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Old 27th December 2007, 14:10   #1
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Talking Elantra CRDi Decontent Vs Magnum 2.0 MAX TCDi

Hi Guys,

I have almost concluded my 2 months of effort to shortlist two cars, which i like due to different reasons, now i need to make the final decision, which ONE?

I currently drive Lancer petrol ( to be exchanged).
Typically drive 2000km per month in Delhi.

1. Elantra CRDi Decontent - Rs 859,018.50 ( discount 85K)
2. Magnum 2.0 MAX TCDi - Rs 878,703.25 (discount 60k)
or may be Magnum 2.0 LT TCDi - Rs 1,021,932 (discount 60k)

Above price is cost of car to me, after all possible discounts on road in Delhi

Loan Axis Bank – 10.50%
Color – Black
Intent to keep it for 3-4years or more.

For Elantra
+Better inside features,like the instrument panel + look & feel of driver area compared to magnum.
+Better service/support
+Lower maintenance cost

Against Elantra
-Comparative less responsive engine
-EOL model
-Comparative lower resale value

For Magnum MAX TCDI
+Comparatively better ride, performance & handling
+Better external looks
+New model
+Comparative better resale

Against Magnum
--I don’t like its interior, choice of chrome, panels etc.
- Get next to nothing inside over a standard car.

On Elantra I get following extra
Anti-Lock Braking System
Traction Control
Front Fog Lights
Inhash – CD Player
Key less entry with theft deterrent system
Front Fog Lamps
Immobiliser
Brake Assistant System

Unfortunately, Air bags are missing from both the models, & Magnum LT model with airbags is too expensive.

Appreciate your valuable insight, to make the final decision.

Thanks Guys!!
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Old 27th December 2007, 14:34   #2
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I had taken a detailed ride last week for Magnum LT 2.0 TDCi. Some feedbacks are here below;
1) This is the first Diesel engine from GMDAT and its simply awsome in every respect. be it bhp OR torque. I can't see any diesel motor in this OR nearly above range giving 125 BHP and 314 Kgm torque. Frankly speaking if you leave the diesel motor starting sound, for the rest of the drive whether 1st or 5th Gear, its feels to me like a great petrol engine with lods of power to perform. Very good drive and response.

2) Great VFM as its almost fully loaded

But the cons are, GM has to do somoe striping things to make the cost of diesel car less and at par. So, personlly, I found the leather and plastics are bad, could have been much good.

Alpine HU is great, but the speaker are below average. I can't hear any sound coming from them .

Otherwise, if you manage to like the interiors, the car is simple great. I was intending to take this, but the interiors and features are no where near to the corolla that my wife uses and she simply refuses to se this OPTRA again.

Thanks,
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Old 27th December 2007, 14:37   #3
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Go for Optra Magnum MAX, best VFM diesel car you can buy today.Please stay away from Hyundai Elantra, my family owns 3 elantras all CRDi and all of em have become very strained and coarse above 50,000Kms. Quality is bottom down, any Hyundai you will enjoy only the first year but looses flare later.
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Old 27th December 2007, 14:41   #4
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AFAIK the elantra has airbags. if its the one with traction control then it has to have airbags. it also has climate control dosent it? the elantra crdi is a very good car. if you find the power less then get a petes box for it - 130bhp. it will eat up the magnum also.
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Sorry for going OT but I thought Elantra went out of Production a few months back?? Was that with Petrol model only?
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Sorry for going OT but I thought Elantra went out of Production a few months back?? Was that with Petrol model only?

You are right but the Elantra CRDi & the Tuscon are still being sold. Only yesterday I saw a Tuscon with Temp plates here in Gurgaon.

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Magnum Diesel. Unless you want the Elantra so badly that you're prepared for the massive depreciation that hits the uber-moment you drive it out of the showroom.
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its not the question of which is a better car its like which is the better buy.i love the elantra-if you do so wait for the new one.else go for the magnum.the new elantra looks great.
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I would rate the Elantra better than the Magnum. GM is notorious in dropping prices. Apart from that Elantra has a better service network.

Wait for the New Elantra. It'll be worth the wait.
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Since you have enlisted the prices so carefully, be warned that the Elantra will kill you in resale value. Yup, it has more goodies but the Magnum, overall, is a far superior buy.
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It doesnot make sense buying a First hand Elantra now when the new one is just around the corner.
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You getting 60K discount on Magnum TCDi ? Is is a normal discount everyone can avail? Last week the Bangalore Sundaram told me there wont be any discounts on Magnum TCDi :( Cna you please clarify on this ?

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Hi Guys,

1. Elantra CRDi Decontent - Rs 859,018.50 ( discount 85K)
2. Magnum 2.0 MAX TCDi - Rs 878,703.25 (discount 60k)
or may be Magnum 2.0 LT TCDi - Rs 1,021,932 (discount 60k)
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This is easy. Go for the Optra Magnum TCDi. As others have said, the Elantra maybe cheaper but if you factor in the resale value then there maynot be much difference in the cost of ownership of the two cars.

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Unfortunately, Air bags are missing from both the models
So Hyundai gives traction control on the Elantra but no airbags?

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For Elantra
+Better inside features,like the instrument panel + look & feel of driver area compared to magnum.
Though looks are subjective and honestly, I haven't been in the Magnum, I feel the Optra interiors are much better then Elantra's.
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Go for Optra Magnum MAX, best VFM diesel car you can buy today.Please stay away from Hyundai Elantra, my family owns 3 elantras all CRDi and all of em have become very strained and coarse above 50,000Kms. Quality is bottom down, any Hyundai you will enjoy only the first year but looses flare later.
Just FYI the magnum uses the same basic engine block as the elantra. If the elantra gets coarse in 50000km then it'll be the same with the magnum.
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I used to think of Elantra CRDI as an ugly looking car until here in Hyderabad, I saw a very well maintained White Elantra with one of the most gorgeous 16" alloy wheels that i ever saw and a beautiful bodykit. Looks wise if you spoof up Elantra it will look better than a Magnum. I have driven it, its really nice to drive one too.But, common sense tells its on its way out so it will not be VFM.

If i was in your shoes, i would go for Magnum TCDI or wait until the new elantra is out.
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