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Old 22nd December 2010, 15:34   #31
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I have very similar requirements like Rajesh and is watching this thread eagerly. Planning to check on Aria after seeing +ve comments from experts, else a 15 lakhs Tata does not sound so impressive
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IMO you should also have close look at Skoda Yeti. I own one, and if my requirements closely matched those that have been mentioned. The added advantages with Yeti will be:

1. It is fantastic to drive in city too, and quite capable of doing off-roading to extent that one would dare, without specialised training. Small size and one of best torque/weight ratio makes it easy to drive in crowded cities.
2. Extremely comfortable for 5 people, with plenty of space for luggage.
3. Frugal engine, which is quite capable of delivering FE of 18-20 kmpl on highway (providing you are light footed and cruise around 100 kmph. In city it still delivers 15 - 17 kmpl.
4. The maintenance and service costs should also be on low side, as it needs servicing only once a year or 15,000 litres.
5. Easy to drive, extremely safe, capable and racy. It will go to places no sedan would dare to venture, and where more bulky SUVs will balk to travel - particularly small winding hill roads.
6. One of the best rides of any SUVs that I have travelled in.
7. Plenty of assistance is available for moving on unpaved roads, steep climbs and descents.
8. Build quality is equal to cars costing 10 lakhs more. So is the level of equipment.

You might like to read the ownership review http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/test-d...irst-week.html .
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@Sushil - All sound excellent for Yeti except for it can accomodate only 5 people..Congrats on your purchase
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The Yeti ticks all the right boxes today apart from one answer that I m still waiting for.

The Cost of ownership, over say, 50k kms. But yes, I m pretty sure that it will not be exorbitant.

@Sushil: Can you please post a pic of 5 well fed adults sitting in the Yeti for my reference. You could use your son to sit behind you since both of you are 6' plus.
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The Yeti ticks all the right boxes today apart from one answer that I m still waiting for.

The Cost of ownership, over say, 50k kms. But yes, I m pretty sure that it will not be exorbitant.

@Sushil: Can you please post a pic of 5 well fed adults sitting in the Yeti for my reference. You could use your son to sit behind you since both of you are 6' plus.
Well, I'll need some kind of consent to post pictures of 5 "well-fed" adults. The moment I could get enough people to agree to get their pictures published I will do so. In the meantime take my word for it, that three well built persons can travel in reasonable comfort in rear seat.
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All,

I was planning to buy the BMW X1 sDrive18i that will cost me 2,535,747 including the BMW secure for the 1st year in Kochi.

Models : X1 sDrive 1.8i
Ex-Showroom : 2,242,489
Insurance : 85,859
Road Tax: 179,399
Reg/Handling: 28,000
ON ROAD PRICE: 2,535,747

Was planning to take BSI Utimate that will cost another 185,680 for 5 yrs/60K Km, Rs.27.2 lakhs for the entire package of X1 petrol base version!!!

I would like to get first hand information on the fuel efficiency and the cost of ownership for X1.

I'm thinking of an alternate option mainly due to the cost of ownership and waiting period of 4-5 months for X1.

Budget: 20-25 lakhs (on road price)

Here are my requirements:
- Self driven SUV and mainly for the city drive but planning to use for long distance highway drive once in 4 months.
- Ground clearence of minimum 175-180mm
- Bit compact for the city drive and parking
- On an average drives around 600-700Km a month and the main reason to choose the petrol version over diesel
- For a family of 4-5 people.
- Planning to use this car for the next 7 years

Alternate options:
- Skoda Yeti (main worry is the after sales support)
- Mitsubishi Outlander

Is it worth to wait for 5 months for X1 rather than going with the alternate options? Is there any new SUVs that are planned to be launched in the next 4 months which is worth waiting?

Thanks in advance for your valuble suggestions.
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Depending on your needs, I believe that the two best options you have are the Toyota Fortuner or the BMW X1. If you believe that the X1 will satisfy you, there is no better alternative. It's the best softroader SUV available in India at that price point.

And if you like the tough as nails and off road & on road type of SUV, then the Fortuner is the way you should go. Keep in mind, if you're only going to use the car ON the road and the lack of space is not an issue, go for the X1.

In simple terms, you have the budget to get the two best SUV's in India at this price. Now it is up to you to pick between the two (depending on the needs).

Drive all the cars that you've shortlisted and see which ticks all the boxes.

Good luck!
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With both the Skoda Yeti and Mitsubishi Outlander, you will have issues with after sales support. Id recommend you stick with the x1.

I also recommend you consider the diesel version, if not for the added fuel economy, but for the fact that diesel would hold much stronger resale value, and would be easier to sell off. In addition to that point, the x1 diesel is more powerful than its petrol sibling, and should be more fun.
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You want a compact, petrol SUV. IMO, you should consider the Honda CR-V! Perfect city SUV, reliable and comfy! If you are open to used versions you can get *pre-worshipped* CRV-s for 14-15L! You'll save quite a lot of money.
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Have they announced prices of the 'built in India' Freelander 2? One blog writes that it should be b/w 25-30L.
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I would actually recommend the Outlander.
It has much more features, a better engine, superb space for those long drives, and is quite nice to drive as well.
The X1 did not impress, and IMO it looked more like a hatch than an SUV. The rear was cramped and the engines were not as impressive unless you considered the diesel.

Also, expect the X1 to have significantly higher maintainance costs though the BSI package does offset this a fair bit.
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If you can stretch your budget then Freelander 2 will be an excellent choice. I have provided specifications, prices and photos on

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/indian...t-india-2.html (Jaguar Land Rover - New Model Blitz aims for top slot in India)

Please check that
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BMW X1 sDrive18i that will cost me 2,535,747 including the BMW secure for the 1st year in Kochi.

Models : X1 sDrive 1.8i
Ex-Showroom : 2,242,489
Insurance : 85,859
Road Tax: 179,399
Reg/Handling: 28,000
ON ROAD PRICE: 2,535,747

Was planning to take BSI Utimate that will cost another 185,680 for 5 yrs/60K Km, Rs.27.2 lakhs for the entire package of X1 petrol base version!!!
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If you have shortlisted X1 - you better avoid petrol one - Diesel is much more JOY , cheaper to run and will have better re-sale value , it should not have such long waiting time if you are not fussy on specific color + no need to spend too much for BSI Ultimate for 5 Years , just buy something with lowest mileage for 3 Years and when you are close to expiry pay more and get extended . Go to dealer with Advance and you should see the waiting drop to 7-10 days . Free Lander will be much expensive though - it should be fair to compare it with X3 .
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If you have shortlisted X1 - you better avoid petrol one - Diesel is much more JOY , cheaper to run and will have better re-sale value , it should not have such long waiting time if you are not fussy on specific color + no need to spend too much for BSI Ultimate for 5 Years , just buy something with lowest mileage for 3 Years and when you are close to expiry pay more and get extended . Go to dealer with Advance and you should see the waiting drop to 7-10 days . Free Lander will be much expensive though - it should be fair to compare it with X3 .
Agree with that.
X1 diesel should be a better option. And if not, go for the Skoda Yeti elegance. You will have some extra cash to spend on the fuel!
Happy Shopping

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Honestly, the petrol X1 does not make sense, nor will it be very fun to drive. And you have mentioned SUV but the X1 is hardly an SUV. I still cant digest that the X1 is a Bimmer.

Go for the Outlander. It got more space, more features and according to me it also looks a whole lot better.

Another option is the Sante Fe. The only issue is that its a manual but its got a stonker of an engine (194bhp) and massive torque.
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