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  Sunday, 29 October 2023
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Hi team,

I want to buy a new car between 15-20 lacs for 3 adults and 2 kids (5years) for long run.

Expected running - 70% on highway, 20% on hills and 10% city run.

I already have swift dzire vxi 2011 model and want to keep it for city usage.

My major priority is for great & SAFE drivability and peace of mind in terms of maintenance.

Currently looking for VW Taigun, Skoda Kushaq and Tata Harrier facelift.

Please suggest.

8 months ago
Dear Abhishek,

Greetings !!
As you already own Dzire for City usage and seek a Safe, all round Family Car for Primarily Highway usage - is important to buy one which offers:-
a. Superior Steering Feedbacl
b. Wider Tyres for Grip
c. Safety of ESP with decent brakes
d. Passive Safety of Airbags with Good Sturdy Build

Additionally as you seek a car for Long term - let me tell you that in defined budget as specified - although Tata Harrier would be available but would be available in
a. Lower Trims
b. Tata is improving a lot but certainly not niggle free

My suggestion for you to check out VW Taigun 1.5 TSI with reasons
a. This 1.5 Litre Petrol Engine is a gem in terms of performance and also comes with active cylinder tech where in on highway car will automatically cut off 1 cylinder and optimise fuel efficiency
b. In Petrol Engines is the benchmark in terms of performance
c. Top Notch Handling - will love the stable ride dynamics
c. VW / Skoda cleared off almost all initial niggles and this 1.5 Engine has many parts different from 1 Litre having superior air con performance, better tuned suspension and engine output is great

Also, VW Offering 4 yr warranty as standard and too running with VW Hi-5 Package including
> 5 year Maintenance
> Includes some wear & tear items including - Battery, Brake Pads, Disc, Wiper Blade - one time in 5 yrs

and is offered at Rs 50,000. You can even extend warranty to 6 yr which cost another Rs 30,000
Point is - VW Taigun GT Plus TSI post discounts in around 20 Lakh Budget can offer
a. Best in class Safety Features
b. Fully Loaded Lifestyle Features
c. Peace of mind Ownership in terms of 5 yr Included Maintenance, 4 yr Warranty
d. Top Notch Performance, Ride, Handling
e. Even lower running cost as against Harrier Diesel. Can expect even 17 to 18 Kmpl in Petrol with Active cylindder Tech which can outperform 2 Litre Kryotec Diesel Engine of Harrier

Pls check out by taking a test drive and share in your experience.
8 months ago
Thanks for your response.

Can I opt for 1 litre TSI petrol manual instead of 1.5 litre GT of Taigun? If not then whats the major difference.

8 months ago

There are 4 core differences :-
a. Performance aspect where 1.5 Litre certainly feels more fun and is what signature engine.
To add on this is the same engine as was earlier used in VW Troc and Skoda Karoq and possibly the most fun inspired performannce

b. 1.5 Litre is 4 cylinder one, while 1 litre is 3 cylinder one - so expect slight higher engine Noise, Vibration in 1 Litre one

c. This 1.5 Litre engine has difference in AC Compressor - as when Taigun / Kushaq were launched - issues were prominent in 1 Litre TSI but barely any issues referred in 1.5. Although AC cooling issue resolved in 1 Litre one now too. But still to view this 1.5 has better compressor, even more tuned suspension

d. Due to active cylinder where your usage to be on highway, expressway - end mileage of 1.5 Litre Engine can end up to be 10% more fuel efficienct as against 1 Litre one and this is not gimmick but is reality due to smart change done in tech where car will automatically cut of 1 cylinder / 2 cylinder basis ECU output if driving on cruise leading to higher mileage

So pls make a choice accordingly by having a test drive.
Taigun would be comfortable for 5 members? I heard, it's comfortable for 4
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