Popular cars in India that people missed driving

I have sat in all generations of the Toyota Innova as a passenger (almost always in a taxi) but somehow never managed to drive one.

BHPian Sheel recently shared this with other enthusiasts.

I drove an Innova Crysta 2.8 Z a few days back. This is the first and only Innova I have driven since it started selling in India. I have had my share of driving most SUVs, including the rare ones like Chevrolet Trailblazer, Isuzu MU-X, Skoda Yeti, Mitsubishi Pajero GLX / SFX (sadly no Montero, but it is not as popular or regular), you name it.

Post drive, I reckoned that this was the first time I had driven an Innova, any Innova for that matter. I have sat in all generations of Innova as a passenger (almost always in a taxi) but somehow, never managed to drive one.

Why I never drove one?

I think no one in my family has / had one and nor do my immediate friends have one and frankly the shape (MUVish) made sure, I never fancied driving one. I had to drop someone somewhere and some luggage was in his Crysta, so naturally had to take his MUV.

Any similar experience?

Here's what GTO had to say about the matter:

Proud to have driven every car <60 lakhs on sale in India.

The only 2 cars from this list that I haven't driven are:

  • Eeco. Weird, considering its immense popularity, although I might have driven its earlier avatar the Versa (don't remember)
  • Kiger (have driven its sibling, the Magnite)

Here's what BHPian 100Kmphormore had to say about the matter:

The Innova/Crysta/Hycross and any of the Fortuners. The snobby attitude of the showrooms to provide a test drive was atrocious (even when we were considering an Innova for the family).

Here's what BHPian car_guy1998 had to say about the matter:

I missed out on driving the Crysta 2.8 AT though I've driven the Crysta 2.4 AT/MT, OG Innova that we owned before, and Hycross.

Apart from this, I missed driving other cars like Jetta 2.0 TDI DSG/MT, Polo 1.2 GT TSI, Fortuner AT (had driven the MT version of both gens though), Endeavour 3.2, Verna 1.6 CRDI, Octavia 1.8 TSI, Vento 1.6 TDI (had owned one before but sold off by the time I started driving cars), OG Thar, i20 1.4 CRDI and others.

Here's what BHPian PrasunBannerjee had to say about the matter:

While there are too many so far, I'll vote for the Scorpio (not Scorpio N), also considering the amount of people around me owning it, including my extended family having one.

Situations or circumstances, whenever I got in one, I was driven around extensively but so far never been able to drive it.

One time I had the itch (or accumulated frustration) to check via Zoomcars and drive, by then Zoomcar stopped operations in my city.

I even made up my mind to go and test drive twice (once when a cousin was going to buy it, once just for my mental pleasure) and both those times the test drive vehicle wasn't available.

Summing up, I've been driven around cumulatively for some 500-700 odd kms or maybe even more since the past 1.5 decades in Scorpios, but for some strange reason, never got to drive one!

Here's what BHPian RiderS had to say about the matter:

I have two cars on the list, which I regret still.

  • Skoda Octavia 1.8 TSI
  • VW Polo 1.2 GT TSI (looking for a pre-owned one with manual transmission)

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