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Old 13th November 2022, 22:10   #1
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What is the best car-garage combo in a country like India

Say, we all fall into these 2 categories

1. Achievable spend (hopefully) one day - say around 50-60L for the entire garage

2. Wealthy enough that money is not a constraint to buy any car(s)

What is the best car garage you will have that satisfies the following criteria (number of cars can be any)?

1. Can be driven in cities and bumper-to-bumper traffic
2. Parking the car shouldn't be a hassle in the city.
3. Fun to drive, performance
4. Can be driven at any time of the year - summers, winters, monsoons
5. Can be driven anywhere - on-roads, off-roads, no-roads, etc.
6. With the maximum bells and whistles, reliability, looks, performance, space, safety, looks, ASS experience, comfort, and finally minimum maintenance.

My choice would be

1. 60-lakh budget: Fortuner Legender/Endeavour 3.2 + Polo 1.2/1.0 TSI (Manual)
2. No budget cap: Wrangler/Defender/G-Class + S-Class + Porsche 911 GT3 RS + Polo

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Old 13th November 2022, 22:28   #2
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Achievable spend - Toyota Innova Crysta + Honda City or Skoda Slavia + Hyundai Creta
Money is not a constraint - Mercedes G-Class + Audi Q7 + BMW M340i + Toyota Innova Crysta

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Old 13th November 2022, 23:17   #3
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What is the best car garage you will have that satisfies the following criteria (number of cars can be any)?

1. Can be driven in cities and bumper-to-bumper traffic
All cars which are in production are suitable for these conditions. I've seen Ferrari stuck in night traffic.

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2. Parking the car shouldn't be a hassle in the city.
Well, this seems to be size issue. Mini cooper?

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3. Fun to drive, performance
That's personal preference, I'd be happy zipping in figo in mountains but for some fun to drive could be GTI.

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4. Can be driven at any time of the year - summers, winters, monsoons
If by monsoons you mean waterlogged streets and by winters you mean snow then you won't find many. Probably 4x4 like Fortuner for snow? But if you observe closely all vehicles can be driven anytime of the year. There are umpteen number of people who drive Alto in Himalayas.

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5. Can be driven anywhere - on-roads, off-roads, no-roads, etc.
4x4 - Range Rover Defender.

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6. With the maximum bells and whistles, reliability, looks, performance, space, safety, looks, ASS experience, comfort, and finally minimum maintenance.
All these variables don't go hand in hand. You choose some and lose some. If budget is not a constraint then a Land Cruiser.

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My choice would be
1. 60-lakh budget - Fortuner Legender/Endeavour 3.2 + Polo 1.2/1.0 TSI (Manual)
Endeavour is dead so is Polo. My choice around 50L would be Legender.

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re: What is the best car-garage combo in a country like India

Ooh, fantasy buying thread. Love them

To keep it simple, am assuming it is just new cars or not older than five years, otherwise my list would be endless.

Achievable spend
Innova 2.8 + Ignis

Money is not a constraint
Vellfire + Defender D90 or G class + BMW M2 or 911

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What is the best car garage you will have that satisfies the following criteria (number of cars can be any)?
Well, my picks would be

* In case 1- My go-to choice for the occasional on and off-road driveability would be without any doubt the ScorpioN 4Exploror. Presence check, 4X4 Check, GC check, Reliablibilty (I am confident since it's a Mahindra), City and Highway manners Check, Powerful engine Check, and more. This for me is the perfect all-rounder. A Citroen C3 for that peppy little engine and its spot-on Driving Dynamics. And being a bit of Budget conscious middle-class man, I would opt for an Interceptor and a Himalayan for short city rides. They both have excellent driveability and good road manners + amazing looks! This would be the perfect garage for me.

* In case 2- It's an easy pick - Land Rover Defender, A Bentley Flying spur & a Golf GTI. For bikes, I would straightaway go for an R1, a Harley, a BMW GS
and any RE Latest bike available (Because I love them!).

Uff! I just realized I woke up from a dream!

Cya Folks! Happy Drifting.

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My choice would be
1. Achievable spend - Toyota Fortuner (Miss the Endy)/Lexus ES 300 H, Kia Sonet D AT (for city use)
2. Money is not a constraint - GLC/X7 + Mini

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Re: What is the best car-garage combo in a country like India

I love these kind of dreamy threads. As enthusiasts, we have to maintain passion in our choice of garage but equally, in India, a certain amount of practicality has to be there.

- For 60 lakhs, I'd go for a pre-worshipped German sedan and a Thar. I'll soon have this kind of garage . Takes care of speed, practicality & style.

- For money no object, an S-Class is a must-have in the house (would prefer the W222 generation), with a top SUV (Defender or Range Rover), and a 911 / 488 for fun.
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To keep it simple, am assuming it is just new cars or not older than five years, otherwise my list would be endless.
There is no period limit. You can choose whatever it is as long as it is available and can also be maintained in India.
For eg - not something like a Nissan X-Trail or Opel Astra or Daewoo Cielo might be available but cannot be maintained/serviced here due to various reasons.
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Re: What is the best car-garage combo in a country like India

For us, combinations like that of a City/Vento/Ciaz/~Creta + Swift/Polo/i20/WagonR that ideally fits in the Achievable spend category.

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Re: What is the best car-garage combo in a country like India

Achievable spend: Linea T-Jet, Tiago, Octavia vrs 230, Scorpio N, Hexa AT

Money is not a constraint: Alfa Romeo Giulia, Range Rover Sport, BMW 330i, Porsche Cayenne, Jeep Meridian

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Re: What is the best car-garage combo in a country like India

I would keep it up to 60 lakhs only. Under no budget constrainsts the choices are unlimited to call out.

Up to 60 Lakhs - 330i (used) or vRS (used) or Octavia (new) + Kushaq or Taigun 1.5 TSI

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Re: What is the best car-garage combo in a country like India

I own a Tata Hexa XTA and a Nano XTA. I was restricted by my previous company to buy only from the Tata stable. If I were in the market today, I'd replace the Hexa with a top-end Scorpio N Dsl AT 8L.

Even if I can afford better, I'd stick to this category because though I love expensive cars (actually all cars, dogs, horses expensive or Pariah), I avoid them because India is no country for good cars. I am heartbroken when I see bad scratches, broken mirrors and dings on nice cars. It takes utmost self-control not to butcher those 2 wheeler riders who hit my ORVMs or the auto-walas who hit my rear bumpers. If it were an expensive car, I'd be a serial-killer in no time.

It is best to buy sturdy Body on Frame hulks that look better with a few dents and just clear the traffic ahead of them like Moses parting the Dead Sea. Add a nice slush-matic torque converter and a very good audio system and I'm in heaven.

I prefer to take a holiday abroad, hire a sweet car and drive her in conditions she's meant to be driven in. When I can afford it, I'll have a Porsche parked in my villa at Dubai and go over for long weekends to drive around. I'll hire a Morgan at Heathrow and drive to Scotland. Fly over to the Continent for a few days driving around Lake Como or the French Riviera in an Alfa Romeo or even a Fiat Cinquecento.

But since I seem to be spending a majority of my driving in Kurla, Mumbai or Velachery, Chennai, a Tata or Mahindra it is! Horses for courses, guys!
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Re: What is the best car-garage combo in a country like India

Fantasy thread, so fantasy builds

With monies not a consideration (practical use)

Fast & furious

Cayenne Tubo GT
911-Turbo-S
LX


Show-Off garage

Urus
488
G-Wagon

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Re: What is the best car-garage combo in a country like India

Being a fancy thread, I would say Porsche Cayenne GT Turbo, A BMW four seater sedan, a Mini and a beater which can be Fortuner/Hilux.

From a realistic view, I want to replace one of my sedans with a reasonable crossover : say Tucson or C5. A crossover plus a fast BMW sedan makes an ideal garage for me in Bengaluru.

Btw, a few of us think our friend Robi's garage here (Robimahanta's Turbo-Petrol Garage | Polo GTI | BMW M340i | Mahindra Thar) is somehow the ideal one for Bengaluru.
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Re: What is the best car-garage combo in a country like India

I am currently proud of my car garage, though may look to revamp it soon, for around 60L I have
Skoda VRS (33L) + Thar (19L) + Creta (17L) + Rapid (13L) - The Creta and Rapid are currently used as beaters daily cars. Looking to maybe replacing with an Electric car.

My achievable dream garage would be:
530D + Fortuner + A Nice Electric Car which can chauffer driven but not too big.

If money not a constraint:
BMW X5 3.0D + Mini Cooper S JCW + Any S Class, if more budget permits a nice Porsche 911 Turbo on the side.
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