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A diesel car 57 34.34%
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Old 20th October 2009, 14:18   #76
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Of course the SUV!

- Higher stance, better visibility at the front. You can literally look over the car ahead and plan your overtaking manouveur.

- Can carry more people in comfort.

- Can carry more luggage (we Indians love to pack, wot?)

- The kind of broken roads that our highways are made of, are exactly the type that SUVs were designed for.

- Pesky contraptions (home built three wheelers etc.) give way to bigger vehicles.

Of course, I am talking about traditional Indian highways here. Bring clean expressways into the picture, and I'll take a sedan any which day. Way better handling + fun to drive.
for the most part, however, it also depends on which car you're talking about. at that price point we have both the "delicate darlings" and the workhorses, and, as I experienced first hand on sunday, twisty expressways running through hills lose all their fun factor in a SUV.
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Looking at the current state of the highways incl. so called express-ways in this part of the country I will say a Jonga or even better an Arjun Tank.
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Old 20th October 2009, 14:49   #78
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I would vote for the SUV. My only crib, is that we still do not have enough options out there in this category. Apart from Tata/M&M, we do not have any other players (I would not count the Innova)

Also the other players are capable of creating/shaping the 10L SUV segment, but somehow they are content with the current status of >16L for the high-end SUVs. The point is these auto companies can shape this segment and set this up on fire. There are lots of folks who buy 10-15L diesel sedans and not an SUV since there is none (apart from Safari/Scorpio). Skoda Yeti, may be one step in this direction is pricing is good.

This is not to offend the Safari/Scorpio owners but just an opinion.
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Old 20th October 2009, 14:51   #79
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SUV of course. After damaging countless rims on the indica from stealth potholes, I would vote for the SUV.
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I would love to own a Ford Fusion or Fiat Locker (not available in India).
With Diesel engines, of course.

The options in the list above don't interest me.
For now the Wagon R does just fine.
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I chose the SUV, Makes more sense for the highway considering you are traveling with the family, luggage, dog and all.
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not fair to compare a 10L diesel with a 6L Sedan Why not a 11L SUV with a 11L Sedan?

Anyway, in our highways - i would choose an SUV over a Sedan - uneven roads, potholes and more. In golden quadrilateral though a good quality 8L Sedan (read: Fiesta) can give any 15 L SUV a big complex.
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voted for SUV, however from what requirements you have mentioned, you should consider MUVs like Inovva if not Vans
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I would love to own a Ford Fusion or Fiat Locker (not available in India).
With Diesel engines, of course.

The options in the list above don't interest me.
For now the Wagon R does just fine.
I have petrol Fusion for the same reason. But I have great trouble finding a replacement once the life runs out. I could not fine one good diesel option at good VFM with high GC.
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Ford Ikon diesel types is perfecto.

Even a hatch like i10 does fine
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Ford Ikon diesel types is perfecto.
But that's bare minimum safety !

I would want my highway car to have the maximum safety features. Is there something in the two options that fulfills that criteria ?
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For our Indian Road conditions no matter what anyone may say, I would personally always prefer a 10 lakh SUV over a car - simply because I prefer its commanding driving position and the fact that people have a healthy respect for the mass of muscular metal when it is zipping along the highway at 90-100Kmph - much more than they will ever respect a car that is.
And the best part is that for about this much money or just a little more one can actually get excellent safety features like ABS etc.
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Though voted for Diesel Car , I would prefer MUV like Scorpio or Innova.
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this is such an unfair comparison, - there is not a single 6L diesel car, perhaps with the exception of a chaffeur driven Indigo that can match a 10L SUV
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OK- by popular demand, price range has been removed. Its now a shoot-out between any diesel car and any diesel SUV.
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