2 months back, I was thinking of upgrading my car to at least 6 seater. The reason being the cramped rear of swift was really painful for people during long drives. 4 adults and 2 kids. Myself and my brothers family for frequent long trips. For city swift diesel was apt for my usage. Hence started searching for good vehicle for my budget of 8-9L.
Swift Diesel has completed 39000 kms and was good city vehicle for me to cruise.
My requirements were as follows:
1. Proven Diesel Engine with good mileage in city and highway
2. At least 6 seater occupant vehicle
3. Sturdy enough, rugged and good looks
4. Sedan or SUV was not sure
(My Swift D did not had ABS
6. 50% City driving and 50% highway (Monthly - 1500-2000kms)
7. No rattling
I shortlisted the following cars:
Initially, thought of sedan/hatchback. Test drove Linea, Vista, Manza, i20.
Somehow, the seating arrangement was tough for us even in Linea/Manza.
Then we thought of SUV/MUV. I was againt MUV kind of vehicle. And finalized on SUV.
For SUV, we have 2 options. Scorpio and Safari.
Test drove both Safari & Scorpio.
Huge space - like a home sofa
good enough 6 seater
But, I found some lack of torque in city driving. Driven Swift Diesel, I wanted the vehicle which has sufficient torque for manuveuring in city limits and meet my highway demands. For sure, its a good highway monster to take on anything. Again, I had some memories of TATA service and was not upto the mark. Just personal opinion.
Enough space for 6 seater
Macho look and awesome engine response
Test drove for good 3 hrs with 3 diff dealers
Found good for city and highway drives
Power range of 1700 - 2500rpm was pretty impressive and smooth
But, I found the gear box/clutch to be hard to slot. Not so smooth. You need to be strong enough to take the beating on your left shoulders/knee. Driving in city and highways suited my kind of driving. Service wise, M&M are better compared to TATA but still not good enough. Went through lots of threads from Mukesh(Scorpio - Mist Silver).
Booked Scorpio SLE Diamond white 8 seater at India Garage. I went for 8 seater as I found it apt for my requirement. In worst situations, I can put 2 more people.
So, this time we decided to put 7yr and 4 yr old kids in mid row slightly moved fwd. Our better halfs in last row with enough leg space. And ourselves in front row. It worked perfectly for us. Stretched the budget for scorpio. Took the vehicle delivery on Sept 2. Pooja at Dodda Ganesha temple. The initial exp was like a promotion from hatchback to SUV.
Booked the car in Aug 2nd week. They promised to give floor mat, sunfilm, scuff plates, mud flaps, body cover and discount on chrome kit/bull bar.
Initially, I was given a vehicle ready for delivery. But, when I did the PDI, there was uneven panel gaps,bonnet gaps, cladding was not proper. Gear box was very hard to slot the gear. I outright rejected the vehicle.
After good discussions with Sales Manager and GM sales, I got allotted a vehicle. I did the PDI. The vehicle was good, least panel/bonnet/cladding gaps. The engine was good and gear box smooth. Much better than the previous PDI vehicle.
Roof AC Blower
Chrome kit - Head lamp, fog lamp, tail lamp, mirrors
ICE - Pioneer 6390SD, Rockford front components and rear speakers at stock locations
Stock Seat covers are much better. Plan to keep them for next 6 months
Reverse Parking Sensors white pods - red soul
Initial 500kms exp run-in period:
Took the vehicle for long drive on SH 17. Went to srirangapatna to visit backwaters near Mayura guest house. The river was flowing vigourously.
The gear shift had got used to it. But, felt little tired to adjust to this gear box compared to Swift Diesel. And I had to press the clutch completely. Kept the vehicle nicely at 70-85kmph range. Actually, after vehicle takes off by 30kmph the engine becomes smooth.
My family enjoyed the good enough space and comfort. No bumpy ride, no wobbling. The vehicle behaved much matured to my expectations on highways.
Driving wise, compared to Swift Diesel; I need to adjust the timing of gear changes. Have developed slight pain in left shoulder/knee. I hope its only matter of getting used to it.
After the short trip to mysore, the vehicle vibrates a lot initially.
But, gear shifting is getting better than before.
The central locking does not lock/unlock after I start or shut down the engine. Not sure whats the issue here.
Photos to follow in the evening.