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View Poll Results: Would You Cross-shop Across Various Segments Before Putting Money Down?
No. I would pick a segment first, and buy a car from that segment. 61 19.68%
Yes. I don't mind a car from any segment as long as it pulls my heart strings. 241 77.74%
Don't know/ Can't Say for sure. 8 2.58%
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Old 21st September 2016, 14:56   #91
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I have a mixed response. Though i don't mind shopping cross segment, but as long as the cars are in same budget.

Here are the list of cars i shortlisted before ending up with "Ertiga"
1. Honda Amaze - Sub 4m Sedan
2. Toyota Etios - Sedan
3. Ertiga - MUV
4. i20/Swift - Hatch
5. EcoSport - SUV
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Old 3rd November 2016, 20:29   #92
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I'm at this moment trying to decide between the TUV300T8 100bhp, the Scorpio S4, the Duster 85, the Ecosport, the S-cross and the Brezza.
I started with a max budget of ex showroom 10 lakh and it's getting a bit out of hand.
I need something that can handle the really rough stuff and loads. Preferrably a body on chasis. Would have loved the Isuzu V cross, but out of my budget..
Just calculating the fact that with an addition of 1.4 lakh on the top of the range TUV manual, u could get the S4 Scorpio. I was searching for opinions , pros and cons of both vehicles on our site as well as online.
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Originally Posted by smartcat View Post
Looking at the poll results so far, does this mean all those shootouts that we see in magazines-

Polo Vs i20 Vs Baleno Vs Jazz
Ecosport Vs Brezza Vs TUV300
Superb Vs Camry Vs Accord Vs Sonata

- are of no use in helping one choose a car?
The reviews does help in rejecting the other cars while deciding the final contenders.

Cross-shopping happens mainly because of the price. I love VW Polo (my previous car was a Polo P HL) and I'm planning to get a TDI HL now which costs about 9.91L OTR chennai. For about 10.5L, Ciaz VDi+ is available. There starts the confusion. Should I settle for a hatchback that costs 10L or add 50K more and go for a sedan.
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Never really gave it much thought till this thread pointed it out. But a few years ago - when I wanted to buy a nice hatch - I was keen on first generation Jazz, the i20 and the Fabia - I ended up with the Linea. Earlier this year, I bought the Elite i20 after considering Xcent, Amaze, Aspire and canceling the Baleno. Right now I am considering the S-Cross, Creta and the Baleno - I wonder what I will end up with.

Of course most people replying here probably have a ballpark figure in mind - but going a few lakhs above or below your pre-decided figure isn't a big deal in this age of 7 year bank loans at attractive rates. Wasn't there a guy on Team Bhp who went to book the Nano and ended up with a Safari? Talk about a segment leap.
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Sold off the Quanto directly to a buyer and almost finalized MS Vitara Brezza ZDI. The car was booked on 5th September 2016, hope I will get it delivered by December 1st week.
There was no sign of Brezza coming my way and the dealer was clueless. I started tinking about alternatives and suddenly S-Cross crossed my mind. I didn't like the looks, but I searched for whatever info available about S-Cross in Team-BHP and found 'only' positive reviews about the car.

Took a long test drive of the car and I was impressed. Did a test drive of Brezza once gain on the the same roads as the S-Cross test drive was done and then there was no confusion. Cancelled the booking of Brezza ZDI and booked S-Cross DDIS 200 Zeta white (had to stretch the budget further by 1 L). The car was delivered on 3rd November - two weeks after the booking was done. In my opinion the S-Cross is a much better option compared to Brezza considering the fact that both the cars have same heart which beats at the same rate under the hood.
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I was in the market for a new car about 3 months ago. My criteria was:
1. Comfortable drive
2. Within budget ( but i over shot it was a different story)
3. Spacious

I had TDed Jazz,Elite i20, Aspire, Honda City, Ecosport and Renault Duster, and finally zeroed in on the Duster (with Aspire being a very close competitor).
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While most of the fellow bhpians cross shopped and landed with a better car (higher segment cars), my luck went otherwise.

It was in 2011 that dad decided to buy me MY OWN car. Given my passion for driving he pre booked the New Swift (indicated waiting period of ~ 9 months). The waiting period got extended due to the preferred color choice (everybody wanted a wgite Swift then!) and I already had started shifting cities post completing my MBA. Came back to Delhi in 2013 and we decided to visit the dealer.
Meanwhile, checked Hyundai for its lip smacking deals on 2012 manufactured Verna and i20 (both 1.4 dsl) which were falling in our 8L budget. A Polo (simply adored that vehicle) was also considered despite its lacklustre 1.2D engine.
Ended up buying a Ritz (Herbie as I call her) as it came across as the best financial case.
Though it was never under consideration and I killed my heart for it, it actually turned out to be a better buy against the Swift owing to its superior build quality.
Thread revisited! Was again in the market scouting for a new/pre-owned vehicle and this is how the experience went:

1. Looked at a pre-owned Laura Tsi which straight away appealed the heart and decided to go for it. The owner relocated soon and the car vanished

2. Looked at a pre-owned Fortuner and this time the owner asked for a sum which was too crazy to even consider

3. Looked at the XUV, but Hey! I don't need that third row of seats!

4. Looked at a pre-owned Jetta Tsi but left it due the dreaded condition it was in

5. Test drove the Nexon but lack of space for the fifth passenger made us drop this option

6. Test drove the Creta and Verna and while the heart was set on Creta, Verna made more financial sense. Dad was keen to take the i20 home for it being a hatchback and offering convenience in the city. Decided to book Verna (diesel).

7. Suddenly realized that the mileage has come down (courtesy ola/uber) and ended buying a City.

All this while, even considered my cousin's 320i but the bills scared me off!

In short, the more flexible the budget, the more likely one is to cross shop!
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For us, finding a car that met all our requirements has been key, and we haven't been too afraid of cross shopping across segments - it's another matter than till date sedans have been the most preferred choice for us at the end of the day.

Our last 3 purchase history:

1) S-Cross - requirement was leg and head room, basic safety (airbags and ABS), a decent boot, reliability. Looked at the Honda Jazz, City, Duster, Creta, Vento, etc. - ended up with the S-Cross.

2) Corolla - requirement was similar but with added safety, automatic transmission, and ride quality. Didn't really look at many options as the Corolla was the best bet with it's fantastic rear seat, airbags, and chiller AC.

3) Pre-owned 328i - was clear that this had to be a FTD petrol car. Was open across segments but obviously SUVs and Cross-overs were ruled out. Had booked the vRS when this deal popped up and we just went for it.
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