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Old 29th September 2023, 16:55   #1006
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While returning home from work yesterday evening saw an Elevate, Sonet and a Creta parked side by side at a traffic signal. The Elevate looked a size smaller than the Creta, almost the same width as the Sonet. Visually, it also seemed that its height is also less than that of Creta.

Honda Elevate is definitely not in the same segment as the Creta/Seltos twins. IMO it sits somewhere in the no man's land between the Sonet's and the Creta's of the world.
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Old 29th September 2023, 19:56   #1007
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Regarding the accessories, any idea what's the Front Under Spoiler & Side Under Spoiler ?

Other items being considered are the:
Parcel Tray
Door handle protector
Floor Mat set
Mud guard set.


Looking at possible accessories to pick, in case we cant skip this part for the ZX CVT.
Ask your dealer to send you a Accessories Brochure. It has pictures showing all of them. The Spoiler package costs 34303 in Mumbai which I thought was a waste so I avoided it.
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Old 30th September 2023, 00:29   #1008
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Dakshin Honda in Bangalore is charging a "Handling/Logistics" fee of ~6k which they are refusing to budge on. When probed - they say this is for car transportation, loading/unloading etc and said it is standard pricing policy for the Elevate.

Is that true? Do buyers in other cities also have this charge in their quote? I was of the opinion that such charges are illegal and the ex-showroom is expected to include all such transportation/logistics costs
It is an illegal malpractice. Find another dealership if they don't budge. These guys are trying to cash in on the spike in demand for the Elevate and trying to make hay while the sun shines. We got a Honda Amaze from Magnum Honda, Mekhri Circle last year and they didn't ask for handling charges. Try them and see if that helps.

Ex-showroom price means the price at which the vehicle sells at the showroom. It includes the cost of transportation, handling, unloading etc. It's not ex-factory or ex-stockyard price. Tell them you're willing to drive it off the stockyard and won't pay handling charges if that's the case.
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Old 30th September 2023, 13:41   #1009
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Dakshin Honda in Bangalore is charging a "Handling/Logistics" fee of ~6k which they are refusing to budge on. When probed - they say this is for car transportation, loading/unloading etc and said it is standard pricing policy for the Elevate.

Is that true? Do buyers in other cities also have this charge in their quote? I was of the opinion that such charges are illegal and the ex-showroom is expected to include all such transportation/logistics costs
Obviously, they are trying to make a fast buck. I would suggest three things: (a) drop an email to Honda with a copy of the doc highlighting the charge, (b)send a tweet tagging Honda cars India account, and (c) call Honda cars helpline. They will be forced to retract the fees.
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The Elevate looked a size smaller than the Creta, almost the same width as the Sonet. Visually, it also seemed that its height is also less than that of Creta.
It has to do with the shape and proportions rather than actual size. Going by dimensions Elevate is lengthier and taller than Creta with same width. It is more of a visual perception that it looks smaller. For instance, I always felt Brezza looks way bigger than other sub 4m crossovers like Nexon.

You are right that Elevate is same width as Sonet, it actually is at 1790mm but guess what, Creta is also the same width officially

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How much is the insurance quoted ?
My friend is preparing for delivery, but the insurance quoted by Vision Honda kottayam looks too high at 59K including rsa and b-b coverage..
Not closed on the insurance part or the accessories yet. One factor is the NCB transfer which is being worked on.

From what other members have posted, 59k looks ok when it's inclusive of the RSA and B2B coverage. Of this 59, about 27k will be third party coverage. If you leave out taxes, the Own Damage for one year comes to less than 25k ?
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I test drove the Elevate manual in Mysore today. I strongly believe this is the car you want to live with once you get over the novelty of unnecessary gizmos. The seats are supremely comfortable, the legroom in the back is great, the interiors feel solid and of great quality. The drive was even more impressive. The engine was refined and had plenty of pep whenever I floored the accelerator. The ride was incredibly absorbent, almost like a European car. Having driven most of its rivals, I can easily say this is the car I would like to take home and keep for years to come. I am quite tempted to book one right away.
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Old 2nd October 2023, 01:34   #1013
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The First car I bought: Elevate VX Automatic

Why the Elevate?

When I did the test drives for the car purchase research, I liked how the Honda City handled in the urban roads and on highways but unfortunately I was not into sedans. A good SA experience also led to the Honda Elevate being booked. I booked the VX CVT variant in Obsidian Blue Pearl colour when the pre-bookings opened.

My car Search Journey:


Till the later half of 2022, I was not a big car guy and I was content to get around with a moped or by public transportation or taxi services than the car. But the car bug bit me after a proper long trip between Chennai and Goa in a friend's MG Hector during late 2022.

I was initially apprehensive about the long drive, but the Hector made it a breeze. The ride was incredibly comfortable, even on the rough roads of some of the smaller towns and villages in Karnataka that we passed through (the in-built navigator took us through some unusual routes). The interior was spacious and well-appointed. By the end of the trip, The comfortable ride and it features really impressed me and nudged me to buy my own. This further was fueled by my workplace's new 3-day hybrid work policy. Work is a good 40-45 kms roundtrip from my home every workday on my moped.

I decided to start by doing test drives of all the cars that were available in the market. I wanted to get a feel for the different cars and see what I liked and didn't like. I also wanted to compare the different features and prices. MG's showroom experience was a disappoinment, even after two showroom visits, I am yet to get a Test Drive! Also I didn't test drive any Toyota or Mahindra as their SAs were borderline rude on multiple occasions when I visited their showrooms. Not all were bad, Skoda and Honda SAs were very cordial and readily offered multiple test drives (even long) on request for the Kushaq and City.

Finally after much brouhaha, I narrowed in on SUVs, the sedans and the hatchbacks didn't interest me much. I also didn't want Diesels. I narrowed in on three models,
  • Skoda Kushaq 1.5 Ambition MT
  • Seltos HTX IVT (Pre-Facelift)
  • Tata Nexon EV Max XZ+ Lux (Pre-Facelift)
I liked the Citroen C3's ride quality but the car didn't feel right with me with missed features. Also, the Chennai dealership doesn't even have a turbo for test drives, a year after launch. (too many red flags)

I booked Seltos and Nexon EV by the end of June
, after extensive reading of reviews, maintenance posts, and ownership stories on them on Team-BHP. Both of them had a couple of months waiting period for the colour and model that I wanted and thank god they did.

I knew high maintenance would be an issue for the Kushaq but SC reviews from your friend's circle really make an impact so I didn't book the Kushaq. The SA did try to alleviate some of the pet-peeves while I appreciated his efforts, I didn't go ahead with a booking.

I cancelled the Nexon EV booking after the SA failed to provide proper responses or any updates after a while. The Seltos booking was cancelled for its facelift.

The Hyundai Exter, Honda Elevate and Seltos Facelift launched at the start of July, and I booked all of them.

Why not Exter? (I know Exter is an odd shortlist of my search; I myself ask the same but it just is) I booked the Exter as it was feature packed and was appealing to an extent, I test drove it before booking and was good within the city. My family had also liked the car. I cancelled the Exter booking by the end of August after multiple requests for a delivery date were answered with in a couple of weeks which never came. Also, paying a premium for a potentially less safe car didn't feel right with me.

Why not Seltos? Seltos HTX 1.5 NA was from the start a compromise for me as it is the only option left after eliminating the Creta, Astor or GV. I liked the turbo petrol but the HTX IVT was already exceeding my budget and my experience with iMT was not good earlier so the HTK+ iMT was eliminated. So I cancelled the Seltos booking after confirming the Elevate PDI. Kia SAs were okay and did follow-up for feedback. (which all companies should do)

Why Not Elevate ZX CVT variant? I didn't really feel the need to get everything the top variant offered (based of that screenshot of features across variants that was going around). I have also felt the ADAS a bit intrusive when driving in the highway at speed on the City (I won't trust a camera-based system on indian roads by taking my hands off; nor should you), so was content with not having ADAS. If your budget permits go for the top, I feel ADAS would be greatly useful in traffic.


The Elevate delivery experience:


A test drive and the PDI was done during the second and third week of September, and full payment was done for the car with a delivery by 23/24th September. I went with the Honda Insurance because the quotes from outside were just a little less than Honda's quote. I also took some accesories and the basic kit.

SA also conveyed they are planning a mass delivery event and will keep me informed on it. The mass delivery event was fixed on 24th, and the car registration was completed on 22nd. I decided to go ahead and take delivery during the event.

The organized event was good but did feel I was rushed with the documents. They didn't have a copy of the insurance and payment receipts. I was only shared the digital copies in the subsequent days and yet to receive the documents in person.

I checked the car briefly for any damages. the ordered accessories were all installed except for the floor mats which were just in the boot in their plastic covers. The SA also didn't have space or time for the demo of the car during the event and assured me a detailed demonstration at my house. The SA didn't fulfill their assurances even after request, I did receive a demonstration when I visited their showroom later in the week.

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It has been a long week after delivery and I really like driving the Elevate. The car has already been driven nearly 400 kms. I have driven it 50:50 on the highway (took the long route to office) and the city, and here are my thoughts on the car,

What's great:
  • Elevate's front stance is good, and it is a looker. The Obsidian Blue Pearl colour really shines during the daylight. (In some lighting angles it looks purplish but still good) If I were to select a colour then I would go with the orange which looks better in person.
  • The car handles speed (within 100kmph; haven't exceeded 100 kmph yet), turns, and bumps really well, family, friends and colleagues all felt very much comfortable in the seats both front and rear. The car does not seem to like my office's parking speed breakers, even at slow speeds the car gets unsettled when crossing it at an angle. (when crossed straight it is fine, but these speed breakers are placed just before/after turns)
  • I have made tight turns without much effort and the short turning radius really helps.
  • Left Lane watch camera is a boon, eliminates that big blind spot on the left. Even with proper ORVM position, the thick C Pillar creates a big blind spot. I was shamefully surprised, too many times than I could count, when the lane watch camera showed a two/four wheeler in that blind spot better than my judgement. I now activate the lane watch camera before even considering a left turn/lane change.
What's okay:
  • VX Interiors are okay. There is some flex on the panels on the door when leaning on it.
  • The Sunroof, is just there to justify the price not much utility.
  • Lack of cruise control on the VX variant, It would have been good if it had the normal cruise control option. (maybe retrofit a CC if I really needed it later on) I will definitely miss it in the longer highway runs.
  • The driver seat is a little cramped for me (I am 6'1), but is still comfortable and needs some time to get used to.
  • The ORVMs are bigger than usual even when folded. I unfortunately nicked a couple of people, side of a truck and orvm of another car in a narrow street (with it closed). Thankfully all were at very low speeds and no injury or damage to the other party was caused (I profusely apologized). All were with the left ORVM, The chrome accessory took some scratches. (could just be me still getting accustomed to the car)
  • The fuel efficiency - MID gives 8-10 kmpl reading when driving in city and 10-15.5 on the highway (55-65 gives 15+ reading); with mixed the total MID mileage has been 9.4. Using the tankful to tankful method, I have a reading of 10.1 kmpl. The SA did convey 10-11 kmpl would be the norm and may increase after the 1k km service. A 5 occupants some luggage 110 km roundtrip on the highway gave a MID reading of 11.5 kmpl.
  • The engine sound - Pushing anything above 2.5k rpm gives a unpleasing grunt but one could get used to it. Highway noise also filters into the cabin above 70-80 kmph. Maybe some damping will alleviate these issues a bit. (Did find a thread where a bhpian put damping on the doors on his new city; haven't acted on it)
  • Paddle shifters - in my limited use they seem to work okay, they tend to upshift or downshift in a few seconds of taking my foot of the accelerator
  • Sports Mode - gives that extra punch for easy overtaking and is very responsive. While D mode seems to hold between 1-2k rpms and S mode pushes that to around 3-4k rpm (I haven't floored the pedal yet to cross 4k rpms)
  • Steering feedback could have been better but it is just par for the course in the Elevate
  • Closing the Bonnet requires a higher drop than what I have seen.
  • Honda Connect experience - The app is Basic; The status of car is not automatically updated, it records that I turned the engine OFF but doesn't record that I locked the car and I have to refresh to update the status. The status of car is also not fully reliable, more than once it has falsely shown me that the doors are not locked and lights are on when they were not (even after multiple refreshes). Users can only activate one option at a given time through their phone, either Unlock the doors/Turn on AC. If I turn on the AC, I cannot unlock the doors. If I unlock the doors I cannot turn the AC on. (maybe a safety feature or a hardware limitation). Also, the App advertises the RSA status expiring in a year everytime I open it which is stupid.
What's not okay:
  • The VX variant NOT getting 4 or 6 airbags, or a rear centre arm rest, or even a driver-side grab handle.
  • The door closing experience - it is not good either audibly or physically. Judging the closing force seems difficult for me, sometimes slow closing works sometimes it doesn't. Multiple times I could hear the rear doors closing hard but it doesn't lock and passengers have to retry an even harder closing which pains me (new car blues).
  • The driving seating position puts the IRVM right up on my face level, which hinders some visibility
  • The rear door has nearly a fingers width panel gap on the top side. Everytime I open the rear door there is a large amount of dust collected in the door frame areas
  • A lap belt for the rear middle passenger, it is neither comfortable nor safe
  • Not having a TPMS (atleast it is there as an accessory)
What's next? (Besides long pleasant drives)
  • Get through that 1k kms service soon to rev that engine higher
  • Installing a dash camera (Viofo seems better but costlier, yet to pull that trigger)
  • Installing a Treel TPMS (have not asked around for the cost & installation)
  • Ceramic Coating (maybe)
  • Exploring damping options

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Old 2nd October 2023, 07:31   #1014
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Hi and good morning,
Had a look at Honda Elevate and a test drive as well. Car looks good, has a nice rear seat. Drive was good, with ofcourse the CVT grunts especially on speed breakers and hill climbs.
There is one point though, which is a concern and stoping me from going ahead. Im 5 feet 11 inch, I find the front seats thigh support lacking, may be a one to two inch extension outwards would have helped. Im concerned about this, as long distance drives may become difficult without proper seat support.
I request your suggestions on the thigh support extenders for driver and front passenger seats, which can be placed as a post purchase add-on. Hopefully, it will not be a safety hazard. May be something fixed to the seat would do the job.

Thanks for reading and look forward to hear from you guys.
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Took a TD of the Elevate today.


2) They have official Honda add-on ventilated seat covers, with a massager mode also! Cost around 9K and use the 12V sockets.

Please don't fall for the corporate jargon bullcrap like "customised for Honda."
I have the identical seat ventilation pads from Amazon,
₹2800
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The Obsidian Blue Pearl colour really shines during the daylight
Exactly, when I saw the picture, I felt the color was so good. Nice color choice. Congratulations on your new car
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Old 2nd October 2023, 18:43   #1017
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I had booked an Elevate online in August. Opted for the Golden Brown and ZX variant. Got a call last weekend from the branch manager that they are ready to deliver the car in 10 days' time. I was pleasantly surprised and a bit suspicious as well. When I had enquired at the showroom a couple of weeks back, they told me that the wait period was for 3 months. I went in person to the showroom and checked in detail with the manager about how the car became magically available all of a sudden. He explained that they managed to get a lot of cars in this color and are able to process them. I checked with him a couple of times whether this is some sort of rejected car by previously allocated owners but he was dead sure that everything is proper. I have made the payment to continue with the process. Told him that I need a PDI before registration and he has agreed.

I own a City and an Amaze and waiting to welcome the third horse from the Honda stable

Because I have booked and am expecting the car in a couple of weeks, I went through this thread from start to finish, covering almost every reply here. Reading through this, I was hoping that there are some options that are present for a TeamBHP member to understand and comprehend long threads like this. Here are few wish list items I have
  1. An option to hide all comments, when the user hasn't taken a test drive, and is commenting about drivability
  2. An option to hide all comments which are opinions and not facts
  3. An option to hide comments from fans of a brand as well as fans of rival brands

I hope we get into a practice of separating facts from opinions in our comments and beating up each other based on opinions.

Anyways, are there any threads about accessories and modifications that owners have already tried? I am interested in exploring such options now.

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I had booked an Elevate online in August. Opted for the Golden Brown and ZX variant. Got a call last weekend from the branch manager that they are ready to deliver the car in 10 days' time.
It is likely a rejected car but that doesn't mean it is bad, just ensure you spend more time at the yard for the PDI.

I have taken the following accessories,
  • Front and rear corner bumper protectors (much needed; already took some minor scratches from a two wheeler when stopped for traffic)
  • ORVM chrome garnish (I feel are good; the left garnish took some scratches though)
  • Door edge chrome garnish (are okay)
  • Door Handle protector (good)
  • Body cover (got it even when I have covered parking; It fits properly and feels better than the flimsy covers i have seen; Plan to use it when not driving for few days - It gets too dusty nowadays)
  • Basic Kit (can be skipped, nothing of great necessity except maybe the mudguards)
I was interested in getting the cushion headrest, steplights, Dashcam and TPMS but they were either not available readily or could not be seen in the display car in the showroom. Other chrome accessories feel costlier and didn't really feel better for me.

The default Horn is okay for me and feels adequate. If not go for the Bosch Symphony as many do.

Wish you too enjoy your Elevate soon

I dont know if there is a ownership thread already for the elevate. How do we start one?

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I had booked an Elevate online in August. Opted for the Golden Brown and ZX variant. Got a call last weekend from the branch manager that they are ready to deliver the car in 10 days' time. I was pleasantly surprised and a bit suspicious as well. When I had enquired at the showroom a couple of weeks back, they told me that the wait period was for 3 months. I went in person to the showroom and checked in detail with the manager about how the car became magically available all of a sudden. He explained that they managed to get a lot of cars in this color and are able to process them. I checked with him a couple of times whether this is some sort of rejected car by previously allocated owners but he was dead sure that everything is proper.
I see you are from Bangalore. Two weeks back I had checked with Magnum and Dakshin regarding availability. What I understand from them is golden brown and red are the slow moving colors for Elevate. Magnum was ready to arrange delivery of red or golden brown in a week or two, whereas Dakshin was ready to deliver golden brown immediately. Although I love golden brown on the City, I was not a big fan of that in Elevate; hence, did not pursue.

If your choice of color is fine, suggest to take a proper PDI. Also, did you see any brown car on display while you went to the showroom? if you are staying nearby, just drop to the showroom unannounced and check if any brown on display. Probably photograph/memorize the VIN too, just in case.
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I see you are from Bangalore. Two weeks back I had checked with Magnum and Dakshin regarding availability. What I understand from them is golden brown and red are the slow moving colors for Elevate. Magnum was ready to arrange delivery of red or golden brown in a week or two, whereas Dakshin was ready to deliver golden brown immediately. Although I love golden brown on the City, I was not a big fan of that in Elevate; hence, did not pursue.

If your choice of color is fine, suggest to take a proper PDI. Also, did you see any brown car on display while you went to the showroom? if you are staying nearby, just drop to the showroom unannounced and check if any brown on display. Probably photograph/memorize the VIN too, just in case.
Thanks for this update. Sadly though, here in Delhi, looks like that's not the case since I have a month old booking for red, but there's been no progress, and the SA iss till quoting 3 months waiting from the date of booking.
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