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  1. Ankur Dhingra
  2. New Cars, Reviews
  3. Sunday, July 11 2021
Hi Team,

I have booked a Mahindra Xuv 300 W8 optional diesel in the month of April and prices have increased 2 times since then.
After the first price hike in April, I raised the complaint against the dealer since they had the vehicle at the time of booking but they didn't deliver it as they waited for the price increase.
And made an excuse that our loan was not approved but that was not the case.So, I didn't purchase the vehicle at that time and asked them to deliver a new model instead.

After a month in June, the dealer informed me that the vehicle has arrived but the music system is not available yet. And he asked me to pay 2 lakhs in advance so that he will deliver the vehicle when the music system arrives and assure that the 2nd price hike will not affect. I refused and told him that I'll only pay the whole amount at the time of delivery.

After the 2nd price increase, he told me that I can take the delivery but at the new price now, it will now cost me Rs 1386000 on road.
But now I'm hesitant to buy it based on my experience till now and since the after sale service of Mahindra is not good.

Shall I go with XUV 300 or book Creta S diesel variant which will cost me around 15 lakh as of now, or any other car. Please suggest.
My preference is a diesel car with safety and comfort. Budget around 15 lakhs. Location Panipat, Haryana
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Hi Ankur,

Yes, Price determines value proposition of car
As i understand you waited for long and witnessed 2 rounds of price hike despite booking the car. Yes it all takes away the experience factor been no price protection and looks like dealer showroom also did not prioritize on consumer satisfaction element.

However - same scenario now across the industry. Every Manufacturer is on price hike spree
Hyundai India too increased car prices off late of Creta couple of times and other OEM too followed same

The same scenario was predicted good 6 months back and was explained publically through YouTube Platform


Somehow yes w.r.t Mahindra - Price hike is rather considerable and been you booked car, its led to discontent.

Anyhow coming to XUV300 W8 Option Diesel and Creta S Diesel - point is theres huge differentiation

Creta S Diesel Plus Points
> Hyundai 1.5 Crdi Diesel Engine refinement in terms of Engine refinement, NVH levels feels a lot better as against Mahindra 1.5 Diesel Engine
> In cabin Insulation levels in terms of noise factor again is superior in Hyundai
> Hyundai after sales service, reliability and niggle free ownership is key USP
> Feels more spacious in cabin with bigger boot space
> Offers more comfort in drive experience
> Pretty good performer in resale perspective
> You like driving a car in city and good highway road conditions - can reasonable be impressed with Creta S Diesel

This SUV although not as much feature loaded as XUV300 but social status of bigger car, better interiors and the way Engine NVH, refinement levels are there delivers a plush experience

However, you can reject Creta and go in for XUV300 Diesel if seek to give maximum importance to

> Unmatched safety perspective. Its not that Creta is not safe, its that XUV300 is proven with superior 5 star build and unmatched active and passive safety features with ESP, 7 Airbags, All 4 disc brakes
> You seek lifestyle features as - Electric Sunroof, Styling with Alloy Wheels along with added safety as element
> XUV300 Diesel yes even feels more punchy and seek excellent mid range from performance aspect without a compromise
> If boot is not a deciding factor, been you booked car and having a smaller 265 Litre boot space is not a consideration
and top of all not ready to wait further as Creta S Diesel still has couple of month waiting and XUV300 W8 Option Diesel still cost in Rs 75,000 lesser with better features, safety, performance aspect .

Overall Recommendation
Yes Creta has its own dynamics, bigger car, space, Engine NVH and a notch better in after sales but, if
> Safety aspect
> Comfort Oriented drive on higher speed been Creta has even soft note suspension and somehow XUV feels even more stable

and a car which is readily available and still cost in Rs 75K lower - XUV300 W8 Option still remains a top pick.
Suggest to ignore price hike aspect as its across the board and take on delivery of XUV300 W8 Option Diesel - rather than keep yourself waiting for couple of more months for Creta S Diesel

Hope should help !!


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