DT India Car of the Year: Vote for your favourite Executive Sedan
While crossovers and SUVs have emerged out as the top-sellers in the recent years - pushing behind sedans; manufacturers like Skoda, Honda and Hyundai have shown the courage to garnish their rosters with the following sedans. Therefore, here is your chance to vote for the best executive sedans released in India in 2019!
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The epitome of flashiness – Honda Civic came to our shores by Honda’s mercy in March 2019 and no sooner did it start beating the veteran Škoda Octavia, Hyundai Elantra and Toyota Corolla Altis at sales. This is mainly because of the competitive pricing, flashy and unique aesthetics, performance, and Honda’s reputation. Losing out only on few features like a differential lock, telematics, 12-way power seat adjustment and lumbar support, it offers several features that the rivals do not. Needless to say, VTEC KICKED IN YO!
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Hyundai’s veteran mid-size sedan, the Elantra has shown quite the poor performance even after the recent facelift. However, this does not mean that Elantra is too far behind the competition! It offers TMPS, Telematics, 10-way adjustable driver seat, 4-way lumbar support and ventilated seats at an aggressive price of ₹15,90,000 (€20,166) for the base variant and ₹20.39 lakhs (€25,861) for the top. In the true Hyundai fashion, Elantra boasts an edgy design that seems to appeal to everybody!
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Škoda released two new editions of their iconic Octavia liftback this year – the Onyx and the Corporate Edition. In a nutshell, the former radiates a racy aura while the latter helps the car achieve a rather business-esque and formal-esque character. Onyx has an introductory price of ₹20 lakhs (€25,366) and is offered with the 1.8 TSI (178 bhp; 250 Nm) and the 2.0 TDI (141 bhp; 350 Nm) – both paired to a DSG gearbox. Onyx's design comprises of blackened grills, rims and other sporty bits while in case of the Corporate – as the name suggests – it does not focus on performance as much: offering MT-paired 1.4 TSI (148 bhp; 250 Nm) and 2.0 TDI (141 bhp; 320 Nm). The design also has a much lighter theme with no flashy bits. Overall, Škoda Octavia offers a well-off balance of practicality (great legroom, phenomenal boot space, decent features), decent performance (7.7 seconds 0-100 km/h for 1.8 Onyx), and stunning styling at an attractive price.
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Another noteworthy offering from Škoda, the Superb Corporate Edition is offered at an attractive price of ₹24 lakhs (€30,439). Available only with the 1.8 TSI producing 178 bhp and 320 Nm, this luxury feast does not focus as much on performance. Currently available only with a manual transmission, Škoda is working towards bringing the DSG in the near future. The safety features are abundant like 8 airbags, AFS, ESC and more. Features such as a three-zone climate control add to its jewels of luxury, while its liftback body style acts a bead to its practicality by allowing a boot space of 625 litres, which is stretched to 1,725 litres with the rear seats folded down. Superb also boasts of the distinctive Škoda design that works wonders to attract everyone at the first sight.