nachiket wrote:Chandragupta wrote:Thanks arshyam guru for the insights. Had another look at Altis, Jetta, Octavia & even the new Verna. I seem to have missed the totally atrocious interiors of the new Altis. They're ridiculously bad for a car that costs 17L on road. I checked out the new Verna just for the heck of it, loaded to the hilt with all kinds of features and no doubt a great option for a smaller sedan, may be I'll replace one of my hatchbacks with it later this year, god willing. Anyway, so I have more or less zeroed in on the Jetta diesel. Feels like a beast, I say it again because it is a badass tough car with excellent ride quality. Hope to close it in a couple of days will report on my initial experiences here.
If you were considering the Corolla and Jetta, why did you see the Verna? You should have checked out its larger sibling, the Elantra. It has equal if not more interior space than the Corolla and looks better as well. Hyundai's after-sales service in India is pretty solid. Much better than VW anyway.
I was looking at Verna in case I could not zero in on a car in the higher segment and had to drop down a segment to buy a Verna/City. I have driven the new Elantra extensively (a close friend has it) and did not find it comparable to Jetta (or Octavia) in terms of the driving experience (it has the same engine as Verna) or the ride quality. One thing that it has going for it is the number of features it comes packed with but on the road it feels light & does not inspire much confidence unlike the Jetta specifically which feels very heavy yet rides like a dream.
In a fight between Toyota Corolla and Elantra, I have no doubt that Elantra will come out tops but I don't think either of them compares to the German cars.