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  1. Sushanta Kumar Behera
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  3. Monday, October 18 2021
Hi I am bit confused which SUV to go for. My budget is around 15-22 L and looking currently at few cars like Nexon XZA+, Skoda Kushaq, Creta, XUV 700 and Harrier XZA.
But I am confused which one to go for. Here are my bit of my requirements and confusion
Requirements:
- Need a spacious SUV for my 4 member family
- Monthly once going outside for trip (a freaking traveller) and going to use this vehicle for trips outside city, mountains and rest time will be using for office and city ride. (less than 1000 kms ride per month, except for trip)
- Budget is max till 23L, not more than that
- Safety car, good driving experience
- Wants to keep the vehicle at least for 5 years for sure
- Need Automatic Transmission only

Confusions:
- This is my first car, hence thinking should I go for bigger car like XUV700 or Harrier and it goes bit over budget as well
- Looking to keep for 5 yrs minimum, hence thinking for a stable car for long term use
- Confused on space like I like Kushaq, but thinking it's smaller than other SUVs in this segment and quite pricier as well (1,5L goes till 22L)
- Is Harrier XTA+ a good choice considering my requirement?
- Kushaq 1.0L is good, considering my requirement, will it a space concern car for back sits (heard its a 4x4, not comfortable for 3 in rear row)
- Shall I choose a Nexon instead and drive for 2-3 years, and then go for a bigger car?
- As I will buy through loan hence thinking is it make sense to go for bigger car like Harrier/XUV700.

I am confused and not able to make a decision. Trying to decide since last 1.5 months.

Please suggest for all these options with reasons, what should be ideal for me and why?
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Dear Sushanta,

Greetings !!

Considering fact that you are
> Flexible on Budget
> Looking for Automatic Transmission car
> Considering Spacious Cabin for 4 Members

Nexon
Of the given list - take Nexon out. Its AMT and somehow AMT although loosely called as Automatic - but is what Automated Manual Transmission and is no match to refinement and smoothness of conventional automatic gear box.

Also - ingress and egress is not as ease as otherwise in mid suv cars as referred

XUV700
I really wont recommend in all new XUV700 been the fact of historical data
Mahindra cars are not the very best in initial batches as there cars known to have issues in initial batch lot and same experienced in XUv500 earlier, followed by XUV300 and then Thar too - with so many tech oriented features

I can say as of now that if you seek XUV700 - pls do wait for minimum 6 months to experience the feedback from owners and then consider purchase call of latest manufactured car in new batches

Harrier
Although a great buy and now matured product with considerable improvements
But even after buying same and spending in 22 Lakh - you will miss on signature model as XZA and XZA+
Somehow to view - Harrier is best suited in XZA and XZA+ to unleash the premium feel and experinece of this car.

My recommendation
As you specific mentioned car for 4 members - Skoda Kushaq 1.0 TSI Style Automatic is a great value pick (although for exemplary experience is Kushaq 1.5 TSI - which cost 2 Lakh higher but offer a kind of performance which is unmatched)
At 16.2 Lakh exshowroom you get
> Fully Loaded Top of line model - with complete safety of 6 Airbags along with lifestyle, styling and convenience features to experience the very best
> 1 Litre TSI Engine is pretty responsive and Turbo lag is well masked in this Automatic Transmission
> Space Management is pretty impressive for 4 Members. Infact its a car for 4 adults for good legroom and headroom space is okay (however - its not a car for 3 adults on rear seat)
> Its not a 4x4 but 4x2 Wheel Drive.
> Suspension although on stiffer note but is mature. Overall ride, handling experience is impressive

Only suggestion as there was some EPC error in Kushaq - to unofficial communication we have - same been rectified in latest lot batch
So while making booking try and buy latest lot October'21 and later manufactured car

Hope should help !!


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Thank you for the excellent suggestions. I have below follow up questions.

Skoda Kushaq:
- How would I know, if it's from latest lot? Do I have to wait for more end of this month and then book?
- It's a petrol car, will it provide enough power like diesel engine?
- from exterior it looks pretty small compared to other SUV like CRETA,:(
- Is Taigun a preferred choice over Kushaq considering a VW car

Creta SX:
- What's your view on Creta SX Automatic Transmission variant
- Is it not better than Kushaq, if now..why? where it's lacking?
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Hi,

Skoda Kushaq
1. Pls share VIN Number with us (if car in dealer stock) - will let know Manufacturing Month and whether is from latest lot or not

2. Its a Turbo Charged stratified injected Petrol Engine. Drive it - am sure will be thrilled with the performance

3. Although Dimension wise car may look smaller but careful packaging from inside - will be impressed with legroom space and the way seat place below. Although boot space may look slight compromised but its a deep boot and practical enough to hold in good amount of luggage.

4. Both Kushaq and Taigun core DNA is same. Its upto you which one you decide. Our recommendation for Kushaq over Taigun is due to Skoda India Director Zac Hollis whos personally ensuring high degree of customer satisfaction and even joined many social groups and goes a level up to solve customer issue directly.

Hyundai Creta
Great choice for comfort oriented ride. Suspension is on soft note - plush drive, seats are well cushioned and car is very reliable
But - Creta is best buy when having maximum in city usage. If seek a car for
> Superior Handling
> Driving Dynamics
> Build Quality
its Kushaq which leads ahead

Suggest to test drive and experience as looks like you have not test driven Kushaq. Also test drive Creta Back to back to experience the difference
One last things - test drive for a distance (dont use short test drive) and do drive both cars at speed of 80+ if possible to experience the difference in handling character of both SUV

Hope should help !!
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Hi Gagan.... I have watched your youtube videos and you are simply amazing.... educating the Indian customer. More power to you!

Coming to my question - do dealers allow for long test drives? Do we need to pay them since we would be driving for longer duration/distance? Am from Bangalore and to take a long TD, need to go out quite a distance.

Thanks,
Vijay


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Dear Vijay,

Although dealers have pre-defined route for test drive
But yes if you speak and have word with showroom manager prehand that you are pretty interested in buying a car and need a long test drive to
> experience the car
> check feel and feedback of car

Am sure a pro-active sales manager will definite allow for a longer test drive. However pls note that a long test drive although claimed but it wont be more than 30 to 35 Kms in best possible scenario too

Hope should help !!
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Dear Gagan,

I did test drive for 1.5 DSG and found to be an awesome car for good quality driving experience. Thanks for the recommendation:)
I was planning to book soon, however looking at the EPC failure case on rise for Kushaq & Taigun, I am worried. (Twitter screenshot of issues with a 3 days old new car is pretty scary and VW is not recalling for replacement)

Q1: This led me to test drive Jeep compass, it's equally powerful as well. I am getting deal of ~25L for Longitude (on-road price). Will it be a good buy?
Q2: Buying a 2021 manufacturing car in Nov'21 & Dec'21, will it impact on the car valuation during resale or it's absolutely fine to buy now.

Please advise, I am now in a dilemma between Kushaq & Jeep.

Thanks in advance
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Hi,

Although Jeep Compass is a notch up but if you finding these couple of issues related to EPC then Compass is not niggle free too
Many consumers reported different isses in Compass and despite been a product launched 4 yr+ back - social media has score of issues related to same.

Point is - probability and number of consumers reporting in issue
If its like 10 to 15 customers out of say 1000s of customer then probability of issue cropping up is mere 1% to 1.5%
I suggest to not to go much beyond EPC issue as referred earlier by admin
> Skoda also resolved same in latest batch cars
> Very few handful of customers reported in Taigun - i can tell you would be difficult to find even 10 customers for same (and almost 100% of urban population use social media handles)

So my suggestion is to ignore and go ahead with positive frame of mind
However if budget is not an issue - be assured compass feels a notch better product

Hope should help !!
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Dear Gagan and Team,

Do you think it is good to buy the 5th Gen Honda City? There are lot of positives about it, but i have heard some negatives too (from your own youtube video partly as well!) like
- thin sheet metal; roof can be pressed even with 2 fingers and the sheet will go down
- noise level in the cabin
- ground clearance (90% used on Bangalore roads, but once a quarter to places like Mangalore, Ooty, Kerala (involves ghats, and perhaps some broken patches)
- not very powerful - I am relatively an aggressive driver in the sense if the highway is straight and empty - will go upto 140-150 kmph
- will upgrading the tires to 195mm help? any downsides of that?
If not City, then which one? Should I wait for the hybrid version that is supposed to come by Feb-Mar 2022? Or go for Renault Arkana? Or the good old Creta Diesel AT? My budget is 20 Lakhs OTR; can stretch by another 10% if needed; must be automatic, but can be petrol or diesel.

Thanks much in advance and Happy Diwali! :)
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Dear Vijay,

Happy Diwali
Pls route quiery through Ask a Question in MyCarHelpline Forum to assist

Thanks
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Hi Gagan,

I have booked my Kushaq 1.5 L, but from the Kushaq forum, I see lot issues from the owners. Hence, moving to Harrier XZA+ or Jeep Compass Longitude Petrol AT.

Quotes from both cars:
Tata Harrier XZA+ 25.7 L on-road price
Jeep Compass Longitude Petrol: 25.96L (missing sun roof in this model)

Can you please suggest which one will be better in terms performance, features driving dynamics and spacious for a 4 member + 1 child family.

I am a first time car owner and wanted to keep the car for longer time 5-6 yrs at-least.

Please suggest. Thank:)
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Hi Gagan,

I have booked Kushaq 1.5 L based on recommendations, but from the Kushaq forum, I see lot issues from the owners. Hence, moving to Harrier XZA+ or Jeep Compass Longitude Petrol AT.

Quotes from both cars:
Tata Harrier XZA+ 25.7 L on-road price
Jeep Compass Longitude Petrol: 25.96L (missing sun roof in this model)

Can you please suggest which one will be better in terms performance, features driving dynamics and spacious for a 4 member + 1 child family.

I am a first time car owner and wanted to keep the car for longer time 5-6 yrs at-least.

Please suggest. Thank:)
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Hi,

SUV are best in Diesel
Although Jeep Compass is great in 7 Speed DCT but from
> Reliability of Gearbox Transmission
> Performance Power Delivery
> Space
> Features
> Lower Running Cost

Tata Harrier XZA+ is the pick
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