see, I do understand that toyota makes reliable vehicles. but then does that mean easy on the pocket too? Nopes.
I have spent 25000 on my innova in the past 3 months which includes servicing, engine black smoke & starter motor complaint. so what use is the reliability when I am paying through my nose?
Well, for those who can afford the maintainence -
Current innova's on road price is 14 lakhs (top end). For the same price you get the XUV5OO W8, again top end. Let us consider the base version XUV500 (W6). It is not only 1.5 lakhs cheaper than the Innova but also has more features as well, namely -
6" infotainment screen
cornering lamps EBD
Rear disc brakes & many more (i cant recollect)
So, the question is - is the reliability of toyota so good that we should not only sacrifice the above mentioned creature comforts but also pay 1.5 lakhs more? in short, pay more & get less!
Mahindras are not that unreliable either. Max, it would have some minor issues. Infact their drivetrain (engine, gearbox & suspension) is very rugged & reliable. I would prefer buying a well equipped & VFM
vehicle & deal with some small issues rather than buying a reliable vehicle but which is utterly boring & ill equipped. the reliable toyota is also more expensive to maintain!
if we compare the innova to the Xylo, the top end Xylo costs just a little bit more than the base variant innova which has just power steering. no power windows, no painted bumpers, not even rear AC! Is it actually justifiable to demand a premium just in the name of reliability & brand image? They are no BMW or Audi!