium plus ( petrol)
2. Mahindra XUV300 W4 (petrol)
3. Ford Ecosport Trend (petrol)

The car will be mainly going to be drive by my driver

Kindly help me out in this regard

With regards
Arunabh
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Dear Arunabh

Greetings !!

Ford Ecosport
Ford Ecosport is a great choice for highway. You can very well experience in
> Car remains well in control with excellent grip
> Suspension tuned on stiff side to provide great stability
> Ingress and Egress is excellent
> Under-thigh support is reasonable impressive. Impressive underthigh support. Recline angle of rear seat is reasonable good
> As car to be used by driver and when he push in his seat ahead, along with co-passenger seat too pushed ahead - legroom space is good too
> Impressive Build Quality

But,
> Suspension remains slight on stiffer side (although not as stiff as diesel, but still reasonably stiff) and can feel on bad roads when driven in rural areas
> Mileage is comparatively lower in Ecosport Petrol

Ford Freestyle
> Here you are getting top of line fully loaded model with best active and passive safety including ESP, Side Airbag, Curtain Airbags. However from passive safety in terms of build Quality Ecosport excels
> Again if car pushed in front can have reasonable amount of space, but still Ecosport excels with better recline angle and rear underthigh support
> Suspension although not as stiff as in Ecosport, but Ecosport drives better on highway
> 1.2 Litre Engine feels average in performance as against 1.5 Litre in Ecosport, but mileage yes can end up been comparatively better

Having said same,
> Interior feels dated
> Car Design looks pretty average
> Freestyle is a segment smaller car and smaller boot space

Mahindra XUV300
This SUV is quiet different in
> Comfort oriented ride
> Much More Spacious in rear seat legroom

However,
> Road Noise can well be felt in cabin when you drive on highway
> Lacks headrest (not even fixed headrest) on rear seat
> Very small boot space - not much usable
> Quiet Basic in Features List

Overall Best Buy
Basis requirement as specified - Ford Ecosport Trend Petrol is a great choice provided
> Rear Seat to be primarily used by 2 adults (Under-thigh support, recline angle, headroom are all great). Ingress and Egress is easier too
> Sturdy Build Quality - almost closest to levels of XUV500
> Good Features List in car - your driver can use in offline maps while driving in rural areas. Also gets in Auto climate control, camera, rear wash & wiper, rear defogger for winter conditions
> Good Stylish Road Presence
> Proven Model which is highly reliable
> Immaculate highway dynamics
> Relative lower Engine NVH Levels
> Great Ground clearance at 200mm - better than Freestyle and XUV300

However, only 2 big cons
> You have to keep expectation correct where in car fuel efficiency is not great
> If you or your mother do not have any spine related problems, been suspension stiffer - can feel in poor rural area roads / broken roads in cabin

Hope should help !!


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Sir

Thanks for valuable information.

Considering only highway ride which car should I go with a compact SUV like Ford Ecosport or a Sedan car like Skoda rapid or Honda City

With Regards
Arunabh


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Hi,

Nothing like Ecosport if majority of usage for highway
Hope should help !!


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