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Old 30th January 2023, 09:19   #61
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I now drive the XUV 700 AX7L top of the line variant. But compared to my previous XUV 500, I sorely miss the below

1. Boot light
2. Ambient lighting
3. Hydraulic bonnet.

I sometimes wonder how much Mahindra saved by this stupid cost cutting.
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Old 30th January 2023, 10:44   #62
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Re: What cost-cutting bothers you in your current car?

We have a 2022 Toyota Camry Hybrid. Some cost cutting in terms of features are:
  1. Lack of 360 Degree Camera.
  2. Lack of front facing parking sensors. The car only gets one each on the front sides.
  3. Larger sunroof.
According to me, these are some big misses especially for a car that costs 57 lakhs on road for a corporate registration. Also, the first two features are available in the Thailand spec Camry from where the CKD kits for the Indian Camry are imported. A larger sunroof (some of them are even Panoramic!) is available in other Asian and North American countries. At the same time, the Superb comes equipped with all of the missing features mentioned above and is ~9 lakhs cheaper!!
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Old 30th January 2023, 10:46   #63
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Re: What cost-cutting bothers you in your current car?

Perfect topic for a Monday morning rant!

After spending an year searching for a car to upgrade from my Hyundai Grand i10, I bought MG Hector Shine last year. While the car has proven to be a great value for money buy, MG decided to skip the electric folding ORVMs for this variant. You can adjust the mirrors electrically but nah, can't fold them with a button press. Imagine asking the person on your passenger seat - "buddy can you open the ORVM on your side because I forgot it before entering the car"

Simple question - if I am willing to pay 18.5 lacs for the car, would I mind paying another 15k for auto folding ORVMs! Well MG certainly thinks so. To add to the frustration, my Grand i10 costing 5.5lacs had auto folding ORVMs.
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Old 30th January 2023, 12:03   #64
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Hyundai Creta SX(O) 1.5 CRDI MT:
It is almost a complete package (Of course except the GNCAP Rating)

As Hyundai is known for making feature rich cars, these ones bothers me a lot.
1) No keyless entry on the left side door.
2) The lack of power window switch illumination.
3) Lack of wireless android auto (Which is available in lower trims)
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Santro 2019 - Wanted an AMT but top end not available for AMT. Sportz variant doesn't have reversing cam and parking sensors. Showroom fitted aftermarket solution is terrible
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Old 30th January 2023, 12:30   #66
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I now drive the XUV 700 AX7L top of the line variant. But compared to my previous XUV 500, I sorely miss the below

1. Boot light
2. Ambient lighting
3. Hydraulic bonnet.

I sometimes wonder how much Mahindra saved by this stupid cost cutting.
Own an XUV 700 AX5 and apart from the above three, (boot light being the top contender), my variant and below have only 1 USB charging port in the dash. We use the car primarily for long trips and it becomes frustrating at times. The funny part is that they provided a c-type charger in the back but I would have loved swapping that for a second one in the dash!
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Old 30th January 2023, 14:39   #67
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I own a Polo GT 1.2 TSi 2018. One of the lucky ones to grab the creamy 4-pot before the 1.0 3-pot came along.

I had been lusting the GT since its launch and by the time I got around to replacing my Micra with it, VW had cut corners.
  1. No engine bay protection (hood dampening exists but underbody protector which used to be standard got deleted and was made a 10k plus accessory)
  2. No leather on handbrake (was an easy fix - tons of aftermarket options)
  3. No fabric on door arm rests (claimed to have been for longevity of interiors - doesn't bother me)
  4. Fog lamp doubles as cornering lamp (not sure if the fog lamps ever were separate but there seems to be a provision for additional bulbs that are dummy)

All said and done, none of these are a deal breaker and I still love every single thing about my car. And with all the digital screens, touch controls, downsizing to 1 litre engines, linear torque; I enjoy every mile I can rake up on my car.

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Main cost-cutting miss is Bluetooth Audio. We miss it till date. The only way to connect your smartphone is AUX, something phones don't even offer today!
I solved this issue in my dad's Wagon R by buying an accessory that plugs into the 12V socket and connects to your phone via Bluetooth. It then throws a radio wave that gets picked up by the car's FM receiver. Pretty ingenious compared to other options that required a speaker and routing USB cables to the device.

Not sure if it is okay to share an Amazon link on the forum but searching for CRUST CS30 throws it up and there are similar alternates. I choose this because it has a couple of USB As and even a USB C port that should cover all charging needs.
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Old 30th January 2023, 15:07   #68
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Re: What cost-cutting bothers you in your current car?

I own a 2015 Verna S(O) and below are the features which I miss or should have been there given the price paid :-

1. Auto door lock
2. Rear ac vents
3. Decent Headlights ( I am sure Verna owners of this particular model will agree)
4.No key less entry for passenger side.

However the window buttons on all doors are backlit
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Old 30th January 2023, 16:33   #69
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Do current Hyundai/Kia's get "speed sensitive auto-lock of doors" (what happens at 10kph or 20kph in almost all other cars) ?
My Seltos does, and goes one step further by providing the ability to select the speed at which the lock is triggered.
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In my Beat facelift 2014, I miss a rear center 3-point seatbelt. It was made in India for export markets, which got this feature. When my kid sits in the center back seat, he complains about this.
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Old 30th January 2023, 18:44   #71
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My 2012 Etios Liva GD

Reams upon reams can be written about this model, but the one which irks me the most is poor insulation (NVH) .
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Old 30th January 2023, 19:44   #72
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Skoda Kushaq
1. Bonnet insulation
2. Reverse camera
3. Poor floor insulation and the floor mats don't cover the hump. VW service advisor who is a friend of mine has advised on more floor insulation which is done in taigun at dealer level with some added cost
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Old 30th January 2023, 21:18   #73
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Hyundai Alcazar 2022 -
1. No wireless android auto. Only wired AA.
2. No powered passenger seat.
3. No memory setting for driver seat. Even one memory setting would have been wonderful.
4. No powered tail gate.
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Old 30th January 2023, 21:36   #74
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Re: What cost-cutting bothers you in your current car?

2021 Hyundai Venue SX Plus DCT-

No rear washer wiper.
No auto-folding ORVMs.
No rear arm rest.
Front fixed arm rest, not the sliding one.
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Old 31st January 2023, 01:30   #75
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Re: What cost-cutting bothers you in your current car?

2012 Ritz VDI
  • Lack of ABS as standard
  • Lack of Airbags as standard
  • Poor quality doorpads; easly flexes when opening and closing doors
  • No option for auto climate control, even in the top end model

I don't need to repeat about the poor quality child parts. One thing that has plagued my car is the front grille, which keeps detaching from the plastic retaining clips of the bumper.

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