Its that time of the Year. We are planning a new Vehicle but this time its the most difficult situation i am facing till date. Call it Complex Confusion or Confusingly Complex, but i am basically trying to choose between a Fast Hatch, a Out of the Box Off-roader, a Comfortable people mover and a Stylish / Versatile Crossover.
I need a 4 wheeled Vehicle that can go Fast Always, Take up Bad roads without fuss Often, Move 5 Adults + 2 Kids Comfortably sometimes, and Go anywhere once in a while.
My rationale behind such awful need:
Going Fast is History, Going Anywhere is Mystery, Driving Everyday is nothing short of Blistery !
My typical driving pattern is as follows:
Distance: 10 kms up and down
Traffic: Worst...some times can reach Bengaluru levels too.
Road Condition: 7 Kms of Good roads + 2 kms of bad roads + 1 km of no roads
How Often: 20 days / Month
Family Tour to native place:
Distance: 300-400 kms one way
Traffic: Reasonable (Highway)
Road Condition: Excellent for most parts
How Often: 1-2 Trips per Month
Distance: 40-50 kms up and down
Traffic: Heavy mostly
Road condition: above Average
How Often: 4-5 Days Per Month
Traffic: Not Sure
Road Condition: Depends
How Often: 2-3 Times per Month
Basically, the Rapid is reasonably good at Office and Local Travel, Except for the fact that Office the 3 kms stretch is simply unbearable sometimes. The Roads are so bad and i am thinking of going back to 185 section tyres to save my spine !!
Family is also growing, and the elder one is now asking for a seat for herself. Going by state of affairs, its highly unlikely she will accept to share a seat with anyone ! So its almost like 6 Adults + 1 Toddler than 5+2 !!
We know we need one more car. But what car is that car is the question we have so far discussed umpteen number of times without a consensus. After we sold the Fiesta, i waited for something exciting to come up. Its almost an Year of wait and there seems to be a little pep in the market with a slew of launches and more slated for the coming months. 1 Year back when i sold the Fiesta, i was very clear - I wanted to buy a Fast Hot Hatch. But at that time, there was only one option to choose - You either buy a Fast Hatch and make it Hot or Buy a Hot Hatch and make it fast. So i decided to wait. However things have changed much in 1 year. The Family is growing, Next generation is having the liberty to choose what they want and stand by it. So, now that Hot Hatch in my dream suddenly became slightly enlarged, having more rows of seat, little more ground clearance to make the ride comfortable and it got transformed itself into a MUV.
The rains and bad roads taught me the significance of ground clearance in the best way possible. after a harrowing time caught in a flooded traffic pile up recently, i daresay its worth to invest in a Crossover just for GC sake ! Forget the fact whether they call it a SUV or Baby SUV or a Crossover - It doesnt matter.
On this note, i would say i got a bit carried away and threw in a True Off roader into the mix. **** its a Bad road anyway - why wear a fake SUV image at all - Just do it all over the man's way !
So my Options:
VW Polo 1.2 TSI
Abarth Punto TJet
Mahindra Thar 4x4
Tata Xenon Double Cab 4x4
Heart Says: Punto or Thar
Mind Says: Lodgy or S-Cross
What do you guys say ?