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I m planning to buy a new car with a budget of around 15 lakhs. I have shrt listed the new skoda laura, civic, corolla altis. But i feel Laura would be the pick of the lot. advise?
By Rehan 06 June 2009

I think u are bang on target. The laura has a refreshed look, new petrol engine option (exactly like the superb) and solid built to last quality. The second option (in case you would like to consider) should be the corolla altis.

Answer by Sanjeev Chopra 06 June 2009

I will recommend Skoda Laura if you want deisel, but Honda Civic if it's petrol.

Answer by Iype Koshy 06 June 2009

Buy a Skoda @ your own risk.
In the past, I had three cars from the same company which included a Laura as well.
All of the cars that I had, got a number of problems and the staff at their dealerships in Delhi is poorest.
Even their top mgmt. is non-responsive.
The car develops problems like, it starts consuming engine oil more than required, speed does not increase while it is on acceleration mode(in automatic car). When you report this to the company, they say you will have to change the Turbo which costs around Rs. 1 lakh and is not covered under warranty. Even after the Turbo is changed you are not assured whether your problem is solved.
They are a completely mismanaged lot.

P.S : My friend had a Fabia which also developed the same problem after 25000 kms.

SO, buy it at your own risk.

Rather go for a Honda or a Toyota, they are comparitively reliable and have much better cars.

I put up my Laura for sale on this very website, although I sold it elsewhere.

Answer by Ravish Chawla 06 June 2009
Expert`s comment:

Among the three Toyota Altis will be a better selection. for its overall features.It somehow lags behind Civic in looks and power but it will be a worthy car to own considering good service back up, lesser frequency of problems. Recommended to test drive Altis Limited edition which is currently on sale.

Answer by Shiva Shankar 06 June 2009

go in for the laura..the problems mentioned above may be a one off case as the laura is pretty reliable (i have one in my family too)..and at the price it's a steal..

Answer by Rohit 06 June 2009
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