Suggest a best car under 10 lac in India

Indian car buyers are maturing, that's a statement we at ecardlr.com have been making for some time. This is one more example where Mr.Singh has defined his requirement so tight, that its a pleasure to suggest some options to him. A move away from sedans to compact SUV or even a MPV is a trend which is gaing ground almost daily.

Looking for car around 10 lacs. currently have Accent & Innova. Fancy idea of Duster but not sure. Since we have Innova, tried short listing sedan but could not. The requirement is immediate. Can you suggest..

Suggest a best car under 10 lac in India

Pretty neat and precise brief for a new car. Basis your current ownership pattern it seems you fancy cars with more headroom - Innova and your inclination towards the Duster.

If what I am assuming is true, then sedan's definitely are a no go and the option gets limited to either MPV's or Compact SUV's. Models one could look at are top-end - Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, Quanto and Xylo from Mahindra, Tata Motors Safari, Nissan Evalia, Chevrolet Enjoy, Renault Duster and the upcoming Ford EcoSport.

Let's start with:

Ertiga - a car from the trusted Maruti Family, it was a rage when it was launched in Mid 2012. Indian car buyers shift from sedan's to MPV's or compact UV's can be attributed to Ertiga and Duster. But unfortunately it seems to be losing steam, maybe because as my wife commented yesterday after seeing one in front of us, that the 'Ertiga looks like stretched WagonR and smaller Dzire'.  Must admit it's true to a great extent. It's diesel does have a decent lag and kick, which for the uninitiated becomes a matter of concern. Ertiga goes out of our consideration set because of its size.

Xylo and Quanto - One a smaller version of the other, both from Mahindra, who are known for robust and sturdy cars, as they appeal to the not so urban and professional car buyers looking for rough usage. However, for most of us spoilt by great tactile feel inside the car with high quality fit and finish, Mahindra cars does not fit our bill, obvious from your current cars.

Safari - Those who love it swear by it and often go for a repeat purchase, personally for me it's a no go as I am used to far silent engines, car like driveability and better fit finish. Safari does not fit my bill. Safari Strome may make my consideration set, as the fit finish has improved dramatically, NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness) has come down to a decent levels, fit finish has improved, but car like driveability is still question mark. To top this, I am uncomfortable with its big size. Maybe I need some time to move to bigger cars.

Evalia - Big, spacious and therefore inviting. It's diesel is far more smoother to drive, but then what makes it a no-go is lack of AC vents for rear seat passenger and its van like proportions with puny looking 2 and row 3 windows. They make this car look ooh so van like, I am not going to pay 10 lacs to buy an obvious commercial vehicle for my personal use. Add to this Nissan's reach in terms of dealership and I will have serious doubts.

Enjoy - This could be a possibility, particularly because of its 2nd row captain seats, spacious third  row seats, roof mounted AC vents for row 2 and 3, silent engine, decent tactile feel inside the car and hopefully if Chevrolet offers 3 yrs/45000 Kms maintenance package on it , then it become a strong contender for my purse. But what I am most uncomfortable with is it's very prominent diesel lag in 2nd and 3rd gear, the car refuses to budge and therefore a no go for those driving on highways and wanting to overtake, quite frequently. Having said that, low end grunt and post mid-range RPM the car is pretty decent to drive.

Duster - Whilst Ertiga is on the downhill road, Duster seems to be ever so strong, getting those 4500 to 5000 sales nos month on month. Reasons for the same could be, its very balanced proportions, decent size, which is not intimidating and at the same time making the car spacious for a family of 5. It's road visibility (no of cars on road) id another reassuring sign, no obvious over the top complaint on the car makes it a very strong contender for my purse strings. What goes against it, is the rear seat, which will take 3 adults at a stretch and diesel lag which is very obvious making frequent down shifts a necessity. If you are a family type sedate driver who does not push the throttle very often, then yes do give it a serious thought.

EcoSport - Round the corner, could come in as early as 27th June 2013, if Ford does not get cold feet again as has been the case till date. It's my favourite and must admit I am waiting for it. What I am really keen on is their 1 litre EcoSport Engine. However, even their 1,5 Litre diesel New Ford Fiesta diesel engine is quite smooth, almost lag free and very silent engine. It has lots of low, middle and Top-end grunt, Mated to Ford's Dual clutch Automatic transmission, makes it a dream car to drive. What really goes in EcoSports favours is its high road visibility thanks to its drop dead looks which sure will ensure many a envious looks. What can go wrong against is lack of space inside the car, front row have decent legroom, however, the same cannot be said for row 2 seats. Boot space is  major compromise. It's sub 4000 mm size can make it look small like Ertiga. But I would reserve my judgement till an actual test drive and in your case you do have the Innova to do the people and load carrier job and the EcoSport can help you relive those hard throttle pushing days. Wait if you can is what we would suggest.

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Comparison: Innova vs Lodgy vs Ertiga, January 10 2017.

VISITOR                                                      hello there..    


AGENT                                                        Good Afternoon             


VISITOR                                                      very good afternoon    


VISITOR                                                      are you a car expert..??              


AGENT                                                        let me not try to say so, our idea is to facilitate prospective car buyers in india as an advisor    


AGENT                                                        Our team members have been associated with cars as users and writers for some years now  


VISITOR                                                      ok.. so you can give me better advice in buying..??is that true..??         


AGENT                                                        one can always try and then hope we have done our job well  


VISITOR                                                      ok.. look im planning to upgrade my car after 12 years of driving Santro xing .. i've plans to upgrade it to 7 or 8 seater now.     


AGENT                                                        that's a huge jump        


AGENT                                                        most 8 seaters are normally commercial vehicle, I think what you mean is a self-use vehicle   


VISITOR                                                      as i'm done with my Santro and it has started giving me fair enough services..


AGENT                                                        yes 12 years is a long time         


VISITOR                                                      so i'm planning to buy myself an SUV or MPV   


AGENT                                                        ok         


VISITOR                                                      and as i've limited budget as of now..  


AGENT                                                        the reason I said its going to be a big jump is basically because of size of teh new car  


AGENT                                                        SUVs or MPVs are far bigger sized vehicle and they take some time getting used to      


VISITOR                                                      i think i've made myself use to such cars.. I’ve driven Innova to bolero to Ertiga.. so its fine      


AGENT                                                        that's a good approach


AGENT                                                        i had a problem in doing so       


VISITOR                                                      i've a bigger family of 6 of us.. 


AGENT                                                        yes then a 7 seater makes sense            


VISITOR                                                      so i don't think any hatchback or sedan can surface my needs..               


AGENT                                                        I agree


VISITOR                                                      so as per my budget i've finally decided to go with either Honda B-RV or Renault Lodgy             


VISITOR                                                      i've test driven both.. which gave me very comfort drive..         


VISITOR                                                      very much like car type feeling..            


AGENT                                                        Between the two I will avoid BRV - over priced, under powered and under featured   


AGENT                                                        Renault Lodgy yes, maybe because it will be more value for money than BRV 


VISITOR                                                      but i think don't you think the brand matters..??            


AGENT                                                        Yes it does but I am sure you intend keeping it for long, if your past trend is coinsidered           


AGENT                                                        in that case, what you feel nice should be bought rather than brands  


AGENT                                                        plus after using a car for over 5 years, what resale value you get  should hardly matter (at least so I believe)  as you would have enjoyed it thoroughly              


VISITOR                                                      yeh i agree.. but i'm still very confused with resale value, after sale services and later trouuble..                                                                     


VISITOR                                                      as Lodgy was launched long back.. but never attrackted much buyers..


AGENT                                                        both cars are going to hit you pocket nearly equally, both will not have good resale also as they are not popular today, therefore go for lower priced car which will probably depreciate less in absolute terms     


VISITOR                                                      i do have a plan to keep for long minimum 5 years.. but now sure how renault is in terms of there service point of view, parts easily available..          


AGENT                                                        haven't heard major negatives on parts availability as you keep on hearing about VW, plus you are right that Lodgy is not a popular vehicle, but then BRV fleeces               


AGENT                                                        for me its just not value for money, plus the 3rd row is an apology, head room is bad due to sloping roof                                            


AGENT                                                        at least 3 rd in Lodgy is not bad due to its Van shape     


VISITOR                                                      but i find these are the only 2 cars which i can accmodate as per my budget..and more over it is driven by my wife also quite often..            


VISITOR                                                      yeh true..          


VISITOR                                                      B-rv does sound very crampy in terms of 7 seater..        


AGENT                                                        Unfortunately, that's how one realises that Indian car market doe snot have many choices       


VISITOR                                                      i'm in a big dilemma .. haven't seen much of Lodgy on road.. haven;t seen much of B-rv on road either..                                                      


AGENT                                                        You have done a perfect analysis           


VISITOR                                                      but then.. when it comes os budget thats the maximum i could stretch..            


VISITOR                                                      Ertiga is not recommended by my friend..         


VISITOR                                                      he says it's a swift with bigger body.. no power to pull..             


AGENT                                                        Ertiga too small for your use     


VISITOR                                                      when they are 7 sitting with luggage the vehicle doesn't pull at all..     


VISITOR                                                      even you are right.. if i've to use the car for longer period.. how does resale value matters..    


AGENT                                                        at what price are you getting Lodgy      


AGENT                                                        because Tata Motors is coming with Hexa, however, base price will be staring 12 lacs 


VISITOR                                                      110ps Stepway 8 seater top model im getting for almost 14L on road.. 


VISITOR                                                      no i checked Hexa's base price starts with 15L on road..              


AGENT                                                        No car prices are yet to be announced, its expected to be starting 12 lacs          


VISITOR                                                      do you think i can Innova's older version in that price range..?


VISITOR                                                      get       


VISITOR                                                      i've asked dealers from my town..         


AGENT                                                        yes good idea, Toyota cars are known to last long, plus service cost is also quite manageable  


AGENT                                                        we are not into used cars, so will not be much help there          


VISITOR                                                      no i'm asking .. are they selling older versions in better prices after crysta..?? 


AGENT                                                        however, keeping in mind the options available, my suggestion wait for Hexa price and keep on exploring Innova option in 2nd hand market           


AGENT                                                        no they will not have older version      


VISITOR                                                      i don't want to go with second hand.. i know who ever will have Innova they would rubbed it thoroughly..                                            


AGENT                                                        not necessarily, personal use Innova would be a good buy        


VISITOR                                                      and don't think second vehicles have better life span..after it is completed 5 years..   


AGENT                                                        I am sorry but I do not agree with you on that  


VISITOR                                                      and i cannot get Innova second hand in that price range             


AGENT                                                        So wait for Hexa and if reqd stretch a little        


VISITOR                                                      it will all be either of 2008 to 2012 model..        


VISITOR                                                      Tata motors..?? i find it not worth when it comes to bigger vehicles..  


AGENT                                                        yes Tata Motors, things have improved a lot with them, Tiago is a fine example of dramatic improvement that they have managed      


AGENT                                                        please check, our test drivers have done some drives and have fallen in love with the car        


VISITOR                                                      i owed Tata indica diesel version and was very disappointed..


AGENT                                                        I am not holding for Tata Motors, I think, you need to look at them with new eyes        


VISITOR                                                      sumo was bad due to tyres..     


VISITOR                                                      safari storme was flop..              


AGENT                                                        test drive before writing it off  

Comparison: Innova vs Ertiga, December 26 2016.

VISITOR                                                      hi          


AGENT                                                        hello how can we help


VISITOR                                                      can you suggest good seven seater car


VISITOR                                                      suv       


AGENT                                                        do you have any shortlist friend             


VISITOR                                                      Innova/ Ertiga/xuv        


AGENT                                                        and what are your top 3-4 concerns or criteria for evaluating    


VISITOR                                                      its better to buy sedan or suv  


VISITOR                                                      purpose is 5 people comfortable with good space for luggage 


VISITOR                                                      good mileage  


AGENT                                                        well Innova while costliest is the best amongst option followed by XUV. Ertiga would be practical compromise of price and space     


AGENT                                                        depends on your drive and need.          


AGENT                                                        if lot of off-roading and bad road then suv        


VISITOR                                                      if to compare inoova and Ertiga              


VISITOR                                                      compromise on space vs cost?


VISITOR                                                      hey any bpdy there      


VISITOR                                                      body    


AGENT                                                        for 5 people and decent luggage Innova would do the job while not going over the top on investment                                             


AGENT                                                        sorry we meant Ertiga 


AGENT                                                        while Innova is best in business             


VISITOR                                                      what do u mean by not going over the top on investment?       


AGENT                                                        there is fairly decent gap between Innova and Ertiga   


AGENT                                                        price wise         


VISITOR                                                      ok         


VISITOR                                                      but is it worth spending 6 lakhs more for Innova.....wat u say?


AGENT                                                        oh absolutely. Innova is gem of a product and new one makes it even better  


AGENT                                                        there is a reason it is no 1 in category for years now     


VISITOR                                                      and how about CNG option in Ertiga?   


VISITOR                                                      CNG vs Diesel???           


AGENT                                                        how much are you going to be driving monthly               


AGENT                                                        which city friend            


VISITOR                                                      1000 km             


VISITOR                                                      from Pune        


AGENT                                                        then you don't really need diesel or cng             


AGENT                                                        extra money we will invest for either we need higher monthly average to recover       


VISITOR                                                      oh... ok...thanks             


AGENT                                                        hope you have found this useful            


VISITOR                                                      yes       


VISITOR                                                      bye      


AGENT                                                        super all the best...Happy driving          


VISITOR                                                      thanks

Budget 10 Lakhs, November 28 2016.

VISITOR                                                      hello   


AGENT                                                        hello how can we help


VISITOR                                                      i planning to buy car     


AGENT                                                        sure which brands have you shortlisted?           


VISITOR                                                      Vitara Brezza or ford eco sport


AGENT                                                        what are your concerns              


VISITOR                                                      price tag 10 lacks suv    


VISITOR                                                      if i go Brezza interior is not at all good & engine under power  


VISITOR                                                      resale is too good          


VISITOR                                                      when go for ford interior ride excellent but found bad resale value     


VISITOR                                                      10 lacks no felling in Brezza      


VISITOR                                                      heard at facelift at Ecosport      


VISITOR                                                      also      


VISITOR                                                      confuse a lot to but which car  


AGENT                                                        yes facelift is expected in early 2017    


AGENT                                                        what is your preference...resale and cost of maintenance or ride and premium feel    


VISITOR                                                      i am business man go for tours & local ride also my first preference is overall ride quality & resale value also                                                


VISITOR                                                      also      


AGENT                                                        on such a case you should stick to Brezza as ride quality while not best is acceptable for the segment and resale nothing beats Maruti 


VISITOR                                                      what about your comments about Ecosport      


AGENT                                                        for the segment best car to drive, diesel hardly feels diesel good ride quality ...better interiors and feel....                                               


AGENT                                                        features decent             


AGENT                                                        however while ford is trying to bring down cost of services it will still be higher than Maruti   


AGENT                                                        spares and servicing need will be better met with Maruti          


AGENT                                                        especially on tours in emergency while most modern cars are fairly dependable           


AGENT                                                        but just in case of emergency Maruti will be easier       


VISITOR                                                      how far you concern about Maruti steel and quailty and what about succeeds in hill areas of Brezza                                                        


VISITOR                                                      how far seats are comfortable for long tours    


VISITOR                                                      as compare with Ecosport          


AGENT                                                        not much to choose ...We will give slight edge to ford 


VISITOR                                                      when will new Ecosport will come in India search in google in 2017 end or 2018 starting             


AGENT                                                        expected in first half of next year          


AGENT                                                        it will in looks take a lot of learning from endeavour    


VISITOR                                                      what you prefer me to buy which car   


VISITOR                                                      Brezza or Ecosport         


VISITOR                                                      as comparison with ride quality & safett except resl     


AGENT                                                        for your defined use our advice would be Brezza           


VISITOR                                                      ok thank u so much       


AGENT                                                        most welcome all the best         

Comparison: Innova vs Crysta, May 19 2016.

VISITOR                                                      is there Innova petrol version available


AGENT                                                        petrol Innova is supposed to be coming in Diwali


AGENT                                                        currently they have only diesel versions


VISITOR                                                      Innova ya Crystal Innova model


AGENT                                                        the Crysta


VISITOR                                                      oh but plane Innova


VISITOR                                                      petrol mode available


AGENT                                                        I will have to check


AGENT                                                        cricket go on our site and see if the old Innova is available


VISITOR                                                      k


AGENT                                                        whilst I may not be sure but I believe that Toyota has possibly discontinue the old Innova


VISITOR                                                      ok


AGENT                                                        just checked on my site Toyota has discontinued the old Innova


VISITOR                                                      oh


VISITOR                                                      Hyundai Compact MPV when lunched


AGENT                                                        not so soon if one was to believe the recent article then probably they may not launch gm TV


VISITOR                                                      oh ok thanks