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Old 1st February 2010, 10:12   #1
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My friend is looking to buy a car with following specifications
1. Cost 15 to 20L
2. Sedan. SUV's not ruled out
3. Comfortable
4. Less maintenance
5. Family of 4 to 5
6. Usually city driven 2 to 3 time highway drives
7. Good FE
8. Petrol/Diesel both are welcomes
9. Good resale value after 5 to 6 years

I suggested Cruise and Jetta in Sedan and Captiva/Scorpio/Tucson in SUV's
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Old 1st February 2010, 15:01   #2
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My pick would be Honda Accord. Reliable,comfortable,and have decent FE for its size.
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My friend is looking to buy a car with following specifications
1. Cost 15 to 20L
2. Sedan. SUV's not ruled out
3. Comfortable
4. Less maintenance
5. Family of 4 to 5
6. Usually city driven 2 to 3 time highway drives
7. Good FE
8. Petrol/Diesel both are welcomes
9. Good resale value after 5 to 6 years

I suggested Cruise and Jetta in Sedan and Captiva/Scorpio/Tucson in SUV's
Let me know team BHPians opinion on the same !
I suggest Skoda Superb

1. Cost a bit above 20l
2. Sedan
3. Comfort can be matched with Merc E Class
4. Maintenance a bit on the higher side
5. Can seat 5 easily
6. Great highway cruiser
7. Diesel has good FE, petrol has better FE than Accord
8. Has better resale value than accord.

If budget cannot be stretched, I suggest a Laura. Cruise has a bit of turbo-lag. So city driving may be a problem. Superb/Laura has an exceptional DSG gearbox and the gizmos will drive you crazy. Scorpio is in 12 lac segment, Tucson should be avoided if he wants a good resale value. Captiva might be a bit over 20l.
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If he wants a sedan choose between the superb or the honda accord. For SUV pick up the toyota fortuner. If maintainence is a factor to be considered seriously, then pick the honda and leave the skoda out.
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In the 15 - 20 Lac segment -

Corrolla Altis - Excellent Petrol Sedan.
VW Jetta - Diesel - Good sedan BUT less luxurious than the Laura top variant.

Skoda Laura TSI / Diesel - both excellent.
Skoda Superb - should be above 20 lacs I guess.

Fortuner - Long waiting period and 22 Lacs or so.

I would take the Laura Diesel out of the above.
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Should be in the following sequence with respect to your defined parameters.
Sedan - Skoda Laura, Jetta, Honda Accord, Corolla Altis, Cruze, Tata manza (VFM Sedan)
SUV's - Ford Endevour, Honda CRV, Captiva, Prefer Safari than Scorpio
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My pick would be Honda Accord. Reliable,comfortable,and have decent FE for its size.
Not quite. Because of this -
'9. Good resale value after 5 to 6 years'

A 6 yr old accord would sell cheaper than a new swift

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In the 15 - 20 Lac segment -

Corrolla Altis - Excellent Petrol Sedan.
VW Jetta - Diesel - Good sedan BUT less luxurious than the Laura top variant.

Skoda Laura TSI / Diesel - both excellent.
Skoda Superb - should be above 20 lacs I guess.

Fortuner - Long waiting period and 22 Lacs or so.

I would take the Laura Diesel out of the above.
Agree here.
Either the Laura top end in sedan or the Fortuner in SUV.
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My friend is looking to buy a car with following specifications
1. Cost 15 to 20L
2. Sedan. SUV's not ruled out
3. Comfortable
4. Less maintenance
5. Family of 4 to 5
6. Usually city driven 2 to 3 time highway drives
7. Good FE
8. Petrol/Diesel both are welcomes
9. Good resale value after 5 to 6 years

I suggested Cruise and Jetta in Sedan and Captiva/Scorpio/Tucson in SUV's
Let me know team BHPians opinion on the same !
Rest apart, none of the cars in that segment have got a really good resale value- probably its a relative term. Within the segment one may have better than the other marginally, but nothing much to really called resale value...Toyota and Honda have a superb resale in the US compared to GM..did you try the online selector on some websites- they give decent choices based on your criteria
I guess there is overall v little to choose from in that segment- none of the choices are really wrong ones..
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I would suggest
Sedans
1. Chevrolet Cruze
2. Skoda Laura 2009 2.0 TDI
3. Skoda Superb 1.8 TSI

SUVs
1. Toyota Fortuner
2. Chevrolet Captiva
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