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Old 8th January 2010, 14:16   #1
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Hi Team, one of my friends owns a santro as of now and would like to go for a bigger car for kids and the joint family that she lives in. She has a Innova in mind. Can anybody please suggest any intresting alternatives and probably give some pros and cons too??
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If you can wait, check the newly launched TATA ARIA
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/auto-e...po-2010-a.html

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You will need to provide a little more information.

How many people will be travelling at a time.
Is this going to be the only vehicle.
Do they plan on retaining the Santro for city shopping usage.
Budget.
Image consciousness. Because then my fave Xylo may suffer due to this.

But there is one thing about an Innova. You cannot go wrong with it.
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As of now, the Innova is easily the best in the segment. You could go for the Xylo if the Innova is out of budget but I'd ask you to let her stick to the Innova. The Tata Aria might be worth a try but you'll have to wait a significant period of time for it. Overall, the Innova is still the best IMO
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Innova in mind means a 7+ seater. If not Innova, my preferences would be CRV or Fortuner. However, they are more than 8-10 lakh more costly.

Is it like a tender system where 3 choices have to be considered before finalising on one. If budget was a constraint, I would buy an Innova and no other.
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Hi,

One of my friend drives Innova as a Taxi, he has driven 86000 Kms within a year, and has not even faced a single breakdown. speaks about the reliability of the vehicle. Hence i would suggest Innova to be the best option.
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Hello,
As others said, There is no perfect substitute for Innova yet in our country, So if you can afford it, Simply go for it. Also have a look at Tata Aria (link in Post 2).

MODS: I think this be in Buying car section?
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Other alternatives are Xylo, Scorpio, Tavera, Sumo Grande, Safari. IMO the Innova is easily the best out of the lot. Agreed it is a little more expensive than the rest of the other players, but the refinement quality and reliability of the Innova speaks volumes. I am sure your friend will not mind spending the extra amount on the Innova as it is a great product.
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Hi Team, one of my friends owns a santro as of now and would like to go for a bigger car for kids and the joint family that she lives in. She has a Innova in mind. Can anybody please suggest any intresting alternatives and probably give some pros and cons too??
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An Innova is the best bet if one is looking for a no-nonsense car which can carry more than five

Pros:
  1. Toyota Reliability
  2. Comfort(except third seat)
  3. Space
  4. Resale
Cons:
  1. Overpriced against competition
  2. third seat not comfortable for adults
  3. slightly oversized for Abdul Rehman Galli(off Mohd.Ali Road)
Alternatives:
  1. Xylo
  2. Aria
  3. Scorpio
  4. Eeco 7-seater(you can make the Eeco grander than the Innova,remove all the cons listed above,and still buy a Ritz Lxi with the spare cash)
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Welcome aboard

An Innova is the best bet if one is looking for a no-nonsense car which can carry more than five

Pros:
  1. Toyota Reliability
  2. Comfort(except third seat)
  3. Space
  4. Resale
Cons:
  1. Overpriced against competition
  2. third seat not comfortable for adults
  3. slightly oversized for Abdul Rehman Galli(off Mohd.Ali Road)
Alternatives:
  1. Xylo
  2. Aria
  3. Scorpio
  4. Eeco 7-seater(you can make the Eeco grander than the Innova,remove all the cons listed above,and still buy a Ritz Lxi with the spare cash)
Exactly my thoughts on the pros and con. Considering that the vehicle is for use of family. If you will be using the vehicle to go your native place where the roads are not built properly or are shabby, the Scorpio will be the best alternative. This one is a beast. However if it is for your general use, I wouldnt suggest that as you might feel the ride is a bit too bumpy.

Personally, I dont like the looks of the Eeco. Its damn cheap agreed, but if you have the money, buy something better. The Aria (if it fits in your budget) or the Xylo are good alternatives. That being said, if you have the money, buy the Innova without thinking as it has superb ride quality and will also give you a good resale value
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The Innova is a good option, considering that it is a very comfortable car and Toyota is known for their reliability.

As pointed out in the earlier posts, the other comparable options in MUV segment are M&M Xylo and TATA Aria. As of now Aria's pricing is not known but most likely it should be priced above 9lakhs.

In the SUV segment the best choice would be the Tata Safari.

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If moving people in relative comfort at a price is the main requirement then Scorpio/Xylo are more than enough. Alternatively Tavera is an option but suffers from TAXI looks. Innova is over priced.
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Even though the innova is more costly than its competitors, it is worth the extra price. Look at the Xylo or Scorpio only if Innova is out of reach.
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Innova in mind means a 7+ seater. If not Innova, my preferences would be CRV or Fortuner. However, they are more than 8-10 lakh more costly.

Is it like a tender system where 3 choices have to be considered before finalising on one. If budget was a constraint, I would buy an Innova and no other.
the fortuner is 10l more. the crv is somewhere else (about 15l more)
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I guess, we have given the "questionner" enough choices. Its time for her to decide now or put forward any more queries that she may have.
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