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Old 13th July 2016, 09:42   #616
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Perhaps, we need a new thread that compares mini SUVs to sedans...

I'm interested in SUVs because I'm sick and tired of crawling in and out of the enormous potholes on our highways, and having to slow down to a crawl even on the relatively less broken surfaces for fear of breaking my car's suspension on some brand new trench that formed last week.

In fact, it took me 8 hours today to cover a distance of 250 kms from Kochi to Trivandrum, in my Indigo. While I could go fast once i entered MC Road, even this once-haven of reasonably quick travel is now unpredictable, with occasional hazards, organic and inorganic. If I'd been in an SUV I'm sure I'd have covered the distance hours earlier or at the very least,a lot less worn out.

In fact I'm canceling my booking for the baleno and changing it to S-Cross or TUV.

So, which of the Ecosport, TUV, Nuvosport and the SCross has the best ride on fully broken roads?
I haven't tested the Nuvosport. Among the others the TUV has the best ride on fully broken roads. IMO the 100bhp TUV is a better option over Ecosport and SCross in all aspects except maybe interiors.

However I should warn you that you are expecting too much if you are thinking that a SUV will save you hours over a hatch. The ride is more comfortable and you wont have second thought of going over potholes at speeds. But you cannot just glide over bad roads at high speeds.

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Perhaps, we need a new thread that compares mini SUVs to sedans...

I'm interested in SUVs because I'm sick and tired of crawling in and out of the enormous potholes on our highways, and having to slow down to a crawl even on the relatively less broken surfaces for fear of breaking my car's suspension on some brand new trench that formed last week.

In fact, it took me 8 hours today to cover a distance of 250 kms from Kochi to Trivandrum, in my Indigo. While I could go fast once i entered MC Road, even this once-haven of reasonably quick travel is now unpredictable, with occasional hazards, organic and inorganic. If I'd been in an SUV I'm sure I'd have covered the distance hours earlier or at the very least,a lot less worn out.

In fact I'm canceling my booking for the baleno and changing it to S-Cross or TUV.

So, which of the Ecosport, TUV, Nuvosport and the SCross has the best ride on fully broken roads?
Duster has one of the best rides on broken roads. The AWD version is slightly better than the normal one.

Of the higher priced offerings, the new Ford Endeavor has a very good suspension and glides over broken surface.

If you can, get a TD on all the short listed vehicles, and find out which suits you best.

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If you want a good ride on broken road, I would be very wary of any of the listed mahindras. They're pitch and wallow machines as far as I've experienced. I agree that the duster is probably the best bet on this front.
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The Yeti is a good one too.
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Guess I am growing old.
Wiser would be a more apt term

After an year or two, let us know as to in which car did you drive more kms and had less stress while driving? Having less/no stress itself makes the drive pleasurable.

In perfect driving conditions, a sedan/hatch has no match, but where do we get those? In this monsoon, I see most roads losing the top layer followed by ruts and then big potholes. If you are driving a lot, going to a lot of varied places, a sedan/hatch won't just cut-in.

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I was eager to test the lights of the XUV and called for a test drive for 7 PM. They were like - "Saar, our test drives are only from 9 AM to 6 PM". I am persuading them for a night drive. I presume that with the high seating of the XUV and its halogen high beams, the visibility should be good.
You may try the new Scorpio as well, has the same headlamp arrangement as XUV. Storme's combo of halogen and those HID low beam works.
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The sudden and tremendous rise in popularity of compact SUVs is taking it's toll on a once-buzzing and highly popular segment - the sedans.

Customers today are either opting for a full-sized, fully-loaded premium hatchback or getting a compact SUV because both are available at almost the same price segment.

The sub-4m sedan and the C2-segment sedan - both are getting snubbed.

Even fleet operators like Ola and Uber are increasingly looking at hatchback options, due to rising congestion in cities and limited availability of parking spaces.

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Customers looking to upgrade from a hatchback are either opting for a premium bells-and-whistles hatch or going straight to a compact SUV leaving the sedan, earlier the natural upgrade option for small car owners, in the lurch.

"The industry showed 12.2% growth in the first half of this fiscal but segment wise, there are huge variations. The sedan segment is down 13.3% and the sub-4 metre sedan is degrowing for the first time in last 7 years. Customers are moving from hatch to premium hatch and compact SUVs," said Mayank Pareek, president-passenger vehicle business unit, Tata Motors.

"The compact SUV segment has seen many product launches by the big volume players in the industry which has not been visible in the sedan segment so the excitement has been missing as well. Given that SUVs are ruling the roads in the luxury segment as well, India's interest in sedans seems to be a thing of the past," said Rakesh Srivastava, senior VP - sales & marketing, Hyundai Motor India.
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The sudden and tremendous rise in popularity of compact SUVs is taking it's toll on a once-buzzing and highly popular segment - the sedans.
Let's wait and see how long it will take the manufacturers to suddenly wake up and realize that if Indians are ready to pay up to Rs. 18 Lacs for Hyundai Creta, they might be willing to spend similar amount for a VW GOLF or FORD FOCUS too. Because you essentially get a similar 4.2 metre long hatchback that is compact, stylish, feature rich and packed with safety features.
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