Many of you would be knowing the circumstances due to which we had to sell off two of our cars. My ol' Swift was replaced with a 2014 Swift just 2 days back, which I found in pristine condition (review coming up soon!).
My brother was earlier driving a Dzire VDi, which completed 80k kms in 40 months of ownership. The Baleno, which was bought for parents in Meerut, is doing duty in Gurgaon currently in place of Dzire. The daily run comes close to 70 km, and the car needs a tankful every 8th or 9th day.
Due to the increasing fuel bills and bad drivability (as he is used to Diesels), we have decided to move the Baleno back to Meerut. And for that, we need a car. Requirements
: 15-20 Lacs
> New or Used
: Considering both
: Anywhere in NCR
> Top Five Priorities
: Should be comfortable for long trips, have a driver-oriented nature (at least decent to drive, if not fun), carry a premium image, be visually appealing inside and out, and be reliable
> Monthly Running
: Around 2-2.5k km per month
> Type of Fuel
: Diesel only
> For What Purpose
: Daily ~60 km office commute (relatively traffic-free roads, 50% well paved) and occasional ~500 km long trips with family
> Seating Capacity
: 5 adults in comfort and some decent boot space
> Type of Segment
: Full-size sedan or a big UV
> Brands not Considered
: Skoda and VW, just because parents would never agree to these two brands due to ASS
The car should have strong low and mid-range. It should be capable of constant high speed (around 100 kmph only) cruising without the need of downshifting for a quick burst. Open to both Manual and Auto tranny. A powerful AC (for rear as well) is needed. 4x4 functionality is not at all necessary, but good to have.
From the little knowledge I have, a new XUV500, Innova, Safari Storme, Altis or Elantra would be in my budget. Otherwise a used Fortuner or Pajero Sport or X1 or Santa Fe would also fit. I have almost zeroed in on the mighty Fortuner. The only hurdle being the price (
) as even second hand rates are very high. Fortuners hardly depreciate! Would like to have your opinions on available options before finalising a car. It is a bit urgent as we need to purchase the car before April end.