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Old 19th February 2024, 13:08   #1
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Any popular Indian car that you somehow missed out on driving?

I drove an Innova Crysta 2.8Z few days back. This is the first and only Innova I drove since Innova started selling in India. I have had my share of driving most SUV's, including the rare ones like Chevrolet Trailblazer, Isuzu MU-X, Skoda Yeti, Mitsubishi Pajero GLX / SFX (sadly no Montero, but it is not as popular or regular), you name it.

Post drive, I reckoned that this is the first time I have driven an Innova, any Innova for that matter. I have sat in all generations of Innova as a passenger (almost always in a taxi) but somehow, never managed to drive one.

Why I never drove one?

I think no one in my family has / had one and nor my immediate friends have one and frankly the shape (MUV'ish) made sure, I never fancied driving one. I had to drop someone somewhere and some luggage was in his Crysta, so naturally had to take his MUV.

Any similar experience?

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Old 22nd February 2024, 12:45   #2
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Re: Any popular Indian car that you somehow missed out on driving?

Proud to have driven every car <60 lakhs on sale in India .

The only 2 cars from this list that I haven't driven are:

- Eeco. Weird, considering its immense popularity, although I might have driven its earlier avatar the Versa (don't remember)

- Kiger (have driven its sibling, the Magnite)
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Re: Any popular Indian car that you somehow missed out on driving?

The Innova/Crysta/Hycross and any of the Fortuners. The snobby attitude of the showrooms to provide a test drive was atrocious (even when we were considering a Innova for the family).
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I missed out on driving the Crysta 2.8 AT though I've driven Crysta 2.4 AT/MT, OG Innova that we owned before, and Hycross.

Apart from this, I missed driving other cars like Jetta 2.0 TDI DSG/MT, Polo 1.2 GT TSI, Fortuner AT (had driven the MT version of both gens though), Endeavour 3.2, Verna 1.6 CRDI, Octavia 1.8 TSI, Vento 1.6 TDI (had owned one before but sold off by the time I started driving cars), OG Thar, i20 1.4 CRDI and others.
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Old 25th February 2024, 11:17   #5
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Force Gurkha 2.2
Endeavour 3.2
Isuzu VCross 2.5
Fortuner 3.0 D4-D, although have driven the Hilux in Thailand
Tucson
Vento/Polo 1.6 Tdi

These are some of the few names though, I still regret not able to buy the Gurkha 2.2 or the Isuzu Vcross 2.5 when it was available.
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Old 25th February 2024, 13:01   #6
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Re: Any popular Indian car that you somehow missed out on driving?

I have two cars on the list, which I regret still.

- Skoda Octavia 1.8 TSI

- WV Polo 1.2 GT TSI (looking for a pre-owned one with manual transmission)
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Re: Any popular Indian car that you somehow missed out on driving?

Well, even though I am the one who has driven the most cars in my circle, it is still a small list.

Some that I regret not having driven even once:
Montero
V40
S60
MU-X
D-Max
Old Endeavour (the brick shaped one)
i20 N line
Lancer/Cedia
2.0 TSI Octavia
MM550
Old Fortuner (1st gen pre-facelift with cute face and headlights)
Outlander
Esteem
Corsa and Astra
Mondeo
Fusion

I suppose there is more to this list but that is all I can recall for now
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Re: Any popular Indian car that you somehow missed out on driving?

While there are too many so far, I'll vote for the Scorpio (not scorpioN), also considering the amount of people around me owning it, including my extended family having one.

Situations or circumstances, whenever I got in one, I was driven around extensively but so far never been able to drive it.

One time I had the itch (or accumulated frustration) to check via zoomcars and drive, by then zoomcar stopped operations in my city.

I even made up my mind to go and test drive twice (one when a cousin was going to buy it, one just for my mental pleasure) and both those time the test drive vehicle wasn't available.

Summing up, I've been driven around cumulatively for some 500-700 odd kms or maybe even more since past 1.5 decades in Scorpios, but for some strange reason, never got to drive one!

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Proud to have driven every car <60 lakhs on sale in India .
A hard question: If you had to pick just one from that list as the most memorable one (accounting for price), which one would it be?
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Old 25th February 2024, 17:27   #10
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Too many! Where do I even start? I missed driving the Esteem, the first gen Honda City, the first Tata Safari etc...

But the one I really wanted to drive and still think about sometimes would be the Honda CR-V. It's a pity it went out of production just as I was getting ready to buy one.
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I think which engine did you miss driving would be more apt.

I missed driving
VAG 2.0 TDi
Ford 3.2 TCDi
VAG 1.2 TSi
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Despite being a mostly happy diesel i20 owner, I have never driven any of the new Hyundais. Not the Creta, Verna, new i20, Alcazar nothing.

They all just look really ugly to me so I never bothered.
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I have missed out on every car from 0-∞lakhs because I am 16 years old
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It has been a year since I got my driving licence, I have driven all most every Diesel car from Maruti ( expect the 1.6 S-cross ) with MT gearbox. I have never driven an AT car not even an AMT. Some time I literally crave to drive an AT, I have an Activa ( I guess it has CVT or doesn't get a gearbox ) so I want to know that AT cars drive like a scooty ?
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Re: Any popular Indian car that you somehow missed out on driving?

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I drove an Innova Crysta 2.8Z few days back. This is the first and only Innova I drove since Innova started selling in India.

I look forward to driving the Mercedes C class Kompressor I owned in USA couple of decades back in India as a right hand steering version.

I am not sure if many people know the sales number of Innovas as personal vehicles.
I owned Z automatic diesel version. Even I was surprised as I thought the million vehicles on Indian roads are mostly taxis.

30% of sales in the first generation came from fleet operators, and the rest were in the personal segment. Since the second generation Innova became more expensive, the fleet segment mix got reduced to 5%. Innova has always maintained a premium taxi image for itself, and mere one, two, or three occupants in a taxi Innova are also a common sight. What it means is that customers book an Innova as a taxi for a comfortable ride and premium feel over the utilitarian aspect of a conventional MUV.

https://www.team-bhp.com/news/how-to...0-infographics

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