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Old 4th December 2019, 09:36   #61
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You should check out the Skoda Octavia 1.8 TSI or Even The 2.0 DSG itís a very comfortable car and super long.
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The OP has a bad back he said .. the excessive body roll in the Xylo wouldnít be much to his taste or health
I also suffer from the occasional bad back situations, thanks to the BWSSB's long term development work near my home since the last few years (yes I meant years).

Xylo has never aggravated my back pain; on the contrary the amazing leg space and the superb seating position has helped me stay comfortable during the gruelling city commutes and stay fresh post long inter-state drives (~700 kms with a 90 minutes break)

However, Xylo still may not be a good choice for OP especially since his requirements include an automatic and he has a bigger budget available than the top end Xylo retails (H8 ~14.5 Lacs OTR in Bangalore).
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I also suffer from the occasional bad back situations, thanks to the BWSSB's long term development work near my home since the last few years (yes I meant years).
I think if you read the thread his situation is rather worse than yours or mine - an accident that required spinal surgery. So maybe a ladder on frame chassis vehicle might not be a good idea.
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You should buy a Ciaz petrol Automatic or diesel
Thanks. But I don't think this ticks the performance box. I do not want absolutely off the charts performance but at least a decent one.
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I think if you read the thread his situation is rather worse than yours or mine
Thanks for your concern! But it is not so bad. Back is fine.

Btw, thanks to each and every one for all your suggestions. I have started the test drives and will keep the forum updated.
P.S - how come no one suggested the Kia Seltos - the current heartthrob of the nation?

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The Octavia fits your requirements perfectly, for the following reasons
Thanks, after some test drives, I am leaning towards the Octavia. It ticks most of the boxes - comfort, space, performance, automatic. I drove it for a couple of hours and both my legs & my back felt ok.

I am trying to decide between the petrol & diesel automatic. The 7 speed DSG in the petrol - have all problems been completely resolved now? Or this still the devil?
What about the 6 speed DSG in the diesel - does it have any breakdown issues?
Would appreciate inputs on this from the veterans on the group
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Thanks, after some test drives, I am leaning towards the Octavia. It ticks most of the boxes - comfort, space, performance, automatic. I drove it for a couple of hours and both my legs & my back felt ok.

I am trying to decide between the petrol & diesel automatic. The 7 speed DSG in the petrol - have all problems been completely resolved now? Or this still the devil?
What about the 6 speed DSG in the diesel - does it have any breakdown issues?
Would appreciate inputs on this from the veterans on the group
Honestly, you can't go wrong with either of them. If you like fast punchy petrol cars that rev a bit, the 1 8 TSI is your pick. If you like the lazy and toquey nature of the diesel, the 2.0 TDI is what you should get.

Personally, I would take the petrol. Grab one now before they stop selling them!

With regard to reliability and gearbox, it's not like the big three (Merc BMW Audi) in terms of running costs, but it's not cheap to maintain either.

Skoda has claimed that the gearbox issues have been resolved, but you never know with these DSG cars and VAG cars in general. Get the extended warranty package for added peace of mind, if you do eventually decide to get one.
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P.S - how come no one suggested the Kia Seltos - the current heartthrob of the nation?
Because its perceived as heartthrob due to herd mentality and all the gizmo gimmicks thrown in without considering the needs and requirements. While, here we are talking about your specific needs and are looking at your requirements in a more pragmatic way.

Eagerly looking to your feedback from several TDs. I am particularly keen on your feedback regarding Tucson
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I am trying to decide between the petrol & diesel automatic. The 7 speed DSG in the petrol - have all problems been completely resolved now? Or this still the devil?
What about the 6 speed DSG in the diesel - does it have any breakdown issues?
Would appreciate inputs on this from the veterans on the group
1.8 TSI will have multi link rear suspension and will be having better ride comfort. However, Diesel DSG will be good if you are in high mileage touring mode. We also hear that 6 speed DSG is more reliable than 7speed in indian conditions.
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If you're open to owning used cars, you can get a 3.2L Endeavour or a Big 3 German viz BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz well within your budget. You'll save on depreciation as well getting to own a higher segment car. These cars will last very long if routine service schedules are maintained religiously.
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I would advise that you go for a Santa Fe - 4WD automatic

You can get a 50K kms used one for about 18 lakhs
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Thanks for all your suggestions again. It helped me in the decision making process.
First up - my view on whether sedans are better for tall drivers or will SUVs do the job? No straight answers, it depends. Perhaps, Sedans can give better legroom, but SUVs are better for people with lower back problems? Best to test drive and check it for yourself!


My views on the cars in this budget range, from the vantage point of a lean 6ft 2'' frame with long legs:

1. Toyota Innova - very spacious & comfortable.

2. Jeep Compass - pretty comfortable
3. Skoda Octavia - very comfortable
4. Honda Civic - excellent legroom but experienced some issues on the lower back when I drove it for a while. From the expression on the salesman's face, it was clear he had heard it before.
5. VW Tiguan - pretty comfortable but above my budget
6. BMW X1 - Decent comfort( not excellent - legroom could have been better), but also above my budget
7. Mahindra XUV - Comfortable legroom, but under thigh support felt less
8. Tata Hexa - Decent comfort, but the vehicle is too big and turning radius on bangalore roads is cumbersome.
9. Hyundai - despite repeated followups, they could not produce the elantra for a test drive. The facelift Tucson is probably closer to 30L onroad in bangalore & I couldn't wait much longer. They could not produce the older model for a test drive
10. Kia Seltos - pretty comfortable


Toyota was too big and I don't need the 3rd row really. So the choice was now between the Seltos, Octavia & Jeep Compass.
The Compass diesel is a great driver's car. I enjoyed driving it. The automatic is now available I guess, but rear space is average. Family was not too impressed.
Octavia was a delight to drive - both petrol & diesel. Family was very happy with rear comfort & boot space.
Seltos was a pleasure to drive as well & rear comfort is average.
So in the toss up, Octavia was the winner and the Onyx edition fits in my budget.
So, on diesel vs petrol, the gremlins of the DQ200 gearbox that I read on this forum created some doubts. Ultimately, I chose the DQ250 gearbox of the diesel, with extended 5th and 6th year warranty.
So that is it then - Skoda Octavia Onyx in racy Blue colour. Delivered last saturday!


PS - I am planning to sell my 11 yr old Ford Fiesta 1.6 Sx now with a heavy heart. It is a wonderful driver's car & has really served me very well all these years. I will miss it.
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