Need your advice for my predicament. I know both are different categories, but I canít resist getting tempted. Owned:
2006 - WagonR Lxi - Sold in 2012
2011 Pre-owned Good Deal - WagonR Duo bought in 2012. Planning for an upgrade to an SUV or MUV.
Budget Range - 6-10 lakhs, can stretch for another lakh or two. My Requirements:
We are 2 + 2 kids (12 & 9 years) with no immediate extended family.
Looking for a long term ownership, probably more than 7 years if all goes well.
I prefer to travel heavy for my long drives, so I need good boot space.
I'm planning good amount of long trips for the next few years, so vehicle should have good ride comfort, legroom and should be a comfortable 5-seater.
Need to have good mileage. Power is not an issue as long as it is good enough for its price range.
Ease of driving in city traffic as 80% of driving is in city - Hyderabad (mostly bumper to bumper traffic). Sedans
- Why I donít prefer Sedans -
Being 6'2", Getting in and out of the car is always troublesome for me in a Sedan. Always been a fan of Gypsy and only UV's make me look at them twice (barring Jaguar, BMW and likewise). So Sedan is a big NO even considered the value we get at reduced price for a sedan as against SUV. Other Vehicles
ruled out - Why
Evalia, Chevy Enjoy, Quanto ruled out at first sight. Scorpio, Safari ruled out because of city driving & mileage. Innova is costly for me and less mileage.
Ford Ecosport - Liked the car, but 2nd row seating for 3 is a big question mark and very very less boot space. I think my first WagonR has more boot space than this. Oflate as I see that compared to other cars, Ecosport is looking more like an elevated hatchback (personal opinion).
Ertiga - I liked the car when it was launched two years ago for its purpose, But I feel it is slightly underpowered for its purpose and I remember overtaking lot of Ertigas in a friend's WagonR on my recent trip to Goa. Exterior Looks does not ooze premium (my personal opinion - no offence). And I want to go for a different manufacturer other than Maruti (no complaints), but for a change.
With most of the options out of the way, letís get to my confusion area.
When I first checked the images and heard about its launch, I immediately liked it and gone ahead and made a booking. (Although I may not need a 7 seater at all, the additional flexibility it offers regarding the seating and additional room for my kids is something that I love in a 7 seater. I can always use the third row as additional boot for my long trips and helps me with two additional seats for my drive in's at my home town. (there are lot of kids that I have to satisfy).
I was so excited from July 1st week onwards and was eagerly waiting for the launch. Although I'm a little bit disappointed following various reviews about the nothing to write home about interiors, I had checked out the vehicle at the dealership before launch itself, and did not like the Dashboard at all, My WagonR looked better. But I'm willing to compromise and wait for Honda to pull a surprise with its pricing. Even before TD, I was ready to pay upto 50 K premium (OTR) on Ertiga similar models (not considering Maruti discounts). Alas all hopes dismissed with one stroke on July 23rd by Honda with their pricing of Mobilio. OTR for Diesel 'S' variant coming to 10,66 lakhs in Hyderabad.
Variant considered: Petrol 'S', As ABS is not being offered on this, I had to shift to Diesel 'S' variant. I can choose petrol 'V' variant which has ABS, Airbags & Alloy Wheels, but preferred the 'S' variant Diesel considering the super Fuel efficiency of Honda Diesel engine.
I'm extremely disappointed with Honda not making the second row sliding (very basic feature) as common to all variants. And also not offering ABS in the petrol 'S' variant.
Even with all this going in my mind, I'm not entirely convinced to go for the vehicle considering the ridiculour pricing. My dealer had given me time till 26th to confirm the variant & color and I had not responded to him yet. My booking amount is still with him though.
I had done a very short TD, and cant comment much on that experience. One important note though, when I went for my TD on July 23rd (launch day), lot of customers are checking out the vehicle in the display. Most of them looked like cab company owners to me, cant confirm though. Probably Honda might selling a lot of these to office transport guys. Fingers crossed.
With a heavy heart, I thought of stopping the car upgrade altogether, but kept an open mind for some more time. Then Duster crawled into my thoughts. When it was launched two years ago, I liked the overall road presence of the vehicle very much. Infact it is one of my most liked car in recent times (exterior looks wise). I did not check the car then in detail as the mid-variant pricing is out of my range. I read in reviews about the not so great interiors at the time of launch. With the Mobilio disaster, for two days I have been reading about Duster. In fact I read the 280 page Duster Official Review thread and understood that most of the owners are SATISFIED owners. I went to the dealer and TD (85PS RxL Plus) the vehicle earlier today. I quite liked it. As said by all, interiors are just about there and are not supposed to be sitting in a 11.7 lakh car (OTR Hyderabad).
Iím not an expert in checking various engine/performance aspects of the car, but I rely on the expert owners here in TBHP. Ride quality was good. I could not try the audio system though. I might try another TD again with the 2nd dealer in Hyderabad in couple of days.
Now comes the predicament..Although I liked both the cars exterior wise, Interior is where I found both of them wanting. Honestly I believe both the cars are overpriced (by a lakh, in my opinion). Although I'm not in a hurry to upgrade my current ride, I'm planning to do this for some sentimental reasons and I had driven enough of WagonR for eight years, need a better ride.
With various SUV's in pipeline from Hyundai, Maruti, Mahindra, etc, is it better to wait for an year? (OR) choose one among Mobilio/Duster?
After checking out Ecosport, I personally feel all sub-4 meter SUV's will be cramped for space in the car (legroom/boot). I think it might be better not to wait for sub-4 meter SUV's in my case.
GTO, as you reviewed them both, can you comment on the high speed (80-120) stability of both the vehicles? Which is better?
All your guided opinion will be extremely valued.
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