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8 minutes ago, LordSpymaster said:

 

How's the long term cost for Skodas and VWs? I heard that their maintenence and parts are expensive compared to others, and pan India coverage (like smaller shops) isn't there. This still true? 

 

Both are better now. Skoda has improved a lot atleast here in Kerala. VW service is still higher than the likes of Hyundai/Toyota or Maruti. But parts are easily available.

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23 minutes ago, LordSpymaster said:

The reason I'm not taking the test drive for the new Skoda sedan is my worry that I'll end up liking it and get more confused. :fear1:

My view is a bit dated because I haven't driven the new Octavia or Slavia but from my experience, nothing comes close to VW's driving experience unless you go for another German car.

Extended warranty and upfront AMC are good options, official service will be expensive but upto par or just a smidge higher at 3rd party shops. Check GoMechanic for ball park figures.

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4 hours ago, ΨΨ babloos ΨΨ said:

Xuv700 has a waiting of over a year.

My father requires car immediately for daily use. Sold creta and he is using my polo gt which gives ridiculous low mileage of 6-7 in city.

6-7 in city?? Get your car checked for clogged air filter or fuel filter, Vento nwith same 1.2 TSI engine bloody gives me 10 - 11 on normal days and sometimes 9-10 in very bad traffic. 6-7 probably I will get if I keep it in sport mode and above 4000 RPM in city :P

 

I Sa Slavia the other day, it really looked handsome from outside. Virtus might better it. 

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2 hours ago, Bird Bird Bird said:

 

Delete the app from your phone. Scummiest f**king people on Earth. 

Never download. Check on website by adding someone else's number.

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7 hours ago, AtheK said:

6-7 in city?? Get your car checked for clogged air filter or fuel filter, Vento nwith same 1.2 TSI engine bloody gives me 10 - 11 on normal days and sometimes 9-10 in very bad traffic. 6-7 probably I will get if I keep it in sport mode and above 4000 RPM in city :P

 

I Sa Slavia the other day, it really looked handsome from outside. Virtus might better it. 

My father's office route is generally less then 5km with heavy bumper traffic. 10-11km is a good figure for any petrol vehicle in a Bangalore traffic.

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15 hours ago, LordSpymaster said:

The reason I'm not taking the test drive for the new Skoda sedan is my worry that I'll end up liking it and get more confused. :fear1:

Honestly, Slavia and Virtus are the best sedan options right now under 20 lakhs. There aren't many options in this segment and these two are the best ones. If you like them just pay for the service packages upfront and take 6 yrs warranty for peace of mind. 

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2 hours ago, Bird Bird Bird said:

 

 

 

Long range EV ? :wOOtjumpy:

I think it will take another 4-5 yrs for EV Infra to be ready for long trips in India. I recently went for a long road trip (1k kms) and everywhere I asked there was no charging points/chargers available for EVs. Also, most of the EV charging points in the city are used by people to park their cars :wallbash: 

I have seen it multiple times at prominent places in Delhi - CP, Lajpat Nagar etc. Right now it is a great option for people who want to use it as a daily city car and can charge at home. But hats off to Tata for taking the EV lead in India. Maruti needs to watch out.

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2 hours ago, Bird Bird Bird said:

 

 

 

Long range EV ? :wOOtjumpy:

The more I wait for new car launches, the more EVs make sense.
We hardly drive more than 20km on any day, which is suitable for Petrol usage too but EVs are tempting.

Can charge it once a week and be done with it, charging infra. at home won’t be possible though.

Hoping that we some from VW and gang too otherwise maybe I will give Petrol one last drive before riding it off in the sunset.

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2 hours ago, Bird Bird Bird said:

 

 

 

Long range EV ? :wOOtjumpy:

The more I wait for new car launches, the more EVs make sense.
We hardly drive more than 20km on any day, which is suitable for Petrol usage too but EVs are tempting.

Can charge it once a week and be done with it, charging infra. at home won’t be possible though.

Hoping that we some from VW and gang too otherwise maybe I will give Petrol one last drive before riding it off in the sunset.

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47 minutes ago, SuperT said:

Honestly, Slavia and Virtus are the best sedan options right now under 20 lakhs. There aren't many options in this segment and these two are the best ones. If you like them just pay for the service packages upfront and take 6 yrs warranty for peace of mind. 

I might take a test drive at least for the Slavia. Since this'll be my first car, I'm leaning towards brands that are more hassle free like Honda. :cheers:

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3 minutes ago, LordSpymaster said:

I might take a test drive at least for the Slavia. Since this'll be my first car, I'm leaning towards brands that are more hassle free like Honda. :cheers:

Bro, wait and test drive both Slavia and Virtus. It will be relatively hassle free. Honda's infotainment will literally make you break the screen.

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50 minutes ago, SuperT said:

I think it will take another 4-5 yrs for EV Infra to be ready for long trips in India. I recently went for a long road trip (1k kms) and everywhere I asked there was no charging points/chargers available for EVs. Also, most of the EV charging points in the city are used by people to park their cars :wallbash: 

I have seen it multiple times at prominent places in Delhi - CP, Lajpat Nagar etc. Right now it is a great option for people who want to use it as a daily city car and can charge at home. But hats off to Tata for taking the EV lead in India. Maruti needs to watch out.

 

Infra is better down south (Bangalore Mysore belt has a number of charging points) as compared to North. 

One of the reasons I went for Carens is I'll likely be selling it off in 7-8 years (NCR's diesel ban for 10 year old vehicles), and by that time, EV infra would have matured. Too many hassles and planning needed right for now for outside city or even emergency trips with EVs. Good as a secondary in city vehicle. 

 

13 minutes ago, KunjanPSD said:

The more I wait for new car launches, the more EVs make sense.
We hardly drive more than 20km on any day, which is suitable for Petrol usage too but EVs are tempting.

Can charge it once a week and be done with it, charging infra. at home won’t be possible though.

Hoping that we some from VW and gang too otherwise maybe I will give Petrol one last drive before riding it off in the sunset.

 

Honestly, it's gonna take 5-8 years for tech and infra to mature in India. 

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On 5/5/2022 at 12:34 PM, b!T said:

 

Pretty much my experience as well. Korean cars excel in the feature department but not so much when it comes to drivability, 

 

 

KIA is literally the sportier version of hyundai. 

 

If we didn't have Jeep Compass in India, Seltos 1.4 Ltr Petrol would be the number 1 in ride, handling and fun to drive in its segment in India. It is a gem of an engine. 1.3 ltr 156 BHP engine in now discontinued Duster was great too. 

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15 hours ago, Bhpian Bali said:

 

 

KIA is literally the sportier version of hyundai. 

 

If we didn't have Jeep Compass in India, Seltos 1.4 Ltr Petrol would be the number 1 in ride, handling and fun to drive in its segment in India. It is a gem of an engine. 1.3 ltr 156 BHP engine in now discontinued Duster was great too. 

1.5 TSi says hi! 

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11 hours ago, Ram Dante said:

1.5 TSi says hi! 

 

VW and Skoda are a joke in India. The kinda models they launched previously i used to think that they are here to launder money. How can a MNC be so dumb otherwise?

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On 5/7/2022 at 7:34 PM, Bhpian Bali said:

 

VW and Skoda are a joke in India. The kinda models they launched previously i used to think that they are here to launder money. How can a MNC be so dumb otherwise?

Doesn't take away from the fact that their cars are brilliant to drive and much better than the Koreans in this particular aspect. That and safety as well. The 1.5 TSI and DSG combo is :wub: 

 

They are also getting better with after sales support. Many of my frnds/relatives have had hassle free experiences in the recent past. They were horrible 6-7 yrs ago. 

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10 hours ago, SuperT said:

They are also getting better with after sales support. Many of my frnds/relatives have had hassle free experiences in the recent past

How about the cost of after sales? Did they take the extended warranties? 

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