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I am the only driver in my family. My usage pattern is 30-50 km per day. 3 to 4 outings of 100 to 200 km in the year. 75% in the city and 25% on the highway.

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Dear BHP friends,

Forgive me for a long message.

I’ve been thinking about buying a new car for a while. While I’m doing all the analysis and stuff, in the end I listen to my heart and it’s always been that way with the cars I land in. Now the problem is that our forum has such great official and ownership reviews that after each review I start loving this car! And that starts more confusion.

So now I’m writing down all the details I have in mind and would like recommendations from my fellow bhpians to help me start my search with good choices.

Why a new car?

I have 2 cars in my garage. New Fiat linea Tjet (top variant) and Nano twist. Both from 2014 and very well maintained with no major issues to date. Both have covered about 24,000 km each. However, as both are no longer in production, I find it difficult to service the Tjet and in the future it would be more of a bother. Not even to mention resale. It’s heartburn. Every SA I’ve met says “Sir, you’ve taken care of it so well.” But I know no one will pay a lot of money for it.

Also, due to my shoulder and knee surgery, I now have a little trouble riding the Tjet with its long dimensions and clutch that has a long stroke and is not light.

Regarding Nano, I think I’ll keep it but maybe I’ll sell it in 2 to 3 years. It would make room for a 2 wheeler for my son. If selling both Tjet and Nano can help reduce the price of the new one, I’m all for it.

I am a driver alone in my family. My usage pattern is 30-50 km per day. 3 to 4 outings of 100 to 200 km in the year. 75% in the city and 25% on the highway. I am a disciplined driver (I use indicators!). I hate slowpokes and I can say that I’m churning out miles a little faster than the average Joe. (Having a Tjet says it all).

what i want

1. Motor

Free-speed motor. Good couple thoroughly. In other words, no lag in the lower revs. Decent mid to high end traction.

2. Diesel or gasoline

Either diesel/petrol is fine.

Should be economical so I would prefer diesel. (Rising fuel costs). Also, I’ve never owned one, so I want to try.

3. Good AC cooler.

4. Exit and entry should be easy. (Am a sedan type but open to trying a compact SUV or SUV).

5. Manual or automatic

Preferably automatic. (no AMT or DSG that I see are prone to failures). I’ve never been an automatic guy but that’s the need of the hour. If manual, the clutch should be very light with less travel.

6. Security

Must be 4 or 5 stars. If 3 stars then prefer front and side airbags. (I suspect this will kill many of the available options).

7. Solid build quality. I have never had rattles in linea Tjet or even Nano.

Family needs

We are a family of 5. 2 parents aged over 70 and a big teenager. Usually 3 of us travel most of the time and on some highway trips all 5 of us travel. So need decent boot space.

Budget range

Max up to 15 L on the road.

So guys please help me. Although I’m not in a rush, I want to start now because the prices are going up every year.

Here is what BHPian VWAllstar should say about it:

If you don’t mind, go for a well-maintained Innova from 2016 to 2018. Since you have time, you can search and search for a good Innova. If luck permits, you can get the 2.8L AT. Innova will be a great car, especially for your parents. Since you mentioned a tall teenager, assuming most of you are tall as well. Compact SUVs will not be really comfortable and for brand new cars, you can only get those around 15 Lakhs.

Here is what Swaminathan BHPian should say about it:

I have a similar family (me, my wife, 2 elders and a big teenager)

3 years ago, I had a Terrano and wanted a 7-seater but I had budget constraints. Now I have an XUV500 W3 variant, no regrets. In fact, my child doesn’t even reach the 3rd row. Seniors and kids are comfortable in the second row, and we’ve done long rides (over 600 km per stretch). I just wanted to share my experience.

Since you mentioned you don’t all travel together frequently and like sedans, you might want to check out the Verna and the City. both of these cars have improved over the years and also offer AT petrol. That said, SUVs are becoming popular and if SUVs you can check out the Tata Nexon or the Creta.

Here is what BHPian CarWorld should say about it:

While 15L seems like a fair amount today, it’s only good for subcompact SUVs. Since your run doesn’t seem like much, I suggest you follow the gas-powered automatics.

Kiger 1.0L RXZ turbo CVT

This car is roomy inside for 12L on the Pune road price. It will definitely give you a minimum mileage of 10-11 kmpl in the city and 14-15 kmpl on the highway. It will also offer you a trunk space of 405 liters. The CVT transmission is reliable over the long haul.

Ertiga ZXI AT / XL6 Zeta AT

For both of these cars you get Maruti hassle-free ownership, a reliable 6-speed AT torque converter and you can occasionally fold the full last row into Ertiga to increase trunk space and 1 seat in the last stowed in XL6 for the same purpose when traveling together. I think in the 15L budget this is the best option.

Verna SX IVT

It’s a gasoline CVT automatic, so it should be reliable in the long run and mileage efficient. Prices for this variant have not increased substantially in the last 2 years, so well within your budget. The cramped rear seats are a little lower, but again, taller people in the family should occupy the front seats to solve this problem. You can go through this thread which impressed me quite a bit.

Sonet HTX diesel AT

You’ll get the convenience of the 6-speed AT torque converter with diesel, which means good mileage. Trunk space is also decent at 392L. The only downside is cramped rear seat legroom. If you ask your son to always occupy the front seat, the problem can be partially solved.

Brezza 6-speed AT torque converter

You can wait a bit for its launch. It can solve your needs. Only if you are ready to increase the budget to 20L, I would recommend Seltos HTX diesel AT or Seltos HTX IVT. Same with Creta SX diesel AT or Creta SX IVT. For both, the 3-star GNCAP rating is a downside, but Kia/Hyundai should be reliable in the long run.

PS – Automatic is a need for time and long term benefits. The traffic situation will only get worse with each passing day. So please don’t compromise on that.

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