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  1. Suresh Y
  2. New Cars, Reviews
  3. Saturday, September 11 2021

1) I am new to driving and have been doing my driving classes now.
2) I want to buy a car for regular Office commute in Mumbai and for family with 2 adults + 2kids of 6 and 4 years.
3) Mine is a travel job and expect 1000 - 2000 kms /month with in Mumbai and occasionally to Pune/Nashik and some Family outings now and then.
4) I feel Diesel would be good for me. I had booked a Ford Freestyle T+ in Diesel and the booking was rejected by Ford as of today. I really feel i am missing one good option because of Ford's closure.
5) I wish to buy a Car with Good & Comfortable Ride Quality and Build Quality and of course with great importance for Safety. Looking for hassle free maintenance & little higher ground clearance.
6) Budget would be 10-12L
Please suggest the next best possible options.

Admin Accepted Answer
Dear Suresh ji,

Greetings !!

Yes with Ford been out - choices are limited. But basis need, requirement of
> Safe Car
> Performance Oriented
> Lower Running Cost
> Lower Scheduled Service cost

and budget in consideration - best recommended pick would be Mahindra XUV300 W6 Diesel with strong reasons in favor

1. Highest score in safety rating with 5 star safety rated car (car which was crash tested in Global NCAP had similar safety features as in W6). Very impressive build quality, crumple zone and safety rating

2. Ford Diesel Engines known for pretty impressive Lag free Performance. Expect reasonable impressive performance in 1.5 Litre Diesel Engine as used in XUV300 with 300 NM Torque. Its a powerhouse for fair impressive performance and multi mode steering ensure you can get the best feedback by driving in sports mode in steering on highway

3. Suspension however is not Ford like. This car delivers comfort oriented suspension, You can find ride to offer plush ride experience
While driving on good city and highway ride can experience the comfort factor in drive

4. Also a big USP of XUV300 Diesel is that engine oil replacement schedule in Mahindra XUV300 Diesel is 20,000 Kms / 2 Yrs (after first annual service, so this will ensure that service cost remains fair competitive). Pls check XUV300 Diesel Service Cost

Am sure the package as offered in XUV300 with
> Safety
> Performance
> Comfort
> Build Quality
> Competitive Service cost

makes a difference

In terms of negatives, somehow
> Cabin Insulation is not the best. Can experience in wind and engine noise
> Dont confuse it as off roader. When driving on bad roads - can find suspension to be slight noisier
> Limited Boot Space
> Quite Average Interior Aesthetics

But this is definite a no - nonsense car and recommended to check on XUV300 W6 Diesel. Will reach on upper end of your budget at around 12 Lakh On Road

Hope should help !!

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