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Old 12th June 2007, 22:37   #1
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Question Which Sonata Variant?

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I have decided to purchase the Sonata Embera, but cannot decide which one to choose between the Diesel or the Petrol, and within the petrol MT or AT.

Would really appreciate any suggestions. My requirements are listed below:
  • Prefer Low Maintenance
  • Average distance traveled per month: 900 K.m.
  • Primarily City driving
  • Self driven
  • Prefer responsive engine
  • Intend to sell it after 2 years
Secondly, are the hefty discounts on the Sonata Embera still available with dealers? (i am in hyderabad)

Last: can existing owners please tell me what mileage I can expect in the city?

For some reason, the dealers in Hyderabad are interested in selling only the diesel variant, and are discouraging the petrol version....

Thanks in advance
Amit
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Old 12th June 2007, 23:35   #2
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See you can buy AT but offcourse MT is what a car means to me ,that apart discounts should be there as the car is still a market underperformer
and it should cost you some thing less than honda civic on road

Disel makes no sense for you cause you intend to keep the car for only 2 years and as you drive 900 kms it will be roughly 22000 KMS which is very very less so you should go for petrol ,its a nice car but again you will loose good money in depriciation dont ecpect anything above 6.5 to 7 lacks after 2 years where as if you buy civic you will easily get 8.5 lacks (unless Maruti or some one else comes with something like sx4 in this range with price of 8.9 lacks ) if you can handle depricitaon well go for it
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expect a resale around 50% of the cost in 2 years.

this is not the right choice if you intend to keep it for a short time.
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  • Prefer Low Maintenance
  • Average distance traveled per month: 900 K.m.
  • Primarily City driving
  • Self driven
  • Prefer responsive engine
  • Intend to sell it after 2 years
You'll get very little as resale on an embera after 2 years. If resale is a primary criteria, get a honda civic.
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Since you want a responsive engine and care about the resale value at the end of 2 years, the diesel Sonata will be more suitable for you.

However, I dont think its worth it buying a brand new car at all. If the ownership period is only for two years, why not buy a nice pre-owned car (someone else takes the depreciation hit) and sell it after two years for far lower depreciation losses? You could consider the Honda Accord. A used example will cost anywhere between 8 - 10 lac rupees....and it really wont dip much lower at the time of selling it in 2009.
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gto, has a valid point pre-owned accord go for 8 -9+ and you wont take that much of a hit on the car in 2yrs..
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