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Old 21st May 2010, 18:33   #1
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Hi Guys,

Am planning to dispose my Bolero and go for a better vehicle and hence i need your valuable inputs.

I really love Bolero's go anywhere attitude, but it lacks few features for a big family and kid. (I think I'm getting more responsible (worried ) as i grow, can't help.)

Here are my requirements:

1. Family Size: 7 (Mom, Dad, Wifey, Kiddo, Brother and His wife)
2. Safety: ABS and Airbags MUST
3. Budget: Not more than 10L Stretchable by 1L at the Max.
4. Decent Engine which is powerful enough to pull all the 7 of us
5. This will be my daily drive to office apart from monthly trips to my village and bi-yearly long trips.
6. Should be tension free vehicle and reliable. Dont want any niggles, squeaks etc.,
7. Should offer best-in class FE.

I can even consider buying used vehicle in case the new one is beyond my budget.

Pour in your comments guys.

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Old 21st May 2010, 18:47   #2
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Either XYLO or Innova suit your requirement. Both are good vehicles. Test drive and decide with family.

Ravi.
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Old 21st May 2010, 18:52   #3
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Innova would be an ideal vehicle for your requirement, but not sure if the ABS + Airbags version would fit in 11L; a used one would fit in your budget, though.

Next best options would be the usual suspects - Safari, Scorpio, Xylo, Tavera, Sumo Grande - in that order. But none of them satisfy all points in your list.

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Seems you have Innova or Xylo as available options.

Hopefully there's an Innova variant with ABS and airbags which would fit in your budget in BLR. It has powerful engine which would pull completely laden car like a breeze. Not to mention the solid performance of Innovas in Indian market.

Am not recommending Scorpio since the 6th passenger would be an adult (assuming 7th to be your kid ) and would be difficult for him/her to adjust in Scorpio's last row.

EDIT - saw Vikram's post after I posted mine: No niggles and squeaks - means Tata is ruled out - no offense to Tata Safari/Sumo Grande owners.

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1. Family Size: 7
Scorpio 8 seater- a bit cramped, Xylo- fits the bill, Innova-slightly cramped.
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2. Safety: ABS and Airbags MUST-
Available on all 3 mentioned above.
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3. Budget: Not more than 10L Stretchable by 1L at the Max.
Scorpio-Out of range, Xylo-In Range, Innova- Out of range, slightly
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4. Decent Engine which is powerful enough to pull all the 7 of us
Scorpio-Sufficiently powerful, Xylo- Fits the bill, Innova- well, ok.
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5. This will be my daily drive to office apart from monthly trips to my village and bi-yearly long trips.
Scorpio- Good on all roads, Xylo- Can handle most roads, Innova- Bad on bad roads.
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6. Should be tension free vehicle and reliable. Dont want any niggles, squeaks etc.
All 3 score evenly here in my opinion.
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7. Should offer best-in class FE.
All 3 fit the bill here.

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I can even consider buying used vehicle in case the new one is beyond my budget.
Used options are pretty limited here. Endys, Pajeros,Captivas, and CRVs would not be able to seat 7 comfortably and their maintenance costs would be high as well. I would not consider them.

Let me add the comfort factor here which will result in the Xylo or the Innova coming out on tops due to the comfort provided to the last row of passengers.

Hope this helps.
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I would say, Innova, Stick to it. Telling you from more than 16 months ownership with 22k on ODO. Very good family MUV.
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@ravibhat: Thank you all for your valuable inputs.

@devdath: thanks for the detailed input.
@comfortablynum, @Aloksriva, @sam003: Innova, is really bad on bad roads, i had taken my neighbor's Innova during one of my visits to my village, the GC was the main concern.

Guys: There have been great previews about it, is it worth waiting for it or are there any expected alternatives ?

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Hi Rajesh, since you have ruled out the Innova, I think the Xylo is a good bet.

However, since your family size of 7 includes kids, I think even a Scorpio 8 seater (in good condition with less than 30k on the odo) might be worth looking at. I am sure Devdath will agree, going by the beautiful Scorpio he acquired recently

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Hi Rajesh, since you have ruled out the Innova, I think the Xylo is a good bet.
I indeed agree with you mooza, and am a big fan of pre-owned cars, especially the bigger engined ones which have a lot of life left in them even after they end up in used car showrooms.

Which is also why I mentioned that the Scorpio too is a choice for 2500cc.
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Chevrolet Tavera NEO2 (ercommended for comfort but is outdated now)
mahindra XYLO ( I am yet to get over its looks)
Scorpio Automatic (my choice even though the gearbox and rear seat are not the best)
Bolero CRDE ( My choice and segment leader. Space good but ride is harsh)
Maruti Eeco (Maruti's reliability but dont have any idea about anything else.)
Force Gama (No Experience)
ICML RHino (new crdi. Rumoured to have a better 3rd seat. No experience though)
Tata Grande (supposed to be similar improvent to SUmo as Manza and Vista)
Toyota Innova (proven product but I personally dont like the car.)

The best thing to do would be to test drive the cars and check for ingress/egress for the third seat passengers. Rest of the features would be pretty competitive.

I will pretty strongly vouch though that Indian makes might have a crude build but they own the UV market for a reason.

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I would Recommend a New XYLO E8 with ABS and Air bags,should be around 10L On road.
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The Innova would be best car for you. It may feel plain jane compared to the Xylo but no other UV at this price point can match the reliability, longevity, peace of mind and OVERALL comfort of Innova.

The Xylo on the other side has more space and better seating but the ride and handling is POOR. To me its the Ugliest car sold here.
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I would recommend Tata Sumo Grande or Mahindra Xylo for city & village roads. Innova would be a bit difficult to drive in village roads. Innova is a urban vehicle.

And all Mahindra Vehicles are tough, and can be used in rough terrain.
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Innova it should be according to me, Xylo being second choice.
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I understand about Innova not comfortable on bad roads. But with good tyre such problems can be solved for some extent. With careful driving I never felt uncomfortable in my Innova in bad roads. But with speeds above 30-40kmph I felt like I am travelling in small cars in bad roads. In my 6+ years old safari speeds around 40-50kmph is comfortable even in bad road.

But over all Innova with Michelin tyre is best choice, If budget permits buy the same! ELse XYLO is next choice.

Regards,

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