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Old 4th June 2009, 14:36   #1
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Thinking about picking up a SUV for myself which would mostly involve 2-3 persons in the vehicle and lot of long trips. Had been looking at a decent SUV for a while and today saw the ad for the Q5 in the news papers.

I had narrowed my search down to X5, Q7 or the Porsche Cayenne and now with Q5 in it certainly seems smaller than Q7 ( which is good for Mumbai driving ) and is also somewhat cheaper than the X5.

What do you guys think?
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Old 4th June 2009, 16:45   #2
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I personally hate the Q7. I mean if you want luxury and comfort go with a Range rover.

But you're going to drive it on your own don't think twice. If you want Performance and driving pleasure and rock solid built quality nothing comes close to a porsche - There is no substitute. BUT dont get the porsche if you're going to be seated at the rear and driven in! you would be wasting money and killing the purpose of the car.
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Slightly OT, but how much is the Range Rover for?
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You look to be on a shopping spree.
If you don't need a diesel and looking for a fun performance SUV then I'd pick the Cayanne anyday. Second choice would be the X6 followed by the X5.
Although the Q7 is nice, it's due for a facelift soon so it wouldn't be wise to pick one up now. The Q5 is inferior compared to the options mentioned above.
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Among the options listed, I'd go for Porsche anyday if it is going to be self driven and 3-4 persons.

Apart from a performance edge I don't see much merit in Q5 compared to Q7. With 6-7 more lakhs, you get a lot more road presence, substantially greater space, air-suspension etc. Q5 smaller size may help a little in the city driving but IMHO it won't be a dramatic difference. After a certain size of your car, I think you have to be equally careful anyway.
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close your eyes and go for Porsche cayenne S
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Am going to TD the Q5 this Sunday - hopefully. Will update you.


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You mention long trips. How far away will these trips be from a pump giving you 97 octane? You should consider this fact if you'r planning to consider the Cayenne.

Or are you planning to go for the diesel version. IIRC that is the same 3.0L mill that is put in the Q5 Q7 and the Cayenne D.
My pick would be the Q5.

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X5 is on 5 lac discount these days which makes the 3.0d a very tempting buy..I love the way my BMW drives and feels from Inside so hence why. X6 is a good option too actually and would be somewhat unique as well.

Will try to arrange for a test drive for x6 in coming days, test driving the Cayenne on Sunday.
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Am going to TD the Q5 this Sunday - hopefully. Will update you.


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Are you sure its available on Sunday? Audi Gurgaon said they'd try to get a TD car for the Launch, but couldn't confirm.
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You narrowed your option from cayenne to Q5, well u mite be even considering the budget part, i dont know, but then you have options such as
Land rover a smaller variant arount 40 lacs coming to India
And Volvo XC60 smaller brother of XC90 again around 40 lacs.

And yes Q5 and Bmw X3 don't have third.
You can look into these options.
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Cayenne would be the best bet if you would be driving yourself. They have also launched the diesel variant.
Q7 only if you want a seven seater and some showing off... size does matter in India
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