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Old 10th October 2017, 14:04   #271
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I have driven to a few cities from Mumbai
1) Mumbai to Goa - about 5 times (3 times in Indica Xeta and 2 times in 3rd-gen Honda City)
2) Mumbai to Mangalore - 2 times in Indica, 1 time in Ford Fiesta and 2 times in 3rd-gen Honda City
3) Mumbai to Bhutan and back - 1 time in i20

Almost all cars had tough times in places where the roads were pathetic. Scrapping the car from below - bet it speed breakers, craters on road makes me feel someone peeling off my skin.

During my trip with a friend to Bhutan from Mumbai (Mumbai - Bhopal - Lucknow - Siliguri - Paro - Thimpu - Gelefu - Siliguri - Vizag - Mumbai) was a 15 day non stop driving and the i20 got beaten on our way to Bhutan near Jhansi belt and on our return from Gelefu to Kolkata

I for one have made up my mind, my next car has to be a SUV (ideally automatic, if it falls in my budget) cos I will do another trip to Bhutan with my family which is easier (which is not time bound).

Not wanting to shell out money for the SUV atleast till 2019, hope we have a plethora of choices in AMT by then

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Old 10th October 2017, 20:04   #272
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I've done my fair share of long drives however, most of them have been overseas as I'm primarily based abroad.

I can however share my experience of relatively long distance driving after having purchased our Innova Crysta two months ago.

New Delhi to Bareilly, UP and then onwards to Lakhimpur-Kheri, UP for a total distance of ~430km. This part of the journey was rather uneventful. The distance between Bareilly and New Delhi is only about 250km. We were scheduled to make a two night halt in Bareilly before continuing on the 180km stretch to Lakhimpur. Understandably, we weren't at all tired. It's common knowledge that the Innova munches up highways and spits them out like no tomorrow. This was no different.

The return trip from Lakhimpur-Kheri, UP to New Delhi was more interesting. Distance from point to point was again ~430km, however due to extremely bad roads and a massive traffic jam in Noida the trip lasted close to nine hours. It was a direct journey with no overnight halts planned and I did the entire drive with my family (car was fairly with six of us in addition to luggage). Happily none of us felt at all tired by the end of it. We took just a single hour long stop for lunch and restroom use before continuing along.

My Mom and Aunt were seated in the Captain seats whereas my father was seated up front. Even after nine hours on the road, none of them felt tired in the end.

My younger cousin and sister were in the third row but didn't feel cramped at any time after the trip. Since the middle seat of the third row was empty, they took turns to stretch their legs between the two Captain seats.

As for me, I dare say I enjoyed the trip more than anyone. Driving, especially the long distance kind, is one of my favorite things to do. The car was extremely comfortable and with the seat set in just the right position, I didn't feel tired at any point. The AT is a blessing to have and while I initially missed the manual, I quickly forgot about it. The large dead pedal was also a boon to have.

Both the previous gen Innova and the current gen Innova are fabulous cars for long drives. Not much else can really compete with them.
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Here is a list of various cars along with routes that I have driven for long distances:

1 Hyundai Santro (GLX)

- Bhopal to Indore (2 times)
- Bangalore to Ooty

2 Honda Amaze (SX)

- Bhopal to Shirdi

3 3rd-gen Honda City SV i-VTEC

- Bangalore to Bhopal
- Bangalore to Madikeri (Coorg dist.)
- Bangalore to Ooty (2 times)
- Bangalore to Kodaikanal & Thekkady
- Bangalore to Cherai (Nr. Kochi, Kerala)
- Bangalore to Allepey
- Bangalore to Wayanad
- Bangalore to Goa
- Bangalore to Chennai (2 times)
- Bangalore to Mysore (2 times)

4 Maruti Suzuki Swift (Vxi)

- Bangalore to Ooty
- Bangalore to Virajpet (Coorg dist.)
- Bangalore to Kodaikanal
- Bangalore to Yercaud
- Bangalore to Munnar
- Bangalore to Pondicherry
- Bangalore to Mysore

5 Volvo S60

- Gothenburg to Stockholm (Sweden)

*The above cars or trips are in no particular time order. These trips have been done from 2009 till January 2018.

From the above cohort, the 3rd-gen Honda City has been the most comfortable. At high speeds the suspension holds quite well. The car is spacious which is a prerequisite for long trips. The car was really tested for the trip from Bangalore to Bhopal (~1,500 kms each side). We (I and my wife) took a night halt at Adilabad. So, 21 hrs of drive spread over two days; my body was able to hold well. However, I will not say it is the best vehicle for all conditions and terrains. For example: I have done a Bangalore-Ooty trip by three out of these five cars i.e. Santro, Swift, and the 3rd-gen Honda City. I might sound stupid here but the worst performing car here was the 3rd-gen Honda City. So, the entire length of road can be divided into three stretches:

- Bangalore to Mysore: The road is typically very busy during weekends and public holidays. Although, it's a 4-lane road it's difficult to maintain constant 3-digit speeds owing to presence of many towns (local traffic) and speed breakers on the way. Additionally, the road is quite narrow for a 4-lane.
- Mysore to Bandipur: It's a okay road with construction going on at many sections.
- Bandipur to Ooty: A two-lane (no median barrier) road mainly highlighted via the 36 hairpin bends.

Now, for the above given road and traffic conditions, the car that was the easiest, quickest, non-tiring and fun to drive was the Hyundai Santro (including the hilly region). Thanks to its peppy engine, short gear ratios, maneuverability, shorter wheelbase.

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IMO For ~200KM a day WagonR is a perfect choice. Good AC, nice headroom for a 6'2 person, good all round visibility.

For ~700KM, I've driven my Accent GLE for 12 hours in one sitting ( except loo breaks), reached home at 1.00 AM and was able to chat with family for 2 -3 hours. My wife has motion sickness yet she completed the trip without any problem. So if you've got highway on your platter, preworshipped Accent is the best VFM vehicle you can get. Just get a relay and throw-in a pair of 100/90W halogen bulbs and you are good to go. :

Recently I also got a chance to drive a Creta 1.6SX for 600 KMs a day, on a 3 days 1500KM trip and I was impressed with the performance but nothing unpredictable for a 16 Lakh vehicle.
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I drive a Brio and in past have driven Estilo and Xcent. Have been driven in the following cars, Verna, Astra (in 2003-4), Innova, xylo, scoripo, bolero
The Brio is surprisingly good for the highway..
it has decent highway manners, a very good engine and good NVH for the class.
I felt the seats are lacking a bit for the lumbar support but the ergonomics and the space inside is super.
The car is so stable around corners, low turning radius make sure you can navigate small lanes at tourist spots or reverse in small area.. imagine the pain doing the same in SUV.
I have done Bangalore-Munnar, Bangalore- wayanad, Bangaore-Mysore and few more places nearby and it was very comfortable for 2 of us on a 500+ KM ride in a day.
It can easily do 110-120 all day without problem.
Xcent has good interiors but the car does not feel safe beyond 90-100 on the highway. The engine is not peppy either. And the handling is sad.
Astra as far as i remember was very comfortable on the highway..never drove it long distance though.
The worst i have driven is the Estilo, absolutely horrible on the highway. Scoripo old gen was bad place to be in so was Bolero. Innova was the best for comfort.
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I drive a Brio ..
The Brio is surprisingly good for the highway..
it has decent highway manners, a very good engine and good NVH for the class.
I agree with you. I was surprised at how nice it was to drive on the highway. And even more relaxing in the automatic guise that we have. The ride was good, performance was more than adequate, and even for the AT I saw a nice 21.0 kmpl figure on the MID for a large chunk of time.
I plan to get the seats bolstered with padded seat covers to improve under thigh and lumbar support. The best driver's seat on a hatch still belongs to the Swift (Gen1 and Gen2, not sure about Gen3. Tbhp review should tell us more).
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Swift VXi - More than 500 KMs in a day
Ecosport - More than 500 KMs in a day
Both were good drives and the experience also quite noteworthy.

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I have a doubt: many people commenting on this thread are mentioning the ability to do high speeds as a plus for whichever car they prefer. But can people even sustain high speeds without taking breaks? Don't you tire out quickly due to the strain of the world rushing past you at a higher speed? I find fast driving to be tiresome since the eyes and the mind have a lot more to handle.

Personally, I have done long highway trips of 500 Km a day at sedate speeds of around 60 - 80 Kmph when faster cars would overtake us, but only to wind up stopped at a coffee shop or rest area by the highway. We would keep chugging on past them at our sedate speeds and those fast cars never overtook us more than once.

With this understanding of bursts of speed versus steady marathon driving, I bought a Mahindra TUV 300 a month back. I know I can do 80 - 100 Kmph for 2 hours at a time in it, and I usually take breaks every 2 hours whether I require it or not.
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Amazing that no one mentions the Old Maruti Baleno here. Amazing ride, handling and sound insulation .
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I have a doubt: many people commenting on this thread are mentioning the ability to do high speeds as a plus for whichever car they prefer. But can people even sustain high speeds without taking breaks? Don't you tire out quickly due to the strain of the world rushing past you at a higher speed? I find fast driving to be tiresome since the eyes and the mind have a lot more to handle.
The closest analogy to this that I can give is sound.. people say that a tiny speaker pumped all the way up can be as effective as a large speaker with medium volume.. however there is a big difference, the large speaker needs less power and effort to create sounds that are crisp, clear and in general leverages the size into greater output.

Engines of today.. most of them make us work for achieving 'required' speed, call it variable valve timing, turbocharging, spooling etc.. it simply means that you can achieve necessary reaction to the accelerator input not instantly but a second or two later. In the highway its best to drive a car that cruises steadily and achieves the ton within as low revs as possible i.e 2-3k revs. This means that there is still some play available lower or higher up the revs to achieve speeds which a split second decision might require, i.e press the clutch, brake and again release after changing lanes so the speed loss isn't quite there. Ideally the best way to counterbalance the ill-effects of turbo-charging or variable valves is to choose an engine with greater torque and cubic capacity.. a 2 litre engine with a 6 speed gearbox will perform more effortlessly than a 1.6 with the same gearbox and similar principle applies across all ranges.

It is possible to push, push and push the accelerator of an 800 cc or 1000 cc car to reach competent speeds that bigger cars can, but the lack of power will be obvious when one lets go of the accelerator pedal, the car will immediately feel like an elephant sat on the bonnet and you need to keep the engine boiling again at higher revs to attain the same speed. The bigger car can do it more effortlessly and maintain revs easily and hence less fatigue. Of course other factors come into play here as well like chassis stiffness, agility, great tyres etc.. if all of them come together, driving a car at 100 kmph (I don't recommend a single KM more at highway speeds irrespective of it being lower than the new legal limit) will be as easy as driving a smaller car at 60 kmph. Bigger cars mask speed very very well and are deceptive.. mine feels like 40 when going at 80, I just learnt to enjoy cruising as our nation isn't meant for higher speeds.
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