Comfort at its best
We often equate luxurious car to glamour and glitz. However, it also equates to necessity, which makes your life a tad bit easier and simpler. Nepali auto market has shown tremendous growth in the last couple of years not just in popular hatchbacks but also in the luxurious saloon segment with notable high-end brands foraying into the domestic market. With companies such as Peugeot, Toyota, Skoda, Honda, and Hyundai, highlighting ever-growing sales every year, there is an ever-growing number of customers interested in a flashy luxury saloon. Here are some of the top brands of luxurious saloons available in Nepal for you to cry and smile about.
Skoda has established itself as one of the leaders in the automotive market among the contemporary luxury manufacturers. Its Skoda Rapid Ambition is one of the most expressive examples in Skoda’s saloon philosophy. With its special features such as gear shift selector, locking hand-brake button, chrome trim on air conditioning vents and duct sliders, front and rear speakers, it stands as one of the best featured saloons in the automobile market.
Suraj Manandhar, General Manager at MAW Enterprises Pvt Ltd says, “It comes with four years warranty service that allows customers to enjoy its after sales service, and with its sophisticated features, the car stands as one of the best loved saloons.”
Style and durability
Imperious, imposing, impressive, and intimidating, Etios Platinum is one of the most aggressively luxurious cars available in the market. With the best-in-class features – adjustable head-rests for the front and rear seats, redesigned seats for better comfort, electrically adjustable and folding outer rear view mirrors (ORVMs) and steering mounted controls – Etios offers value that’s hard to resist. Also, the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) makes it an astonishingly excellent luxury saloon.
“Etios’ comfort and durability proved to become the most loved saloon throughout the year in 2017,” says Mahesh Kumar, General Manger at United Traders Syndicate Pvt Ltd.
With every possible luxury along with sumptuous interior materials, the Hyundai Verna single-handedlyredefines extraordinary. It is amazingly responsive in its performance and has stepped up its game by bringing 21 new features, some of which include 7-in touch screen with audio and video navigation, seat height adjuster, rear seat armrest, cup holder, centre console storage and luggage lamp and cooled glove box. It also has a sunroof and rear windshield blinds along with cruise control, rear AC vents and ventilated seats.
“The Next Gen Verna is here to redefine what a modern saloon stands for. Its human-centric technology is what makes it truly intelligent by design,” says Rupesh Sharma Bhatta, Deputy General Manager – Sales, Marketing at Laxmi Intercontinental Pvt Ltd.
Civic has long been a top choice for car enthusiasts seeking a luxury saloon that delivers big rewards when it comes to comfort and luxury. Itfeatures a new fastback exterior design with the rear C-pillar flowing into the tailgate. The interior of the Civic similarly features foremost design changes – the EX and above trim levels of the tenth generation Civic consolidates the instruments into a fully customisable, all digital ‘Driver Information Interface’ incorporating a 7-in LCD screen.
Along with an unmatched balance of acceleration and fuel economy, it gives their drivers lots of luxurious options. “The most attractive part of Honda civic is its exterior. It looks like a Ferrari and that catches the attention of the people. Moreover, the tenth generation civic has its all comfort and luxurious features,” says Sharad Dhungel, Division Manager at Syakar Trading Company Pvt Ltd.
Striking good looks
If you are a French car fan, you can see the Peugeot coming your way from a long way off. Peugeot 508 brings responsive handling and striking good looks to the compact luxury saloon segment. 508 has plenty of room for passengers as it has a large and spacious interior designed to make the cabin practical as well as spacious. This saloon comes with a colour head-up display that keeps all the essential driver information – vehicle speed, speed limiter and distance alert , reversing camera, blind spot detection system and satellite navigation.
Its BlueHDi engines, that uses special exhaust cleaning technology to reduce emissions and almost eliminate particulates, makes their diesel engines as clean as is currently possible, all meeting latest Euro-6 regulations. Ujwal KC, Assistant Sales Manager at Shangrila Motors Pvt Ltd says, “Peugeot 508 is one of the best luxurious saloons in the market which comes with its best features that will make you compel to buy and enjoy its luxury.”
A version of this article appears in print on March 20, 2018 of The Himalayan Times.