Quite soon our faithful 2008 SX4 Zxi will be completing 8 years and our 2012 Laura L&K 4 years. SX4 is quite old and barely has a running of more than 100 km in a month. Laura on the other hand has been the workhorse for the last 4 years.Completely niggle-free. It just completed 60,000 km and got its 4th servicing. Next servicing at 75,000km is when the clutches shall be replaced. It's quite a costly affair(almost Rs. 70k+). So decided to replace both of the cars, and equally distribute the monthly running between the two new cars.
So right now while selling them, I'm expecting 2.5 lakhs for the SX4 and 12.5 for the Laura. Or is it too much? please advice.
Our budget is 30lakhs(25 lakhs for the sedan and 5 lakhs for the hatchback).
Sedan will do most of the highway runs, dropping Dad to office and stuff. It'll have a monthly running of 1200km+. So it should be a diesel. The Hatchback would have a maximum running of 800km for the next one and half years of my college. After that it won't run for more than 100km a month. Seeing the price difference in petrol and diesel version of cars in this segment, petrol seems to be a clear choice.
So here are the options that I have thought of:
1. Honda Brio V MT (6 Lakhs on-road) + Skoda Octavia Elegance TDI DSG(24 Lakhs on-road). And save all the money from selling the Laura and the SX4.
2. Honda Brio V MT (6 Lakhs on-road) + Skoda Superb Elegance TDI (30 Lakhs on-road) so 50% of the money from selling the 2 cars will be used.
3. Honda Brio V MT (6 Lakhs on-road) + Used 520d / E250 / A6 (36-40 Lakhs).
If It's a hatchback it's gotta be the Brio. Having driven it, I really can't think of any other car which is so nimble to drive. If it's a new sedan it's got to be a Skoda. We have absolutely no complains against it. They are really value for money compared to their much costlier european competitors. And if it's going to be a used sedan it's got to be one of three i mentioned above. Having driven and being driven around in both the Laura and Superb we have no interest in splurging the extra money on a 3-series, C-class, A4 with lesser comfort and almost same feature list.
So that's my dilemma. I need to help Dad make the correct decision. This is probably the last car/cars that he is going to buy
. He'll be retiring in sometime. He has always wanted a car from the Holy Trinity. His only other preference is that it must be comfortable. So I hope to make this his best decision ever and shouldn't regret it even slightly.
Thanks for reading such a long post. Pour in your inputs.
Thanks a lot,