Thanks 350Z, sorry for replying to OT
Originally Posted by TSIVipul
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Close your eyes and go for the petrol version of Ertiga. A petrol car is a petrol car. Period.
Neither your running nor so long 'locked up' duration suit the diesel, get the petrol and live a happier life. You will have a car with a livelier engine, lighter clutch, better NVH and yes; it will come a lac cheaper too.
Originally Posted by Alpha
To be honest, I found the engine of Ertiga petrol to be a letdown in an otherwise value for money package. If you are not looking for outright performance, then there are high chances that you will come out impressed as the Ertiga is more suited to sedate than spirited driving in its petrol avatar. If you are looking at it as a cheaper Innova-alternative, the Zxi variant is a sweet deal considering what it offers at a fraction of the price.
Considering your 10000 km annual usage and a different usage pattern, a petrol powered vehicle would be your best bet. The initial savings (>1 Lac during purchase) will fund your additional fuel cost for a few years at least. The breakeven point will be close to 4 years I think, which is not bad at all.
I would suggest you to do a long (read: 20-30 km long) test drive of the Ertiga petrol whenever you are in the country and confirm that the Ertiga meets your expectations both in terms of drivability and space.
I agree with Alpha, Ertiga (petrol or diesel) is a slightly less punchy car with its limited engines, the petrol lacks torque and youll probably get a better idea after a test drive
The diesel clutch is slightly heavy than petrol (not bad for a diesel car nevertheless thanks to low biting point and sufficient torque without revs) but is punchier on the highway and theres a ZDI SHVS variant too now
Engine is relatively maintenance free BTW
if you are looking for a punchy petrol, may I suggest looking at the Honda Mobilio/BRV 1.5 IVTEC CVT
I know the car is quirky and personally I prefer the Ertiga myself but the petrol engine on the Mobilio/BRV is a gem and I also happen to own a Honda City 2010 with the same engine
But once again , I suggest checking out the car first and dont go by paper
You might get Mobilio quite cheaper since its a sales dud but with a good engine , not sure about interiors though, I personally prefer the Ertiga interior wise