I’ve shortlisted four cars including an electric vehicle – VW Taigun, Kia Seltos, MG Astor and ZS EV.
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I am looking to buy my first car (also driving for the first time) with a maximum budget of 25L. Here are my requirements in decreasing order of importance.
- Safety – sad to see that safety has been an afterthought for most manufacturers in India until recently. I would prefer a safe car with 4 or more airbags, solid safety ratings (doesn’t have to be a perfect 5) and electronic/mechanical aids as well (ABS, ESC, EPS, emergency brakes, collision detection, hill hold, impact beams, rear cameras, isofix mounts, all-seat seat-belts, possibly ADAS).
- Comfort – I am a hefty 6′ 1″ guy and headroom, leg room, and default steering/seat/headrest positions in most cars are uncomfortable for me. Unless it’s a roomy SUV with adjustable everything, I cannot imagine being comfortable. I also live in a city that is as humid as it is hot so a solid AC is a must and ventilated seats will be a blessing. Has to be an automatic for obvious reasons.
- Reliability – I would prefer a car/brand that is historically known for being reliable with very little trouble and tension-free maintenance. Mind you, I am fine with the maintenance being a tad expensive but it should be rare apart from the usual schedule.
- Performance – being a first-time driver, I am told I’ll mostly be a sedated one so performance is not that important. As long as the car doesn’t struggle with 4 folks and corresponding luggage onboard, I am fine.
- Efficiency – double-digit KMPL in cities is enough for me.
Other points to note
- I plan to keep the car for ~6 years.
- My driving pattern will be 70% city and 30% highways. I am not sure how many KMs I’ll run a month but I expect it to be on the low side given I don’t need to drive to work (WFH) and I plan to drive mostly for pleasure (movies, visiting family and friends, road trips).
- I am generally advised to avoid diesels due to my low KMPM, DPF issues and the obvious government-backed phasing out of diesels. Please do point out if this is not the case.
- I am a little worried about spending 25L on a car only to drive it infrequently and feel guilty about having it just parked on most days. Has anyone else been in this position? Do you feel regretful? Should I buy a simpler (read cheaper and possibly less comfortable/safe) car until my driving needs become higher? Any advice would be helpful!
- I am also advised not to go for second-hand given the insane prices these days and the maintenance nightmare that I might inherit.
- Long waiting periods are not ok given I would prefer to own the car this year worst-case Jan 2023.
Here are my shortlists
- VW Taigun – pretty much everyone I know recommends this car especially given the recent safety ratings. I test-drove the 1.5L GT Plus variant and found it to be performant and comfortable. Downsides are the missing ventilated seats, meh interiors/exteriors and a couple of other missing features you would expect in this price range. Thankfully a new variant is being launched that has venti-seats but not sure when they will be delivered. Another thought is if I should consider the 1.0L Anniversary edition given it has the venti-seats but apparently it is plagued by AC issues.
- Kia Seltos – another top recommendation. Test drove the GTX Plus DCT which wasn’t as powerful as the Taigun but was sufficient for me. The car also has a boatload of features that are missing in the Taigun. Sadly it is considered to be unsafe due to an unstable chassis but the sales bloke said that it’s been addressed since the initial launch (not sure HOW). Wondering if I should wait for the 2023 facelift for a better/safer package.
- MG Astor – I haven’t driven this but apparently it’s a really nice car with great interiors, feature-rich and ADAS! I believe it’s a CKU which apparently means better build quality. downsides are missing venti-seats and brand reliability doubts.
- MG ZS – test drove the Excite variant with a friend and it was a surreal experience. while the drive train is the most powerful one, I am not sure if I should dive into EV right away or wait for another 5 years for infra to catch up. It’s also missing a number of features when compared to the Astor. Not sure how reliable the brand is.
- Not considering the Kushaq given the notoriety of Skoda dealers, please let me know if the climate around them has improved.
- Not considering Creta given I find the Seltos to be a better package, please correct me if I am wrong on this.
- Not considering XUVs given the waiting periods.
- Compass is too expensive and I have read about too many quality issues with it.
- Nexon/Sonet are too small for me and the engines are very dull.
I would love to hear your thoughts on my shortlist and any other suggestions you have.
Here’s what BHPian shancz had to say about the matter:
I would suggest to also TD the Taigun 1.0 AT Topline which should have ventilated seats and given your objective and usage it could be an optimal fit.
The Kushaq could have the ventilated seats at a lower trim but haven’t checked lately.
Do check the TDs part of this thread by Poitive which captures your question precisely.
Here’s what BHPian bijims had to say about the matter:
With Skoda and VW being sister brands, after-sales and service should generally be similar. I would suggest you take a look at the Skoda Kushaq 1.5L TSI DSG Style Variant with 6 airbags. It is essentially a VW Taigun with a different design and it’s got ventilated seats too. A good option to consider as it is the safest car in India right now along with the Taigun.
The MG Hector is due a facelift, you could consider it as well, the current model ain’t bad either, the Sharp 1.5L Turbo Petrol AT would fit in your budget, but since the facelift is just around the corner, you would be better off with the facelift (who wants an older generation car when you are spending 25 lakhs!)
The Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder Hybrid would be another good option, but the cabin quality and interior packaging don’t feel worth the price in my opinion, nonetheless, you get excellent fuel economy and its feature loaded too.
Here’s what BHPian NarediAni7518 had to say about the matter:
There are two more cars I would like to recommend to you:
- The MG Hector facelift is right around the corner, so do check that out it’s a great overall package
- The Toyota Hyryder/Suzuki Grand Vitara
These two cars are quite a compelling package in themselves.
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