An exceptional SUV (2008 model) with little or no compromises

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Pros : Responsive, Sporty Look, Exceptional Price, Good mileage, 7 - seater, poweful AC, Responsive Steer

Cons : Suspension, Build Quality, Cushion

Look and Style: First off, the sporty look of the car itself keeps me radiant. Both the interior and the exterior of the car are quite impressive, the best in its class. The wood grain in the interior feels more satisfactory than the other models in its segment. Also, the Champagne coloured seats make it look like the car is mobile Versailles. The streamline shaped body of the car is just exceptional and the perfect SUV for the Indian roads. 

Comfort: After test driving the Toyota Fortuner, Renault Koleos, Audi Q7, Ford Endeavour, and Mahendra XUV, I can say without any doubt that, this car is the most comfortable among the all 5. On the city roads, the car was exceptional, absorbing every bump in its way and the plush leather seats make the car feel like your cruising on an air-bed. 

Pickup: The pickup is just perfect, it effortlessly goes up a hill or steep ramps. It can do 0-100 kmph in just 9.6 seconds.

Mileage: For mine, it did 12km/l which is more efficient than any other SUVs right now.

Best Features: The 2.0-liter engine gives you just enough torque and power when driving in the city and on the highway. Its leather seats are also quite comfortable. Since it is a 7 seater, it is also quite ideal for family road trips. Also, I equipped mine with an additional rear end camera and sensors, I also equipped the car with a side-step as it was pretty high. 

Needs to improve: I've noticed that the suspension was too stiff and would shake a lot at high speeds (130kmph) and the back seats were quite crammed too but its still better than the rear seats on the Audi Q7. There was no sunroof on mine. No ESP nor cruise control. Seats could've been plusher.

Overall Experience: All the improvements are just compromising for me, I still think it's a great car and a great value for money, and with a deeming exceptional price like 25 lakhs, I can say without doubt that this is the best SUV, but off-road is a different case as I have never tested it off-road. 

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