I see ground clearance is only 165mm for Altroz where as small hatchback Tiago has 170 and 181mm GC.
What matters is suspension in combination to Ground Clearance
Somehow the biggest USP of Altroz is :-
a) Impeccable Handling
b) Suspension which is pretty balanced mix as required for Indian roads
So - do not have anything to worry with 165 mm GC
Also difference in 165 mm and 170 mm ground clearance although looks like 5mm but to quantify for real world is 1/5th of an Inch - so that less is the difference.
everyone is highlighting how much underpowered this car is with 85BHP and 113NM torque , while I note the point this is not enthusiast car but is this car performance that much bad on highways due to this factor
This is a car which is best when driven with
a. Real Light foot with preference of light acceleration
b. Do not count on 0 to 60 speed
c. But care for Build Quality, rather jerk free pickup with light foot, steering and handling dynamics.
There is no doubt that car can be driven to 80 to 100 speed but it may take time to reach that
To put it number terms for easy view - If Baleno AMT takes says 12 seconds then Altroz can take near around 17 to 18 seconds to reach that in real world
So - have a test drive to experience
How much reilable is DCA/DCT in India ?
Its a wet dual clutch gearbox and although there were apprehensions earlier due to different transmission in beginning but with more than 18 months been crossed and no as such issues reported - can consider same with 5 yr warranty
I am also planning to take new car by that time ; is it best to wait for facelift version ?
Facelift anyway are preferable but price hikes would be the only con
If flexible to raise budget then yes is indeed worth a wait,