My parents require car for their personal work (they stay 80 kms away from my location), so I handed over Innova to my parents.
Now I became “Bekar (Car)” without car.
Initial thought. “Abhi abhi Itni mehngi bike kharidi hai, abhi car nahi kharidna”, Just now I have purchased such a expensive bike, don’t want to purchase a car again.
Due to family reasons I had to go for a car. But question was which one?
Hunt started Hyundai Verna:
Positive: Loaded with features,16 inch alloy wheel, projector lamp, 1.6 ltr engine.
Negatives: So many complaints of loosing control at high speed (seems life threatening), no second row AC (must for a sedan). VW Vento:
average interior, rejected by family members. Skoda Rapid:
and re-sale value. average interior. Maruti dZire:
ultimate package, but average interior. Less features, only 5+1 gearbox. Maruti Ciaz:
BIG body, more features, projector lamp but low power. Honda BR-V:
BIG body with low power, third row is only for kids,Basic interior (not good as City’s) could not take place in my heart, as it was already occupied by City Honda City:
Hmm.. This one seems interesting, eye catching body style and cuts, huge space inside with excellent interior,
Excellent lumbar support,
Sun roof adds extra bonus mark,
Bone chilling AC,
Second row AC,
power folding ORVM,
comfort is at luxury level.
Negatives: 15 Inch wheel (expecting 16 inch),
aged Alloy design (Malaysia model got better alloys) Test Drive:
Did test drive (V-MT i-dTec)
first impression was WOW!!
Car looks way better in person than in pictures. Exterior:
I love those edges, aero dynamic, aggressive as well as royal look, slim yet effective and efficient headlights. Interior:
Excellent dashbaord with curves and color combination. Beautiful console with blue light, Second row AC, excellent comfirt and space, space and space. Drive:
Did almost 25+ kms drive, on broken road as well as on highway.
Car was stable even at 150 km/ph.
Car behaved well while cornering, no dragging (excellent enginnering and balacing).
After 15+ km drive, driver took wheel from me (Driver is the same guy who did testing of BR-V from begining, according to driver’s and sales man’s information). Stability and braking
driver took car at 150 km/ph and asked me to look at speedometer, yes confirmed 150 km/ph,
Then he applied hard brake, within 3- 4 seconds car was at 0 km/ph.
I must say excellent braking, ABS
kicked in. Not wheel locking, No marks on road. Quick braking.
Many people reported slim tyres discourage short braking, but I did not feel any thing like that. Braking was excellent.
Cruize control and reverse parking
tried cruize control at 80+.
tried reversing on steep climb. Car behaved very well.
Reverse parking camera gives good view but sensor is required if someone suddenly appears.
Low road noise was present in cabin but can not expect silent cabin from a test drive car, as every one knows how test drive cars are driven roughly by drivers.
I believe New car will not have that problem.
We did test drive for around 40+ minutes.
City impressed my wife and me.
My wife gave confirmation seal on City.
We confirmed our booking for City (VX MT iDtec) in august for October Month.
Made a visit to honda showroom, very less cars were there, only 4 pieces of honda city and 2 of amaze, 2 BR-V, other cars one demo piece.
They offered me discount of rs.33000 (Free honda assure Insurance)
On Road price : 14,56,719
Discount offered Honda Assure - 33,203
Corporate Discount - 7,000
Misc Discount - 10,000
Final Amount 14,06,719
Booking Amount 30,000
Body Cover, Mud Flap, Floor Mat Free
Side Step Illumination (6053Rs) Free
Underbody Antirust Coating Free
We booked car on 19-Aug-2016 by paying 30000`, and requested delivery on date 1-Oct-2016
While booking I requested for bridgstone tyres.
On 26/Sept/2016 got a manager, we are unable to deliver golden brown color on VX, please select another color, as Golden brown color is not available for next two months.
All my plan shattered, I was so deep in Golden Brown color. I thought of cancelling our deal, and thought of waiting for January 2017 for Facelift version, but after calculation, facelift version seemed too expensive for us.
Current Car On Road price is 14,60,000.00 INR
Free Insurance -33,302.00
Corp Discount -7,000.00
Misc Discount -10,000.00
Final On Road 14,09,698.00
For New Car discounts will not available
eg 14,60,000.00 + 50,000 = 15,10,000.00 On Road Price
RTO Will Increase, Insurance amount will Increase, Other Charges will also increase
Let say, it may go around 15,30,000.00
My current Price is 14,09,698.00
(15,30,000.00 - 14,09,698.00) = 120302 (Almost 1,20,000 difference for new facelift)
So now we selected taffeta white color. Car was dispatched from plant (Alwar) on 29/Sept/0216
This confirms car is brand new but still I asked for VIN, that confirmed it was September manufacture.
We made adjustment on color so we forced Manager to give us some discount.
Asked for free Door Step plates and underbody coating.
Few Pics while taking delivery
Will Post detailed review soon.