Go Back   Team-BHP > BHP India > The Indian Car Scene

View Poll Results: Which would you put your money on?
Top spec model but a segment lower 127 57.99%
Base model but a segment higher 92 42.01%
Voters: 219. You may not vote on this poll

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 5th May 2007, 15:50   #16
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 27
Thanked: 5 Times

I would say that we need to talk specifics in terms of which two models we are comparing to make a better decision. Also, the segment of the car also holds. For example, the Logan lower segment is in the same price bracket as the Swift highest segment. But if someone is looking primarily for boot space and extra space etc then Logan makes sense. Generally speaking, yes, highest version of the lower segment makes sense.
raghu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 5th May 2007, 16:25   #17
Senior - BHPian
akroy's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Posts: 2,423
Thanked: 62 Times

I always prefer the higher end model, Thats precise the reason I dropped my idea of a lower end zen compared to an higher end Alto (That was a different story that I was almost freezing on Baleno on stepping into Bimal Showroom to check out Alto )

But ya I always prefer the highest model of a car under my budget....

akroy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 5th May 2007, 16:53   #18
Team-BHP Support
Rtech's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Bombay
Posts: 5,769
Thanked: 231 Times

Thanks for the correction of the price point in that example GTO. However, as mentioned, it was simply an example. You have given your opinion on the Spark vs Swift. However, things get a lot more complicated when you look at the model blurs of vehicles of the same manufacturer such as Hyundai and the Santro and Getz Prime. Both have the same engine in this scenario, however the difference in equipment levels is drastic.

And adding power window's later means tampering with the wiring, which means your warranty will not hold good (unless the A.S.S. carries out such work).

But, this poll is put up exactly for this. To get an idea of the general trend (atleast from the small community of car buyers we represent).

Personally, I would rather get a well speced car from the factory even if it means settling for a smaller car. Unless ofcourse I really need the extra space of a larger vehicle.

However, this thought process is valid only upto a particular price point. About, say 7 lakhs, every car comes with the basic features, and then we run into problems such as aseem has mentioned below - a fully loaded Honda City Vtec, or a base Corolla.

Its interesting studying the psychology of the market!
Rtech is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 5th May 2007, 17:03   #19
Team-BHP Support
Jaggu's Avatar
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 18,337
Thanked: 8,984 Times

too generic and can be decided only in a case to case scenario.

For time being fully loaded lower segment based on my decision of Swift D Vdi against Fiesta, Aveo etc etc

And yes i do like stuff to come factory fitted and not bother with retro fitting stuff, exception would be some cosmetics and ice, so always will prefer higher end model.
Jaggu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 5th May 2007, 17:15   #20
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Vijayawada
Posts: 252
Thanked: 100 Times

Originally Posted by tsk1979 View Post
I would go for a top spec model but a segment lower. Normally.
But for me must have features now are "Power windows". Which come in most C class cars.
So if I was buying a small car I would choose the top spec model, but in midsize land I would be choosing the bottom end model or a middle end model.
I second what tsk1979 has said....... in every respect.
vvrchandra is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 5th May 2007, 17:29   #21
Senior - BHPian
BUSA's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Bombay
Posts: 5,130
Thanked: 11 Times

I would go for a Top spec model but a segment lower because doing so i would atleast have the best model of the car with all the features.
BUSA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 5th May 2007, 18:37   #22
Senior - BHPian
lamborghini's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 4,884
Thanked: 1,759 Times

Depends on the segment i would be looking at.
A base Optra with makes much much more sense the the top of the line NHC ZX GXi. (The VTEC is more expensive than the base model of the Optra).
However, i would also prefer a top of the line Santro to a base Getz.
lamborghini is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 5th May 2007, 18:46   #23
Senior - BHPian
hydrashok's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: In my Office
Posts: 2,528
Thanked: 14 Times

Top spec, but a segment lower for me. In the long run this is what gives better return on the money (not resale-wise, but happiness-wise).
hydrashok is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 5th May 2007, 19:01   #24
ess_a's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Nai Dilli
Posts: 306
Thanked: 5 Times

If it is between WagonR VXi and Swift LXi -> Swift hands down.
But say if it is between Palio1.6 and an Esteem -> It would be Palio for me.

So cant really pin point. But I think the former choice will do in most of the cases.
Who the hell needs power windows if i get a bigger engine at the same price. Windows dont drive the car, but the engine does... So..

Just one more correction.. If the higher and cheaper comparison is like this-
Swift VXi/ZXi with ABS +/- Airbags and say a Baleno LXi -> Swift for me. Safety first.

Last edited by ess_a : 5th May 2007 at 19:05.
ess_a is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 5th May 2007, 19:08   #25
gr8guzzler's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Navi Mumbai
Posts: 649
Thanked: 38 Times

Base model of a higher spec car makes sense to me. The goodies you would get in a top end version can always be added aftermarket.

gr8guzzler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 5th May 2007, 19:33   #26
Senior - BHPian
rahul_intlad's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Pune
Posts: 1,577
Thanked: 2 Times

Rtech, would you believe it I was thinking of a poll on similar lines,but..

Anyways what happens if the smaller segment car is even more powerful than the higher segment car,case in point the ford fusion vs the ford fiesta 1.4

I think another major factor influencing buyers is Brand.Which company both the cars belong to makes a lot of difference.
rahul_intlad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 5th May 2007, 19:53   #27
Senior - BHPian
veyron1's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 1,426
Thanked: 39 Times

the engineering and inherent product benefits matter a lot more to me..
Bingo. Ditto. It's the car, not the cost. From the given examples, here are my choices...

1) Swift Vs Spark- Swift.
2) Getz Vs Santro- Getz.
3) Optra Vs Corolla- Corolla.
4) NHC Vs Corolla- Corolla.

And so on....but mind, this is ONLY from the driver's perspective...IMHO, family choices could, obviously, swing the other way round...
veyron1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 5th May 2007, 20:45   #28
Senior - BHPian
finneyp's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 2,631
Thanked: 176 Times

I prefer a base model of a higher segment!

Thatz why I bought a Palio 1.2 ELPS over Alto Vxi
finneyp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 5th May 2007, 21:16   #29
Senior - BHPian
iraghava's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Bhaiyyaland
Posts: 8,028
Thanked: 158 Times

Like Jaggu said depends entirely on a case-to-case basis. I don't care much for the toys but the engine/gearbox etc. matters.

Like when I went to decide for a new car the choice was either the OHC 1.5 or VTEC. Had discarded the Corolla/Octavia because I didn't like them at all. After driving the VTEC compared to the 1.5 and also seeing the extra equipment on offer (Ok, only Alloys & Spoiler mainly!!) fell for it! Even though it was the most expensive of the lot (The OHC range).

Normally though, I usually pick up the model just below the top model so that I can customise the car with my personal preferences with the saved money.

Last edited by iraghava : 5th May 2007 at 21:30.
iraghava is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 5th May 2007, 23:49   #30
Senior - BHPian
msdivy's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 1,495
Thanked: 971 Times

Interesting poll. Actually I was planning write something on these lines.

For me, highest variant I can buy with my money.
For my dad, its the lowest variant of the highest segment car. Later he would add the missing features and so the car would be as good as the highend variant.
msdivy is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Skoda dealers charging RTO tax & insurance on old (higher) price, not new (lower) price S2!!! Indian Car Dealerships 17 3rd October 2015 15:13
The costliest city to live in India Surprise Shifting gears 38 9th June 2011 00:23
World's costliest Advertisement !! delhi_guy Shifting gears 2 2nd November 2004 07:03
The world's costliest advertisement adityapd Shifting gears 12 7th June 2004 17:26
Which is the Costliest production car 0-100@2.7sec The International Automotive Scene 3 5th May 2004 04:42

All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 20:36.

Copyright 2000 - 2018, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks