Amongst the above, unless you are very particular about the quality of interiors, MG Astor would get the least preference.
Between VW and Skoda, it depends on the quality of service centre in your location. It also depends on which brand and exteriors catches your attention more.
Between the Kushaq/Taigun or Virtus/Slavia, it depends on whether you are a sedan guy or a hatchback guy. As you have pointed out, sedan gets less preference in a congested city owing to its length. Taigun is suprisingly as good as Virtus when it comes to ride and handling balance. The huge boot lid in a hatch also helps in accommodating some big boxes or luggage of huge proportions. The Ingres and egress is also easy in a hatch. But having said that you will be more comfortable in a sedan than a hatch on long journeys. To me, the Virtus looks really elegant and there is no denying the fact that only a sedan looks like a car.
Between an AT or MT, gone or those days when the so called enthusiast would prefer a MT. Modern ATís are equally competent in launches and is far more quicker in in-gear acceleration and overtaking manoeuvres. Surprisingly, itís even economical than a MT in most cars. Go for AT as it is super convenient than MT.
Also, since you keep the cars for 10 years itís advisable to stretch the budget to the top variant as the incremental cost spread over a decade would hardly matter compared to the convenience of features that you will be enjoying through out the ownership.
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Thanks for all the replies and the guidance.
We finally decided on the VW Taigun Highline AT & took took the delivery on 12th.
While the MG's interiors did wow me, in the end it was the Brand Value & sheer drivability of the Germans that tilted the balance in their favor.
Chose the Taigun over the Kushaq mainly because of the I feel the interiors are a notch above, Skoda has cut a lot of corners. that music system with the dials just looks ugly! Also I believe VW service in Mumbai is better than Skoda even though both share the same 1-2 dealerships.
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