This is my first post on this forum so please excuse if you find some rules flouted!
I've been a satisfied Honda City user for the last 11yrs. The car is nearing the 200K Km mark and is still niggle free.
With the growing family, the need arouse to buy a 7 seater that has to be an automatic and the first choice was the people mover of India, new Toyota Innova.
Wifey was a bit skeptical of the taxi image and that was the end of discussion on the Innova.
Then heard some good reviews of the new gen XUV500 automatic and thought to give it a try. The kids loved the W10 (sunroof, alloy wheels, leather upholstery), but with a budget of around 15L W10 and W8 were way out of budget.
Then came the news of W6 automatic, and we thought this probably is the car that will take us places.. Took a test drive, coming from a sedan, found the seating position to be very good, the space excellent and ride over potholes plush...
Then came the Honda BRV launch.. being a loyal and satisfied Honda customer, took our cheque book to book the car without even a second thought.. But was disappointed to say the least when we took the test drive.. No automatic test drive vehicle available, the car looked cramped (as compared to the XUV)..
So the decision was made to buy the XUV500 and help Mr. Mahindra meet his annual revenue targets..
The buying experience was Ok.. except that we booked the vehicle at the end of the month, and at the time of booking were promised few accessories by the dealer.
But at the time of the delivery the company came up with a 40K discount and the dealer refused to give any additional accessories... Had to fight a little to extract the same.. The Car
Have been using the car as my daily commute to the office, and the automatic is a boon in the traffic. Took the car for a drive on the highway, and it instantly brings a smile on your face. The power delivery is very linear and it can achieve some serious speeds very quickly.
Have been getting a fuel economy of 10-11 Km/l in 95% city drive, which I feel is quite acceptable looking at the size of the vehicle..
the car is adequately equipped and thus haven't really felt the need to accessorize it further, got the 3D mats, reverse camera (a must) and the fog lights from the dealer.
Let's hope the car serves as a loyal companion for the coming years..