Best car-garage combination people would like to have in India

Choices are limited to only pure petrol/diesel cars due to fair comparison and since EVs are still at a nascent stage with only limited options.

BHPian Livnletcarsliv recently shared this with other enthusiasts.

Let’s say that we all belong to these 2 categories:

  • Achievable expense (hopefully) one day – say around 50-60L for the whole garage
  • Rich enough that money is not a constraint to buy one or more cars.

What is the best car garage you will have that meets the following criteria (the number of cars can be any)?

  • Can be driven in cities and in bumper-to-bumper traffic
  • Parking the car shouldn’t be a problem in town
  • Fun to drive, performance
  • Can be driven at any time of the year – summers, winters, monsoons
  • Can be driven anywhere – on-road, off-road, off-road, etc.
  • With maximum bells and whistles, reliability, appearance, performance, space, safety, appearance, ASS experience, comfort and finally minimum maintenance

My choice would be:

  • Budget 60 lakh: Fortuner Legender/Endeavor 3.2 + Polo 1.2/1.0 TSI (Manual)
  • No budget cap: Wrangler/Defender/G-Class + S-Class + Porsche 911 GT3 RS + Polo

PS- Only pure ICE cars due to fair comparison and since EV is still in a nascent stage with only limited options.

Here is what GTO had to say about it:

I love this kind of dream yarn. As enthusiasts, we need to nurture passion in our choice of garage but also, in India, a certain practicality needs to be present.

  • For 60 lakhs I would opt for a pre-loved German sedan and a Thar. I will soon have this kind of garage. Takes care of speed, practicality and style.
  • For the money no objection, an S-Class is a staple in the house (w222 generation would prefer), along with a high-end SUV (Defender or Range Rover), and a 911/488 for fun.

Here is what BHPian Dicky had to say about it:

Ooh, fantastic shopping thread. Love them.

To put it simply, I assume these are only new cars or cars less than five years old, otherwise my list would be endless.

  • Realizable expenses – Innova 2.8 + Ignis
  • Money is no constraint – Vellfire + Defender D90 or G-class + BMW M2 or 911

Here is what BHPian 07CR had to say about it:

  • Feasible expenses – Toyota Fortuner (Miss the Endy)/Lexus ES 300 H, Kia Sonet D AT (for city use)
  • Money is not a constraint – GLC/X7 + Mini

Here is what BHPian vikramvicky1984 had to say about it:

Isn’t the real middle class garage in India this:

  • Lower middle class: 1 Activa or Splendor
  • Average middle class: An Activa/Splendor for each winning member/student + 1 Wagon R/i10 which is the pride of the family and covers 25,000 km in 10 years.
  • Upper middle class: Activas + a Bullet/budget car + Creta/Honda City that makes 20k in 10 years.

The examples above are for millionaires and multi-millionaires. The billionaires are said to have private jets and yachts as well as a dozen cars whose names they can’t remember.

Polo, which is mentioned several times, is a rich man’s car despite its price. This is beyond the risk appetite of the middle class given its reputation for maintenance costs. Only the brave or the passionate come to the German showrooms.

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