How I upgraded from a used City to the new Tucson: A sequence of events
I had already booked the XUV700 AX7 AT by then but cancelled it to buy the Korean SUV.
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So finally, Hyundai Tucson Signature Diesel is here!
My previous ride was a Honda City 2013 Feb model S MT bought as used in Nov 2015 with 12K ODO reading via OLX. Before that, it was a humble Swift VXi. Honda city has been exemplary during the last 7 years as a secondhand car. Probably I was fortunate to get the best-built variant of the Honda City
Honestly, I never thought I will keep Honda city for that long and that too a pre-owned.
For a new car, my preference was a diesel engine, although I was open to Petrol also. The main reason is the fact that I wanted to use a diesel car before the next purchase, which is likely to be an EV and I have already owned 2 petrol Cars in the past. so despite DPF issues, I thought I will take a chance.
One Caveat – As you will see below. Engine + AT combo was my top preference. Hence if there was a petrol engine just like 330i in this price range, I would have gone for that instead of diesel (Wishful thinking)
Budget range: 25L – 35L. Extendable to 40 – 42L
Other cars considered:
The most important factors stack ranked:
- Engine and AT combination (Drive and refinement) – It had to be the best or close to the best in the segment. Preference was diesel
- SUV – since my last 2 cars were hatchback and sedan
- Space – Spacious 5 or 7-seater. Was indifferent between 5 or 7 seater
- Features – It had to have all of them. That’s why my preference was Top end model. Although the only feature I was willing to let go of was 4×4 depending on the price of the vehicle
- Drivability – Preference towards the softer tune of suspension, as I wanted to make city drives comfortable for family
- Brand Value
ASS was also important, however, for Bangalore most of the brands would fare well. CKD build quality was also an added advantage
Usage: Office and city runs + Outstation trips around Bangalore
Following is the sequence of events
2019: I have been on the lookout for a new car since 2019. Almost finalised Seltos, but then backed out for wanting a better car. Then came Covid and the car search was paused.
2020: Waited for Tucson facelift. Test drove. But somehow could not go ahead with the booking due to the dated interiors
2021: Jeep compass was a strong contender post-AT launch. But again, somehow could not get over mediocre space and Engine + AT combo performance. Otherwise, it was quite good. Eventually, the only reason why I did not end up with Jeep was the space offered for the asking price (Diesel AT Tope end)
Booked XUV 700 AXL AT AWD on Oct 8th night online with no price protection
2022: Was still waiting for the perfect car. I was in touch with Hyundai for the new Tucson launch. Meridian was also a strong contender, but again, the 8L price difference between the compass and the same engine + gearbox combo made me hesitant. Also waited for Kodiaq and Tiguan. But none got through the final shortlist. Had it been Kodiaq Diesel, it would have been my top choice
28th April: Pre-Pre booked new Tucson at 25K (unofficially)
18th July: received prebooking confirmation. Colour preference was grey, starry night and White
25th July: Got a call from Mahindra that AXL AWD AT Blue is ready for allocation. But I wanted to wait for Tucson’s price announcement and told them that I will wait for the next allocation.
2nd Aug: Mail sent to Mahindra on confirmation of the next allocation. All this happened assuming that the new Tucson will be 4-5L more expensive than XUV700 AXL AT AWD variant. But I was wrong!!
10th Aug: Price announcement and I was in two minds again. Called Mahindra once to see if the allocation can be managed but received a lukewarm response as the car was already allotted to someone else
16th Aug: Took comprehensive test drive of Diesel AT. Was convinced about the car, space on offer, drive, NVH and ADAS features. The backseat was a delight!
18th Aug: SA called with news that white Signature AT is available. Called the Wife and she was reluctant about the white colour. So told them I will wait. I had also not made up my mind on spending 10L more than XUV by then
16th Sept: SA tells that car is likely to be billed towards month end and asked me to keep finances ready
30th Sept: SA frantically calls saying Grey colour has been billed to him and it can be allotted. But he needs full payment for confirmation. Did the paperwork finally that evening. Insurance was taken from outside.
In the meantime, got the City evaluated via Spinny. Sent Spinny’s 2nd quote to the dealer to match and finally after a lot of to and fro, he matched Spinny quote with ~8K difference on the last day (30th Sept). Why settle with an 8K difference? Purely for convenience as I had only 1 car. Spinny wanted the car immediately
Not so good – Finally made peace with pricing. All cars are expensive and there is no point to worry about it via too much comparison. In my mind, I probably paid 3-4L extra for Tucson
Good – Honda city gave me 1L extra price compared to when I evaluated it in 2019. Times have changed. Getting 1L extra after 3 years was a delight and somehow new car price seemed more reasonable post this.
11th Oct: Car registered and 14th Oct: Took delivery (with number plate) by handing over Honda City
Total run till now ~ 650 Kms with one Sakleshpur trip with 5 adults + 2 children + Lot of luggage. Completed many offices run via some really narrow roads. The car is an overall delight to drive.
ADAS is quite good. It is always on for me, even in the city. It keeps beeping, but I am Ok with that until the car is new. Bluelink is also activated and has tested the remote start-stop with ease.
No PPF / Ceramic Coating till now. I am not sure if I will do any of that. The only Car accessory I got from a dealer is a cleaning kit and floor mats
However, I got a 70Mai+ A5000 dashcam. I have installed the front camera myself, the rear camera is yet to be installed as I have not visited any workshop for rear camera wiring
- Ample power is available all the time. While overtaking, an aggressive tap on the paddle launches the car like anything. Gearbox + Engine seems very refined and mature in all places. The cabin noise is very well controlled. I was able to test the 120-130 speed range during the trip and speed is not felt inside the cabin
- 360 camera / Ventilated seats are a boon in the city traffic. I am using ADAS functions also regularly without any hiccups. Apple Car play is also working as expected (wired only)
Few Pics of PDI – It was supposed to be in the stockyard, but by the time we reached the stockyard, Car had left for the showroom. Reading on ODO = 15 Km.
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