Buyer at a Cross­roads

Car India - - YOUR VIEWS -

At the out­set I’d like to thank your team for bring­ing out a fan­tas­tic, in­for­ma­tion-packed is­sue ev­ery month. I am at a bit of a cross­roads and was hop­ing you could point me in the right di­rec­tion. I have al­ways been a sedan per­son and have stayed away from hatch­backs and SUVs as the three-box pro­file is what I be­lieve a car should look like. My cur­rent car, a four-year-old Jetta, is now on the mar­ket, and, with a grow­ing fam­ily, I can’t de­cide whether to look at an­other sedan or jump on to the lux­ury SUV band­wagon. What do you sug­gest? Could you share some pros and cons of both seg­ments? What would be an ideal SUV at less than Rs 20 lakh and would it pro­vide the same driv­ing plea­sure as a sim­i­larly-priced sedan? Look­ing for­ward to your in­puts. Anil Sharma, Bhopal

Dear Anil,

If you en­joy that sporty driv­ing feel, it’s dif­fi­cult to repli­cate it in an SUV; how­ever, the ben­e­fit of buy­ing an SUV is that you can tackle bad roads with­out fac­ing any is­sues. Sedan-wise, you may con­sider the Hyundai Elantra, Toy­ota Corolla Altis or Škoda Oc­tavia. SUV-wise, you may con­sider the Jeep Com­pass and the Hyundai Creta. All these cars fit into your bud­get, and we rec­om­mend that you test-drive all of them to see what you like.

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