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      Need suggestions - Requirements here

      Currently I have a Fiesta Tdci SXI. Iam looking to get a vehicle with good ground clearance...so thought the only option was to go for a SUV/MUV

      My requirements (not in order):

      1. Vehicle with a good ground clearance & able to negotiate bad roads better - Not that I always drive in such conditions, but atleast once in a month, have to drive to farm where the last 10 kms were bad (for a sedan)

      2. Ability to maintain reasonable speeds with ease for continuous highway drives. Would be an added advantage, if it could quickly get to higher speeds on empty long stretches.

      3. Read somewhere in this forum, good handling vehicles make the average driver look good & might come handy in tricky situations. So would prefer to have a vehicle with good handling capabilities comparatively

      4. 90% the occupancy would not be more than 3. But once in a year, might go for a long drive with family, where maximum number of seats are preferred (say 7 seater). 4 adults, 2 kids + luggage for 2-4 days. I prefer to drive my own vehicle than hiring locally for this occasional highway trip with family.

      5. Though modern vehicles are reliable, I want to make this point here. 70% of my odometer coverage would be on highways...so it is important to have a reliable vehicle ( I don't want to get stranded with a broken vehicle on a highway) (including the once in a year trip with family)

      6. Since most of the clocking are on highways, safety is of high priority. More the features better

      7. I would like to travel to places like Arunachal/Leh/Ladakh (A dream till I pack the things )....So not sure it makes sense to have a AWD instead of FWD to be on a safer side

      a. In vehicles like XUV, heard that AWD will be automatically engaged when the front wheel looses traction. Is that right?
      b. In that case, most of the time the vehicle will be on a FWD. Assuming I don't engage AWD manually, will there be mileage difference between a FWD & AWD? If yes, why?
      c. It was written in many places, AWD vehicles are costlier to maintain. True?

      8. Budget- 13 Lakhs

      9. Iam open for 1-2 yrs old used vehicles.
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      IMO you should have Innova at the top of your shortlist... best of luck

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      NAGA have you considered the Ford EcoSport in diesel?
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      If used , try for the T fort or Innova or a pajero.

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      1. Storme ( Tata )
      2. Scorpio ( Old)
      3. Duster ( Not a 7 Seater)
      4. XUV ( Topend will be 3 L above your budget. Not sure which variant suites yoour budget)

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      Hearing lot of rumors about AWD version of Duster is being tested these days and launch is very near. Euro version has a switch to choose the AWD/FWD manually. vehicles like Duster are easy to negotiate terrains like Leh being a smaller and lighter vehicle. If XUV doesn't have a switch/gear to choose the AWD option manually, than Duster is better choice.

      If you want full fledged true SUV than Safari Storm is better choice. Bolero is a no-nonsense VFM option but it is a crude vehicle.

      Avoid Innova if you are willing to travel in off-road terrains with full load

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      Just go with Tata Strome. It is 3bhk on wheels. Good manners on road. It has body roll but manageable. I would not prefer Scorpio in any way. XUV is also nice but many are facing electronic issue. Duster is one hell of a competitor.

      So you can try Duster and Storme IMO.
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      Quote Originally Posted by NAGA View Post
      so it is important to have a reliable vehicle ( I don't want to get stranded with a broken vehicle on a highway) (including the once in a year trip with family)
      Then strike the XUV5OO out of that list. That thing is probably the most unreliable, problem prone vehicle launched in India in the last 3 decades.

      Quote Originally Posted by NAGA View Post
      So not sure it makes sense to have a AWD instead of FWD to be on a safer side
      If you want to do Leh etc, a AWD is a must.

      Wait for the EcoSport! If not the other choices would be a Safari Storme/Aria.

      Duster is very quick too! And handles pretty well. Only problem are the boring interiors and bad plastics. I think a AWD version is going to be launched soon.

      Quote Originally Posted by NAGA View Post
      In vehicles like XUV, heard that AWD will be automatically engaged when the front wheel looses traction. Is that right?
      Yes, watch this video for better explanation.


      Quote Originally Posted by NAGA View Post
      In that case, most of the time the vehicle will be on a FWD. Assuming I don't engage AWD manually, will there be mileage difference between a FWD & AWD? If yes, why?
      Because your putting power down on more wheels. But that is very rare given that your vehicle will still be running in FWD config unless and until the gearbox sees the need to distribute the torque to the Rear Wheels. FE difference will be negligible unless you drive on AWD mode all the time, which you won't.

      Quote Originally Posted by NAGA View Post
      It was written in many places, AWD vehicles are costlier to maintain. True?
      Not true, but will let someone like hrag, Digital Vampire who who AWD/4WD cars explain.
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      Quote Originally Posted by getkaizer View Post
      NAGA have you considered the Ford EcoSport in diesel?
      Originally I wanted to go for NFS, but delayed launch with my wrong expectations on pricing made me to choose classic instead (nice choice btw)...the same thing happening with eco sport launch dates. Have seen it in flesh couple of times & liked it. Looked very rugged from outside.

      Quote Originally Posted by mclaren1885 View Post
      Wait for the EcoSport! If not the other choices would be a Safari Storme/Aria.
      Safari looked too big a vehicle for me (same goes for T.Fort/Pajero/Endy)...but not the case with XUV, Duster or Ecosport..not sure why? Read duster spacing is bit cramped for 5 adults..have to take a look at it

      Quote Originally Posted by Roadking View Post
      IMO you should have Innova
      I don't think new top end innova falls under my price bracket & it commands very good resale value too, so getting one at good price (from buyers point) is tough. Will look at it too

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      Quote Originally Posted by NAGA View Post
      duster spacing is bit cramped for 5 adults.
      +1 . The car looks nice and spacious from outside. But once i stepped in, it felt cramped.

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      Quote Originally Posted by mclaren1885 View Post
      Not true, but will let someone like hrag, Digital Vampire who who AWD/4WD cars explain.
      The only issue I've faced is in May 2010

      Quote Originally Posted by hrag View Post
      1. 4H & 4L light continuously glowing on the dashboard
      2. 4L not engaging

      The problem was traced to some 'convertor motor' conking out - which is why 4L was not engaging. 4H is engaging fine enough. The 'convertor motor' is being replaced under extended warranty - the order has been placed and it will be fixed when I take the truck for the 100K service.
      Other than the above, no issues at all. Just remember to change differential oil as per the schedule. And use the 4WD as often as you can.
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