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Old 31st August 2009, 11:09   #1
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Hi guys,

I need you people to help me center down on my new ride.

City:Mumbai
Budget:12-16 lacs
Current ride: For fusion+ (Petrol)
Drive aily around 30km, mainly city driving

Looking out for a Manual Transmission, Petrol variant above 1600cc.

Current options:Laura 1.8 TSI,Toyota Altis 1.8 GL, Sonata Transform 2.4VTVT.

Can someone also help me with the on road pricing of the new Grand vitara in Mumbai ?

Thanks guys
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The fight should be between CIVIC & COROLLA.You are aware of Laura & its A.S.S
Sonata is a good vehicle if you don't mind about spending 18+ on Hyundai.
And the on-road price of GV-MT is 18.90L
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I would say Altis, all others are boring.
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I would say Sonata- brilliant but under rated car, great value for money, with a sweet engine. The cherrry on the cake is the great Hyundai A.S.S. also, if you negotiate well, you may be able to get a good discount on it as well.
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Hi guys,

I need you people to help me center down on my new ride.

City:Mumbai
Budget:12-16 lacs
Current ride: For fusion+ (Petrol)
Drive aily around 30km, mainly city driving

Looking out for a Manual Transmission, Petrol variant above 1600cc.

Current options:Laura 1.8 TSI,Toyota Altis 1.8 GL, Sonata Transform 2.4VTVT.

Can someone also help me with the on road pricing of the new Grand vitara in Mumbai ?

Thanks guys
Hey Vishu,

why dont you wait & try the Chevrolet CRUZE once..It is pretty loaded and supposed to give competition to laura , i believe as per the OVERDRIVE reviews.
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Old 31st August 2009, 13:05   #6
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thank you guys for the quick replies. I am going to take a TD of the cruze. But the chevy guys arent quiet sure on the dates. And I hope it isnt an indefinite wait.
I am well aware of the Laura and its A.S.S, but I face the same problem coming to the Ford Fusion and Endeavor I have.
Altis is value for money but giving it a second thought Sonata Transform having a price tag of 16.5 OTR with a 2.4 lit petrol engine guess will make it VFM. I mean enjoying at a lesser price point a higher category sedan in the category of an Accord, superb etc..
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What about the Volkswagon Jetta? Great car but the petrol is not very powerful compared to its competitors.
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thank you guys for the quick replies. I am going to take a TD of the cruze. But the chevy guys arent quiet sure on the dates. And I hope it isnt an indefinite wait.
I am well aware of the Laura and its A.S.S, but I face the same problem coming to the Ford Fusion and Endeavor I have.
Altis is value for money but giving it a second thought Sonata Transform having a price tag of 16.5 OTR with a 2.4 lit petrol engine guess will make it VFM. I mean enjoying at a lesser price point a higher category sedan in the category of an Accord, superb etc..
Also heard about the new civic which is expected this coming month with new set of alloys/bumpers and headlights. Only minus point is the low ground clearance on this car
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What about the Volkswagon Jetta? Great car but the petrol is not very powerful compared to its competitors.
the jetta petrol is a 1600cc and so is my current ride the fusion+.
Also heard from the forum regarding its A.S.S which is a bit scary. Maybe this might change in the coming future. By the way Shaman in mumbai have changed from being a FORD dealer to a VW dealer
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If you want a car to drive.. i mean sheer driving pleasure, it can be Laura. but be sure you go through Skoda threads on Team Bhp which shows us the real face of Skoda. After sales is not only pathetic, its the one to die for, I mean you can die after having it.

the corolla is a great car, the new altis is a better handler than the previous one, the ride is good, driving is decent, and reliability is top class. After sales is also very good. over all a very value for money car and you would never go wrong. After sales will also be good as compared to others.

I personally dont like Hyundai, so wont comment on it.

Also, I would suggest you add civic to the list, the 1.8 loves to be revved and handlling is also good, if not great. the dash is the one to die for and this time I mean it in positive sense, both interiors and exterios are very futuristic, but the car is a bit common now on road. rest, its again a damn reliable car and good value for money.

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i had liked Laura very much, it is a great car, but reputation of the company in India is not good.

I also do not like Hyundai sonata much. hence no comments

Toyota Corolla Altis is the best among the three, If I were you, i would have gone for AT version (is it available ?), loaded few more goodies like

1. GPS Navigator
2. Front / Rear Seat Video screens
3. Bluetooth receiver (only problem i find in this is frequent charging)

and regulars like SUN FILM, Parking sensors, Fog Lamps etc
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a friendly, sensible and professional advice...Honda Civic!

few years down you will be thanking me for this advice!
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Test drive the cedia too.
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I would also say the choice should boil down to Civic vs Corolla.

Both cars are equally reliable and low on maintenance. If you enjoy driving go for the Civic.

Laura, VW Jetta are great when it comes to road manners, but the cost of ownership can be expensive if you have problems.
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the jetta petrol is a 1600cc and so is my current ride the fusion+.
Also heard from the forum regarding its A.S.S which is a bit scary. Maybe this might change in the coming future. By the way Shaman in mumbai have changed from being a FORD dealer to a VW dealer
Oh then it that case, its between Laura. Civic, Corolla and Sonata
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