Want a automotive with rear seat consolation & driving pleasure inside Rs. 70 lakh

I’ve to be sincere and admit that snob worth means one thing to me and that after Audi and Mercedes, a BMW closes the loop.

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I’m a brand new member and that is my first put up.

I’ve been 27 years in Dubai and Muscat and on attaining senior citizenship am returning again to India and to retire in Kochi by October this yr.

I search recommendation on shopping for a automotive . My earlier automobiles have been Camry,Toyota Prado, Audi Q5 and Mercedes E300 in that order . I’ve at all times self pushed however a minimum of the primary few months until I get a licence and the nerve to drive in India , must be chauffeur pushed.

My requirement:

I’m in search of a sedan within the 40-70 OTR lakhs bracket. I’m in search of a rear seat consolation automotive that’s simple to get out and in of for my massive body and creaky bones . I additionally in time look ahead to taking the wheel myself and I do get pleasure from driving and usually discover the gadgetry the automotive has to supply.

My shortlist are the next ordinary suspects:

Skoda Very good:

I’m impressed by the seems to be and all opinions appear so constructive ! It undoubtedly gives good worth for cash and has extra options than some costlier premium manufacturers. I fear although that it’s too massive for metropolis site visitors and that it’s a downgrade from the E300 that I drive at present. I’m not certain of the seller functionality .

Volvo S60:

I’m blown by how good it seems to be and to me it’s a automotive to rival the three Germans . I really like the truth that it’s so tech laden with security such a precedence . And in a small city intrusive metro like Kochi it will appeal to much less consideration than the Massive 3 despite the fact that I’m conscious that Kerala is awash with luxurious automobiles. However the low seats on the rear with poor ingress / egress is a significant concern. Additionally the seller community is sparse.

BMW 330 LI:

I’ve to be sincere and admit that snob worth means one thing to me and that after Audi and Mercedes, a BMW closes the loop. Within the autumn years of my life it will be good to be in an opulent automotive . Nevertheless the automotive is with out among the options that automobiles at cheaper price gives just like the ventilated seats and window blinds.

I wish to be satisfied that the 330 LI is the plain alternative. However I can not argue logically to myself that for metropolis site visitors, the driving pleasure that will be a minimum of initially the chauffeur’s, and for the badge, I ought to pay about Rs. 25 L further over a Very good . As my spouse factors out, that distinction may finance a second automotive or a few abroad holidays touring by enterprise class although she leaves the ultimate resolution to me as she doesn’t drive.

I’d usually preserve a automotive for the size of its prolonged guarantee interval .

Any ideas, mates ? Additionally , would you recommendation that I look forward to the facelift of those automobiles which can be anticipated within the subsequent 6 months ?

Here is what BHPian AJ56 had  to say on the matter:

Get the E200. It’s 76 on street so a slight stretch within the finances however in your necessities of consolation and rear seat using it’s the best choice within the finances. The opposite automobiles on the listing will fall quick compared straight with the E in these areas. In the event you desire a extra partaking drive then take a look at the 530i M Sport.

One other nice possibility is the Lexus ES, similar worth roughly, essentially the most dependable long run automotive you should buy within the class.

Here is what BHPian Dippy needed to say on the matter:

The 330LI is a pleasant possibility in my view. The lengthy wheelbase would provide you with consolation within the again seat and will probably be a hoot to drive whenever you need to get behind the wheel.

Since you’re looking on the Very good, I’d advise you to have a look at the Camry Hybrid as properly. The mannequin is recent and guarantees you fuss free years of possession. I need not inform you that since you have got owned Toyotas within the Gulf.

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