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My Family planning to buy a new MUV Car under 10 Lakhs. We are a little bit confuse in between Maruti Suzuki Ertiga & Toyota Innova. Kindly share your expertise review on both cars with pros & cons.
Dear Members, I am in the market now and looking for a compact MUV. My requirements are as below: Budget: Max 14 lacs City/Highway: 70/30 Max pax: 6 adult, 1 child Fuel: Any (preference to Petrol) Monthly running: 1000 km Transmission: AT My initial 1st choice was Innova Crysta but due to registration ban in NCR, it's no more viable. Also, I wanted an AT and even Gx AT (which is bare ones) will cost more than 18 lacs OTR I am not considering Tata and Mahindra vehicles as I already have a fair share of experience with them. Also no 5 seater compact SUV's are under consideration. Others options considered and test driven 1. Maruti Ertiga Pros: Absolute VFM (Diesel top end ZDI+ at 10.25 lacs OTR) Top end model has almost all features (except ACC) Trust worthy A.S.S and low maintenance Cons: No AT (though listed on site but no dealer is taking it's booking) 3rd row bit cramped Almost nil boot space with 3 rows up Plastic quality is average Beige interiors (too much) 2. Honda BRV Before you ask, let me tell you I don't consider it as SUV (as Honda claims) because it's not. It's a MUV or we can just call it as face lifted Mobilio. Pros: Looks very good from front Better space than Ertiga (all rows) AT (CVT) option in petrol with paddle shifters (very convenient) All black cabin I found built quality better than Mobilio/Amaze (definitely better than Ertiga) Usable boot space with all 3 rows up Cons: Petrol CVT is only available in V variant, misses out on some features of top end Vx 13.6 lacs OTR (would say almost 50k to 75k more for what it offers) No touch screen, navigation, reverse camera or parking sensors 3. Renault Lodgy Pros: Good cabin space Very good diesel engine Very good discounts on offer Cons: Bland looks Very average to poor interiors No sliding 2nd row seat (severely impacts cabin space usage) No AT or AMT as of now Currently BRV looks to suit my requirements better. Looking forward for your comments or suggestions.
Introduction Its been just over 2 months since I bought the Tata Aria. It was a tough decision since there were so many options in the market one will be spoilt for choice. I still did some research and narrowed down to six cars with Tata Aria, MS Ertiga, Toyota Innova, 2014 Mahindra Scorpio, Chevy Enjoy, Safari Storme. I expelled the Enjoy for its dated cabin and poor quality, next to go was the Storme just because it was so similar to the old safari, next in line to go was the Innova for its taxi image. I narrowed down to 3 options and then deducted the Scorpio because I already owned a 2012 Scorpio and this one was too similar. With the last 2 contender the Tata Aria seemed to be a better contender on parameter of space, practicality and goods on offer in the car. Exterior One would be amazed by looking at its gigantic proportions with a close to 5 meters of length its definitely long. From the front you see a resemblance to other Tata products with vertically slotted sharp headlamps and the smiling grill being the prominent features in the front. Move on to the side and you’re bound to notice the huge proportions of the vehicle. Although the side is pretty much plain you have some design cues such as blacked out B & C pillars and Aria decal running on the side of the car. On the rear it’s the same familiar Tata look with vertical pillar stacked tail lamps with clear lenses. I would like to mention that the panel gaps are prominent in this car although not as drastic and one will be finding these in the bonnet shut lines and the hatch shut lining in the rear, all the other places have almost no panel gaps. The car is quite high and moving in and out of the car is a bit of a task. Also the ORVM are awkwardly designed and are about a feet excess to the car's width. Interior Interior quality is decent but not upto the mark of say a Toyota Innova. One can find some panel gaps although have to mention that the fit and finish is decent and you get a faint resemblance of a range rover dashboard. You get a lot of kit with the car as seen in the pictures which include one touch power down on all windows, Leather upholstery, 3 Rows of AC with independent controls, etc. One thing that might be a sore eye are the ergonomics of the car. For example, there are almost no cubby holes in the car, the twin glove boxes are so shallow that they cant even house the cars own user manual, front passenger footwell is intruded by the 4X4 transfer box, cup holders on the center stack are practically useless as you end up spilling coffee on your gear knob. One saving grace is the size of door pockets which are big enough to have a 2 litre bottle in them and even then have enough space for a harry potter book. Also the bolstering on these seats are not the most efficient and broad frame people will have a problem fitting in them. Middle row is very comfortable with good underthigh support and a reclining backrest and 4 AC vents to keep you cool. Last row is miserable with not enough space for even 5 footer although you have 2 AC vents and enough space for nic nacks. The rear hatch door houses a dedicated subwoofer housing with bracket and boot has an amplifier housing although it’s small, this housing can also be utilized to keep small but necessary things. AC vents are one thing that are in abundance and hence you get 10 AC vents. The armrest does not come in the base model and the one here is a custom made one. Performance and Ride Quality Tata tweaked the engine to make it more refine and up the power to 150 PS and so it’s a good cruiser. The power is there when you want if you keep it in 1500 – 3000 RPM range. Although in lower RPM it showcases a turbo lag. The NVH level of the car are decent considering it to be a single mass flywheel although higher models have a very good NVH level with a dual mass flywheel. The car gives a mileage of 13 in city with AC and 17 on highways with AC and these are good enough for a car in Mumbai. It cruises in peace at about 120Kmph but feels out of place and pushed hard at over 120Kmph. The ride is very leveled with only crater sized potholes filtering into the cabin. It feels at home on highways because car is about 2.5 tonnes it sticks to the tarmac on high speeds and does not wobble. Its sometimes strange to drive of these enormous proportions with this ease. Verdict Many said that I was taking a wrong step in going for a Tata but it was a heart over mind decision and I don’t regret it, although the after sales are very poor and unpremium and regular services take a lifetime to get done let alone the change of parts and Tata is synonymous with poor reliability, but in all due respect I shall say that I will wait and see it for myself how this Tata delivers. Let’s just hope for good, Fingers Crossed.
This may not be a very intresting launch, but it deserve an applause, as an Indian Tractor manufacturer dares to compete against automotive gaints like GM, Toyota, Maruti & Mahindra! ICML or International Cars & Motors Limited had launched a new MUV called ‘Extreme’ in Hydrabad, yesterday. Although its last offering, the Rhino, didn’t do all that well despite its close resemblance to the defunct Toyota Qualis, ICML hopes to turn around affairs with the launch of the Extreme, which is a tweaked version of the Rhino. Based on the Rhino platform, the ICML Extreme is offered in two engine options, i.e. DI and CRD-Fi 2.0 L diesel engines churning out 99bhp/240Nm and 120bhp/285Nm of power respectively. The latter also features on the Chevrolet Tavera Neo3 variant. A flexible seating layout can accommodate between 7 to 10 occupants. The car will come in four variants, Extreme LD (non-ac), LD (with ac), SD and VD. The car has been showcased in south India, which will be followed by a north India showcase and finally a pan India launch. A part of the Sonalika group, ICML currently has a dealer network of over 100 outlets across India. The SUV/MUV segment witnessed a growth of over 25% which is pushing the manufacturers to introduce new models. According to reports, ICML is also planning to bolster its presence in the UV segment with the launch Haval 5 SUV in the future, which is way better than this Extreme n' rhino! Share your views on it!