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Old 5th May 2019, 20:02   #46
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I'm in the same dilemma. My needs are as follows:

- Will use for highway trips and 3 says a week use
- Must have curtain and side air bags
- Must be an SUV
- 4wd/awd would be nice to have, considering I won't do hard core off-roading; but would definitely miss it on those steep ghat roads
- Budget of 15L - 18L (new or used. I will take a loan)

And on the other hand I'm also thinking why not go for a used bmw/audi/volvo (don't think suv would fit in budget)

I'm looking at a Volvo v40 or an xc60. Would this be expensive to maintain?
What is the avg cost of maintenance for a used volvo and the German cars?
Would I be able to purchase warranty on the used car?
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Old 8th May 2019, 15:48   #47
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I'm in the same dilemma. My needs are as follows:

- Will use for highway trips and 3 says a week use
- Must have curtain and side air bags
- Must be an SUV
- 4wd/awd would be nice to have, considering I won't do hard core off-roading; but would definitely miss it on those steep ghat roads
- Budget of 15L - 18L (new or used. I will take a loan)

And on the other hand I'm also thinking why not go for a used bmw/audi/volvo (don't think suv would fit in budget)

I'm looking at a Volvo v40 or an xc60. Would this be expensive to maintain?
What is the avg cost of maintenance for a used volvo and the German cars?
Would I be able to purchase warranty on the used car?

I had a similar dilemma about the same time last year, and needed a car to push on where there aren't roads (not hardcore off-road trails), seat 5 in comfort, house a dog and enough luggage for 4 odd days.

A 7 seater was deemed feasible, and with a similar budget, booked a pre-worshipped Fortuner: 6 years old, 40k km on the odo, 4X4. Drove and rejected an Endy of similar vintage, primarily for the iffy suspension on the rear wheels.

A few days post the Fortuner, happened to drive the Hexa, and was genuinely blown away. Booked the 4X4, and have been a happy bunny for the last 7 months. Clocked 17k km till now, with several sojourns off the paved surface.

It is an AWD, but with enough grunt and GC to clear most of what I generally have to face. Packs ESP, roll-over mitigation, HDC, curtain air-bags, side air-bags and most of all, fantastic suspension. Munches miles happily (admittedly, the most I have driven in her over a day is around 650km), and in absolute comfort.

The sound set up is an added bonus.

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My 2 cents...
  • If hardcore off-road trails/destinations are out of bounds, then let's drop the "proper" 4WD vehicles (read low range) from the discussion. With this, you also eliminate all body-on-frame SUVs which, by the way, can NEVER provide you the levels of comfort that a monocoque crossover can
  • With that out of the way, if you need a 5-seater AWD, do not look any further than the Duster AWD - known for its unmatched ride quality and surprisingly capable AWD prowess. Jeep Compass 4WD could be another contender but IMHO, it is not worth the extra money that you'd pay over the Duster.
  • If it is a 7-seater that you are looking for, Tata Hexa AWD is a very strong contender. The ride quality, plush interiors, ICE, are all top notch. It is an amazing tourer.
  • If AWD is not a must-have then the Ford Ecosport petrol AT is an amazing car. A close friend has it and he swears by the driving pleasure.

Hope this helps!
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if Fast , comfortable, frugal, stable, reliable and capable are the qualities you are looking for, in your tourer, then Duster AWD all the way
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Touring involves a lot of driving, my priority list for a vehicle that I would take.

Good Engine - Larger the better , Good throttle response & Effortless in-gear acceleration.
Tall seating - Chair like tall seats (and armrest) makes sure you reach destination with less fatigue.
Comfy ride - Big tires matter, the pitch , roll, dive etc of tall SUVs do not matter if you know how to drive well within their limits, they isolate the roads pretty well, you can make quick progress on patchy roads \ no roads as well.
Visibility - Tall seating ensures good overall visibility, your body is upright and free to move around, usually you are looking down at others , wide big mirrors.
Night driving - Tall overall driving position (the high beams from the other side is less bothersome ) and great headlights that shine far and wide.
Loud horn - Its a safety device, use it for safety. It even stops animals from getting onto your way. Truck cabins are loud, they may not even hear you with a mini sweetie horn (some cars have this cute one).
Road Presence - Some have it, some do not, makes it just that bit easier to clear the road ahead and for others to spot you.

Thats the short one, I think you can zero down on a few vehicles with this list and of course add 4X4 to your filter as well.
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