8 reasons why I cancelled my Honda Elevate booking with a heavy heart

Its side profile looks small like that of the Nissan Magnite. But I feel it would be a good option for first-time SUV buyers.

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I have my booking with Dakshin Honda Hosur Road. They never called me to come see the vehicle or for a test drive. However, I had a pleasant experience with Magnum Honda, Kanakapura Road. I got a call to come see the vehicle even though I didn’t have my booking there and I also took a test drive after waiting for 30 mins (maybe because I went almost at closing hours on Saturday, there was not much crowd).

After the test drive, with a heavy heart, I cancelled my Elevate booking.

My reasons to cancel:

  1. Rear seat width is just not enough for 3 adults, no headrest or seat belt for the middle passenger, hump on the middle seat makes it difficult, shockingly sales team asked me to modify the seat to remove the hump - with all this, Honda audaciously calls it a 5 seater.
  2. It is not an upgrade from the Duster AMT except for interiors and limited technology
  3. Wife didn't like the engine grunt when revved, it was too noisy (she will be with me during most of the road trips, so I have to consider her dislikes as well)
  4. Side profile looks small, like the Nissan Magnite. Duster looks much bolder and bigger
  5. 40 ltrs fuel tank means frequent trips to fuel station
  6. Elevated footwell created even more low under-thigh support
  7. My left leg (below the knee) was scraping the console which created discomfort while driving
  8. Some pretty basic things missing: Illuminated windows buttons, better horn, TPMS, sliding driver's armrest, better designed AC vents

I feel it is good for:

  1. First-time SUV buyers or those who are upgrading from a hatchback
  2. Someone who is okay with a 4-seater with Honda's reliability, sensible features and ease of maintenance
  3. Relaxed driving, mostly for city usage with occasional highways

It is very good at what it is designed/targeted for, it would have its own customers like the VW twins.

Few cars lined up for delivery:

My next options (Budget: 20L-25L):

  • Toyota Hyryder Mild Hybrid (boot is small 373 ltrs - compromise)
  • Facelifted Harrier (Max budget)
  • XUV700 AX5 D AT (Max budget)

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