Wow! Finally Parag! You really are a die-hard Captiva fan, having waited patiently for so long! All the best, keep us posted.
Roshun, I did not find the next best thing to it in my mind, so finally succumbed even after a very indifferent behaviour of GM, hope the ASS will be better.
Captiva lookin more good in Carbon Flash than White.
GM says ” no other color available if you want delivery in october” for any other color u will have to wait till december” i could not even see any other color in flesh, thats why i said, they are acting pricey, and I do not even know why, just if i had another liking, i would have kicked GM.
You do not like Honda CR-V?
nope, its looks dated , and i do not want petrol SUV now
Ford Endeavour Diesel 3.0 4*4 .
I already own that , 3 litre AT
Parag, Super Like!! Yeah Captiva 2.2 is a brilliant choice. I wish they release a manual version also.
i would suggest u go with after market, none of the items listed above are critical enough to be OEM’s
Interesting choice there. Since your budget can’t extend beyond the RxL to the RxL option pack (which will give you safety features – for a further Rs. 1 lakh), I suggest picking up the base RxE and customizing it to your taste for under Rs. 60,000 or so (alloys + aftermarket music system with Bluetooth, speakers and amp + fog lamps + seat covers…[Read more]
For option pack i’ll have to shell out additional 1.4 lakhs. Thats 2.6 lakhs more than what base variant costs (9.4 lacs in hyderabad)….anyways, i actually booked RXL option pack during pre launch booking, will have to talk to my dealer about the change. I hope they wouldn’t delay too much.
Except for safety features, it doesn’t make any sense to buy the higher variants. The only worthwhile thing in the RxL is the rear washer / wiper which is VERY difficult to fit after-market. For almost everything else, you can buy better quality stuff after-market.
Opt for the lower model. Renault is asking too much money for the kit it is providing. You can get almost everything fitted aftermarket(except the rear wash/wipe) for haft the price difference.
The Duster makes sense price-wise lower down the order. As you go to the higher variants, it seems overpriced…. AND… some features that you’d take for granted in top end models, seem missing.
Please also share how all these vehicles performed during the trip, particularly since all three are quite different from each other.
Curious about how well the Innova fared. Planning a trip in September and a cousin wants to do it in his Innova.
I heard that in Himachal and Jammu border, authorities are not allowing outside vehicles to cross without pass.
so here goes a short update answering all questions above, All 3 came back well, Innova had a couple of punctures ( much before LEH) , The Yeti had a broken windshield just before jammu ( sprinkler stone from our own AT tyres of Endy) and nothing much to Endy. All three cars struggled due to lack of combustion on high altitude, they all worked at…[Read more]
And all the cars were Delhi registered , and we did not have any problems with Passes, we had taken all the required permits post leh.
Hope all questions are answered
My cousin will be pleased to hear that. What all places did you visit around Leh, apart from the lakes? Did you travel to Diskit and Nubra Valley? Were jerry cans actually required to refuel?
No, we did not do Nubra this time, it was my 3rd trip, and we had decided to do the “lake circuit” , Jerry cans were required to fuel us only once, when we left Pangong Tso for Tso moriri, we had the cans filled up @ Karu as the next fuel pump on our way would have been at Tandi only post that, and were to travel to Tso moriri, Tso Kar and meet…[Read more]
Good report Parag. Yes, the Innova is a quiet performer… not the best, but it gets the job done. Yeti I thought would give better fuel economy. Because last year, we did the Lahaul-Spiti circuit with a Yeti, a Scorpio 4×4 and Scorpio 4×2. The Yeti gave an astounding 13 plus kmpl overall, while the Scorpio was at 10.8 and 10.5 kmpl respectively…[Read more]
Nice Roshun, I did spiti too last year, Went up to Batal through Narkanda, rampur , nako, kaza and trekked to the “chandratal” and came back through Gramphu, manali . That seemed much tougher than this trip, the roads were worse there
Agree on the road conditions in Lahaul-Spiti! Batal – Gramphoo – Koksar stretch was non existent! And even some stretches near Maling Nalah (Nako). Chandratal road had a landslide, so we had to skip it as we were short of time too. Manali-Leh seem so much easier in comparison.
Yes, from what I have been reading the main Manali-Leh-Srinagar route has become quite civilized nowdays. The roads are good for most part. The the interior ares still retain the wild charm. This is gonna be our first trip to Ladakh. We are planning to do Nubra Valley and try our luck with Chushul. Trying out jugaads to arrange permits for that place.
Chushul permit will be difficult , one of the fathers of the group this time is a brigadier in army and then too we could not get a permit, was heard that a coupl of cars had ventured in to chinese territories some time back and since then permits are not being given
where does one get all the necessary permits from ???/
That’s the trouble with cars in this price range. You’ve always got something or the other left out. Only the Santa Fe probably has almost all the features loaded in it. Fortuner, Pajero Sport all have something missing, that you would want. Since you require a 7-seater your choices are limited. On-road would be about Rs. 26.5 lakh I suppose for…[Read more]
Roshun, Pulled some strings at GM, and got a call 10 mins ago from someone at GM who said that a test drive would be arranged by this evening for me @ gurgaon , lets see if that happens, but i will be very inclined to test the vehicle with you, in terms of my opinion on Santa fe, it did not have the ride quality that Captiva has, Also the…[Read more]
@ Roshun , finally test drove the Captiva yesterday, Looked well built, the ride was good ( better than the Santa Fe but not as good as the Koleo’s) The only surprise to me was that the new expensiver version does not have the ESP/Traction control which the earlier Captiva AT had, it seems the captiva is now officially projected as a premium…[Read more]
BTW, I would be booking it in the next few days, i still feel its a little expensive than what it is worth, but do not seem to have a alternative in my mind,…if only the pajero sport also had an AT
The SRV is not available any more, it has been discontinued
if you mean the chevrolet srv, its not available anymore.
why is this so??
Chevrolet SR-V did not sell well, and GM pulled it from the market in 2008 I think. It is a nice car, but not on sale anymore. It was slightly ahead of its time.
The most expensive hatchback on sale today discounting the Mini and Beetle is the i20 automatic. It costs 7.7L ex showroom Delhi. The Fabia Scout costs 8.15L but nobody seems to be bothered by its existence.
SRV is not available anymore Punto is a great option, or can try Swift, Fabia, Polo, etc.. Are you thinking of any other?
Punto sports a very good choice..it has a 93 hp engine like the Linea.A good handling car.no car can beat this in handling and stability category..Cheers FIAT..!!
13 lacs is your budget..then why don’t you go for linea?
Hi Parag, after speaking with GM, after our last interaction, they said it will be in showrooms by September only. I really don’t see the point of having rushed the launch, when the vehicle is not available.
oops, so the wait gets longer, i was at least hoping to see and test drive it this month end, and wait for delivery in September…..
go for skoda laura dear….
If you love the Fiesta, buy it. Sometimes your heart is right. It’s a great car to drive, eventhough it does not have as much engine power as the Verna. Ride and handling is excellent. The only drawback is the rear seat in the Fiesta – with the armrest looking cheap with exposed hinges, and legroom not that great. If you are primarily going to be…[Read more]
You also get a car that will be unique. Sales are low, but that means that not many people will have a Fiesta! Your car will stand out for a long time.
Go for the Fiesta , Its better built and a pleasure to drive , Try the AT version and it will surprise you
One is newly launched car and other one is having 2-3 years max. If budget is constraint then Ford classic otherwise Verna..
So fiesta it iss! I test drove both the cars today, I just loved the fiesta’s handling…and in the verna I felt like I am on roller skates. Hyundai only did well in adding bling factors to the car…that should get them the majority of the Indian customers!!
Your heart is beating for the right thing, Fiesta is good drivers car. Fiesta may have less power but is much stable on highways and steering give the right amount of feedback. It may not have the interior like Verna but is an amazing car to drive and little less on features too but has enough to make you happy. Also, the rear seat space is less…[Read more]
No new Yeti in sight. The present Yeti Elegance 4×4 is a steal at the price they are offering it. Take the offer. Good vehicle.
Go for the Yeti right now, the price at which it’s being offered is, as per me, should be the correct price of the yeti.
after 3L discount what is the ex-showroom cost u r getting by dealer & which city?
No new Yeti on the horizon
I would go for fabia, polo is fitted with a cheap quality ABS and brakes. Also, polo’s steering is way to light. But it all depends on the exact model of the car you’re going to buy. Also, polo is highly customisable as far as aftermarket mods are concerned. Which is good.
The Fabia has better seating comfort than the Polo. Both share the same engine, but the Fabia feels roomier. Polo looks better, better finish, better handling and drivability. But the differences are minor. As a practical choice, I would say Fabia TDI Elegance compared to Polo Highline.
Fabia has been around for longer than Polo so it is considered a bit of an old car though. Resale value is higher for the Polo. Though the practical choice would be Fabia.
Polo. VWs are built rock solid. The Polo is a very nice car to drive and it looks much better. Residual value is better. the Skoda is marginally better as far as features are concerned. Service wise also VW has the edge.
It is a perfect car for those who are keen on the aspects like style, design, comfort & convenience, road presence and quality of interiors of the car. On the other had, if low maintenance and high fuel economy are your preferred criteria than there are better options available that the Polo.
I would suggest Polo, it has got decent build quality if not at par with fabia, but has got far better looks to last us a long time
Polo – better quality , better millage
i would sugest fabi heavy bulit up… and pleasure to drive
Hi Parag, This is rad ! Difficult especially getting the AT box and then equally difficult fixing it in…forget the costs – advisable not to even think about it !
Thanks Harish for the headsup, i just went and looked at the site of “autopsyche” they claim to be doing it , so was just wondering
Though this can be done, but it don’t have life as the original transmisson..
Autoboxes can be imported and bolted on, on most cars that already have an autobox with the same engine internationally. Alternatively, there are people who also do “semi-automatics” which is a manual with an electronic clutch. One needs to press a button on the gear lever knob while shifting gears, instead of using the actual clutch. It has…[Read more]
Hi Parag, Kindly mention the car that you intend to get this job done. If done by a good mechanic this can be done without much fuss, however , as Roshun mentioned it would be advisable to do such a swap if an auto box is already available for the same car domestically (which would be easier to source) or internationally. A few examples are the…[Read more]
Hi Parag, it is possible to make your “clutchless” but you ll need to shift gears, either using a control on the steering wheel or a shifter lever on the floor. There are Cos who specialise in modifying cars this way and the ubiquitous Marutis are the ones most easily and commonly modified. Like Abhik said, let us know the details of your car and…[Read more]
Guys, i was thinking of getting it done in a safari
Though it is technically possible to get the autoclutch modification done, I would strongly recommend you against it. Remember that the Safari is one big engined and consequently big clutched vehicle and trying to modify it to this extent would be a high risk. You might end up with an unreliable jerky car.
understood and agreed, i have decided against it