Considering purchasing a vehicle in the near future, you may have decided which brand to go with and which automobile to purchase. But the annoyance isn’t over yet. There’s still one more step to go. And that is picking between the car’s variants or trims. This is perplexing since the salesperson will try to persuade you to choose the top version. Your pals may have advised you to begin with the base model and add extras later. Confused? We’ll make things simple for you.
Here’s a list of a few factors to consider when choosing a trim or version for the automobile you’ve chosen.
The cost is the main reason why your buddies may advise you to buy a base variant. The price difference between the base and premium variants is enormous. For example, the Hyundai Venue’s base model starts at Rs 6,99,000 and goes all the way up to Rs 11,87,000 for the top variant. Now, this is a significant cost increase, and one should undoubtedly choose the base model, right? No, don’t leap to conclusions just yet.
Engine and Transmission Options
Almost every model these days comes with at least two engine options. Some even provide three or more options. The base model may not receive the most powerful engine. So you’ll have to decide if you want a strong engine or one that comes standard with the base models. Some automobiles’ GT versions are only available in the highest trim levels. So, if you want to hear a turbocharger spooling sound every time you crank, a top variant is recommended. The transmission is the same way. The base variation may only come with a manual gearbox, but as you move up the trims chart, automatic transmissions become available.
Although the government has made several safety equipments mandatory, required under BNVSAP like front airbags and ABS, you won’t receive all of them in the cheapest model. For example, side-curtain airbags, EBD, ESP, rear parking sensors, and many more features are only available in the top models, which is why the top variants are so much more expensive than the base variants.
Features & Comfort
Base variants, like safety features, lack many of the features found in the top variant. Cruise control, push-button start, keyless entry, an infotainment system, remote trunk release, and so on are not included.
Thus, a car’s top model is simply adorned with all of the company’s amenities and gimmicks, whilst the base model is a bare-bones version. That doesn’t rule out the value of basic variants; have a look at the next parameter.
The Car’s Resale Value
This may or may not be of interest to all of you. However, if you want to replace your automobile every 3-4 years, it is one of the most important factors to consider. When it comes to remarketing an automobile, the trims or variants make little difference in the price. As a result, you will not be reimbursed for the additional money you spent on the automobile.
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