My Hyundai Verna fluidic turns 9 this year and am planning to replace it with something around Rs 20 lakh.
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For people living in Delhi NCR, with a budget of 20 lakh, and heavy mile munchers within the city, a strong hybrid or an electric car is a brainer.
I was looking for a car within 20 lakh to replace my fluidic Verna diesel (2014 model), for the last 1 year and I kept a deadline of April 2023, the day my car turns 9 years to replace my car. I kept searching/test driving for almost a year and couldn’t convince myself to get any of the ones available.
My requirements were
90% of my driving is in the city with just 10% highway leisure trips. I have a family of 4 adults and a 4-year kid. Again I drive solo for almost 70% of the time, 2 adults and a kid rest 20% of the time and all four adults with a kid just around 10%(The last part is never on a highway or long distance since my parents are 70+ they don’t like long-distance driving in the car).
Cars I considered and test drive
I never considered electric: Still feel infrastructure will take at least 3/5 years to fully develop and those living in society flats, unless your society has fast charging infrastructure or your parking has an electric charger arrangement(Needs support from your builder/society management). Remember despite CNG being launched almost 20 years back you still find long queues at even odd hours. Electric would be even worse for public fast charging as it takes 30 minutes to charge fully even on a fast charger. And forget even 10% of my highway trips. And what about resale value or long-term reliability? Your car may be technically dead after 8 years of battery warranty getting over. Sorry manufacturers I need at least 10-15years of battery warranty. So an electric car at least 5/10 years from now for me or maybe I need to keep at least two cars one electric and the other petrol for emergency use.
So finally came Hyryder/Grand Vitara and it suits me the best in the present scenario.
Now why Hyryder or Grand Vitara
Benefits of getting Hyryder instead of Grand Vitara (Both cars are manufactured by Toyota only)
So finally booked expecting delivery in March/April.
I am also expecting a reduction in taxes on hybrids next year so that might sweeten the deal even more. Both UP and Haryana state cabinets are thinking about considering strong hybrids as electric only and even Toyota is lobbying hard with the central government for a reduction in GST.
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