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Then short listed Hyundai Verna, VW Vento, Skoda Rapid, Fiat Linea, Suzuki SX4, and Nissan Sunny.
Now I had to call all showrooms and plan for TDs of all.
I got reply from VW that they are planning for camp in my place and they will contact me as soon as they finalized the date. Hyundai Verna:-
This car was selling and is selling like hot cake in India and I was really looking forward to it. I called Mai Hyundai nearby and their reply was Sir, the delivery period of diesel car is more than six months and right now we don’t have demo car as it was stolen from our showroom. We will call you once we get the car for any customer to have TD for you.
One day I got chance to test-drive somebody's car which came for delivery. I got only 10 Kms of TD that too on plan road. It was bumpy ride above 90 Km/hr speed but interiors were excellent and back seat space was ok. Somehow not convinced about this car because driving dynamics was not matching to even Etios forget about Ford car. I wondered why people are behind looks and loaded features instead of driving pleasure and comfort of co-passengers. My family also didn’t like this car. Fiat Linea:-
I called Tata showroom they told me today they have camp for Tata as well as Fiat cars. I was surprised because they didn’t even bother me to call and inform in advance about this event despite having my number with them. Anyhow I got it into Linea emotion. I felt like I am seating on back of Turtle (No offense Fiat owners). Then I asked SA why is the steering wheel is so heavy? He said, Sir, We have removed wires which are connected to electronic system. My hand started paining when I took the car on the ghats. Then encountered big problem of seating position I tried every single position to fit into but in vain. In the middle of TD I gave the car to SA and told thanks for TD. Suzuki SX4:-
Celebration model was not available for TD but it is same as Zdi model with changed interiors. During TD of this car I was skeptical about its Krebs weight and engine displacement. Actually while driving I felt faster than Fiesta and more rooted on road than Verna at high speeds. Absolutely did not feel underpowered or inadequate power. I was not so much interested with hi-fi features so this car was ok for everybody. Nissan Sunny:-
I called Nissan showroom and asked can I take TD on Sunday? they said, Yes Sir.
I got car again fully loaded with features. The driving experience was as good as Fiesta as power was concerned but engine felt tired when I tried to accelerate it to high speed. The power seems to be dying at higher rpm. I had to put the car into defined rpm to get maximum power output. Also I was not sure about their ASS
. Skoda Rapid:-
I got a call from Skoda showroom saying that they are bringing car (Ambition Tdi) to my home for TD. We all got into the car and planned to take it for 25 Kms ride. The moment I took this car on good roads I felt that no words can describe this gem. All cars fell flat in front of this car. My brain and heart felt that this is beauty I was searching and I got it. This excitement short lived when the car started brushing its belly on bad roads. My heart came into my mouth. I started thinking why can’t they think about Indian roads while making the car. I decided to purchase Elegance model of this car as it is coming with alloy wheels and have big size tyres which will improve ground clearance. But it was risk. VW Vento: -
I got a better car (Rapid) than Vento with less price then why to go for Vento. Anyhow I got TD and decided against it because of high price and driving pleasure not matching to rapid. But I must tell you here Vento has best rare space than Rapid and Verna.
After looking at every option I had two car to choose in one end of spectrum I had SX4-Zdi and other end of spectrum I had Skoda Rapid Elegance. But I decided to buy rapid and informed them to send their representative to have discussion on deal because I wanted everything clear before I buy Skoda car. I read many horror stories of Skoda customers and also they quoted very high car insurance compared to more expensive cars like Vento and Verna. But no response from these guys even after days passed and then months passed. It didn’t bother me much because I had sufficient time. Skoda experience:
But time flew just like that. I called Skoda showroom one day. The reply from Skoda dealer was that this week our SE is not free if you are interested in our car please book it first then they will come to you for discussion. I was surprised about such an attitude before booking the car. Anyway I told them if they are not free this week you can send somebody in the next week. There after long silence for two weeks. Conclusion:
I was started thinking to buy Suzuki SX4, Vento or Ford Fiesta after having experience with Skoda dealer. Thanks to God for giving me Skoda experience even before my booking. Skoda needs to improve a lot in the cities other than the metros I think.
I had already stretched my budget to 11 lakhs and Vento highline was going beyond that price from April 2012. Also I read and heard few issues with Vento on various forums and friends.
I got chance to see SX4 Celebration model and Maruti-Suzuki was giving Rs. 40,000/- discount on it. I TDed Fiesta and SX4 back to back for final choice. There I found difference in driving SOHC engine car and DOHC engine car. Said no to all SOHC engines loaded cars for forever even though they carry brand value (Nissan, Ford, and Toyota). Driving a car with DOHC engine is fun compared to SOHC at least for me. Obviously SX4 Celebration was chosen because it is not underpowered, it is very Spacious all around, having masculine looks which suits my personality, Good MASS, Best ground clearance, more than sufficient boot space, composed ride on uneven roads, Very well-tuned suspension for Indian roads and cheapest of the bunch after all discounts. VFM Car.
Now SX4 is standing in my parking area using all space.
……..To Be Continued